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6 Must-Haves for an Amazing Cookout
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6 Must-Haves for an Amazing Cookout

Family. Friends. Food. Maybe there are only three things you actually need for an amazing cookout. But having these on hand can’t hurt:

  1. Grilling tools: Start with the basics—a sturdy metal spatula, tongs and a wire brush. It’s always good to have a basting brush and veggie grilling tray, too.
  2. Hickory or other wood chips: Add smoky flavor by using natural wood chips. These work in both charcoal and gas grills.
  3. Unbreakable outdoor plates, glasses and serving dishes: Try outdoor plates that are made of melamine, which is tough enough to withstand being dropped on the patio and lots of trips through the dishwasher. Be sure to use drinkware that’s BPA free.
  4. Lights and music: Brighten up any party with outdoor lighting and some good music. Create a custom playlist and dance the night away.
  5. Mesh food covers: A few good screen food covers can keep uninvited guests (like flies and bugs) from ruining the party.
  6. Grill skills: Avoid serving over-charred or under-cooked foods. Impress your guests by brushing up on your grill skills before the party starts. Get some pointers here.


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