Preparing for a Backyard Barbecue: Tips, FREE eBook and a Dutch Oven for You!

Getting ready to grill for a group? We have you covered, with tips for preparing, a free barbecue e-cookbook and downloadable printables to keep you organized. Oh, and we may also throw in a pretty snazzy giveaway as well.

We’re getting ready to host a backyard barbecue this weekend, and we have been busy prepping, planning and playing with recipes. Hosting a barbecue can be overwhelming. In fact, any kind of get-together at your house can be a cause of stress with the cleaning, cooking and planning.

In an attempt to take control over the part that I view as most important – the food – I asked Ole for some tips on how to keep the grill area under control when inviting a large group of people over. After all, he’s the one who mans the grill area over here. So, these are Ole’s seven tips for a successful barbecue event.

    1. Don’t overdo it. Unless you have a commercial sized fridge and giant grill, keep it simple.

    2. Premix your seasoning. Don’t bring the salt and pepper shakers and secret spices all out to the grill. Mix up a small bowlful ahead of time; it makes seasoning quicker and more consistent.

    3. Go with what you know. New recipes take more time and concentration. Group grilling is meant to be social, so stay in your comfort zone.

    4. Know your fuel. If you use gas, make sure the tank is full. If you’re a charcoal griller, be sure to pick up an extra bag the day before.

    5. Tag team it. When grilling for yourself or your family you might be able to get away with doing it all yourself, but when larger groups are involved, try to have someone else take care of other needs so you can focus on the grill.

    6. Foil pans rule. Get a few foil pans lined up that can hold the meat when it’s done. There usually are a few last minute details that need to be attended to prior to serving. Don’t let the main course dry out on the grill; move it to a covered foil pan to let it rest.

    7. Provide an easy alternative. With large groups there is bound to be a few picky eaters (possibly vegetarian). Have some hot dogs and veggie burgers waiting in the wings to keep everyone happy.

In a case of perfect timing, I’ve also been working with Mandi from Life… Your Way to gather a collection of over 30 barbecue-friendly recipes from 15 bloggers to make planning easier. Download or print your copy of Backyard Barbecue Recipes today. Plus, Mandi and all her Type-A ways created six free printables to keep you organized while you’re planning your get-together!

:: Backyard Barbecue Planner
:: Dirty Dozen / Clean Fifteen Cheat Sheet
:: Freezer Storage Cheat Sheet
:: Internal Cooking Temperature Cheat Sheet
:: 3×5 Recipe Cards or 4×6 Recipe Cards
:: Shopping List or Half-Page Shopping List



Bush’s sent over a gorgeous grilling kit for our barbecue, and we get to give one away to our readers! (This is a photo of Wenderly’s grillin’ kit, photographed by her. Thanks, Wendy!)

THE PRIZE
One Bush’s Grillin’ Beans Grilling Kit that includes:

  • Emile Henry Dutch Oven
  • Rosle Barbecue Tools
  • Bush’s Apron, Can Opener and Grillin’ Beans
  • $50 Visa Gift Card

HOW TO ENTER TO WIN

1. Leave a comment. What is your favorite barbecue dish?

2. Follow @BushsBeans and @FoodforMyFamily on Twitter and tweet the following, and come back and let me know you did:

Win an Emile Henry Dutch Oven and @BushsBeans BBQ set from @FoodforMyFamily http://su.pr/56DVrO

THE RULES:

This giveaway will run until Monday, May 30th at 11:59 p.m. EDT and is open to all U.S. residents. A winner will be chosen at random using Random.org from all eligible entries. Each reader has 5 chances to win by completing the above tasks and leaving a separate comment for each entry method completed. Chosen winner must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by Bush’s.

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Comments

  1. KristiJoy81 says:

    Nothing beats a perfectly grilled hamburger!

  2. KristiJoy81 says:

    Following Bush’s Baked Beans and Food for my Family on Twitter…tweeter about the post!

  3. KristiJoy81 says:

    Joined the Food for my Family community on Facebook

  4. KristiJoy81 says:

    Following the Bush’s Beans community on Facebook

  5. Oh, how I LOVE to grill! A favorite is hard to choose, but I do love grilled pineapple!

  6. I follow on the facebook community!

  7. Heather says:

    I love grilled flank steak.

