Today is the 4th of July. Happy 4th of July everybody! As all Americans know, today is the day that we celebrate the birth of our wonderful and indispensable nation. People everywhere will be enjoying hometown fireworks displays, baseball games, and holiday cookouts (of course!). As a matter-of-fact, I don’t think I know of anyone that’s not doing one of those things. But the point of this post is to show ya how I’m setting up my 4th of July barbecue.
The first thing I did was get all of my food together. Since we’re talkin’ about the 4th, this is a major grilling holiday. That means everybody and his brother plans to fire up the grill today. You know that guy that only has three backyard barbecues a year? Well buddy, this is one of ’em! So knowing this, I planned ahead and got all of my food early in the week. Don’t wait till the last minute on this one folks. Yes, the supermarkets expect the extra volume, but the choicest cuts and preferred brands may be gone. Getting your foods on the 1st always solves this problem.
The next thing I did was to inspect my grill and accessories. Obviously, I cookout a lot, but it’s still a good idea to inspect your grill for any signs of wear and tear. I also checked the spatula, tongs, grill fork, and wire brush too. I guarantee you that if you do this at least once a month, you’ll maintain your grill much better.
And lastly, I got my charcoal. Honestly, I already had charcoal, but places like The Home Depot and Lowe’s (as well as every grocery chain in the country) know that America’s having a big backyard party today….so they put the charcoal on sale! That means they can count on me to get some. And I would advise you to do the same, because, you can stock charcoal for them other cookout days besides this one. That’s what I do. Also, this strategy works like a charm on Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Everything looks great, so all that’s left is some minor food prep. I like to season up my hamburger meat the day the barbecue, so that’s pretty much all that’s left. Well that, and some quick and easy vegetable prep. Next, I fire up the grill and get cookin’! And that’s a quick rundown of how I set up a holiday barbecue for my family. I hope that will help you with yours. Happy 4th of July everyone. And happy grilling!