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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).
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
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
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