Having A Barbeque Party? Here Are Some Planning Tips

By: Jamison Rody

With any barbeque, you need guests and nice outdoor weather. When you decide to have one, always plan ahead and make sure that there are not any scheduling conflicts with guests. Usually, determining a date that works for everyone should not be a problem as long as you give everyone enough notice.

Always make sure to plan according to the weather you are having that time of year as well. In the case you live in an area with unpredictable weather, make sure to have a back up plan. Thunderstorms and rain are not something you can predict in advance, but having the barbecue party at a time of year pleasant for everyone will help. Try to plan for warmer weather, since a barbeque in the cold often will end up with people leaving with bad memories.

Barbequing has been around since the time of cavemen. It all happened when they figured out that food tasted good after cooking over an open fire. Commonly people remember what was cooked on a day of barbequing more than anything else. There are a number of foods that can be cooked on the grill. The kinds of foods served should depend on the kind of event and number of people attending.

Prepare ahead for the barbeque at least 12 to 24 hours before starting the party. Prepare and marinate any meat you plan to serve. After putting the meat away to marinate, start thinking of what kinds of side dishes you plan to have. If a traditional barbeque is what you want, then stick with the traditional types of sides like coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad, and other potatoes. Condiment bars traditionally have onions, pickles, peppers and relish. You may want to add some other things, but these kinds of things are that a traditional barbeque includes.

If you are having more of a festive event, then you may want to have a theme to it. Splurge on things such as decorations to set the atmosphere. Have things like matching napkins, tablecloths, and plates. Match the decor according to the party. For instance with a luau creatively match things such as the utensils, Tiki torches, and leis, all of which are inexpensive. The Tiki torches are something that you can even reuse later.

Make sure to set up everything up before guests start to arrive. It only takes a few minutes of time to prepare everything, but your guests will react as if you were preparing all day. Cooking while guests are coming in, provides a nice and inviting smell.

Here is one Barbeque Recipe that you may want to try


5 lbs spareribs (pork)
1 Cup water
1/3 cup margarine or butter
2 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh)
1/4 cup dry mustard
1/4 cup chili powder
Tablespoon sugar
Tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons salt
Teaspoon onion powder
Teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Cooking Instructions:

Put the spareribs in a broiler pan and cover with foil. Cook them at 450 degrees for 1.5 hours. This is great on an outdoor gas grill.

While cooking, combine the other remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan. Mix everything well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Brush the sauce on the ribs and then broil five inches from heat for 7 to 10 minutes on each side, serve rest of sauce with ribs.

And don't forget to have plenty of beverages in the cooler as well.

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And while adults are enjoying friendly conversation, the kids can be outside as well, having fun on your wood swing set. If you don't have one, now might be a good time to think about getting one. Cheap wooden swing sets are easy to find if you know where to look.

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