In need of some updates for your backyard hangout? Before getting started, evaluate the current vibe or style of your home and decide what you are looking to accomplish with your backyard space. 1. The Materials: When it comes to choosing the materials for your space, there are plenty of options to explore. Does your...
Summer time is full of good reasons to get outside – sunshine, swimming, trips to the zoo or local park – but the American favorite has to be the backyard BBQ! Are you stuck in a rut while planning out your summer-time menu? Here’s a few ideas to spark your imagination:
1. Choosing the Main Dish: Often, we can resort to the typical, go-to meats to throw on the grill while hosting our family and friends. Burgers, hot dogs, and brats can definitely be tasty but there’s definitely other options if you want to step up your grilling game. For a juicy, and smoky flavor, try slow-cooking a pork butt. Choose your rub and let it cook for 3-4 hours and you’ll end up with a juicy and smoky flavor that’s in no need of sauce! If you truly do feel like sticking to burgers on the grill, try filling the middle of the patties with cheese or a special sauce or seasoning to dress up the meal a bit.
2. Sides Matter Too: While the meat is typically the main attraction at a barbeque, don’t forget about the sides. Search around on Pinterest for homemade potato or pasta salad recipes (you’ll find plenty!) or consider throwing your ears of corn on the grill rather than just boiling them on the stove. The extra time you put into making sure that your sides are worthy of your meats will ensure that your cookout is a hit with all your friends and family!
3. Refreshing Drinks: When it comes to planning out drinks, think cool and refreshing. A few hours before your party, try filling some pitchers with iced water or iced tea, then drop in a handful of blueberries, strawberries, or mint leaves for an added touch of sweetness. To go the extra mile, pour your drinks into glass mason jars and use a striped straw for a summer-time touch.
4. Cold Desserts: In addition to having refreshing drinks on hand, the best way to round out your backyard menu is with a dessert that cools you off while also curbing your sweet tooth. From your local dollar store or grocery, pick up a few popsicle trays. In a blender, mix together frozen berries, a touch of almond milk, and your choice of juice (cranberry or grape works great!) until you have a smooth consistency that is easy to pour. Fill the trays and stow in the freezer the night before and they’ll be ready to pull out for dessert the next day. These berry treats are great for adults and kids alike!
No matter what the occasion, these quick and easy recipes will be sure to impress during your next backyard gathering!
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