Enjoy your BBQ in Summer

Monday, July 14, 2014

BBQ basicsThere are few things that reflect summer then the smell of burgers on the grill, the sound of playing children and the smiling faces of friends in our backyards. You can make your summer entertaining even more memorable.

  • Make sure you prepare adequately.  Sit down and make a detailed shopping list with a variety of foods, marinades, snacks, dips, beverages, napkins, skewers and whatever else you will need. If your guests want to contribute, ask what they will bring and allow them to feel good by welcoming their contributions.


  • The most common foods to grill are hotdogs, burgers, steak, chicken and fish, but you can grill almost anything. If you feel more adventurous, make your own meat or veggie patties or grill vegetables on skewers. These are not only good for vegetarian guests, but make great side dishes. Grilled sweet potato slices are so much healthier than fries, and taste better too. 

  • You can also barbeque meat and vegetable stews, which usually take a long time and provide a good opportunity for a long visit. The smoky flavoured stew is so much better than the stews you prepare in the kitchen during winter.

  • Grill pizza dough, remove it when it is almost done, add the toppings and place it back on the grill for a few minutes. Let your guests pick their own toppings. Quesadillas are also great when filled with vegetables, topped with cheese and grilled outside.

  • If you want your guests to remember the day, grill desserts like banana bread, battered ice-cream, berries and other fruit.

  • Share the barbequing with your friends and allow them to prepare their own food. A friendly competition can always add something. It also allows your family to eat things you would never think to make.

  • Remember to keep it safe. Burning propane, wood and charcoal produce carbon monoxide, so do your barbequing outside in adequate ventilation. Keep the pets, children and inebriated adults away from the barbeque, and make sure it is placed on an even and stable surface.

 

Summer is made for days like these.