Summer is the ultimate cohost when it comes to outdoor entertaining. Great weather, lush gardens and an abundance of seasonal produce provide inspiration to gather and eat well. Stock up on your crowd-pleasing favorites, set your play list, and enjoy the party with these simple tips.
Tips for the Ultimate Backyard Barbecue
Make it signature and own it
Have refreshments chilled and ready for a cheers. Stock up on a case or two of “house” wine, beer, signature cocktail fixings and family-friendly refreshments. Streamlining options will take away the guess work and make stocking up the outdoor fridge turn-key. This summer, we are ready to serve up a light Italian Gavi di Gavi wine that pairs well with bright summer fare and always have the lemonade and club soda within arm’s reach for a Dewar’s Lemon Wedge.
Keep it cool
Don’t forget the ice! If you’re creating a new space, consider an outdoor ice machine, or generously fill a cooler, and include a scoop for friends to serve themselves. Other built-in cooling accessories like a refreshment center or kegerator ensure a frosty drink is always within reach.
Know Your Staples
Pre-mix your favorite barbecue dry rub blend and store in an airtight container in the pantry to quickly season protein before it hits the grill. The pantry is also a great place to keep on hand ancient grains and pasta that can quickly serve as a hearty base for a seasonal summer side. Herby Scorched Rice is the perfect base to toss in generous amounts of summer herbs and lightly grilled vegetables.
Layer the Flavor
Everything is better on the grill! Simple ingredients are elevated when fired up over the open flame. From protein to vegetables and even desserts like moist and spongy cakes, have fun and experiment. Keep wood chips on hand for a good soak and an extra lick of flavor. If you’re using a gas grill, a charcoal smoker box insert is a hassle-free way to elevate your cooking that will change the game from everything from slow-roasted ribs to a classic pizza and even roasted clams. And don’t forget the sauce. Try loaded and zingy Chimichurri for a versatile condiment to a perfect medium-rare steak fired off in the sear zone.
Grow your own garnish
Keep a medium-size planter near your grill station to serve as a mini kitchen garden. Thyme and oregano are easy to grow and are included in many flavor profiles. Chive blossoms and nasturtium also make dramatic finishing touches when you are ready to serve up a meal family- style.
About Fire Magic
Family-owned and crafted in America, Fire Magic is the name trusted by grilling enthusiasts for over 80 years. Fire Magic has an extensive line of outdoor cooking, cooling and storage solutions to create the ultimate outdoor kitchen. Find out more at firemagicgrills.com
About Anna Rossi
Anna Rossi is a food writer, chef and Emmy Award winning TV personality and lifestyle host. She was a finalist on Season 3 of FOX MasterChef where she dazzled judges with her dynamic recipe development and now serves as executive chef and lifestyle expert for Fire Magic Grills. When not grilling up a storm in her outdoor kitchen, she can be found gardening and clamming with her husband and two children. Follow Anna on Instagram, @annarossiofficial