Summertime never fails to deliver its pleasant surprises—the gentle breezes, a brilliant sun, a brazen blue sky decorated with small patches of glaring white, and a vibrant landscape flush with life and color.
So, what’s the best way to enjoy your summer? With the ultimate summer BBQ.
PLANNING PICTURE-PERFECT PICNICS
Here are a few tips to get you thinking about picnicking:1
MAKE IT A POTLUCK
Send text or email invitations to friends with the promise of a sweet, delicious time in the great outdoors. Ask participants to bring sides and drinks or to help with the main course.
MAKE IT SIMPLE
You can go nuts with BBQ picnics with sprawling spreads, but that’s a lot of hard work. You want to have fun with family and friends. Reduce your summer BBQ offerings to a half dozen tasty recipes, each one unique and delicious.
All that eating makes Jack a thirsty boy. If you’re going to do a picnic in rustic style, you’re going to have to do the brewskis. Beer and summer BBQ go together. But get creative. Instead of the standard picnic libations, explore using some exotic drink recipes.2 We’re thinking grapefruit and rosemary cocktail. Or perhaps a virgin mojito. Imagine a coconut lavender lemonade.
MUSIC EQUALS ATMOSPHERE
Music adds the right touch of ambiance to your summer BBQ. While you may want to tailor your playlist to your picnic participants, you would do well to remember to go with summer-themed songs.
Here are a few classic summer songs to get you humming and hopping:3
• “Surfin’ Safari,” the Beach Boys, 1962
• “Summertime,” Billy Stewart, 1966
• “Wipeout,” Fat Boys and the Beach Boys, 1987
• “Cruel Summer,” Bananarama, 1983
• “Summertime Blues,” Eddie Cochran, 1958
You have to have some activities for your fellow picnickers. Nothing fancy. How about croquet, horseshoes, bocce ball, badminton, or lawn bowling? You can even get out the spray paint cans and create a lawn Twister board.4
A good rule is to keep it simple for your outdoor setup. You’re there to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. All you need is a few blankets, tablecloths, seating, tables, and maybe decorative or holiday-style lighting or other displays (that is, if you want to get fancy). And you’re set. After all, picnics are all about enjoying the outdoors.
You simply can’t forget dessert. A picnic is not a picnic unless you have some sweets—and the more gooey and messier the better. How about grilled s’more banana packets?5
RECIPES FOR YOUR SUMMER BBQ
You have an outline for your picnic. Now you’re looking for some really delicious picnic recipes, with a definite BBQ twist.
How about grilled pork chops?6 Reviewers gave this recipe five stars. Eight half-inch bone-in pork chops will do the trick for this one. Visit the Food Network for more details.
You can double or triple the serving quantities in recipes for larger picnics.
You may start the picnic munch time with a shaved vegetable salad.7 You’ll need a mandolin slicer for this one.
There’s more. May we introduce to you lemony grilled salmon?8 It serves four, and even your landlubber friends will love it. You’ll need four 6-ounce skin-on salmon fillets.
Hamburgers! You can’t have summer BBQ, a picnic, and a pleasant summer afternoon without juicy burgers.
The steak frites burger 9 will make you stand up and salute the good ole U.S. of A. You’ll need four hamburger patties to get started on this one.
MORE OUTDOOR DELICIOUSNESS
Here are other dishes we’re sure you’ll find absolutely scrumptious:
• Brace yourself for the guacamole burger.10
• And it doesn’t have to be early in the day to serve cheesy breakfast burgers.11
Visit Delish 12 to get more recipes to give your picnickers an experience they’ll never forget. We hope you enjoyed these tips on throwing the ultimate backyard BBQ this summer.