Summer Fun with a Spit Roast Barbecue Party

by Nora Seabolt

It is nearly time for families to uncover the grill and fire up the barbecue, sending the tantalizing fragrance out to neighbors. Whether you have a deck or patio, celebrate good weather with outside events. The table invites family and guests to sit down and enjoy the delicious barbecued offerings, such as hamburgers and grilled corn on the cob. A spit roast provides a very delectable meal when it is prepared over the grill and cooked slowly. Regardless of the occasion, the family will be glad that the BBQ is again ready to make delicious meals.

Clean the grill from top to bottom using water and safe solutions. Dry each part after rinsing it well. Leave any tied strings secure on the roast as it helps the meat stay intact during the cooking process. Use a toothpick to poke several holes in the roast and insert small bits of garlic and onion that will add flavor while cooking. Prepare a marinade in a large zip bag, add the roast and refrigerate it overnight. Adding salt after cooking helps prevent the roast from drying out.

Consider the people you are inviting to the BBQ party before planning the menu. Hot dogs and hamburgers are great for kids and teens, but some adults want just a bit more. Grill your favorite veggies instead of cooking them on the stove. Any time is a good time for a barbecue and while the spit roast is cooking, you can prepare other foods you plan to serve. Cover cardboard boxes with plastic cloths to make instant end tables that sit beside chairs or hold hors d'oeuvres. Be prepared for a lot of company as you cook on the grill, since people enjoy the action.

In the event you decide to have hamburgers as well as the roast, you can make them plain or fancy. Slice mushrooms and tomatoes ahead of time. Making things like special sauces and fried bacon strips for the barbecue is better when done ahead of time. Put the packet on the grill about 3 minutes before serving to warm slightly and then set them on the table for anyone who wants bacon with their hamburger. Cheddar, provolone and jack cheese are all delicious slices to put on the hamburger before eating. Cover it with the bun to encourage melting.

An advantage of solar lights is the gleam does not interfere with the starlight from above. They brighten pathways and steps around the yard. Colorful solar lights in the pool, pond or garden area are a great conversation piece. Low voltage outdoor lighting is another way to brighten the area with style. Both economical and eco-friendly, people will relax more with the glow chasing away the dark of night and adding to safety from tripping or falling.

Rather than facing a pile of dirty dishes, use disposable cups, plates, and tableware. The guests will readily place their trash in a convenient trash bin lined with a plastic bag. If you have a tablecloth on the table, use hanging weights to hold it down when the wind blows. One method of getting help with cleanup is to invite guests to pack up food they want to take home. The event will be fun, as well as a success.

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