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It’s never too late to plan a barbecue before the cold weather hits. Whether you’re hosting a little backyard barbecue for your family or a large party for your neighbours, planning one can be difficult. But don’t be discouraged because you can easily carry out the barbeque with a little planning. You will need a checklist of everything you need for the barbecue. Therefore, here is a checklist for you to follow and make sure it will be the best barbecue party in a long time.
Main Dishes, Side Dishes, and Desserts
The menu for the barbeque is entirely up to you. You can stick to classic favourites or experiment with new menus, but the most important thing is to have fun. Many delicious meals are great for grilling. If you don’t eat meat, there are plenty of vegetarian options, such as eggplant, and capsicum. If it’s your first time hosting a barbecue, limit yourself to one or two main dishes and save the rest for another day.
Aside from that, make sure to include a couple of side dishes for your barbecue. You can serve the best produce of the season, such as pumpkins and sweet potatoes while waiting for the grill to heat up. They’d be fantastic as an appetiser.
Don’t forget to have some desserts as well. Everything from brownies to chocolate muffins can be baked ahead of time in the oven. Simple recipes like chocolate fudge or ice-creams would be great additions.
Sauces and Condiments
Sauces and condiments are necessary to eat your tasty dishes. At the end of the day, it depends on the menu but there are a few must-haves sauces such as ketchup, BBQ sauce, and hot sauce. Feel free to add whatever you like. While there are many wonderful barbecue sauces available at the store, making your sauce is far preferred. You can just browse the internet for barbecue sauces that are simple to make and add a personal touch to your food.
Aside from the sauces, you need to prepare some condiments. Condiments are necessary for a burger and hot dog menu. Basic condiments would be cheese, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes and red onion, but you can always add more if you want. You’ll set up all the favourite toppings, so that everyone can personalise their burgers or hot dogs.
Next, you’ll need a steady supply of beverages to keep everyone hydrated during the party. There are a few beverages that are ideal for everyone, such as cold flavoured water. Cut up fresh fruits like lemons, limes, cucumbers, and mix them with water before serving in a large dispenser with plenty of ice. Fruit punches and cardinal punches would be delicious too and you can never go wrong with fresh lemonade.
If you’re inviting mainly adults, you might want to serve alcoholic beverages. Ice-cold beer is usually a good choice and there are lots of options on the market. Consider serving red wine if you want to try something new. Red wine in general pairs nicely with barbecue-grilled foods, so there’s something for everyone. If you have extra beverages, you can simply mix them and enjoy a cocktail in the backyard garden.
Of course, the show wouldn’t be complete without the main character, the grill. If you’re looking to buy a new BBQ grill, look for one that will last for many years and save you money. When shopping for tools like a stainless-steel spatula, tongs, and a grilling fork, make sure they can handle hot temperatures.
A basting brush, as well as a flame-resistant glove and apron, will come in handy as well. Don’t forget to prepare additional gas or charcoal for the barbecue. Double-check your supplies before you begin or you’ll end up in another mess. Finally, make sure all your gear is clean and ready to be used before you start grilling.