Tips for Hosting a Great Classic Southern Maryland Cookout
The classic summer cookout is a southern Maryland staple especially if you add a Maryland crab feast to the menu. Here are some great tips for hosting the most amazing summer cookout at your home.
Clean the grill with an onion
A great chemical-free way to clean your grill before using it to serve up the best feast ever is to rub a cut onion on the grates and let it work its magic. The enzymes found within an onion help to loosen baked-on bits left on the grill while also seasoning it for some great flavor for your next meal.
Use the lawn for easy extra seating
Don’t let the amount of outdoor furniture and seating you have to hold you back from hosting everyone that you love. Host more people by simply spreading out a few picnic blankets and setting up some makeshift tables by hiding crates or pallets underneath some table cloths on top of the blankets. It is a chic and fun way to create more dining space in your backyard.
Supply items to keep guests comfortable
There is nothing better than being outside in the summer in southern Maryland, but there are some things that could make extended hours outdoors a bummer, such as bug bites and sunburn. Make sure to have plenty of bug spray and sunscreen on hand as well as take measures to keep mosquitoes away so that guests are comfortable all evening. For some tips on dealing with mosquitoes or choosing the right sunscreen, you can check out our blog articles on those subjects.
Create a fun drink cooler that could turn into a great backyard activity
Skip store-bought ice and fill up some water balloons and stick them in the freezer to create an easy and large amount of ice to keep your drinks cold. You can stick the balloons in a fun kiddy pool and once the balloons have melted you now have the supplies for an impromptu water fight.
Create an easy outdoor handwashing station
Since the beginning of 2020, we all know the importance of proper handwashing, especially before we touch items that will be going into our bodies. Set up an easy handwashing station for everybody to wash up right before they eat with a cooler full of warm water set up on a table and some soap ready to go right next to it. Grab a roll of paper towels for drying and everybody is all set for clean hands before they eat.
Try a fun and new summer recipe
There are so many great recipes out there why not try a brand new one to keep things fun and interesting at your cookout? You can find a large list of amazing cookout menus from this article by Delish magazine. It includes everything from drinks to side dishes to mains and desserts.
There are so many great ways to host a fun summer cookout at your Southern Maryland home. For more information on real estate in South Maryland please contact us anytime.
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