Having barbecues in the backyard is a tradition of sorts for many people who live in areas where the summers are warm. When the outside world is warm and inviting, many homeowners are likely to invite over guests. Spending valuable time with friends and family can make the summertime days all the more memorable. You could serve so much at your gathering, picnic, family reunion, or any spontaneous weekend barbecues you might be hosting. Hot dogs, bratwursts, burgers, and steaks are favorite proteins for people to enjoy. If you are inviting over vegetarians, then roasting a delicious avocado or a meatless burger might be something to add to the menu. As for side dishes, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, greens, fruit salads, or whole fruits like watermelon is classic foods to pair with your favorite proteins.
There are plenty of delicious beverages that you can whip up for your guests to enjoy at your next barbecue. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages can make with any of your favorite flavors. A company like Monin provides all of the best flavors of fruity syrups that you can think. Peach, mango, strawberry, and raspberry are wonderful choices for syrups to include in your drinks. Recipes to use these syrups can easily be gathered online.
Here’s a simple recipe to prepare a flavored lemonade (alcoholic or not) using your favorite syrup flavors:
- 3 oz. lemonade
- 3 oz. champagne
- Three fresh berries of your choice
- 2 – 4 pumps of your favorite fruit syrup
Combine each into a tall glass, shake, and serve over ice. If you aren’t a fan of champagne and would like a non-alcoholic lemonade drink, then replace the 3 oz. of champagne with three more oz. of lemonade. You can also try out this recipe by combining flavored syrups, such as combining a few pumps of mango with a few pumps of peach for a sweet hybrid flavored drink.
America is in love with backyard barbecues. Most people in the United States have been to a backyard barbecue at least one time in their life. Grills are synonymous with good weather, good food, and spending time with like-minded people. They are held for several different occasions and can be for a significant holiday, such as Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. Barbecues can also be put together for someone’s birthday, their anniversary, their wedding, graduation day, etc. You name it, and a barbecue could be enjoyed on that day if the weather is right. Something about the sounds, smells, and tastes that come with a barbecue grill session is nostalgic for many people. It gives the feeling of being together with your loved ones with a purpose.
When you think about it, barbecues are like the modern-day versions of how families (or whole villages) used to sit around the campfire and enjoy each other’s company while having dinner – roasted over an open flame. It is almost as if barbecues are so well enjoyed because enjoying this type of community get-together near a fire is ingrained in our cultural heritage. What a barbecue does is it turns our backyards into a relaxation spot where we can be with others in nature. How often do people get together in a garden to enjoy the weather without having some food and fire going at the same time? The truth is that people like to celebrate and barbecues are seen as something that goes hand-in-hand with that celebratory feeling.
There are some interesting facts behind those who own grills. Over 62% of households choose to go with gas grills over charcoal grills. Wood burning grills may be well sought after for the natural smokey flavor profile that they provide food cooked over them, but even they are becoming few and far between. Whatever an individual’s preference of performance in their grill, there does seem to be a preference over cost and convenience versus taste. Some people claim that there is a difference in taste in the finished product of their grilled food, depending on which grill is used. Overall, most people do not seem to notice a difference in taste between gas and charcoal grills.