  8. Heather says:

    Your Bush’s Beans twitter link is broken. I follow you both and here is my tweet; http://twitter.com/#!/HSlater351/status/71646472176799744

  9. Heather says:

    I am already a fan of yours on Facebook!

  10. Heather says:

    I joined the Bush’s fan page on FB.

  11. Jennifer M says:

    We love BBQ chicken with a homemade mustard sauce and of course grilled asparagus or corn on the cob!

  12. It’s hard to choose just one, but I’d have to say a burger.

  13. I’m a fan of Food For My Family on Facebook.

  14. I’m a fan of Bush’s Beans on Facebook.

  15. Heather says:

    My favorite barbeque dish is RIBS!

  16. Allison C says:

    I’m a vegetarian so I like something a little different…grilled halluomi (greek grilling cheese that is AWESOME!) and veggie kabobs. If you haven’t tried this cheese you should. They sell it at Whole Foods, speciality cheese shops, and at larger super markets.

  17. Katherine says:

    I love grilled veggies – zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, you name it!

  18. Pearl A says:

    I love Ribs on the Grill!! Yummy!!
    I’m a friend on FB of your site and Bush’s Beans

  19. Ryan Arnold says:

    A good burger!

  20. Susan H says:

    Pineapple on the grill is FABULOUS! We grill everything else as an excuse to grill pineapple.

  21. Susan H says:

    And I follow you on Facebook.

  22. Can anything beat a good burger? Nope.

  23. A burger hot off the grill along with a grilled bun is awesome…we love to top ours with blue cheese dressing and bacon. Yum! Grilled asparagus is super delicious too!

  24. Pulled pork all the way! Though I love potato salad on the side.

  25. Patricia C says:

    I love hotdogs and hamburgers

  26. Patricia C says:

    I’m a fan on the Food for My Family community on Facebook.

  27. Patricia C says:

    I joined the Bush’s Beans community on Facebook

  28. Nothing beats a perfectly grilled steak

  29. Alexa F. says:

    Grilled veggies (bellpeppers, homegrown artichokes, onions, asparagus, corn cob, squash) and salmon with grilled peaches/apricots for desert. YUM.

  30. I love a good burger, topped with a pineapple slice and BBQ sauce. Grilled aspargus is great too.

  31. I’m not a big red meat fan, but I do love a good steak on the grill.

  32. I love a good grilled burger!

  33. I love ribs with potato salad as a side.

  34. Ribs!! Yum.

  35. Evelyn R says:

    Joined the Food for my Family community on Facebook

  36. Evelyn R says:

    Just last night we had my favorite…..a big juicy burger!

  37. Melissa says:

    burger with chedar cheese ;) a little taste of heaven!

  38. My husband is awesome at grillin! I love everything he makes!

  39. I love the Itailan and Brats sausages on the grill!

  40. I love my BBQ pork ribs. I already follow on Food for my Family and like on Bushs Beans.

  41. Wilma P says:

    I love a really juicy hamburger right from the BBQ grill

  42. Jessica T. says:

    I love barbecue ribs!

  43. Brats!

  44. I LOVE grilled hamburgers! And now I am craving one…..but we really love corn on the grill too.

  45. I follow Food For My family on Facebook.

  46. Amanda Thompson says:

    My husband makes the best grilled Tri-Tip and Asparagus!

  47. Growing up, my parents would grill a dish called burrito burgers. They were delicious!

  48. My favorite BBQ dish is Cheeseburger’s. I’m simple.

  49. I like Food for my Family on FB.

  50. I like Bush’s on FB.

  51. I love grilled corn on the cob yummm

  52. Danielle says:

    Fresh from the garden asparagus!

  53. BBQ Ribs… mmmm!

  54. Christie P says:

    BBQ Hamburgers! It might be simple, but it really is my favorite.

  55. Smoked BBQ pulled pork, all slathered with sauce – with all the fixin’s too. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

  56. bbq chicken and ribs.

