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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Celebrate Summer with an Evening Spit Roast Barbecue Party

Some chicken, pork and corn in the barbeque
Some chicken, pork and corn in the barbeque (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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. Rinse them thoroughly and wipe them dry. If the roast has ties already in place, leave them alone since they hold the roast together while turning. For extra flavor, place fresh onion slices and one or two garlic cloves in the center of the roast along the side of the spit. Use your favorite prepared marinade or use an interesting recipe to make one from scratch. 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. Lights help guests to see steps and walkways. Colorful solar lights in the pool, pond or garden area are a great conversation piece. Automatic timers ensure that lights come on when the shadows start to lengthen. 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.

Organize the barbecue by using toss-away plastic flatware and paper plates, napkins, and cups. Put a plastic leaf bag in a large trash barrel for guests to dispose of their trash. Anchor any of the items you do not want the wind blowing away with decorated rocks or other weights. 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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