If you want your guests to be talking about your next BBQ for ages to come, then you need to pull out all the stops. Mix things up a bit with new recipes and the drinks as well. Be prepared to show off your grilling skills and serve some exciting sides too. With a couple of nice touches, you can also create a lovely atmosphere in your yard and transform it into the perfect place to entertain. Here are five ways to make an impression at your next family BBQ.
Create a magical atmosphere
Transform your outside space with a few decorations and new lighting. You could use solar string lights to create a magical atmosphere, for example. These will charge during the day and automatically switch on when the sun starts to go down. Set up a few candles as well. You could even make lanterns from recycled mason jars. This way you can maintain a cozy, intimate setting in your yard and enjoy the warm summer evening for longer.
Try a show-stopping recipe
It’s good to include the classics at your BBQ such as burgers, steak, or grilled vegetables, but you may also want to add a show-stopper. You could try this whole grilled chicken on the big green egg recipe, for example. The secret is to cook a whole chicken standing up with a can of beer inside. This may sound unusual but it’s a fun and unique way to achieve perfectly grilled chicken. Your guests will definitely be impressed, and this recipe won’t break the bank either.
Show off your mixology skills
It’s not only about the food, you could also make delicious cocktails. Show off your mixology skills and introduce your guests to your latest concoctions. You could mix fruit frozen cocktails, which are perfect for the summer, or opt for something a little more smart such as an espresso martini after dinner. If you want to ensure success, opt for tried and tested recipes.
Serve tasty new sides
You can whip up a few simple, yet elegant sides to accompany your grilled mains. Things like homemade coleslaw are much better than store-bought and only need a few basic ingredients. Two or three sides plus salad should suffice, so it’s worth making these yourself. You could even consider making your own ketchup or BBQ sauce. If you’re stuck for ideas, take your BBQ to the next level with these sensational sides.
Be prepared in advance
For everything to go smoothly on the day, it’s good to be prepared in advance. Have all your sides ready and the yard set up before your guests arrive. You can then relax and enjoy yourself. Take turns in cooking and alternate grilling shifts. The great thing about cooking in the backyard is that you won’t have to leave your guests for long. You can ensure you provide an entertaining environment as well as delicious food and drinks. This way, you can really make an impression at your next BBQ.
How have you made an impression at your family BBQ? Let me know in the comments below!