  57. following on twitter both, and tweeted :)

  58. followwing on facebook

  59. following bushs beans too

  60. Definitely my husband’s BBQ steak.

  61. I heart my FIL’s steak!!!

  62. I am sooooo glad I found your website! I love it! My favorite recipe is the bush’s bacon/maple beans ohh sooo yummy!

  63. Lynda Clark says:

    We like to grill seasoned burgers accompanied by a mixed bean casserole.
    Lynda Clark lyndaclark81@yahoo.com

  64. I liked “food for my family on FB”

  65. Lynda Clark says:

    I am following Bush’s Beans on Twitter @lyndacooks (Lynda Clark)
    Lyndaclark81@yahoo.com

  66. I liked Bush’s on fb

  67. Lynda Clark says:

    I am following Food For My Family on Twitter @lyndacooks (Lynda Clark)
    Lyndaclark81@yahoo.com

  68. Lynda Clark says:

    I am a fan of Bush’s Beans on Facebook as Lynda Clark
    Lyndaclark81@yahoo.com

  69. Lynda Clark says:

    I have Tweeted about this Giveaway:
    @lyndacooks Lynda Clark
    @FoodforMyFamily Win an Emile Henry Dutch Oven and @BushsBeans BBQ set from @FoodforMyFamilyhttp://su.pr/56DVrO
    http://twitter.com/#!/lyndacooks/status/72085641801891840

  70. Lynda Clark says:

    I am a fan of Food For My Family on Facebook as Lynda Clark
    Lyndaclark81@yahoo.com

  71. I am following you on twitter and tweeted the above post via @tracersDEALS

  72. Janette says:

    Ribs! Mmm….

  73. Janette says:

    Following @BushsBeans and @FoodforMyFamily on Twitter and tweeted the post. :)

  74. Janette says:

    “Liked” Food for My Family community on Facebook.

  75. Janette says:

    “Liked” Bush’s Beans community on Facebook.

  76. I really like a good steak and grilled peppers and onions. Simple with no mess to clean up!

  77. Our favorite barbecue is pastrami, smoked from brisket. We have one, now, marinating in our refrigerator.
    It is hard to wait the weeks, while it cures.

  78. following on facebook.
    love bbq chicken,ribs, and corn on the cob !

  79. Bake beans and hot dogs. Susan

  80. We can’t wait for the party!!!! One of the many perks of living across the street. Yeah for us!

  81. I love BBQ’d baked potatoes

  82. I think my favorite are veggie shish kabobs. And it’s an added side benefit that you can reuse the marinade afterwards!

  83. I love to make grilled corn! It’s sooo delicious!

  84. I like your page on Facebook!

  85. I like Bush’s on Facebook!

  86. July Groves says:

    Grilled veggies are the BEST!

  87. hamburgers, brats and steak we love them all and they all are great with Bush’s beans!

  88. Sarah H says:

    I love barbecued baked beans and grilled portabella mushrooms. I also like grilled veggie kabobs.

  89. I like Bush’s on Facebook!

  90. “Liked” Food for My Family community on Facebook

  91. Deidre F. says:

    My favorite is grilled fish !

  92. grilled pineapples are so yummy.

  93. Rebecca Graham says:

    I like BBQ ribs.

  94. Rebecca Graham says:

    Follow Bushsbeans and foodformyfamily on Twitter; rhoneygee
    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/rhoneygee/status/72391965060251648

  95. At this time of year, I can’t see past grilled asparagus. But onions, peppers and tomatoes are right up there, too.

  96. Rebecca Graham says:

    Follow Food for my family on Facebook: Rebecca Honey Graham

  97. Rebecca Graham says:

    Follow Bushs Beans on Facebook: Rebecca Honey Graham

  98. LOVE BBQ ribs!!!!!!

  99. Brisket!

  100. Our family likes Beer Can Chicken!

  101. I follow you on FB.

  102. i liked Bush’s Beans on FB.

  103. Mary DelVecchio says:

    My favorite BBQ food is slow smoked pork riblets.

  104. Mary DelVecchio says:

    following Food for my Family on FB

  105. April Grey says:

    My favorite bbq dish is corn on the cob.

