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Spring and summer are great times for BBQs and barbecues! In some parts of the world, barbecues are a year round tradition. They are almost always informal, everyone loves the food, drinks and atmosphere, and they can be both simple and economical for the host. Still, to be sure that nothing is forgotten and in order to increase the chances of a smooth event, a BBQ checklist is a must.

When deciding on when to have a BBQ

  • Decide on a date and start time.
  • Decide whether or not there’s a theme or not.
  • Make a guest list. Call, send, text, tweet, whatsapp, Facebook, email out invitations.
    • Ask for any special dietary requirements or food allergies.
  • Plan the menu accordingly. If you know there are specialty items necessary, you should take this time to check on availability and pre-order if necessary.
  • If any arrangements need to be made for extra tables or chairs, awnings or canopies, etc., this is also the appropriate time to take care of that.
  • If the BBQ has enough guests to merit it, you may want to consider drafting a “division of labour” sheet to ensure all aspects of the event are covered.

A Few Days Before the BBQ

  • Purchase all non-perishable food and drinks
  • Buy condiments:
    • mayonnaise
    • mustard
    • relish
    • pickles
  • Buy drinks:
    • Water
    • Orange juice
    • Cranberry juice
    • Sodas
    • Mixers
    • Alcohol (unless it’s bring your own)
  • Buy the items that allow your guests to eat with:
    • Paper plates
    • Napkins
    • Plastic utensils
    • Paper cups
    • Straws
  • Buy the items to have a BBQ:
    •  If you’re using a charcoal BBQ:
      • Charcoal
      • Firelighters
      • Matches or a lighter
    •  If you’re using a gas BBQ:
      • Make sure the gas cylinder is full or have a spare just in case.
    •  If you’re using a wood BBQ:
      • Wood
      • Firelighters
      • Matches or a lighter
  • If your BBQ is themed, purchase or arrange for decorations if necessary or desired.
  • Make and store any foods that can be prepared ahead of time to save work on the day of the get together.

The Day Before

  • Assuming you can store it overnight, get loads of ice!
  • Prepare last minute dishes such as salads.
  • Decorate the guest area.
  • Clean the grill on the BBQ.
  • Check to make sure there is sufficient charcoal, wood or gas for the barbecuing.
  • Pick up any meats that are to be cooked and place them into marinade(s) or rub the meat down with spices, and refrigerate.

The Day of the BBQ

  • Thaw frozen meats early in the morning.
  • Cut and prepare any vegetables.
  • Set up a drinks area for the drinks, with containers, ice chests and plenty of ice.
  • Setup the food area and eating utensils.
  • Put at least a couple large trash containers and bin bags in sight but out of the guest’s way.
  • Lastly, you’re all set to cook, socialize, and enjoy the barbecue with your guests. Hope you have fantastic weather!

About Joanna

Checklistables.com Co-Founder Joanna Miller

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