4 Tips for Hosting Your Next Backyard BBQ

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April 23, 2021 1:41:19 PM PDT April 23, 2021 1:41:19 PM PDTrd, April 23, 2021 1:41:19 PM PDT

As the weather breaks in the colder climate regions, people’s thoughts turn to outdoor entertainment. Most importantly the backyard BBQ. Are you ready? 

Choosing Your Grill

We all know the basics. An outdoor grill, meat, friends, drinks and entertainment for the kids. Whether you are dyed in the wool adherent to real barbecue grilling over a bed of charcoal, a big green egg or a fancy stainless steel propane gas cook station, the first thing that you always need to have is fuel. If you mainly use charcoal grills, you should always have hardwood briquettes on hand. It’s best to use the ones with the most amount of actual wood and the best way to accomplish that is to stick with the name brands. While it is great to save a little money with the store brands, they tend to ash up prolifically and generate less heat. The other option is lump charcoal, burned wood that lights easily, burns hot and burns fast. Great for hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken breast and a quick sear, but not quite hot enough for cooking larger cuts of roasts. 


The everyday bbq griller that wants simplicity and no burning wood smell is best to stick with a propane grill. It does not flavor the food as well, but it lights with a push of a button and is ready to go in 10 minutes. Always make sure that you have at least one spare tank of propane since there is nothing worse than having a large group of guests waiting while you figure out where you can find another propane tank on Sunday afternoon.

Automatic Sliding Door

Before and during the party, you will have multiple trips back and forth into the house. This involves juggling utensils, drinks, trays of food, even bringing out tables and chairs to set up. Opening and closing the back door can get old quickly, and keeping it open allows mosquitos and flies to enter. That is why purchasing an automatic sliding door open can be a very good investment. Automatic Exterior Door openers are easy to install and use very little electricity. Many door opening systems even have an auto retract safety feature that will open the exterior door back up if it detects an obstacle in the way. Your guests, and you, will love the automatic door at your next backyard BBQ. 

Preparing the Dishes

Before the guest arrives, you want to be ready. While you can’t cook the hamburgers before they come, you can get everything else ready. First, plan who is preparing what dishes, picking the best barbecue foods. Is your household making everything? What are your guests bringing? You don’t want to make everything, but you also don’t need three people bringing pasta salad.

Once you have that coordinated, now is the time to make sure you are ready. Make sure you have ketchup, mustard and barbecue sauce for the main dishes. Prepare the burger toppings. Cut the lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and more. Remember, it’s always better to have a bit extra than a too little. And make sure you have enough serving platters and utensils, for both yourself and if guests need it for their dishes. 

Set Up Yard Games

Keeping your guests entertained is important. Having a few lawn games incorporated into your backyard design can make the day more fun for both children and adults in attendance. Many are easy to set up and can be purchased in many stores, such as corn hole, spike ball and kan jam. Plus, those are very mobile, and can be brought to picnics, bbqs, and beaches alike. Or get a more versatile toy and set up a net. You can play loads of games, such as volleyball, badminton, or even tennis.