One of the best things about having a grill is inviting people over to enjoy any of the delicious things that you can make on it. Kamado grills are ridiculously versatile and can cook just about anything, and they come in a variety of sizes to cook for as few or as many people as your grilling heart desires. However, whenever you’re planning an event at your house, it can be a little stressful. Where does everyone park? What are you going to serve? How long will it take to cook? How much food do you need? Will the kids need anything special to eat? The list goes on and on.
So, next time you’re sitting down to pull up your contacts and organize a backyard BBQ, keep these tips in mind to make it as stress-free as possible:
Don’t go overboard on food
Getting to grill for a group of people can be really exciting, but that doesn’t mean that you have to grill 20 lbs of meat or provide twelve different alternatives. Going overboard is only going to stress you out. So, instead, prepare one or two different dishes and alert guests ahead of time so they can know what to expect. Additionally, get a head count before the big day so you don’t end up making too much and having to spend all your time and money on excess food.
Plan for weather
Depending on the time of year it may be blisteringly hot, ridiculously cold, or even rainy. Keep an eye on the forecast when you’re planning your barbecue and make sure that you’re properly prepared so that you don’t have to stress if the weather turns foul. On that note, the good news is that your Kamado can perform admirably in just about any weather—just make sure you are all set to face the elements!
Ask guests to bring something
You’re providing the location, and the star of the show: the barbecue meat! Instead of trying to do everything, why not ask your guests to pitch in? Most people will be happy to bring along a bag of chips, some homemade treats, or even just paper plates for easy cleanup. It will be less stress for both you and your wallet!
Skip the fancy decor
Sure, you could go all out and theme your barbecue as if it’s directly from a Pinterest page, but really, a good barbecue is about the food and the company. For a more fun, stress-free experience, skip all of the piddly extra stuff and focus on what really matters instead: having a good time!