Barbecue “Season”-ing

Yep, it’s that time of year again. BBQ season! Living in the Pacific Northwest we spend as much time outdoors as possible when the weather is nice so it goes without saying that BBQ’ing is a must. After all, who wants to play out side in the sun all day an d then head in the house to make dinner?

Whether you are planning a BBQ for family, a few friends or planning to host a big bash PEC has a few tips for making this time of the year more enjoyable:

  • Prepare your grill in advance. Clean it entirely, make sure the grates are clean too…contrary to popular opinion dirty grates do not add to the flavor of BBQ’d food.
  • The Spice is Right. Put together a plastic bin with all the spices you will most commonly use to BBQ with. Don’t forget to add in non-stick cooking spray and oil. It makes grilling easy if everything is already gathered together for easy use.
  • It’s all about the Tools. Anyone who has done any kind of grilling for any length of time will tell you that the tools you use are just as important as what you food you select. Keep a selection of tongs, spatulas, forks and brushes handy so you can quickly grab what you need.
  • Fresh is Best. Whether you are picking vegetables, meat or fish….without a doubt….buying fresh is best. Grilling brings out the natural flavor of the items you’ve selected so make sure you carefully select items before BBQ’ing.
  • Simple Sides. Don’t overwhelm yourself with complicated side dishes to go with your main entrée.  Keep a few things in the refrigerator that are quick to toss together for a side dish. Try and keep the assembly/prep time under ten minutes.
  • Quick Clean Up. Okay, so if you are eco-conscious you might not want to have a stack of paper plates and plastic utensils at hand and ready to pull out for a quick BBQ dinner outside, that’s okay but try to limit the amount of clean up that will be required. BBQ’ing is more about enjoying the outdoors and a balmy summer evening than it is about washing dishes.
Regardless of what works best for you, summer is a time to enjoy the great outdoors and Barbecuing allows you to do that. Take advantage of the sunny days the Pacific Northwest has to offer and if you decide that you want a little help throwing the BBQ bash of the year, give PEC a call…we’re all about fun in the outdoors!

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