December 25, 2011
One Week Before the BBQ
Check the weather forecast.
Make up a guest list and just call everybody up.
Plan the menu and make a shopping list.
See if you can allocate some of the work to your friends and family.
If you use a gas grill, check to see you have enough.
If you’re using charcoal, make sure you have enough.
If you need to rent or borrow any equipment, make necessary arrangements.
2-3 Days Before the BBQ
Arrrange food and beverages.
Keep raw meat away from other ingredients.
Purchase paper plates, napkins and towels, and plastic utensils.
Get any special decorations, tablecloths, meats, seafood or anything else you may need.
Prepare snacks and mixes and freeze them.
The day before the BBQ
Get the ice you need for the drinks.
Pick up all the perishable and last-minute items you need.
Prepare your salads.
Marinade foods or apply rubs to foods as required.
Decorate for the party and arrange the tables.
Thaw any frozen items.
Check and clean BBQ and tools.
The BBQ DAY
Set out the plates, utensils, and BBQ tools.
Prepare a couple of quick side dishes and a fresh salad.
Prepare vegetables and and wrap in foil, if required.
Get the garden lights ready.
Set up a self-service drinks table.
Set up a large trash container in your cooking area.
Bring out the patio heater to make sure no one gets cold.
Heat your BBQ approx 20mins before you want to start cooking.
Put some music on.
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