Maintaining your grill properly is very important if you want to enjoy the American tradition of barbecuing. Outdoor barbecue grills are simple gadgets and, if properly cared for, they can give you years of barbecue fun.
When you decide to have a portable barbecue, you need to plan what foods you will be serving. In addition to deciding on the type of meat to grill, you must also consider which side dishes you want to prepare for the meal.
Whether you are organizing a simple family barbecue in your backyard or a special barbecue party to celebrate some important event, advance planning is essential.
There are many foods that can be served and your barbecue menu will differ depending on the preferences of your family, friends or guests, as well as on the occasion.
The most important element to consider when organizing a barbecue however is the weather. Because you will be eating outside, you obviously should plan to hold barbecues at a time of the year when the weather is most likely to be suitable. Pay attention to weather forecasts and try to set aside a backup date should the weather turn.
You need to start preparing food for the barbecue in advance. Make sure you begin to thaw meat at least 12 hours prior to the event then let it soak in the marinade (in your refrigerator) as you start to prepare the side dishes.
Barbecue menus vary considerably. When you decide on the items you want to include in your menu, be sure to allow enough time for food preparation. This is important even if you are organizing a simple family barbecue of grilled hamburgers and hot dogs served with potato salad and coleslaw.