Memorial Day is a favorite holiday for Minnesotans as it is the official kickoff for our beloved summer months. Celebrating this holiday often includes backyard grilling for family and friends, and for some, it’s the first time of the year when you are grilling for a crowd. Managing a full grill is no easy task for even the most seasoned Grill Master, but we have some tips to simplify the task so you can still enjoy your Memorial Day party!
Minimize Grilled Items
It can be tempting to pack the grill with meat and vegetables, but remember that you’re working with limited space on a grill. Anything that can be served raw, or baked in the oven/cooked on your stove ahead of time, do it. The more you can minimize the number of items on your grill, the better. We recommend sticking with meat on the grill, and get all of the sides prepped or assigned to guests ahead of time.
Pick One Meat
Instead of trying to grill multiple different meats (i.e., burgers, steaks, salmon, etc.), stick to one or two easy to monitor proteins. Burgers or grilled chicken are easy options that your guests can dress up with whatever flavor suits their palette. Put hot dogs on the menu as they are already cooked so don’t require much time on the grill, and the kids will love them!
Prepare Ahead of Time
We touched on this earlier, but preparing as much as you can ahead of time is key to a successful – not stressful – backyard barbecue. First, assign your guests some items to bring. From chips and salads, to baked beans and dessert bars, there are tons of easy items that you can hand-off to your family and friends so you don’t need to worry about them. Next, get as ready as you can the day before the party. Select side dishes that can be prepared a day or two ahead of time so you can quickly heat them up or take them out of the refrigerator to serve at the party. If you’re serving burgers, get your patties made the night before. If you’re serving chicken, get it trimmed and marinating the night before too.
Fix has a great infographic to show you how to prepare ahead of time if you’re serving burgers.
These tips will help you throw a wonderful Memorial Day party that you can actually enjoy and not spend the whole time tending to the grill. We hope you all have a great celebration!