10 Last Minute Memorial Day BBQ Tips

So you want to throw a barbecue on the fly? Try these tips

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Don’t get caught off guard this Memorial Day!

Memorial Day is indicative of many things. For many, it represents the day folks dust off their grills, trade in their jeans for shorts, and break out the beach towels. And while this holiday is the unofficial marker of summer and relaxing the days away, ushering it in with a barbecue can be a sort of stressful start.

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Memorial Day weekend has the potential to be one of the most delicious holidays all year. Our Memorial Day celebrations could include a delicious grilled burger or a tasty grilled chicken. But this year when you are celebrating Memorial Day, try to take your barbecue to the next level, without stressing to the max. How may you ask? By pulling off a last minute barbecue like a pro.

For instance, the choices you make in selecting your menu could shave hours off of party prep. A simple checklist of essentials will save you a major panic induced headache. And turning activities for the kids into adorable decor for your tables and yard will officially make you a maverick of the backyard barbecue.

For this holiday weekend, try not to sweat the small stuff. Follow these simple tips for pulling off a last minute barbecue and you’ll usher in a stress free, fun-filled summer!

Check for Essentials


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Before you being barbecuing, you need to make sure you have all of the essentials in stock. Your barbecue will survive without a homemade dessert or table decorations, but it will not even begin without the proper tools. Checking to make sure you have the proper fuel, grilling tools and essential ingredients will ensure a successful start.

A Simple Menu


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Barbecues do not have to be glorious displays of your culinary prowess. The basics are totally fine. People expect to be eating hot dogs hamburgers and loads of chips. Choose a simple menu that will not require you to be in the kitchen while everyone is outback enjoying the fun!

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