For better or worse, there is no stopping the tradition of summer barbecue even in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, you are probably planning to host one right now! Apart from social distancing, pay attention to these tips too to make sure you have an awesome bbq without breaking the bank.
- Invest in sides, marinades, and condiments.
Who needs gourmet ingredients? Even the most basic hotdogs and burgers will get a facelift if you serve them with a healthy spread of bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, mustard, onion, and other condiments. Chicken or grilled vegetables can be paired with different types of marinades, too.
- Choose cans instead of bottles.
Tired of half-full bottles of flat soda? Buy cans next time! Place them inside a cooler and nobody would mind. Bonus: the leftovers are completely reusable.
- Buy fresh.
Whatever is in season is always the cheapest. Check out your grocery store for the freshest fruits, vegetables, and even fish. There are always deals to be had, even in the time of coronavirus! Just remember to shop in advance so you can look for discounts without rushing.
- Keep it simple.
These days, decorations do not matter much. As long as you are together and connecting with your friends over a good barbecue, you should be fine. But if you must decorate, keep it simple. Also, buy your materials from the dollar store to save up.
- Forget the elaborate menu.
You know your friends and what they love to eat – serve that! Simple, comforting dishes always win. You can even make it a potluck. Just ask your friends to bring something small that you can all share during the barbecue party.
- Use what you have.
Take out your dishes from the cabinet and serve good barbecue on them. You will save money on plates, bowls, and cups, plus make zero waste. Everybody wins! Remember, a good barbecue is about community and connections. It is more valuable at this time. If you focus on what matters, you will have an awesome barbecue while keeping your budget low.