Mastering the Flames: The Ultimate Backyard BBQ Guide

July 28, 2023 3:08 pm Published by

Some of our best memories came from parties in our backyard. Summer nights, the grill, and good friends are unbeatable. It can be a little bit intimidating to take on the role of host for a backyard BBQ, but no need to worry—keep reading for your complete guide to a backyard barbecue.

Keep It Simple

Remember your motivation for hosting your friends and family—fun! You can keep your menu casual and easy, with a few meats, such as sausage, steak, burgers, pulled pork, or chicken. You can even throw on hotdogs for the kiddos! Provide your favorite sides, like macaroni and cheese, coleslaw, and baked beans to accompany the fixings. Consider making the party a potluck where everyone brings their favorite side to alleviate your stress.

Organized Flow

Time to take off your chef hat and put on your catering hat! Start the food line with plates, flatware, and napkins. From there, your guests can choose which meats they want, add on the sides, and dress up their plate with condiments last (pro tip: consider lining a muffin tin with cupcake liners and filling up with condiments to avoid a mess!). You can fill a cooler with drinks or have a separate table for drinks to keep the line moving.

Create the Atmosphere

Intentionality with the atmosphere should also be a priority. You can set a theme for the bash, such as a luau, sports, or back to school. Your backyard can be transformed by decorations. Take a minute to find the perfect playlist wherever you stream your music to keep the good times rolling.

Backyard games are always a hit, too! You can set up cornhole boards, horseshoes, or other lawn games. Kiddos and little ones could spend hours entertained by bubbles, water games, or sidewalk chalk.

Bastrop BBQ Catering

If you want to play host, but not chef, you’re in luck! Local Bastrop BBQ restaurants will not disappoint. Order online from Southside Market & Barbecue. They offer several sausage options such as jalapeno pepper jack, hot smoked, garlic, polish, and more! Don’t miss out on their baby back ribs, brisket, chicken, and turkey.

Snack on juicy ribs, sausage, and brisket from Billy’s Pit Barbq. Try the sliced or chopped brisket, St. Louis-style pork ribs, whole or half chicken, or even mutton. Add stuffed baked potatoes as your side. Maybe you already have the meat but no time to cook? They’ll do it for you—you just pick it up!

Grab some unique dishes from Smoked Love Mobile Barbecue Food Truck & Catering. How about some smoked deviled eggs? Pulled pork mac and cheese? Brisket or jackfruit tacos? Yummy! They also have Wagyu burgers and signature Smash burgers. Like You’re Bacon Me Crazy. Caramelized onions and smoked candied bacon on a brioche bun!

You’ll always have the perfect place to gather when you live in The Colony. Our master-planned community is complete with a fabulous amenity center for hanging out with neighbors, expansive green space for picnics, and more. Contact us today to be in your new home in time for your next barbecue.

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This post was written by Jennifer Haveman