Well, it’s almost here! The unofficial kick off to summer… Memorial Day Weekend!

If you’re like us, you love a good BBQ and always have the intent of keeping it simple with a few dozen burgers on the grill, but then the reality of hosting sets in. Kick the long and tedious menu and enjoy yourself! These easy BBQ tips and tricks will help you keep your sanity, and a drink in your hand, while you enjoy some fun in the sun with your friends and family.

Keep the menu simple.
All you really need is an appetizer/snack, a main protein, a veggie or fruit based side, a starchy side and one or two desserts. While the intent to go full on Martha Stewart is admirable, 9 times out of 10, no one will notice if the pasta salad is store bought instead of homemade.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Employ the help of your friends and family by making it a potluck! Tell them you’ll take care of the main dish, but ask them to contribute a side, app, or dessert!

Get Creative!
If you’re looking for a “Pinterest-y” way to serve drinks, grab a few long window boxes from your local hardware store and fill them with ice. This gives people a place to keep their drinks cold, and the holes on the bottom of the boxes will drain them for you!

Most importantly of all, have fun!
The whole point of hosting a cookout is to get your favorite people in the same place to enjoy each other’s company, eat some good food, and make some memories. Don’t fret over every little detail. Just make some plans, light the grill, and enjoy!

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