Nothing says summer like a BBQ with friends and family. Memorial Day is approaching and you should be celebrating your time off work with a customary day of fun-in-the-sun with an awesome BBQ. You don’t have to break the bank to host a great event. Some of the best get-togethers have been thrown together last minute. Here are some tip and tricks to throw a Memorial Day BBQ on the cheap.
Utilize Public Parks. You don’t need to have a huge backyard or a fancy grill to host an awesome party. Look into reserving a gazebo at your local park. Most of these places already have on-site BBQs, so all you will have to provide is the coal and the food.
BYOB. Two of the biggest expenses you’ll incur is money spent on meat and alcohol. Have your friends bring a case of beer or a bottle of wine to share. You can take care of the meat/main entrée and they can bring the libations.
Dress Up Old Favorites. If you’re planning on grilling the standard burgers for your crowd, think about adding an extra element to kick up the flavor a notch. You can add bleu cheese, onions or bacon to the inside of your burgers before you throw them on the grill. Your guests will be pleasantly surprised.
The Magic is in the Marinade. You don’t have to spend your whole BBQ budget on an expensive porterhouse or pricey chicken breasts. If you have a killer marinade, the cut won’t matter as much. The best part is that you can prep the meat the day before and let it soak overnight. This will ensure the marinade penetrates deep into your meat.
Mix Your Own Marinade and Rubs. Why spend extra on bottled marinades and rubs? You can make your own at home for a fraction of the cost.
Take Care of Your Grill. If you make sure to clean it properly before and after grilling, it should last you a very long time. Constantly having to replace a grill can get costly.
Use Less Fuel. There is no reason to dump an entire 10 pound bag of charcoal onto your grill unless you’re cooking for a large group. Three pound is good for six people. If you’re using propane, you don’t need to keep it on high the entire cook time (the first 5 minutes should do).
Let the Professional Cook. I am not talking about hiring a chef to grill for your BBQ, however, you should pass the task on to the person who has the most experience grilling. There is nothing worse than burnt or dry food at a BBQ. Not only is it not tasty, but you just wasted the food you bought. That is money out the window. So either do your homework or let the grill-master step up to the plate.
Now you have all the tools and tricks to hosting a great Memorial Day BBQ for your friends and family. Enjoy your long weekend off work!
– By Lana Evans, Editor @Lana_Evans2