Hosting a summertime BBQ can get expensive. Especially if you have a big family and lots of friends and neighbors to feed. Thankfully, there are a few tricks you can do to cut BBQ expenses and finally say goodbye to those BBQ blues.
Use glassware instead of plastic.
Instead of buying disposable cups, flatware and plates, use your dishware that’s already in the house. On the one hand, this will make dish washing a little lengthy, but it cuts costs and reduces trash.
Minimize your accessories.
Every dad wants the latest grilling accessory to keep up on all the fads, but you really only need two accessories to grill a great steak- a pair of tongs and a thermometer. Save the fancy Grillomatic 2000 for Father’s day if you’re trying to save money during this weekend’s cookout.
Research the length of time different meats should cook.
The last thing you want to do is overcook or burn your food to the point that it’s not edible. Take the time to learn how long different foods cook on the grill so that you don’t waste food and money by overcooking.
Use propane instead of charcoal.
You can save money by using a propane grill each time you cook instead of buying charcoal every time you plan on using the grill. This is especially true if you are a frequent grill user.
Make your own drinks.
Instead of buying expensive imported beers and sodas to quench the thirst of your guests, serve homemade lemonade, iced tea and Sangria. You guests will love it, and it’s a great way to keep a little change in you pocket.
Cook less-expensive cuts of meat.
It’s very easy to blow your budget on expensive cuts of meat because they look so delicious in the store, but if your trying to save some cash, go for less expensive cuts like skirt of flank steak. Also buy chicken legs and thighs instead of breasts.
Be kind to your grill.
Think of your grill like your car. If you take care of it, it will take care of you. Make sure to clean your grill each time you use it and cover it up when your done. This will extend the life of your grill and save you money in the long run.
Grill food that’s in season.
A great alternative to cooking hamburgers and hotdogs is grilling vegetables and fruits that are in season. You can find corn on the cob, zucchini and squash at your local farmers market or grocery store and if they are in season, they are usually discounted.
If you have any other tips for hosting a BBQ on a budget, share with our readers by posting in the comments below.