Planning a Summer BBQ Party For Family, Friends or the Office

Summer is just around the corner and everyone will surely be going to the beach or planning a casual barbecue for the family and friends.

Many of you have thought of being the best host or hostess and having the best summer party but planning for a summer barbecue can be overwhelming at times, especially if you’re hosting a large party for your co-workers and bosses but there are many ways to prepare a great barbecue party. You just have to plan carefully and possibly make a checklist to help you make the event a success. From food, drink, decorations, and equipment, the tips provided below will ensure your BBQ will be a hit.

Get Organised

Think of a theme for the party. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive. You just have to have the right feel for the event. Will it be a family or friends do? Or a good ol’ Aussie Barbie with burgers, steaks and beers? If you’re hosting the party, have it on a weekend, ideally on a Saturday so people can come early and stay late. Start your barbecue at around 2:00 or 3:00 PM if you don’t want the party to last very late.

Decide on the date and location for the party, have a to-do list that needs to be accomplished, your budget and the shopping list for the food, drinks and other party supplies.

Here are some things to tick off:

  • Meats to grill
  • Side dishes or dips
  • Condiments
  • Utensils
  • Buns or rolls
  • Drinks
  • Desserts
  • Decor
  • Plates, napkins
  • Cleanup products like hand sanitizer, paper towels.


The easiest way is to make E-invites by way of social media or through email. Making a private Facebook event is the easiest way to get things started and guests will be able to see who else is attending. Include who, what, where and when. A suggested attire may also help if you’re having a themed party.

Food and Drinks

The menu should be based on seasonal ingredients specifically fruits and vegetables. Choose dishes that can be prepared in advance and make sure that each dish will have the right vessel for serving. You don’t have to cook everything, you can have some guest bring their favourite dishes. A potluck will offer more food choices for everyone and all the pressure doesn’t have to be on you.

Drinks should be kept casual and self-serve bars and coolers should be filled with sodas, juices, beers and other preferred alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Ice should be readily available. Cross out any ingredients or supplies already purchased. There are no limits to foods that can be served during your summer BBQ party.


The venue or event space should be cleaned at least a day before the party. The décor for the event should be set and the dishes that were prepared in advance should be kept in the fridge. By this time you should have an estimate or know the exact number of people attending your party so, the chairs and tables should be prepared accordingly. This will lessen the burden and stress on the day of the party. Have some family members or some friends to help you prepare and clean up everything after the party.


Play music that everyone would like. Play tunes that are not too heavy nor too light. Have your playlist prepared a day before or anyone can bring their own and just plug it into your portable speakers.

Recipes For Your Summer Barbecue

Now that everything is organised, here are some very delicious and easy to prepare barbecue food essentials.

Apple and Poppy Seed Coleslaw

  • 2 cups of shredded green cabbage
  • 1 ½ cups of shredded red cabbage
  • ½ cup of shredded carrot
  • 1 jJulienned Granny Smith apple
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Image credit: Damn Delicious

Corn With Cilantro-Lime Butter

  • 12 medium ears of corn with the husk removed
  • ½ cup of butter
  • ¼ cup of minced cilantro
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • Grated cotija cheese

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Stone Fruit Pouches

  • 2 cups of crushed gingersnaps
  • 4 apricots with pits removed and cut into eights
  • 4 plums with pits removed and cut into fourths
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 juiced limes
  • 4 teaspoons of brandy
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons of sugar

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Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers

  • 4 large Portobello mushroom caps
  • 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of finely fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons of finely chopped oregano
  • 2 large minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon of ground pepper
  • 4 sliced burger buns
  • 4 slices of Swiss cheese

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Salt-roasted Prime Ribs

  • 10 lbs of prime rib roast
  • 12 cups of coarse salt
  • 3 cups of water
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3 lightly whisked egg whites
  • 1 ½ tbsp of fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 ½ tbsp of fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 cup of cracked black peppercorns

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Grilled Pork Chops

  • 8 ½ inch bone in pork chops
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • A tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Beef and Sausage Kebab

  • 1 pound fresh sausage links
  • 1 ½ pound of beef tri-tip
  • A tablespoon hot paprika
  • 1/45 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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