Having a barbecue with your car-loving buds could be a lot of fun especially if planned right. And what can be more fun than taking a ride together and ending it with a great meal?
The first thing you need to do is to have one person in charge of the planning. This way nothing is overlooked. This person will be in charge of who is bringing what to the barbecue.
After you have chosen a person to be in charge of the planning the next thing you need to decide is the location of your barbecue. You have to choose a place where there is ample room for all of the cars. You could even choose a place where you can line up your cars and pop open the hoods having a mini car show.
Have a four-hour window of time so that no one is stressing about being late or too early. You also have to figure out how many people will be attending. This is the basis for how much food will be needed.
Decide what kind of barbecue do you want to have. Do you want hamburgers and hot dogs or do you want to do a traditional barbecue of brisket? If you decide to smoke a brisket then you need to have someone in charge of the smoker – and you’ll want to make sure that you have the best electric smoker for the job. Hot dogs and hamburgers or even chicken are the easiest to do.
Once the food is chosen then come the drinks. Most barbecues consist of sodas, lemonades, wine, and beer. Instead of having someone bring these you can have everyone chip in and someone to go buy the drinks and ice them down. If there are children there be sure to bring some juice drinks for them.
The rule of thumb is two to three items for each person. Such as three hamburgers and three drinks. Deserts can be something easy like cookies. Brownies also make a great dessert. Stay away from things that have to be heated up.
Each person on the list can bring a dish to go along with the meat. They will be responsible for bringing their dish. This is where one planner really comes into play by making sure that different dishes are being contributed and that not everyone brings the same thing. Just make sure the dishes are things that do not have to be served hot. This is really important if the barbecue is held in a park or on a beach.
Be sure to have on the list a person whose job it is is to bring utensils like paper plates, cups, cutlery, and napkins. If having music put one person in charge of this. Also, have a group who is responsible for cleaning up the debris after the barbecue is over.
The person in charge should be sure to follow-up twice after all the decisions have been made. This will ensure that the barbecue will come together smoothly. Keeping thing simple is the most important part.
This could be an annual summer event for all your car-loving buds and their families. It makes for a great time to check out all the cars and enjoy the camaraderie of friends.