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Summer BBQ and Cocktail Tips

With summer here, you have a great deal of time available for grilling out and eating outside with friends and family. So many helpful tips and tricks are available to help prepare for your summer BBQs. These include everything easy preparation recipes to those that are easy to grill. Even more, you have plenty of tasteful cocktails for your summer events!

Most importantly, as you prepare to be a host of entertainment throughout these coming warm summer evenings, there is much to do in order to prepare for the tastiest grilling of delicious meat. It includes a number of steps in the preparation of your meat along with the proper care of your grill. 

Prep for Your Grilling Season

Starting in preparation for your grilling season, there are a number of hints offered as to the type of grill that may provide the most flavorful meat when you cook. One helpful tip is to avoid a gas grill and to use charcoal mixed with fresh wood chips from fruit trees to help provide an extremely fresh flavor. Even more, the continued cleanliness of your grill and long-term fresh flavor of your meat can help with laying aluminum foil down for each cooking session. It helps to keep the grill clean and keep you always grilling on a clean surface. 

Prep Your Recipes

Additionally, there are many tips to assist throughout your preparation and grilling steps while cooking out for your friends and family. First, start by warming up the meat for about 20-30 minutes, likely while you are warming up the grill. This helps to have the meat at a steady temperature and so you can grill quickly. Second, you should season your meat liberally, as the juices within meat tend to soak up the seasoning quite well as they spread out while you BBQ them on the grill.

Even more, as you are grilling, it is helpful to create the necessary heat zones for thoroughly grilling your meat, but at the same time avoiding grill flare-ups that can definitely occur at any time. So, if you have a flare-up, be sure to move the meat away from that super hot zone and sprink salt or baking soda on that area if it is essential to put out that high flame.

And finally, take your meat off the grill a little before it is completely done. This is important since the heat that it takes in has those hot juices continuing to cook for a few minutes after it is removed from the grill. It will help take your meals on to the tastiest level and have them done just as you would like without drying them up by overcooking.

Beer Cocktails for Your BBQs

It’s to assume a “cocktail” is technically liquor combined with some sort of fruit, syrup, or other juice. But, it’s easy to forget all of the cocktails that are made from the traditional refreshment of an ice cold beer. If you would have told me in the past that I’d prefer a beer over a cocktail—or both together—I’d have laughed myself onto the floor. But, here we are. So, without being one type of the other: having the “beer person” or a “liquor person” title, some super easy beer cocktails are available.

Beer is great on its own, but it can also make amazing mixed drinks. With so many beers available today, incredible recipes can liven up your beer-drinking routine. Drinks made with beer are technically not cocktails since most don’t include liquor. Instead, we call them beer mixed drinks or beertails. No matter what you call them, these recipes are very easy to make, so have fun exploring the many ways to mix your beer! Some beer cocktail recipes are also two different types of beer, layering one on top of the other, to substituting beer for the places liquor is usually used.

10 common beer cocktails easily made at your warm-weather events include:

  1. Black and Tan
  2. Shandy
  3. Watermelon Beer
  4. Trojan Horse
  5. Black Velvet
  6. Corrido Prohibidos
  7. Beer, Bourbon, and Barbecue Cocktail
  8. Michelada
  9. Strawberry Cucumber Spritzer
  10. Beergarita

Now, some of these are easy to pick up on what they include. And, some are quite common from your past trips to the bar. But, there is much to gain from including beer as a substitute for the typical spritzer in one of your traditional cocktails. There is so much to enjoy from a lighter version of all of these tasty drinks.