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Barbequing: An American Tradition



Whether it is the 4th of July or just another day in the summer, chances are someone in your area is barbequing. Barbequing has become a standard American tradition for families. The reason is apparent: not only does the food that comes from barbequing have a taste unmatched by other cooking methods, but barbequing presents a reason for families to gather together. Some of my most memorable experiences happened outdoors at one of my family's many get-togethers.

Planning A Barbeque

First, no barbeque would be complete without guests and proper outdoor weather. Plan ahead of time, checking with your potential guests for scheduling conflicts and issues. Finding a date and time suitable for everyone should be easy as long as you have enough advanced notice. Alternatively, be sure to check the weather for that type of year. If you live in a climate that cannot be predicted, you may want a backup plan just in case of unusual weather. You cannot expect things like rain and thunderstorms ahead of time, but you can ensure that you hold your barbeque during the time of year that will be pleasant to your guests. A barbecue in cold weather may have more negative memories of trying to keep warm than good memories of family and friends.

Barbequing has been around since early troglodytes figured out that food tasted great after being cooked on an open fire. Perhaps one of the main memories attached to a family barbeque is what was on the menu that day. Barbequing opens a whole array of types of foods available. The type of foods you serve depends mainly on your crowd and the event you are celebrating. With the wide range of possibilities, you will find at least a few items that will please your crowd.

Make sure that you prepare ahead for your barbeque. 12 to 24 hours before you plan on beginning the party, make sure to thaw, prepare, and marinate the meat you will be cooking. Once the meat is stored away, soak it up in the marinate. Let's start thinking about what side dishes you will have. If you want an altogether traditional barbeque, stick with traditional sizes. Traditional barbeque sides include potatoes and potato salad, baked beans, and coleslaw. Your traditional condiment bar should include pickles, relish, and onions. These foods are typically served at barbeques because they are easy to prepare and store until the event happens. You may want to cook other items, but any barbeque is complete with just the abovementioned items.

A themed barbeque may present more opportunities to hold a festive event. With a themed event, you can splurge on the atmosphere and decorations. Matching tablecloths, napkins, and plates can be found at any local store. You can also match your decor to the party. For example, a luau could include creatively colored utensils, leis, and Tiki torches, which are incredibly cheap. You can even reuse the Tiki torches later!

Your party area should be set up before guests arrive. It only takes a few minutes to get everything ready, but the reaction you get from your arriving guests may make you feel like you were preparing and decorating all day. Depending on the situation, you may or may not want to have the food already cooking on the grill. The smell will indeed be inviting if you start cooking ahead!

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