Our 10 Tips to Host Your Best Ever Barbecue!

Did you know that May is National Barbecue Month? Here’s why Team VWP is excited -- barbecues mean great people, great food and Summer weather.

It turns out, no one really knows the origins of barbecuing, but the US has embraced National Barbecue Month since the 60s.

Be the host with the most:

 1. Plan your location. Find a park, campground or common area if you don’t have a place of your own.

 2. Prep your grill. Clean and season your grill as needed and stock up on whatever fuel source you need.

 3. Clean out your coolers. When was the last time you did that?

 4. Invite a couple of friends to join you and split up who’s responsible for appetizers, meat, bread, veggies, sides, beverages and paper goods. Oh, and ice, ice, and maybe some ice.

 5. Try a new recipe. How about a Mango Habanero Salsa? Maybe a new dry rub or a killer layered dip.

 6. Check the weather and make any last minute adjustments to time, place or an escape route from an impromptu hail storm.

 7. Cue the mood lighting. Depending on what time you start, you may want to have string lights and tiki torches at the ready to keep the good times rolling when the sun goes down.

 8. Don’t forget the music. Test out a playlist or station on your favorite music platform to make sure it’s lively enough to keep energy high. Now is a great time to opt in for a free trial on Spotify, Pandora, or YouTube Music to get rid of those pesky ads, even if you cancel right after your barbecue. For an always free option, check out iHeartRadio.

 9. Give yourself plenty of time. Barbecues are supposed to be an all-day affair so you can relax, live slowly, and soak in the sun and good company.

 10. Have to-go containers for your guests to take home leftovers. The last thing you want is to eat 5 gallons of potato salad by yourself. If you are hosting and you know you want leftovers, set yours aside first so you know everything else needs to go home with your guests.

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