  106. Our favorite barbequed food is steak!

  107. Jerry Lafferty says:

    Gotta love Shish kabobs on the grill!

  108. Jerry Lafferty says:

    Following @bushbeans & @FoodforMyFamily on Twitter My tweet http://twitter.com/#!/mrcapncaveman/status/72419581859340288

  109. Jerry Lafferty says:

    Joined the Food for My Family community on Facebook as Jerry Lafferty

  110. Jerry Lafferty says:

    Joined the Bush’s Beans community on Facebook as Jerry Lafferty

  111. ribs!! yummmmmm :)

  112. Brittni Jolly says:

    I love a good grilled steak! So yummy!

  113. Jerry Lafferty says:

    No Idea what the fifth entry was supposed to be so I guessed! Shared on my wall on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=203874356323467&id=100000565965304

  114. Brittni Jolly says:

    Joined the Food for My Family community on Facebook as Brittni Jolly

  115. Brittni Jolly says:

    Joined the Bush’s Beans community on Facebook as Brittni Jolly

  116. Rachel C. says:

    LOVE homemade potato salad and bread and butter pickles. Yum!!

  117. Cindy Pealstrom says:

    Favorite grilled food is Fruit for dessert(after the grilled shrimp and tortellini kabobs)!

    Joined the Bush’s Beans community on Facebook (even tried to get Duke to tell me the recipe)!

    Joined the Food for My Family community on Facebook.

  118. I liked on FB!

  119. Joined and now Part of Bush Beans on FB!

  120. Favorite BBQ Dish is fish w/ a slight dab of BBQ on it! :)

  121. tbone steaks and beans!

  122. Maggie Wong says:

    My family like it simple- ribeyes rubbed with garlic powder, salt, pepper and paprika, add a bit of Worcestershire sauce before grilling

  123. Melinda Dinsmore says:

    My favorite bbq dish is pork steaks grilled with Bush’s original beans and corn on the cob.

  124. Melinda (Mendy) Dinsmore says:

    following bush beans on twitter

  125. Melinda (Mendy) Dinsmore says:

    following @FoodforMyFamily on Twitter

  126. Melinda (Mendy) Dinsmore says:
  127. Melinda (Mendy) Dinsmore says:

    Joined the Food for My Family community on Facebook.

  128. Melinda (Mendy) Dinsmore says:

    Joined the Bush’s Beans community on Facebook

  129. Angela Gills says:

    Our family loves to do beer chicken on the grill, it is so moist and tender and then we top it off with awesome side dishes.

  130. Angela Gills says:

    Joined Food for my family community and joined Bush’s beans community.

  131. Erin Slattery says:

    My favorite bbq dish is wood smoked salmon with bbq grilled veggies.

  132. alicia gargiulo says:

    I love ribs!!!

  133. Erin Rushton says:

    I love veggie burgers!

  134. I love marinated BBQ Chicken or grilled veggie burgers!

  135. I like Food for My Family on Facebook

  136. BBQ roast cooked on the grill. (mavans@gmail.com)

  137. We love Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

  138. I like Food for My Family on Facebook

  139. I love to grill! Our favorite is bbq ribs! I enjoy grilled corn a lot too :)

  140. I Join the Food for My Family community on Facebook

  141. I joined the Bush’s Beans community on Facebook.

  142. Barbequed short ribs – mmmmmmm!

  143. Burgers

  144. MichelleH says:

    I like almost everything that comes off a grill. My favorites are probably salmon and corn on the cob.

  145. Stephanie says:

    Anything on the grill is good as long as it means I get to spend less time in the kitchen! But, I love hamburgers on the grill!

