If you love doing BBQs at home but feel like you could make things easier or more fun for yourself and your guests, you’re probably right. There are likely all kinds of ways that you can streamline your BBQ days and make the whole event more enjoyable for everyone involved.

To help you see how this can be done, here are three tips for doing better home BBQs. 

Get Your BBQ Ready Beforehand

For the days that you have a BBQ planned, the preparation that you do beforehand can make a big difference in how stressed you feel with preparing the food and creating an atmosphere that people will enjoy. 

Ideally, you should get your BBQ grill started and warming up about 30 minutes before you plan to start cooking. But before you even get to this point, you’ll also need to make sure that you’ve cleaned the BBQ so that it’s ready for you to light and heat up. If you wait to do these things until your guests have arrived and everyone is hungry, you could have some unhappy guests who have to wait longer than they want to for the main event of the meal. So regardless of what kind of grill you have and how you’ll be cooking the food for your BBQ, make sure you have it all ready to start cooking outside before your guests arrive. 

Be Gentle With Your Seasoning

Before you put any food on the grill to cook, you’re going to want to make sure that you’ve seasoned it properly. Without adequate seasoning, the food and meat that you cook won’t taste as good as it otherwise could when you take it off the grill to eat. 

Keep in mind, however, that when you’re seasoning meat, you’ll want to be gentle with how you season. If you’re rubbing in the seasoning too roughly, you could compromise the integrity of the meat. This could make it fall apart while cooking, be tough when you go to eat it, or just taste over-seasoned

Know What Kind Of Heat To Use

Depending on the kind of food that you’re cooking, the kind of heat that you’re going to want to use will vary. For example, some foods can handle having direct heat on them, like being put into a fire or having a flame right below or above them. Other foods will need more radiant heat to cook them, which means being put close to the heat but not too close. So before you start cooking for your BBQ, make sure you know what kind of heat to use and how to best cook the food you’re wanting to prepare. 

If you want to start having better BBQs at home, consider implementing the tips mentioned above for your next BBQ.