10 Tips to Throw the Best Summer BBQ

Summer is the perfect time to spend with friends and family and cook up a delicious meal on the grill.  To throw the best barbecue this summer, keep these 10 tips in mind:

  1. Pick a theme.  Select a theme and carry it through from the decorations to the food.
  2. Bring the entertainment.   While spending time with friends is fun, your barbecue will be an even bigger hit if you provide entertainment with a good sound system and classic backyard games.
  3. Think past the burger.  While hot dogs and burgers are great classic barbecue foods, make sure to expand and grill some seafood and vegetables.
  4. Keep it safe.  Keep in mind that barbecues have an open flame.  Make sure to take the proper safety precautions, such as keeping a fire extinguisher nearby when grilling.
  5. Let your meat be.  Moving your food around on the grill too much can interfere with the cooking process and the flavor.
  6. Let your meat sit.  Once your meat comes off the grill, give it time to sit.  Keep in mind that the meat will continue to cook after you take it off, so make sure to plan ahead and pull it off early.
  7. Choose your fuel.  Natural charcoal or wood chunks, such as apple, cherry, hickory, cedar, birch, or maple can all give food a distinct flavor.
  8. Start the day before.  While your guests may not be showing up for at least 24 hours, planning ahead and marinating your meat for at least 24 hours can give the food great flavor.
  9. Think about the drinks.  While you may like a margarita, some of your guests may prefer to have sparkling water or juice.  Make sure to have enough options for everyone.
  10. Do not be cheap.  The price of your food will be apparent in the flavor, so the cheaper you go, the less flavor your dish will have.

The Alliance Group encourages everyone to spend time with their loved ones around the grill this summer, and reminds you to contact them with all of your insurance coverage needs in New York.