11 Tips for Grilling on the Go

These tips are guaranteed to make your next cookout go as smoothly as possible

Easy tips to follow for your next cookout.

All you need to host a good time is music, laughter, and great food, but the preparation before the party can be a little overwhelming. If you’re living in a small apartment with no backyard, you don’t have to compromise on having a good time in the summer — plan a barbecue in the park. And now, with these 11 tips, grilling on the go has become a little simpler. Pick a park, make a guest list, go shopping for food, and then it’s time to eat. (Admittedly, there are a few more steps in between, but our slideshow has you covered).

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A few quick and easy grilling recipes are essential for making your party stress-free and fun, and we have some to get you started:

Grilled corn and grilled potatoes are classics when you’re firing up the grill. They definitely have to make it to the party. If you want a recipe that’s a little fancier, try our recipe for Grilled Corn and Figs with Balsamic Reduction. You’ll have corn that’s a little sweet and a little acidic, but has a lot of flavor. Or you can just throw some ears on the grill for regular grilled corn.

We didn’t forget about the meat. There’s so much to choose from: steak, burgers, hot dogs, sausage, and fish. If you can’t decide, then serve a little bit of everything — your guests will love you for it. One thing that does have to make it to your barbecue is this delicious Cheese-Stuffed Bacon-Infused Burger. If they didn’t love you for the variety of other food you offered, they’ll love you for this burger.

Once you’ve sent out the invitations, decided on a menu, and have a few tips to rely on, grilling on the go should be a breeze.

Tip 1: Pick a Park

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This may seem like one of the easier steps on the list, but not all parks will allow you to grill. So make sure when you’re picking a park that grilling is even a possibility. If there’s a permit required, make sure you get your application in before showing up — the earlier the better.

Tip 2: Plan a Menu

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Once you’ve picked a park and invited all of your friends, the next part of the planning is to select a menu. Make your menu as simple as possible, because you don’t want to have to man the grill all day. If you’re smart, you’ll recruit a few helpers so the cooking won’t wear you down.

Originally Published on June 26, 2015

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