How to Have the Best Memorial Day Cookout
Needless to say, we are READY for Memorial Day to be here. At Char-Griller HQ, we consider it the official kick-off of summer and grilling season (even though we know grilling doesn’t really have a season).
Memorial Day is fast approaching and to make sure you are ready, we wrote this guide on how to have the best Memorial Day. Check out our tips, tricks, and ways to avoid running out of food below!
1. Get Your Grill Ready
Whether it needs new parts, you need more charcoal or you need to actually buy a grill, make sure your grill is ready at least two days before the big day.
We all know at least one person who has bought their grill on the same day they want to use it. We’re here to tell you that in order to preserve your sanity (and eat before midnight), give yourself at least two days to assemble your grill.
2. Plan Your Menu
There are so many delicious things you can cook and serve on Memorial Day. Make a list and double check what you already have in the house. This can avoid any potential overbuying. Don’t forget disposable plates, silverware and cups if you need them!
This is also a great chance to let other guests help you with the food. Task friends and family with bringing side dishes and the paper goods so you can focus on the main dish and hosting.
Check out our Memorial Day Grocery List Here.
Make sure that you have enough places for people to sit. Lawn chairs, patio furniture, even blankets laid out on the grass are great options. Don’t have enough seating? Don’t sweat it. Ask people to BYOS (Bring Your Own Seat)!
4. Have Enough Fuel
Important enough to bring up twice. Make sure that you have extra charcoal and a full propane tank before Memorial Day. The last thing you want is to run out of fuel halfway through cooking the meal.
5. Time Your Cook
Planning on barbecuing or smoking? Make sure you give yourself plenty of time. If you are smoking a brisket or making pulled pork, you might even have to start the night before. Making ribs or smoking a chicken? Get up early to make sure that everything is ready.
Want to keep it simple? Burgers, brats and hotdogs are a great way to go. Just make sure that you grab a few foil pans with lids to keep everything warm.
6. Get Extra Ice
Because you always, always seem to need more ice than you buy.
What are your favorite Memorial Day tips? Leave them in the comments below!