Summertime is upon us, and that means that it's time to start hosting cookouts in your backyard. Of course, you'll need to be prepared with the proper equipment, refreshments, and other necessary items to ensure your party is a success. Read on for the most important things you need to host an epic BBQ this summer.
Without a doubt, the most important component of a BBQ is the food. Select a variety of meats to cook, and don't forget spice rubs and sauces to impart delicious flavor. Be sure to include plenty of side dishes as well. Things like chips and salsa, crudité and roasted corn are all popular choices. If you are serving all of the food outside, invest in some fly screens to place over each dish because nobody wants a side of insect in their potato salad!
Beverages are just as important as the food, so stock up on seasonal beers to set the mood. If you plan on serving a signature cocktail, make a large batch (without ice) to serve in a pitcher or drink dispenser. This will save you time and effort during the party, as all your guests will need to do is add the ice. Don't forget about non-alcoholic beverages as well, especially water if the weather will be hot.
Cut down on waste and give your party a classier touch with plastic or melamine plates, cups and cutlery. You can find these items in the outdoor sections of most stores that carry home goods, and they are relatively inexpensive. Many varieties are dishwasher-safe, making cleanup even easier. As a bonus, you'll be able to reuse all of these items for future get-togethers. Make sure you have a healthy supply of moist towelettes too so that guests can rid their faces and hands of barbecue sauce when they are done eating.
No party is complete without activities to keep your guests entertained throughout the day. Set up some yard games, like corn hole, giant Jenga, Twister and anything else you enjoy. In playing the games, feel free to be as competitive or casual as you like, depending on who will be attending your party. Set up a tournament bracket, or just play for fun; the choice is entirely up to you. Be sure to put on some tunes to keep the energy level high as well.
A high-quality smoker will give your meats a delicious, smoky flavor, and the meat will be so tender that it just falls off the bone. Here at Cookshack, we have a wide range of residential smokers to accommodate your needs and skill level. Browse through our selection online or at one of our stores, or get in touch with us to learn more about the various options. We're always happy to answer any questions you may have to help you decide on the perfect smoker for your backyard BBQ.