The Art Of Hosting a Successful Cookout

Being around family and friends is one of the great pleasures of life.  These are the people we love, cherish and genuinely enjoy being around. For many of us, there is no greater joy than being able to sit and entertain family and friends while enjoying a good home cooked meal. Whether it's for a holiday or just because, as a host you want to provide a hospitable atmosphere with good food and good times. One of the most common get togethers is the BBQ or Cookout. In order to throw a successful BBQ follow these simple steps to make sure everyone has a great time.

Know Who's Coming

The first step in throwing a great BBQ is knowing who will be there. Have an idea of how many people are coming, who they might be bringing and will their children be attending also. It also will be a good idea to get a general sense of what everyone likes and if anyone has any food allergies. By knowing this info upfront, you get a better idea of what kind of food needs to be served and how much food to buy. It also helps you be inclusive of everyone.

Shopping Ahead of Time

Make sure you have all the items you need prior to the day of the BBQ. The last thing you need as a host is to realize you don't have that one important item after you have already started grilling and guests have arrived. Plan the menu ahead of time, take inventory and make sure you are fully stocked before the day of the BBQ.

Food Preparation

Many things will be going on the day of the cookout, so anything that can be prepped the night before or the morning of the BBQ should be done then.  This ensures you have time to focus on grilling, entertaining guests, and taking care of any other problems that may arise.  Preparing the meat the night before will give the seasonings time to marinate and make the meat more flavorful.

Have A Designated Helper

You should have someone who will help you with various tasks during the BBQ. This allows you time to focus on the food and guests. The designated helper can help you with tasks such as transporting meat too and from the grill, cleaning, taking care of guests needs, etc.


Everyone has their own method of grilling, and to get into all the different options you have would require an entire dedicated blog. One very important tip though is to use tongs as much as possible and stay away from forks and knives while grilling. Every time you penetrate the meat you allow juices to flow out which takes away moisture and flavor.

Have More Than Food

Provide your guests with an opportunity do something besides talk and eat. Wine and drinks are always favorites, also consider games that everyone knows or that are really simple to learn so everyone can play. If children are present, make sure they have separate games so they won't be left out.

Clean As You Go

No one wants to be around a trashy environment especially when eating. Cleaning as you go helps provide your BBQ with a clean and enjoyable atmosphere. Make sure trash containers are readily available and in multiple locations. When one trash bag gets full, replace it immediately and move it away from the BBQ, also if pets are around check often to see that they don't rummage through the trash.

Enjoy Yourself

Don't get caught up in trying to make everything perfect. With the right amount of preparation you won't have much to worry about. Remember, get togethers often take on the identity of their hosts so be sure to smile, laugh, mingle and enjoy the games. When you enjoy yourself others will too. 

These tips will ensure that any BBQ or Cookout will be a successful one, no matter how big or small. Just remember these two things, preparation is the key and relax and enjoy yourself