Don’t be surprised if, during the month of May, you smell a few more grills fired up than usual. While there’s really no wrong time to barbecue, May happens to be National BBQ Month, making it an ideal time to break out the charcoal (or propane if you like to “taste the meat, not the heat,” as Hank Hill would say) and throw down on some burgers, brisket, or ribs.
With the Texas Hill Country being renowned for its barbecue, planning the ideal backyard, BBQ comes with some added pressure. There’s no reason to stress, however, because, with a little planning, you can ensure your barbecue has friends and family talking until National BBQ Month rolls around again next year!
Variety is Key
You might be the biggest brisket fan in the world and make a brisket that is second to none, but it never hurts to offer more than one kind of meat as a runner-up to the main attraction. Burgers, grilled chicken – even something as simple as some sausages or hot dogs will be appreciated by guests.
Don’t Sideline the Sides
If ribs are the star of the show, then potato salad, baked beans, and watermelon are the supporting cast. Offer a mix of hot and cold sides for guests and account for each guest to enjoy at least two helpings of each side when doing your grocery shopping.
Seating and Shade
Sitting on the grass is fine for a picnic, but a backyard bbq isn’t a picnic, and your guests are going to want someplace to sit. Whether you’re planning a more intimate affair or keeping it casual with some folding chairs, it’s important to have adequate seating for each guest. And because May temperatures in Texas can easily climb into the 90s, some shaded areas to get relief from the heat will help keep everyone comfortable and having a good time.
Bust Out the Backyard Games
Backyard games can be a perfect way to help your guests shake off the post-meal slump before it’s time for dessert. Not only will they get people up and moving around, but a little bit of friendly competition can liven things up.
These games are sure to be a hit:
- Bocce ball
- Lawn bowling
Set the Scene
Setting up your backyard ahead of time will help create a welcoming space for your guests and make serving that much easier. Opt to serve everything buffet style, and be sure to have plates, napkins, and silverware at the start of the buffet and ready for guests.
If you expect your barbecue to stretch into the evening hours, hang some string lights around the sitting area to create a fun and warm vibe. It’s also a good idea to have at least two coolers (along with plenty of ice), with one designated for alcoholic drinks and the other for non-alcoholic beverages.
Now in the case that you don’t fancy yourself a pitmaster or simply don’t have time to do all of the cooking yourself, there’s no shame in bringing some outside pros for help. Dripping Springs has some fantastic BBQ joints that offer a variety of meats and all the fixins.
With amazing amenities and stunning homes, the master-planned Caliterra community is the ideal setting for barbecue get-togethers, both big and small, with friends and family. If you’d like to find a home here, reach out to us today.