Summer is long-gone, but that doesn’t mean barbecue season is over! A fall barbecue with friends and family is a fantastic way to spend a chilly evening.
Here are some tips on how to throw a fall barbecue in the upcoming weeks.
Choose A Good Barbecue Grill
The key to throwing a good fall barbecue… is having a good barbecue — as in, a grill! Choose one that’s the right size for the number of people you usually host for. Read “How to Throw the Perfect Party” for more tips on having a get-together. Barbecues will often be a little cheaper since summer is over, so now is actually a very good time to invest. Something like the Fire Food Chef could be a good option; it’s portable, but without sacrificing cooking space.
Provide Enough Seating
You’ll need to make sure you have enough seats for all of your guests. Having an outdoor table and chairs is useful for barbecues. Since there are often a lot of side dishes that people have brought along, you’ll need a table to hold the goodies. Along with your regular patio furniture, be sure to have a few folding chairs on hand just in case you need them.
Make Sure You Have Good Lighting
Daylight will fade much more quickly and earlier in the fall than it does in the summer, so be sure you have good lighting in your backyard. You can add strings of battery-powered solar lights for cute decorations, but you’ll need a more powerful light for sitting out under, too. A flood light would be ideal. Choose something with a high enough wattage to light up the space in the garden you’ll be entertaining in.
Have An Outdoor Heat Source
Warm summer nights have come to an end, only to be replaced by a crisp autumnal chill in the evening air now. A heat source such as a fire pit, a bonfire, chiminea, or outdoor fireplace will keep your guests warm and comfortable. Plus, you can make s’mores or roast marshmallows at the end of the evening, too!
Provide Cozy Blankets
Along with an outdoor heat source, it won’t hurt to provide a few cozy blankets for your guests to snuggle up in. You can buy these cheaply online or in your local general store. Cozy blankets will ensure everyone is warm and happy, even if there’s a real chill in the air.
Serve Seasonal Food And Drinks
We all know the kinds of things that work well on the barbecue, but since you’re holding one in the fall, why not opt for some fall produce, too? Even unexpected ingredients, such as squash and fall fruits, all taste great when cooked on the grill. Find out what’s in season and base your dishes around these. Grab our Grilled Fruit Recipe to add a twist to grilling your sides. Mushrooms and corn on the cob are in season right now, which are already tried-and-true barbecue favorites.
Have Fun With It
Remember, have fun with your barbecue. Fall barbecues are perfect for spending time with your loved ones and satisfying your taste buds.
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