Spring is here, and with Memorial Day around the corner, the start of the backyard BBQ parties are here too. If you live someplace where it snows, like us in Utah, it has likely been several months since you have even seen your BBQ, much less cooked on it. No doubt, you will be planning to wheel it out of the garage, dust it off, and get ready to fire it up for a Memorial Day backyard party. With just over a week left before the BBQ season starts, here are some tips to help ensure that you are prepared for when your guests arrive at the party.

Get your BBQ out NOW!

Pull out your BBQ from the garage or storage in advance of your event day. I know this seems silly to have to say, but sales research indicates the highest sales days bbq-clipart-06for BBQ’s is the Memorial Day weekend, with a huge number being sold on the day itself. One would have to suspect that some learn that day they need a new one, and have to run out and get one, assembly it, and learn how to cook on a new grill the day of the party.

Repair as needed

As you pull out and clean up your BBQ, make sure to make notes of any items that need to be replaced or repaired. This is very helpful in terms of locating and buying replacement parts. Amazon is a great place to get replacement parts, but you will need at least a few days to get it; and no delivery on holidays. Amazon will have the factory or a high quality aftermarket part that can save you 40-50% off what you will pay at the home improvement store.

10-Memorial-Day-BBQ-Recipes-that-Wont-Make-You-Fat-Photo4Plan Your Menu

May seem silly to think about a BBQ menu as being a challenge, but depending on how many people will attend, you may need a few days to plan. Additionally, planning in advance will give you an opportunity to take advantage of best pricing and selection. A Smarter and Fresher way to purchase your meats is through Darn Fresh Food™. Right now we have a great price on our T-Bone steaks; restaurant cut, and guaranteed to impress your guests. Consider other menu items, such as Ahi Tuna steaks as well.

Pre-Game Prep

Just like an event, test our your grill before your event. Make sure you have enough propane, charcoal, and or wood for your party. Fire-up the grill and do a trial run with the meets you have chosen for your event. This is especially true if you have just purchased a new grill, so you can see for yourself exactly how it cooks. Over and under cooking challenges cane overcome with a test run, and you can also try out any new recipes you are planning.

Hosting a backyard BBQ is a lot of fun, but can also be stressful if you are not well prepared. Follow these simples tips and you will reduce your stress, save money, and impress your guests.