  146. We love everything grilled! Guess our favorite would be BBQ chicken!

  147. I like Food for my Family on facebook!

    Jennifer Smith Stewart

  148. I like Bush’s Beans on facebook!

    Jennifer Smith Stewart

  149. You can’t beat a BBQ’d hot dog…so yummy!

  150. I love pork tenderloin on the grill with roasted asparagus – yummy! I follow Bush’s Beans on Facebook.

  151. I love pork tenderloin on the grill with roasted asparagus – yummy! I follow Food for my Family on Facebook.

  152. My favorite has to be grilled corn on the cob!!!

  153. ACMommy3 says:

    We enjoy grilled pineapple, grilled steak and grilled spinach & cheese stuffed pork tenderloin, and grilled fish tacos! :-)

  154. Favorite BBQ dish is spare ribs!

  155. My husband’s amazing turkey burgers!!!

  156. Anything my husband grills is great….I’ll bet he’d love to experiment with the Emile Henry Dutch Oven and I’d love to use the can opener on the Bush’s baked beans!! Perhaps Food for my Family on Facebook will improve my cooking skills!!

  157. Bush’s Beans picked a great spokesman…Duke would love my Granddog Golden Retriever named Cedar…They could make beautiful baked bean recipes together!!

  158. Kollinda says:

    I love grilled asparagus with steak or bbq chicken

  159. Kollinda says:

    I joined on Food for My Family on Facebook!

  160. Awesome grill tips Shaina. Wonderful seeing you this weekend. Never enough time to catch up though. I think we are both at evo ’11 together??

  161. My favorite thing to grill is asparagus. My favorite thing to BBQ is pork short ribs.

  162. My husband grills the BEST burgers. I love a really good burger grilled!

  163. melissa says:

    Favorite bbq…. Grilled mushrooms and homemade bbq’d marinated chicken

  164. melissa says:

    Bush bean Facebook follower

  165. Grilled chicken!

  166. My favorite bbq food is ribs! Oh and corn on the cob.. yum!

  167. My favorite is ribs!

  168. Joined the Food for My Family community on Facebook. (Rust Hawk)

  169. Joined the Bush Beans community on Facebook. (Rust Hawk)

  170. Toni N. says:

    I love anything from the grill! I must say I do love some bbq ribs mmmmm!!!

  171. Toni N. says:

    Joined food for my family on FB!

  172. Toni N. says:

    Joined Bush’s Beans on FB!

  173. We make fajitas on the grill almost weekly and you can never turn down a grilled burger! Joined FB too!

  174. my favorite bbq food is ribs and beans
    tcogbill at live dot com

  175. I hate to be so simple, but I love BBQ chicken and corn on the cob. Yum!

  176. Liked Bush’s beans on Facebook. I grew up on beans and love them. Good protein and good food.

  177. Just got my dutch oven and am making my first meal in it tonight! Looks like you all had a great time and got to eat some great food! Awesome!

  178. I love Bar-B-Qued Chicken!
    susitravl(at)gmail(dot)com

  179. Like you on FB (SusanB)
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  180. Like Bush’s Beans on FB (SusanB)
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  181. Erica Best says:

    I love grill ribs so good and mess.

  182. Erica Best says:

    Join the Food for My Family community on Facebook.

  183. Erica Best says:

    Join the Bush’s Beans community on Facebook. erica best

  184. Erica Best says:
  185. Celia Nickel says:

    Without a doubt my favorite bbq dish is bbq beef rips. Slather on some bbq sauce and grill. Easy and delicious.

  186. Celia Nickel says:

    Did my tweetyness. Folled @BushsBeans and @Foodformyfamily…

  187. Celia Nickel says:

    Joined Food for my family community on facebook.

  188. Celia Nickel says:

    Joined bush’s beans community on facebook.

  189. I love chicken kebabs!

  190. I like you on Facebook.

  191. I like Bush’s Beans on Facebook.

  192. I love grilled ribs

  193. Shirley says:

    I love the all time favorite The Grilled Hamburger.

  194. Shirley says:

    I liked Bush’s Beans on Facebook.

  195. I enjoy grilling steaks.

  196. We love grilled onions from the barbecue.

  197. I am following both you and Bush’s on Twitter and tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/pathicpixie/status/74948719161786368
    pathicpixie

  198. I joined the food for my family community

  199. I joined the Bush’s Beans Community.

  200. Denise Nelson says:

    BBQ Pork chops are my fave

  201. Denise Nelson says:

    joined Bush Beans on FB!

  202. Denise Nelson says:

    joined food for Family

  203. Denise Nelson says:

    Following on twitter!

