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Summer is picturesque for so many things: trips to the pool, weekend getaways and vacations, and of course, the perfect summer barbecue. Planning a barbecue can sometimes feel like an overwhelming task (not to mention an expensive one), but it’s one of the best ways to bring people together, and to have fun while enjoying food — and who doesn’t love that?

Our grocery store in Detroit is here to provide you with the tips you need to make sure your barbecue goes as smoothly as lighting your gas grill. Take a look at some of the ways you can have the most amazing backyard BBQ, and stop by Garden Fresh Marketplace to get the best in fresh ingredients!

Plan Your Menu

Of course, the barbecue needs to be central to the meal. But there are countless directions you could go — how does one even choose?

We’d recommend first thinking about which category appeals to you more: classic? Or something with a twist? If you’re going the classic route, stocking up on burgers, hot dogs, and probably a veggie burger or two for any non-meat-eating guests is the best place to start. Ketchup, chopped onions, relish, mustard — you know the deal. Chips, baked beans, potato salad, and mac ‘n’ cheese are other must-haves (all of which can be found at our grocery store, of course).

But maybe you (and your guests) are on your third or fourth BBQ of the summer. At some point, the hamburger buns begin to lose a little of their luster, which means you might want to go with a twist. Here are a few meal ideas for you to consider:

  • Grill out meat and veggie shish kebabs, and provide various dipping sauces for guests, such as tzatziki, a Hispanic-inspired mole or chili sauce, or even a great teriyaki marinade.
  • Turn the grill into a pizza oven! Either make several bigger pizzas or flatbreads, or have guests help create their own.
  • Who doesn’t love quesadillas? Have guests build their own quesadilla, and cook them over the grill. Some excellent ingredients to consider: shrimp, steak, peppers, onions, corn, black beans, hot sauce, and of course, lots and lots of cheese. Just be sure to spray or butter the tortillas really well so that they don’t stick to the grill.

Delegate Accordingly

You can always plan everything yourself, but sometimes, this simply isn’t feasible. Not to mention, getting everybody involved makes for a more meaningful experience — and guests are nearly always more than willing to bring something and help!

One great idea is to have you provide the main course, and have guests provide the sides. Or, you cover the foodstuffs, and then rely on guests for beverages, dessert, and utensils. However you go about it, remember that you don’t need to shoulder this responsibility alone, and oftentimes delegating can be one of the best barbecue planning tips of all.

We’ll cover some more tips in our next blog, and in the meantime, be sure to stop by Garden Fresh Marketplace for all of your grocery store needs! We look forward to seeing you.

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