The global lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been easy on any of us. With so much devastation and loss of life already since the past few months, now is the time to break the shackles that we are all chained in – with all the necessary precautions, of course.
One of the better ways to see your friends, family members or loved ones could be to host a get together – and for that, hosting a BBQ party is usually one of the better options.
However, if you do not get your basics right, your barbecue party could go down the drain sooner than you can imagine.
To avoid that from happening to you, we have compiled a list of things that you need to take care of for your next BBQ event in your backyard.
Check your Equipment Status and Gas/Charcoal
It is always advised to give your BBQ equipment a test run before the big day. Also, having the right sort ofwill save you from a lot of trouble that you could face by using cheap or less durable smokers and cookers.
In addition to this, it is a good idea to check your gas or charcoal quantity and make sure it is enough to serve your cooking and grilling needs for the day. If you run out of fuel during the cooking process, your food can possibly lose all its taste if it has to wait over a cold grill for some time.
Less is More – Keeping Things Nice and Simple
If you are looking forward to a nice little barbecue with good food that you can enjoy with your favorite people, well, keep things nice and casual. You do not have to impress anyone, after all, it is likely that the people you invite will be the ones who are close to you and they don’t need much of a pomp and show.
As far as menu is concerned, try to stick with those tried and tested recipes that you know of, instead of adding too many items on the list. A good way would be to ask your guests regarding their love for meat, or if there are any vegetarians on the list so that you have a good variety to take care of everyone’s food cravings.
Food should be Almost Ready before Arrival of Guests
Make sure you have all the pre-cooking done before your guests start to arrive. Yes, you are the host, but that does not mean that you are supposed to spend majority of the time chopping vegetables, preparing salads or any of that stuff.
All the kitchen-related tasks should be done earlier so that you only have to put the food over the grill when the guests arrive and have it served right away. Remember, food is a part of it, the main goal is towith your loved ones – make no compromise to it.
Beat the Heat with Drinks for Kids and Adults
Its summers already, make sure to serve your guests with refreshing beverages as soon as they arrive. A cooler with lots of ice is something that always works best for home barbecues.
Make sure that you have separate cooler or a tub for kids and for adults. As far as the kids are concerned, you can put a lot of juices, flavored drinks and bottled waters that they enjoy. For the adults, the tub can have beers, wine and other beverages that you know your guests would like.
Set Up Games for Kids
This is one of the elements that can be easily overlooked. If your friends or family members are adults and have kids, then it is quite understood that they would be coming along. Yes, we love our kids, but their mischievous behavior can disrupt your quality time that you are trying to have with your friends or family members.
Even if you, yourself, is a parent to one or more kids, it is always advised to keep them busy by arranging games like horseshoes, twister, etc. Keep them hydrated with cold beverages as they play and have fun with other kids throughout the whole time.
Good Music is Always a Nice Addition
Get your rechargeable or portable sound system out in the backyard or wherever it is that you are planning to host your barbecue. Have a nice playlist ready – something that is not too loud or intense. You don’t want your guests to be head-banging to Metallica’s tracks, just some nice soothing music will do the job for you.
In addition to this, make sure that the volume is not too high, or else one of your neighbors might end up ringing your doorbell and ask you to keep it low.
Do Not Forget Safety Precautions
While taking care of the rest of the things, it is quite easy to overlook the precautionary measures that you need to take. Those sausages, burgers, pork or steaks do have a lot of fat that can easily flare up during the grilling process.
Always make sure that you have a fire extinguisher or a spray bottle with you, in case of any flare up that might result into something bigger than you would have normally expected. Also, since there might be kids around, it is always advised to keep them out of the cooking and grilling equipment.
Lastly, even if the COVID-19 restrictions are being eased down globally, even then it is advised to take the necessary precautionary measures to ensure safety. Make sure you have a hand sanitizer, some disposable masks and an easily accessible washbasin where they can regularly wash hands.