Planning a BBQ
If you schedule a small event with some friends or a big bbq with many guests, it is worth making a good planning.
Call or send out invites you to get an idea of who’s coming and how many people you should be planning for. You’re going to need enough meat, drinks, food utensils and seating equipment to accommodate everyone.
It is nice to share the workload (and possibly the cost) with the guests if you are planning a large event. People are always happy to help, so don’t be shy and just ask for help.
Decide who will bring what dishes, other refreshments or equipment you need, such as extra chairs, tables or utensils. If your barbecue isn’t big enough, you can ask someone to lend his or hers or just rent one for the occasion.
A Clean BBQ
Make sure the barbecue is clean (read our bbq cleaning guide) and works well. If it has been for a time, you may want to clean it and test it first. A BBQ grill brush is adequate with most self-cleaning grills. Most experts say that meat tastes better if you just let the previous run burn on high fire for a few minutes before using it again.
A couple of days before
The big day is fast approaching. Call to make sure who’s coming and what food or things they’re planning to bring. By adjusting your shopping list accordingly, prepare for any missing guests or last minute additions.
Start setting up tables and chairs when you can. Get all the utensils and adornments. Allow any meal you can beforehand. Some frozen cakes or products baked in the home can be made in advance. Check to ensure your grill has enough lighter fluid, gas, coals or wood. Gather some extra supplies, such as entertainment facilities.
Set up your tables and chairs. Line tables with paper or plastic tablecloths to make sure they’re not knocked over. Set up any decorations, such as banners, flags, or other decorative accessories. If it’s a hot afternoon, try putting a tarp or a blanket in the shade or putting tables under the shade of the trees. Put trash bags in plain sight for quick disposal of garbage. If it’s an evening bbq, set up citronella candles to keep the mosquitoes away.
Set up a buffet style table or two. Organize plates and utensils at one end, with cutlery in cups for quick picking. Salads, side dishes, spreads and garnishes can be put on another table, just be sure you can cover the perishables with heat and insects.
Make sure that the tank is full and works properly if you have a gas grill. Make sure you have plenty of fuel and lighter fluid when you have a more conventional barbecue. Fire grilling up. Open the top to properly heat the grill up. Clean barbecue rack. Do this with a brush of metal grill, then put half an onion on a metal grill fork, dip in oil, and rub through the grill. This will ensure that the grill is extra clean and that the meat will not stick.
Ensure you have all the tools for grilling. They ought to be clean, sharp and ready for use. Have over a pair of tongs for different types of meat. Never touch the grill with your hands, or cook food. Using equipment and pliers when placing meat on the grill. Set Rates of Fire. Make sure the fire is strong enough to cook meat but not too hot, otherwise it will burn your food.
Light Your BBQ
Place the meat on the grill in time. For example, the chicken wings take longer than other meat types. You may have to put a few steaks or burgers on the grill for longer, depending on how your guests like their red meat cooked. Fish are in the middle someplace. Grill on a separate rack also any veggies. Many vegetables on the cob-such as carrots, onions, and corn-take longer. Peppers and tomatoes and zucchinis do not require much time at all.
Keep separate plates for different meats, and keep the meat covered. Not only do you want to keep your grilled meats hot, but covering them keeps them from spoiling faster and protects them from insects.
Try to avoid inhaling smoke from the barbecue. Don’t leave the barbecue unattended for too long. If you have to, close the barbecue and warn the children to keep clear.
After the Barbecue
It’s time to clean up. But if you’re well trained, this can also be enjoyable. Ask some of your visitors to spend some more time cleaning up if you want.
Wrap peregrinate (meat, vegetables, cheeses and spreads leftover) immediately and put it in a refrigerator. Give to ready guests if you have anything left over. Throw away all the waste, including scraps of food.
Switch the barbecue off. After use, carefully clean the grill. Read our BBQ Cleaning Guide