How to throw a Foolproof Family BBQ
Our daily lives have been transformed, but as we’ve seen through our windows – the world outside is still growing and seasons are continuing to change. While this year’s gatherings may look different from years past, getting outside with your immediate family to celebrate the unofficial start of summer with a BBQ could be the perfect break your family needs.
If you are tired of eating packaged goods that you bulk purchased at the store, use this BBQ as an excuse to not only get some fresh air, but to eat fresh ingredients too. If you are looking for some menu inspiration, read on for a few recipes that are sure to make an appearance at our BBQs this year:
- Sip on something refreshing
All good parties start with a delicious drink and your family BBQ should be no exception. Kick off your family gathering by whipping up a batch of refreshing, watermelon mojito mocktails that everyone can enjoy. For the adults, you can transform these drinks into cocktails with a splash of rum.
- Whip up drool-worthy sides
Once you’ve got your drinks in hand and the grill fired up, it’s time to turn your attention to side dishes – Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be the only meal during the year where you look forward to the sides just as much as the main dish! A fool proof side is grilled veggies – drizzled with a tasty marinade and served hot – this dish can be prepped earlier in the day to make dinner time a breeze.
- Try no-heat cooking
As summer nears, no-heat recipes start looking more appealing. Salad is a go-to option for heat-less cooking, but if you are looking to try a new alternative, check out this white bean and avocado salad. This protein-filled salad can stand on its own for a lunch or makes a great side for grilling.
- Finish with something sweet
You might be surprised to hear the grill can be used for dessert too. Take advantage of the grill being fired up and throw some of your favorite stone fruits, like peaches, apricots or plums, on for a caramelized sweet treat. You can enjoy these on their own or serve with a scoop of ice cream for extra sweetness.