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4th of July BBQ Tiops
With the 4th of July just around the corner, many of you are probably planning on having some friends and family over and participating in the grandest of Independence Day Celebrations: The BBQ.
Now you could just throw some burgers and dogs on the grill, but with just a bit of extra prep you can take your BBQ from “blah” to AMAZING.
Prepare Traditional Foods
While it is OK to include a few items that are specific to your particular family or culture, people coming to a 4th of July BBQ will expect traditional American BBQ food.
This means hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ ribs, salad, fruit salad, potato salad, chips, soda, water, and beer.
Again, feel free to add things “in addition” to the classics, but make sure the classics are there.
You don’t want to miss out on socializing with your guests because you are still in the kitchen making hamburger patties or chopping vegetables. You will probably already be spending a lot of time behind the grill as it is, there is no need to exacerbate the situation by not having condiments ready or having to bake the cookies.
Prepare all your food the night before and leave it in the fridge so that on the big day everything is ready to go before the guests even arrive and then can simply be set out or grilled as required.
Make Sure the Kids are Entertained
This doesn’t mean just stocking up on fireworks, that much is a given.
Nothing can ruin a fun day quicker than bored children, but you can avoid this with a bit of pre-planning. Buy some water balloons and let them have a fight, or perhaps rent a clown.
If the kids are happy, everyone is happy.
Remember the Ice
It is amazing how often how often people end up having to make a run to the grocery store and stand in a LONG line on the 4th because they forgot this simple, but essential piece of BBQ prep.
Even if you have an ice maker in your fridge, if you are having a larger party it is likely it won’t be able to keep up with the extra demand for drink ice. Stock up with a couple of extra bags when you are at the store buying supplies to ensure you don’t run out, especially if you are storing anything in ice chests due to low freezer space.
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