Simple Barbecue Entertaining Ideas

By on September 22, 2018 in BBQing with 0 Comments

No barbecue is a success without guests and decent outdoor weather. So to make sure its the success you want, here are some really simple barbecue entertaining ideas that can work for you:

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Simple Barbecue Entertaining Ideas That Work

Plan ahead of time

Make sure you check with your potential guest for scheduling conflicts and issues. Finding a date and time that is suitable for everyone should be the first thing you do, as long as you give everyone enough advanced notice, you should have everyone there for your Barbecue.

Check the Weather

Make sure that you check the weather for that type of year. If you live in a climate that has unpredictable weather, then you may want to have a backup plan just incase unusual weather comes.

You cannot predict things like rain and thunderstorms ahead of time, but you can make sure that you hold your barbecue during the best time of year. A barbecue in cold weather may hold more negative memories of trying to keep warm rather then good memories of family and friends. Unless of course you have a fire pit in your backyard.

Plan Your Menu

Barbecuing has been around since early cavemen figured out that food tasted great after being cooked on an open fire. Perhaps one of the best memories attached to a family barbecue is what was on the menu that day.

Barbecuing opens a whole array of types of foods available. The type of foods you serve should largely depend on your crowd and the event in which you are celebrating. With the wide range of possibilities, you are sure to find at least a few items that will please your crowd.

Start Early For Success

Make sure that you prepare ahead for your barbecue. 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 you have the meat stored away, soaking up the marinate, then you must start thinking about what types of side dishes you will be having.

Make Sure You Have Side-dishes

If you want a completely traditional barbecue, you may want to stick with traditional sizes. Traditional barbecue sides include potatoes and potato salad, baked beans, and coleslaw. Your traditional condiment bar should include pickles, relish, and onions.

These foods are typically severed at barbecues 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 items listed above.

Celebrate with a Theme

A themed barbecue may present more opportunities to hold a festive event, think 4th July.. 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 simply be creative colored utensils, leis, and Tiki torches, all of which are extremely cheap. You can even reuse the Tiki torches later!

We say simple barbecue entertaining ideas, because that’s what it should be simple and easy. You want to enjoy your back yard, and your barbecue with friends and family as much as possible.

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The Main Barbecue Entertaining Idea

Your party area should be set up before guest 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 surely be inviting if you start cooking ahead!

A Simple Barbecue Recipe


  • 5 pounds pork spareribs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspon cayenne pepper


Place spareribs on broiler pan. Cover with foil. Roast at 400 degrees F. for 1 1/2 hours.

Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in medium saucepan; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 30 minutes. Brush sauce on ribs. Broil 5 inches from heat for 7-10 minutes on each side. Serve ribs with additional sauce.

That’s it pretty simple barbecue entertaining ideas, that you can do. Enjoy the recipe, plan ahead, make sure you have some decent music, a few brews, and enjoy your friends and family.

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About the Author: Michael Wuze is a regular content contributor to Living Out The Back, which was started as a way to share the best of what life has to offer outside your home. The backyard is the one area so many people don't enjoy that we want to help you with. Everyone should enjoy their backyard. .


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