Family barbecues often occur during the warmer months of spring and summer. Family members gather to eat, drink and enjoy each other's company. While the food is the main focus of the event, there are other areas that need to be addressed to make the BBQ an enjoyable experience for all involved.
Have fun highlighting a particular region's BBQ. Different states prepare barbecue in various ways. Texas BBQ is often characterized by slow-cooked brisket and sides such as pinto beans and potato salad, while Carolina-style bbq focuses on pork basted with a vinegar-based sauce and sides such as coleslaw and deviled eggs.
Bring Your Own
Cut costs and ask family members that live outside of your household to bring a side dish that will fit in with the theme. Give suggestions for dishes and allow some people to bring drinks or paper goods as well. Then all you have to supply is the meat, and you can enjoy more time with your family.
Provide some fun for kids and adults alike with a horseshoe toss game, croquet or water balloons. Games and entertainment offer opportunities for cousins and siblings to bond. Bring a portable CD player or an MP3 player with speakers outside to supply music.
Set up chairs in the shade. Ask family members to bring their own if you don't own enough seating. Place a few chairs around the bbq pit or grill so the chef can enjoy visiting with family members while he tends to the meat.
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