Everyone loves to party. Whether it's birthday parties, anniversaries, baby showers, graduation celebrations, outdoor family lunches, or bachelorette parties, cooking for the crowds is never an easy task. The best way to deal with this type of large-scale party is to definitely grill at the backyard party.
Grilling is convenient because several different types of recipes can be made using a barbecue grill, be it a charcoal or gas grill. If your kitchen is busy cooking other dishes and preparing desserts, grilling in the backyard would not only be fun, it would also save the kitchen from congestion and lead to more smoking recipes. However, to host a large-scale barbecue party, you may feel a little intimidated. Here at Grills Forever, we've compiled a list of barbecue party ideas you could use to make your barbecue party an inevitable success.
How to prepare for your barbecue party?
Determine how much time you have to organize the party and make a guest list. Remember to serve everything in buffet, which is easier. Food will be served at one table, while guests will sit and eat at the other table. This way, you won't have to go in and out of the kitchen too often. Plan the recipes you plan to cook and grill, the day before and the day before. Also plan what condiments, drinks and desserts will serve for the guests. Clean grill grates, polish grill equipment, collect natural charcoal if you are using a charcoal smoking grill. If you don't have grills and smokers, buy ones that are a bit more spacious, have enough burners, and be sure to buy thermometers. The temperature of the grilled meat determines whether the grill is ready or not. Clean the racks by soaking them in vinegar and baking soda solution, then rinse with water. You can also use warm soapy water to clean the grill area and grates.
Place the guest table near the house. Arrange foods so they can be easily refilled. Keep food on the grill near your large grill. Grills are hot, so try to keep children away for safety reasons. Keep the cutlery wrapped in a napkin at the end of the buffet table. Since it is a barbecue party for a large number of people, you can send invitation cards with decorative designs on themes related to grilling or smoking. Mention the time and date, and if you want to take your party to the next level, mention a theme. To protect yourself from backyard insects, you can use citronella candles.
It may not seem like snacks are needed, but honestly, these items can really make a barbecue party work. Snacks can also be a great help if children are running. Choose simple and easy to prepare snacks that are nutritious and do not fill the guests. Try making stuffed eggs, pickles, nachos, guacamole, salsa, zucchini, lettuce, salads, etc. Use your grilling machine to smoke marinated chicken skewers and potato skewers and serve with sauce. You can also try grilling shrimp and sausages, a very easy way to create delicious appetizers.
Tips for grilling parties
You don't want your meat to look smoked and charred on the outside, but undercooked on the inside. If you are opting for a gas grill, be sure to preheat to a high temperature and set the grill area to a specific temperature, with one side of the space having a higher heat. Keep an oven thermometer nearby to check indirect heat and direct heat temperatures. What needs to be grilled should be above the space for indirect heat. Be sure to grill all sides correctly.
While measuring the temperature of grilled meat, be sure to place a thermometer in the meat without touching any bone. Beef is generally well done in a range of 130 to 160 degrees F, while pork is made to around 140 to 160 degrees F and poultry is 165 degrees F.
Some BBQ Party Ideas
Try grilling hamburgers, steaks, skewers, grilled sandwiches, hot dogs, and other barbecue items for your main course. Also, remember to cook some vegetarian dishes for your vegan friends or family. Try bean burgers with mushrooms, for example.
Fillets – Fillets are quite expensive and it is very difficult to find the proper type and cut of meat. Before grilling the steak, treat with salt on both sides, then roast the steak on high heat. Once the grill is done, allow the steak to settle for about 10 minutes.
Burgers – Burgers are very easy to make, but making a burger takes a little practice. Too thick patties would take much longer to cook, while thin patties would break easily. Also, while grilling, it is best not to repeatedly flip the patties with the spatula, as this could break the patty. Do not use the spatula to press the patty because that would drain the juices and dry the patties.
Pork – Roasting pork to perfect tenderness is quite difficult as it depends on the cut of meat. If it's tough as a pork shoulder, you'll have to slow down the grill for a long period of time. If it's soft like pork chops, then you should quickly roast over high heat.
Sausages – Hot dogs are considered favorites among barbecue parties. Before grilling sausages, you should consider the type of sausage you are about to grill. If it's fresh sausages, you need to cook them first and then grill them. Cured or smoked sausages can be heated and used with additional ingredients.
Chicken – Be careful when roasting chicken because chicken can cook too easily. Salt the chicken a day before the party, so that the juices are kept together properly inside. Preheat the grill if it is a gas grill. If it's a charcoal grill, make sure one side is filled with charcoal while the other isn't, to provide indirect heat. Brown the chicken first and then turn it over to the other side. Remove the chicken before it gets too hard and let it sit for about 20 minutes. If the boneless chicken is what you are cooking on the grill, let it marinate for a few hours before grilling, then flip it every 6 minutes until cooked through.
Fish – Thinking of grilling fish? It's actually a great idea, because fish are easy to grill. Simply lay the skin of the fish down, cover the grill, and remove the cover after a while. You will not need to flip the fish at all. Be sure to grease the grill grate first. Always choose a meaty fish such as salmon or trout.
Prepare a small table or shelf that has seasonings for the guests. You can design the containers in a unique way and even label them to make it easier for the guests. Seasonings should include mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce, sweet chili sauce, tartar sauce, cayenne pepper hot sauce, hot pepper jelly, salt, sugar and anything else that can be used to season the food.
Drinks, Desserts and Juices
Your guests would like to cool off in the hot sun, so the first thing you have to do is open the pool for them. Even if you don't have a pool, you can set up a kiddie pool for kids and a bigger one for adults. If that can't be managed, you can set up seats and tables with umbrellas on top for guests. But if you're having the party over the winter, you don't need to think about any of this.
However, if it rains, umbrellas might be a good idea after all. You can get pans for roasting indoors if outdoors is ultimately not possible. Make drinks and make desserts and juices that will impress your guests. This is an area where you can use your imagination and creativity. Try making frosted cookie bars, banana tarts, cream tarts, watermelon slushies or popsicles, lemonade cookies, meringue, berry trifles, cheesecake brownies, punch, and various types of fruit juices. This would not only chill the guests, these generally have high nutritional value and taste just as good. However, make sure drinks and juices are kept on a separate stand to avoid spilling on the buffet table.
Use folding chairs and make sure your outdoor furniture is waterproof. Garden stools can be used as a footrest or as a drink holder. You can also configure other types of light colored chairs if you want to decorate your backyard. You can add cushions, rugs, and colorful beanbags so guests can relax and unwind, play, and liven up the party. You can even light up the patio with homemade lanterns if the barbecue party is at night, or just buy lighting.
Following these tips will allow you to organize a memorable and perfect barbecue experience for your neighbors to talk about for years. . However, if you have room for more imagination, feel free to take creative approaches to using these guidelines. Be sure to think hard about the guests involved in your party. You could present dance games and fun with music and maybe some delicious karaoke presentations to make your barbecue party unforgettable.