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Summer BBQ Checklist

June 16, 2017

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The summer season is here, and that means the time is right for a BBQ.

If you’re like most people, you look forward to grilling on the deck when the temperature rises. The warm weather makes it a great time for enjoying delicious food with family, friends, and neighbors.

How do you prepare for a BBQ on the deck? You should make sure you have the area set up, with plenty of supplies on hand. From utensils to seasonings to tools for the grill itself, your BBQ experience will be better if you plan ahead.

Setting Up Your Area for a BBQ

If you’re having a BBQ on the deck, you should make sure your yard is well kept. Try mowing a couple days before you have the event. This will give your lawn a neat and tidy look, decrease the possibility of bugs hiding in the grass, and give the smell time to dissipate before you break out the grill.

It is also a good idea to remove any weeds from your flower beds and garden. A neat-looking area will make for a better gathering, whether it’s just you and the family or your neighbors.

In case you do have neighbors, friends, and acquaintances over, make sure to walk your dog beforehand. This will ensure they aren’t too excited or full of energy to the point they bother guests or disrupt the event.

Getting All the Supplies You’ll Need

When you choose to BBQ on the deck, you usually do so for multiple reasons. The first is to enjoy the taste of grilled food. The second is to take advantage of the warm weather and enjoy the social atmosphere. Whatever the reason, you’ll need to make sure you have all supplies on hand before throwing the event.

There are a few obvious things you should have on hand. Eating utensils, napkins, and seasonings are all going to come into play when you have a BBQ. You may end up with last-minute guests or unexpected issues such as someone dropping their utensils. It’s always a good idea to have spares on hand, just in case.

Preparing Your Grill for the Event

When you’re grilling on the deck, you should make sure your equipment is tested, prepped, and ready to go before the big day. You may want to conduct some “trial BBQs” and ensure the unit is working properly. Make sure you have plenty of fuel on hand, and that you have things like tongs and an apron ready.

Having a BBQ on the deck can be a very exciting experience. You get to enjoy warm weather, great food, and the company of loved ones. Your event will always go more smoothly if you plan beforehand, and make sure you have everything in order ahead of time.

If part of your vision of the ideal summer BBQ entails a gorgeous deck, and yours isn’t quite cutting it, get in touch with the professional deck builders at North American Deck & Patio. Believe it or not, a quality-built deck is not as expensive as you may have otherwise believed. In fact, for a free consultation, give NA Deck a call today at 866-535-1961 or fill out the form on our website!

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