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5 Tips to Spice up Your Summer BBQ

Updated: Jul 19, 2022

Learn how to elevate your party hosting game!

Summertime is the perfect time to get together with family and friends for a backyard BBQ. Whether you’re hosting a small group or a large party, these 5 tips will help you spice up your summer bash! From side dishes to drinks to activities, we’ve got you covered. So, fire up the grill and get cooking!

Grill some fun and unique meats, like bison or elk


Grilling season is the perfect time to branch out and try grilling new meats like elk and bison. These lean, protein-packed meats are not only a healthy alternative to grilling staples like burgers and hot dogs, but they also provide an exciting change of pace. When it comes to flavor, bison is similar to beef, while elk has a milder, slightly sweeter taste. Both types of meat are also ideal for grilling, as they stay moist and tender when cooked over medium heat. So, if you're looking for a new grilling adventure this summer, be sure to pick up some elk or bison steak at your local butcher shop. You might just find your new favorite grilling recipe. FYI, Uncle Bubby's Cow Rub is fantastic on both of these meats!

Serve up a variety of international sides like Lebanese spicy potatoes or Argentinian chimichurri

One of the best things about grilling is the opportunity to experiment with exciting new flavors. By serving up a variety of international sides, you can take your grilling game to the next level. Lebanese spicy potatoes and Argentinian chimichurri are just two of the many delicious options that are sure to please your guests. And the best part is that they're easy to make. So, fire up the grill and get ready to tantalize your taste buds. Your guests will be impressed by your skills, and you'll have a great time expanding your grilling repertoire. So go ahead and get creative. Your palette will thank you.

Set up a DIY bar with all the fixings for cocktails and mocktails

If you're looking for a way to spice up your next get-together, why not set up a DIY bar? It's the perfect way to let your guests get creative and make their own drinks. And best of all, it doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. All you need is a few basic supplies and some simple recipes. For the drinks, you'll need alcohol, mixers, fruit, and herbs. For the bar setup, you'll need glasses, ice, and garnishes. Once you have everything you need, all that's left to do is mix and enjoy! Whether you're making cocktails or mocktails, a DIY bar is guaranteed to be a hit with your guests. So go ahead and give it a try - your next party will thank you for it!

Get your game face on

A backyard tournament is a perfect way to add some excitement to your cornhole, horseshoe, or other games. By pitting friends and family against each other in a competitive setting, you can turn a casual game into an intense battle for bragging rights. And if you're feeling extra competitive, you can even put up a prize for the winner. Just be sure to set some ground rules before the games begin. That way, everyone knows what they're playing for and there won't be any hard feelings when the games are over. Maybe even make it an annual tradition. So, round up your friends and family, break out the games and get ready to have some fun. The winner will thank you for it.

Play music throughout the day to keep things lively

There's nothing like a party to get things started. By playing music throughout the day, you can keep the party atmosphere going and make sure your guests are having a good time. Whether it's your favorite songs or the latest hits, playing music is a great way to entertain your guests and keep them lively. And if you're feeling party-ready, singing along to the music is always an option! So, crank up the volume and enjoy the party.

Summer parties are all about enjoying good food with friends and family. So, get out there and fire up the grill! We’ve given you some ideas for how to make your next BBQ a little more fun, so put your own spin on things and have a great time. And don’t forget the sunscreen – it might be hot, but the memories will last a lifetime.

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