  204. my favorite bbq dish is good old bbq pork

  205. marycoleman says:

    I am a fan of bush beans on facebook.

  206. marycoleman says:

    My favorite barbecue recipe is barbecued chicken

  207. Smoked pork with a can of bush beans simmering ontop of grill

  208. marycoleman says:

    I am following the food for my family on facebook

  209. We love chicken and veggies

  210. Brianna says:

    my favorite bbq is definately chick-ka-bobs :D with the kids in the pool

  211. Brianna says:

    I followed you both on twitter and tweeted :D

  212. Brianna says:

    I am following you both on facebook now too :D

  213. Brianna says:

    so does that give me 4 or 5 entries?

  214. Mary Alice says:

    My favorite BBQ dish is BBQ chicken with potato salad.

    marysbookworm@cableone.net

  215. Mary Alice says:

    AAF of yours on FB

    marysbookworm@cableone.net

  216. Mary Alice says:

    Following you on twitter as tnbell48
    Tweeted the giveaway:

    http://twitter.com/#!/

    marysbookworm@cableone.net

  217. Mary Alice says:

    Liked Bush’s Community on FB

    marysbookworm@cableone.net

  218. Joan Pratt says:

    I love Turkey on the grill! Deliciousness!

  219. My favorite grill food is Roasted Basil and Garlic Butter Corn. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  220. Tara Anderson says:

    Following you on Twitter!

  221. Tara Anderson says:

    Following Bush’s on twitter! And tweeted!

  222. My favorite BBQ dish is Asian BBQ Chicken from Our Best Bites.

  223. Tara Anderson says:

    Tweeted Win an Emile Henry Dutch Oven and @BushsBeans BBQ set from @FoodforMyFamily http://su.pr/56DVrO

  224. Tara Anderson says:

    Joined Food for my Family on fb

  225. Tara Anderson says:

    Joined Bush’s Beans on fb!

  226. Tara Anderson says:

    We love grilling pepper steaks, and I make a mean grilled ceasar salad!

  227. My husbands chicken

  228. Raylene says:

    I love Bush’s Beans and I just joined you on facebook.

  229. I love BBQ hamburgers!

  230. Donna B. says:

    My favorite barbecue dish is cheeseburgers.

  231. Donna B. says:

    I Follow @BushsBeans and @FoodforMyFamily on Twitter http://twitter.com/simplydab/status/75311621697835008

  232. Donna B. says:

    I Joined the Food for My Family community on Facebook.

  233. Donna B. says:

    I Joined the Bush’s Beans community on Facebook.

  234. My favorites are the side dishes: vegetable filled cous cous, other pasta salads, moms ambrosia, potato salad (no pickles please!), corn on the cob and all the rest. The men can have the meat, give me the beans and the veggies and I’m happy!

  235. Kelly Koenig says:

    I love my husband’s bbq ribs!

  236. Kelly K says:

    I like the food for our community on Facebook

  237. Kelly K says:

    I like Bush’s Beans on Facebook

  238. We have hambugers, hot dogs, my potato salad and Bush’s Beans. Duke is always invited but since it is hard for him to make it, we have Max, the family Golden.

  239. I joined Bush’s Beans on Facebook.

  240. I joined Food for My Family on Facebook.

  241. Gina R. says:

    I love BBQ chicken!

  242. Gina R. says:

    I follow FFMF on FB!

  243. Gina R. says:

    I follow Bush’s Beans on FB!

  244. love bbq chicken!!

  245. sherri crawford says:

    my favorite is brisket

  246. Trish R says:

    I love BBQ Beef Ribs.

  247. Trish R says:
  248. Trish R says:

    I liked Bushs Baked Beans on Facebook.

  249. pam hunley says:

    I am following on Twitter and tweeted : Win an Emile Henry Dutch Oven and @BushsBeans BBQ set from @FoodforMyFamily http://su.pr/56DVrO

  250. pam hunley says:

    I “liked” Bush’s baked beans on Facebook :)

  251. pam hunley says:

    My favorite barbecue dish is grilled corn on the cob – I make ad Mrs. Dash fiesta lime seasoning and finely diced garlic to butter to put on after it is done and it is great!!!

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