There is nothing better than a barbeque with family and friends over the holiday weekend. Worried that you’ll have to fork out big money for this American tradition? Well sit back and relax with a cold glass of lemonade because we’ve got a few tips to keep your BBQ within your budget. Get ready to fire up the grill for a fun-filled day that won’t burn a hole in your wallet.
Planning is Everything
The first step to a successful and affordable BBQ is planning. Get a head count of all your guests and then decide on your menu. Check your local grocery store’s weekly ad and find budget friendly recipes online. Create a list of ingredients and items you’ll need so you can stay on task while wandering the aisles.
Buy in Bulk
If you’re feeding a large crowd, stop by a warehouse club like Costco or Sam’s Club. You’ll find many of your BBQ essentials at a lower cost when you buy in bulk.
Don’t blow your budget on expensive meats. Flank and skirt steak are full of flavor, but less expensive than other cuts of beef. You can also choose chicken legs and thighs instead of pricier boneless chicken breasts. Make your own burgers instead of buying premade and add inexpensive ingredients, such as blue cheese or bacon, to give them a gourmet touch.
Serve it Up for Less
Stop by your local dollar store to find cutlery, plates, cups and everything else you’ll need to serve up your delicious dishes. You can also find inexpensive decorations, such as balloons and streamers, to create a little ambiance for your BBQ.
If you’re providing all the food, why not ask your guests to bring their own drinks. Send out an email asking everyone to bring their favorite summer beer, cocktail or nonalcoholic beverage. Create a list so everyone knows who is bringing what.
If you don’t already have a grill, you can typically get a new one on sale toward the end of the summer. You can also purchase a used grill on Craigslist or ask to borrow one from your friends or neighbors.
We hope these tips help you to have a successful BBQ. Have any other tips or budget-friend recipes? Let us know!