There’s no better way to spend a summer weekend than by hosting your friends and family at the tastiest cookout in your own backyard. Basking in the sunshine, sipping on refreshing drinks, everyone’s favorite tunes playing on the speakers, and wafts of smoky, meaty smells coming from the grill all come together to make the most relaxed, happy afternoon.
However, hosting a summer cookout is often a whole lot more stressful than you imagined it would be when you set about inviting everyone you know. When you’ve got a hungry crowd descending on your home, it can be hard to know what to cook that won’t require you to spend the whole week leading up to the cookout prepping in the kitchen. We have gathered our favorite simple, fuss-free, flavor-packed summer grilling recipes that will save you from any pre-party stress and panic.
Summer party drinks should always be made and served in big batches so that you don’t have to spend the whole party playing bartender, shaking up and serving individual drinks. And if you don’t even want to make a pitcher of sangria, then just fill a cooler with wine, beers, and sodas — as long as there’s something cold to drink, your guests will be happy. Similarly, food doesn’t need to be complicated or require you to be sweating over the grill all day. Simple side dishes that take less than 30 minutes to prepare are your summer cookout’s best friend, and chicken drumsticks, kabobs, and corn are the tastiest, fuss-free dishes to cook on the grill.
This collection of recipes will cover you for every summer cookout you’re hosting. We have included ideas for all types of guests, whether they’re gluten-free vegans, picky kids, or ever-hungry grown-ups. Read on to see the recipes that will make hosting your busy summer party a total breeze.