Tips for a 4th of July BBQ

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Tips for a 4th of July BBQ

4th of July is just around that corner and that means it’s the perfect time to invite friends over and fire up the barbeque. Grilling and the 4th of July go together like peanut butter and jelly, so we decided to write this blog to make sure you’re ready to host your BBQ and show off that backyard of yours. Every great BBQ follows a few simple steps and you follow these steps then you will be on your way to making this year’s 4th of July party a memorable one.

Get a Grill

A grill being a necessity at a BBQ – who would’ve thought? Seriously though a grill is the most important part of the BBQ, and, while any grill can technically get the job done, not every grill will do the job the right way. We partnered with Summerset grills last year because they make top of the line grills that not only look good, but also cook well. You may not be able to tell the difference between grills when you are cooking hot dogs and hamburgers, but when you start cooking steaks and other high-quality meats then the difference becomes apparent. If you want to step it up and bring your BBQ to the next level then you are going to need a next level grill. Additionally, if you are feeling really adventurous you could even try using a smoker – smoker grills typically burn wood to cook meats at low, controlled temperatures while also adding a smoky flavor some people love. A smoker is a big commitment in terms of effort and time, but if you really enjoy barbecue then maybe a smoker could bring your BBQ to the next level.

Find a Grill Master

Every great BBQ has a grill master, or a person who operates the grill. Grilling is often harder than it looks – almost anyone can learn how to grill something like a hot dog or hamburger, but grilling more difficult foods to perfection is easier said than done. Odds are someone at the party enjoys grilling and would love to work the grill, so there is no need to worry about overseeing the grill if you are hosting the party. However, you just have to ensure that you find someone proficient in grilling to manage the grill or else you could end up with undercooked or charred food.

Find Your Recipe

If you are just looking for a classic BBQ then you can always just go with classic hamburgers or hot dogs, but if you are trying to make this 4th of July memorable then you should try spicing it up and finding a recipe to set your party apart. Brisket, ribs, and pulled pork are three great BBQ meals that have a number of various recipes if you are looking to spice it up. You can also try recipes not relating to meats – you can try grilling vegetables, artichokes are just one of many vegetables that taste delicious when grilled, or making a special side whether it be potato salad or some other tasty recipe. The internet is home to millions of recipes perfect for any occasion, so this 4th of July think ahead of time, search the web, and decide on a recipe to spice up your party.

In the end, parties are not defined by the food or drinks, but rather by the people. However, if you want your guests to be happy then there is no better way to create a positive atmosphere than some great food. It is always fun to experiment with different recipes, and there is no better time than the 4th of July. Thus, we encourage you to make your 4th of July memorable and host a BBQ party that will blow away your friends and family.

BBQ is the Key Element to an Outdoor Kitchen

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BBQ is the key element to an Outdoor Kitchen. In Southern California we are so grateful to be able to get outdoors for darn near 365 days of the year. The great weather allows you to use your BBQ and outdoor kitchen as an extension of your home for complete enjoyment.

I remember the days of a Cast Iron Hibachi, then a Weber Kettle and now my Viking BBQ with side burner. There is something about the romance of cooking outdoors with charcoal or a nice gas grill to get a nice sear on succulent meats. I use cast iron skillets and heavy-duty aluminum foil to cook veggies and meats then add a nice sauce for a final glaze.

Some people start to slow down on their use of the BBQ as we get into the winter months. You may want to think about a cover to protect it. You could also have a nice umbrella over top of your outdoor kitchen so that on a rainy night you can still get outside and utilize your grill.

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I find that it is quite important to keep your BBQ in shape. I have a gentleman named Lou Fallou from OC BBQ Cleaning & Repair that cleans my BBQ and makes it look brand new each time. Since we live so close to the ocean, BBQs have been known to have corrosion and other issues. Luckily, there are often ways to have igniters, burners and other guts replaced so that you do not have to replace the entire BBQ, Lou can fix it.

Feel free to visit his website at www.ocbbqcleaning.com and call him directly at (949) 293-2762 or email him at lou@ocbbqcleaning.com.

So go outside and enjoy your BBQ. Here is a timelapse video of the BBQ cleaning process.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/hz29kvIXRgI”][vc_column_text]Cheers, JZ[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]