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How to Throw the Perfect Southern Backyard Barbecue

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By Tori Linville


Barbeque season is in full swing and you haven’t had one yet? Whether it’s repurposing some old tools for decoration or some recipes that will be unforgettable, there’s an endless amount of ideas at your disposable. We’ve listed some perfect backyard barbeque ideas that will have your guests begging to know your secret to the perfect bash. Stay cool (misting stations are always a great idea in the Alabama summer heat), have fun and get creative!


Wheelbarrow Cooler


Repurpose a rusted out wheelbarrow as a festive cooler for you barbeque needs. Throw in some ice and beer and you’re set! Add some twine around the handles if you want an extra cute-sy effect.


Bandana Napkins


Use old (or new) bandanas as napkins for your guest’s needs. Stores like Walmart sell single bandanas for pennies and packs for only a little more. Using bandanas as napkins add instant charm and only require a quick wash to restore them to their former glory.


Buckets and Buckets of Snacks


While waiting for the juicy steaks (or hotdogs and hamburgers), serve up some treats in a customized way. Grab some small dollar store buckets and have enough for all your guests to munch on some chips or veggies while the main course comes along.


Muffin Tin Condiments


Separate your condiments for perfect portions inside a muffin tin. This allows for perfect accessibility while serving as the perfect barbeque hack. Instead of searching for bottles of the right topping, simply pass the tin, allowing for guests to pick and chose their desired combos.


Bun Orders


Be sure to write the desired meat option in ketchup (or whatever else) on a hamburger bun to make remembering orders a breeze!


Barbeque Recipes


            Bacon Wrapped Cheese Hot Dogs


            Grab some hotdogs and carve a small split in each dog, but not splitting the

            meat in half entirely. Slide some mozzarella cheese into the splits. Then, wrap

            the hot dog in a bacon strip. Hold together with toothpicks on the grill.


            Fiesta Stuffed Mini Peppers


            What you’ll need:

            12-18 sweet mini peppers, halved and seeded

            8 oz. of cream cheese, softened

            8 oz. of shredded cheese (whichever type you prefer)

            1 tbsp. of lime juice

            1 tbsp. of cilantro

            1/2 tsp. of garlic salt


            What you’ll make:

            Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then wash and slice peppers. Scoop out seeds

            with a spoon. In a bowl, mix together cream cheese, shredded cheese, lime,

            cilantro and garlic salt. Spoon filling into the pepper halves and bake for 20

            minutes. Serves 24 to 36 halves.


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