The Ultimate Back Yard Party


Planning the Ultimate Backyard Barbecue


Imag­ine your back­yard filled with hap­py chat­ter and laugh­ter, good friends and fam­i­ly enjoy­ing every moment with the whiff of the bar­be­cue build­ing antic­i­pa­tion for the feast to come. The steaks siz­zle with flames lick­ing up through the grill, smoke laden with the aro­ma of choice meats and select cuts stir pri­mor­dial desires to sur­round the fire.

Sum­mer full of excit­ing back­yard par­ties, now’s the best time to sharp­en your bar­be­cue-plan­ning skills to per­fec­tion ! We’ve got every­thing you need to host a suc­cess­ful out­door bash, from prep to cleanup !

A Week-By-Week Guide to Prepping for Your Barbecue

Throw­ing the per­fect bar­be­cue par­ty means kick­ing things into gear ear­ly. Don’t wait till the last minute ! To make sure every­thing runs smooth­ly, use this handy sched­ule to keep your plans on track :

Two Weeks Before the Barbecue

Make a guest list. Send out invi­ta­tions or call your guests to tell them about your par­ty.

Cre­ate a shop­ping list. Based on how many guests you’ll have, start plan­ning your menu and make a list of all the ingre­di­ents and non-food sup­plies you’ll need for the bar­be­cue. If you want your guests to help out by bring­ing sal­ad, appe­tiz­ers or dessert to the bar­be­cue, call them up and ask them to con­tribute to the potluck.

Test your grill. Take your BBQ for a test dri­ve and make sure it’s clean and in ship-shape well before the par­ty. Make sure it has enough propane or char­coal.

Order rentals. If you need to rent any out­door equip­ment like tents, chairs, tables, etc., start mak­ing those arrange­ments now.

A Few Days Before the Barbecue

Go shop­ping. Buy all the non­per­ish­able food and drinks on your menu, as well as uten­sils and dec­o­ra­tions.

Get a head start. Start prepar­ing any foods and desserts that can be made and stored ahead of time.

Take a head count. Call all of your guests to con­firm who’s com­ing and what food items they’re bring­ing.

Start dec­o­rat­ing. If pos­si­ble, set up your tables, chairs and dec­o­ra­tions. Make sure the seat­ing is in a shady, com­fort­able area in the yard. Place a cou­ple of big garbage bins in easy-to-access spots.

The Day Before the Barbecue

Do some last-minute shop­ping. Get a suf­fi­cient sup­ply of ice, condi­ments, meats and oth­er per­ish­able foods.

Prep the meat. Mar­i­nate your meats the night before the par­ty to make sure they’re extra-tasty when you grill them. Store them in the fridge.

Make last-minute dish­es. Pre­pare and store all the per­ish­able foods you’ll be serv­ing at the par­ty.

Clean The Bar­be­cue and Grill
Avoid The Nasty Taste

Noth­ing spoils the food faster than com­bin­ing pre­vi­ous residue and ran­cid fats to fresh meat and oth­er foods.

Clean out the trays and burn the residue to inert ash. That’s right turn it on high and burn it off. Be pre­pared, it will smoke, then dis­ap­pear with all byprod­ucts reduced to ash. Use a grill brush to scrape the grate clean of any car­bon par­ti­cles. Remove and emp­ty the catch tray and your bar­be­cue is ready to cook mouth-water­ing siz­zling steak.

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Bar­be­cue Rec­om­men­da­tions

The Day of the Barbecue

Fin­ish dec­o­rat­ing. Make the final adjust­ments to your décor and seat­ing arrange­ments. Orga­nize cups, plates, uten­sils, sal­ads, side dish­es, condi­ments, etc., on a buf­fet-style table. Make sure any food items are cov­ered to pro­tect them from heat and bugs !

Set up the drinks sta­tion. Fill your cool­er with ice and stock it with plen­ty of drinks so they’re nice and cold by the time your guests arrive. Remem­ber to fre­quent­ly replen­ish the ice sup­ply through­out the day.

Pre­pare fresh appe­tiz­ers. Cut and prep fresh fruits and veg­gies and keep them in the fridge until guests arrive.

Fire up the grill. Set up your grill and start cookin’! Keep an eye on the meats and ensure they’re being grilled at the prop­er grilling tem­per­a­tures.

Enjoy ! Spend the day hav­ing fun with your fam­i­ly and friends !

After the Barbecue

Put away the left­overs. Wrap up any left­over per­ish­able food right away and store them in the fridge. (That includes meats, sal­ad, cheeses and spreads.) If there’s enough to go around, give some left­overs to your guests to take home.

Clean up. Throw away the trash and clean and dis­in­fect tables and chairs. Don’t for­get to thor­ough­ly clean your grill too.

Stock up for your next BBQ bash. Hang on to any unused uten­sils and save them for your next fab­u­lous back­yard bar­be­cue.

The Essential Barbecue Checklist

Too busy to write up a shop­ping list ? Don’t sweat it. We already cre­at­ed one for you, com­plete with all the BBQ basics. Just print it out and get ready to start grilling ! Down­load our print­able BBQ Check­list before you head to the store ! Here’s what you’ll need :


  • Ham­burg­ers
  • Hot dogs
  • Ribs
  • Steak
  • Chick­en

Appetizers And Side Dishes

  • Sal­ad
  • Veg­gies
  • Chips and dip
  • Cheese and crack­ers
  • Fin­ger foods
  • Rice
  • Corn on the cob
  • Pota­toes


  • Ketchup
  • Mus­tard
  • Bar­be­cue sauce
  • Steak sauce


  • Let­tuce
  • Toma­to slices
  • Onions
  • Pick­les
  • Cheese slices
  • Chili

Buns, rolls and wraps


  • Fruit
  • Ice cream
  • Cake
  • Cheese­cake
  • Cook­ies


  • Water
  • Soda
  • Juice
  • Beer
  • Wine
  • Cock­tails

*Good host safe dri­ve home.

The Stuff

Cool­er, Ice Buck­ets And Ice

Out­door Dec­o­ra­tions

Char­coal Or Propane

Grilling Tools

Nap­kins And Paper Tow­els

Dis­pos­able Plates, Table­cloths And Uten­sils

  • Forks
  • Knives
  • Spoons
  • Cups

Alu­minum Foil And Plas­tic Wrap

Trash Bins And Garbage Bags

Sep­a­rate Plat­ters For Raw And Grilled Meats

Stor­age Con­tain­ers For Left­overs

Will you be host­ing a back­yard bar­be­cue this sum­mer ? Tell us how you plan on mak­ing it extra-awe­some for your friends and fam­i­ly !