I'm no grill master. I leave that to my husband. But, I do love hosting cookouts in the summer. There's just something about playing ladder ball while sipping fruity cocktails amid the smell of charcoal.
While backyard parties are a blast, hosting is more than just throwing out a veggie platter and a bowl of potato salad and making sure there are enough hot dog buns. It can be stressful.
With the help of barbecue experts, I've come up with eight tips to hosting an amazing backyard barbecue without totally stressing out. A glass of wine won't hurt either.
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This may sound like a lot of work or even a bit cheesy, but surprisingly a theme can make your life easier and your party more fun. With a Mexican theme, serve grilled fish tacos, guacamole and margaritas, or serve burgers, brats and Berghoff beer for a Chicago barbecue theme, for example.
"It creates a more fun and memorable event," says Debi Lilly, chief eventeur of A Perfect Event in Chicago.
Create a menu based on the theme-everything from drinks and appetizers to main dish, sides and dessert, Lilly says. Plan your guest list, figure out how much food is needed and what guests can bring.