How to Host the Best Backyard BBQ


This season’s bright and warm weather won’t last forever, so make the most of the beautiful last days of summer and first days of fall by hosting a backyard BBQ. Here are some tips, tricks, and suggestions to help get the party started when you fire up the grill and get cookin’ for family and friends.


Do the Décor Yourself
It doesn’t take much to spruce up the space around the grill. Plastic picnic tablecloths, disposable utensils, and paper cups and plates make both set-up and clean-up a breeze. Use whatever crepe paper, streamers, or party supplies you have around the house left over from birthday parties, holiday celebrations, or other special occasions. You could also check your supermarket’s clearance aisle or the nearest dollar store for affordable party accouterments.


Get Creative
If you’re planning to throw some hot dogs on the grill, remember that ketchup and mustard aren’t the only condiments in town. Put a new twist on a backyard barbecue favorite with these 14 delicious ideas for hot dog toppings, from nacho cheese and tortilla chips to hummus and roasted red peppers.


Don’t Forget the Side Dishes
Tried-and-true barbecue favorites from the grill can look lonely on the plate without some side options, so be sure to whip up a few of your own — or ask guests to bring a dessert or side item, potluck style. Try this egg salad recipe or these bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapeno poppers. And, don’t forget to save room for dessert!


Crank the Tunes
A little music can go a long way in creating a fun atmosphere for a party, so consider pre-making a playlist or enlisting a musically inclined friend to bring his or her guitar to your barbecue. Pump the tunes through your home audio system and turn up the volume, or move the speakers outside.