Your Backyard BBQ Guide for Great Summer BBQ Ideas

June 24, 2024

Here in Texas, we know that there’s never a bad time for a backyard barbecue. But we also know that summertime is the prime season for heating the grill, inviting the neighbors over, and having a cookout. One great thing about a barbecue is that it doesn’t have to be very complicated. When it comes to summer BBQ ideas, all you need is a good spot and a tasty menu. If you grill it, they will come. Without further ado, here’s your backyard BBQ guide from Candela, guaranteed to make your backyard the place to be this summer!

Setting the Stage for Your Backyard BBQ!

You’ll need a few things to ensure your backyard is ready before you execute all your summer BBQ ideas and host the greatest backyard party of the season. For starters, you’ll need a grill that’s big enough to cook for everyone coming. Of course, food is only part of the equation for a cookout. You’ll also need to be sure that your backyard offers adequate seating for everyone, as well as games and entertainment, especially for gatherings with kids.

You’ll also want to stock up. Not only will you need a well-planned menu, but you’ll also want to be sure that you have plenty of fuel for your grill, whether it relies on wood, charcoal, or propane. Running out partway through your big shindig isn’t something any of us wants to contemplate.

Planning the Menu!

No matter how well prepared you are for your get-together, though, it isn’t a cookout without something to cook! That’s where your menu comes in, and planning your menu is the most important part of getting ready for a backyard barbecue. For starters, you should be aware of your guests, what they might like, and any dietary restrictions they may have. Here in Texas, we tend to love cooking up some classics like brisket, ribs, or something as simple as hot dogs and burgers. Vegetarians love a good barbecue, too, and you don’t want to overlook the possibilities of veggie skewers or other dishes.

While the main course may be the star of the show, side dishes, and appetizers give even novice barbecue chefs a chance to shine, and they’re a way to demonstrate some creativity. Potato and pasta salad may be traditional favorites, but consider other fun options such as chips and guac or slices of watermelon, which are especially refreshing on a hot summer day. Of course, don’t forget things like buns, toppings, and condiments.

Speaking of refreshing, having the right beverages on hand is just as important as cooking up some delicious food. Many barbecue hosts offer up a mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic choices, and you can choose from endless options of mouth-watering and thirst-quenching drinks, from sangria to lemonade. If you’re an adventurous bartender, you can even create a signature cocktail just for your barbecue! Whatever you serve, you should also be sure to have plenty of water on hand to help everyone stay hydrated.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a backyard BBQ guide without some tips on where to stage your perfect cookout. The answer, naturally, is your backyard. That means you want a spacious backyard where guests feel at home and where you’ll feel proud to host them. The best place to find a backyard like that is at Candela, our master-planned community in Richmond, Texas, where small-town charm meets easy access to big-city conveniences! To find your place in the sun today, fill out the contact form below!

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