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Posted 5/23/2016

5 Things You Need at Your BBQ

5 Things You Need at Your BBQ

Is the weekend ever long enough? If you’re wishing for an extra day during your next weekend, you’re in luck! Memorial Day weekend is this week and many Costavidans are planning a relaxing weekend at home or a quick getaway. Whether you’re staying put or taking a quick trip, a cookout is a must for Memorial Day weekend!

We love our grill at Costa Vida, but we agree that there’s nothing better than grilling outside. Manning the grill in your backyard while serving your friends delicious food on a warm evening is one of the best things about summer. We frequently cater summer parties, so we know hosting a BBQ takes a lot of planning and work. To help you host your Memorial Day cookout, we’re sharing a few summer grilling hacks using items you already have in your home. These items are a must for a BBQ, but the way they’re used might surprise you. Here are five things you need at your next cookout!

Your grill is much easier to clean when hot. After it’s preheated, use an onion to clean the grates. Cut an onion in half and rub the cut side on the surface. Not only are do onions contain natural disinfectants, they add delicious flavor to whatever you grill next!

Paper Towel
Meat can stick to your grill even if it’s clean. Soak a paper towel in vegetable or canola oil and use tongs to safely rub the oiled paper towel on the hot grill. If you’re grilling flaky fish, grill the filets on top of lemon slices to add flavor and prevent the fish from falling apart.

Rosemary Skewers
Forget wasting money on wooden skewers, use sturdy rosemary sprigs to make kabobs. The sprigs will infuse natural flavor to your grilled meat and vegetables.

Muffin Tins
Muffins aren’t a cookout staple, but muffin tins should be! These tins have twelve individual compartments that are perfect for separating sauces and other condiments. If you’re serving burgers, fill the spaces with ketchup, mustard, relish, tomato slices, pickles, and all your favorite burger toppings.

Mint Mouthwash
Insects do not like the smell of natural mint. Pour mouthwash into a spray bottle and spray your cookout area before and throughout the party to keep the bugs away.

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