Grilling: An American Tradition It doesn't matter if it's the 4th of July, or just another day in the summer, chances are there's someone in your area that is barbequing. Barbequing has become a normal American trend for families. Not only does the food that comes from grillilng have a flavor that is unchallenged by other cooking methods, but barbequing gives a purpose for families to get together. Some of my best experiences happened outdoors at one of my families many get-togethers. Arranging A Barbeque First, no grill-out would be complete without guests and proper outdoors weather. Plan ahead of time, checking with your potential guests for scheduling clashes and issues. Finding a date and time that is suitable for everyone should not be too hard as long as you gave everyone an advanced notice. Alternatively, be sure to check the weather for that type of year. If you live in a climate that can't be foretold, then you might need to have a backup plan just incase unusual weather comes. You can't forecast things like rain and thunderstorms ahead of time, but you can be sure that you have your barbeque during the season that will be pleasurable to your guests. A grill-out in cool weather might hold more negative memories of attempting to keep warm rather then good memories of family and friends. BBQing has been around since the early cavemen figured out that foods flavor was very good after being cooked on an open flame. Mabye one of the main memories connected to a family grill-out is what food was on the menu that day. Barbequing opens a whole variety of types of foods available. The types of foods you serve should largely depend on your friends and the event in which you are celebrating. With the wide number of possibilities, you are sure to find at least a few dishes that will please your guests. Be sure that you prepare ahead for your grill-out. 12 to 24 hours before you plan on beginning the party, be sure to thaw, prepare, and marinate the meat you will be cooking. Once you have the meat stored away, soaking up the marinate, then you have to begin thinking about what types of side dishes you will be serving. If you want a totally tradition grill-out, you might want to stick with traditional sizes. Popular barbeque sides include potatoes and potato salad, baked beans, and coleslaw. Your traditional condiment bar should include pickles, relish, and onions. These condiments are typically severed at grill-outs because they are simple to prepare and store until the occasion occurs. You might want to cook other foods, but any grill-out is complete with just the dishes listed above. Your party area should be set up before the guests show. It only takes a few minutes to get everything ready, but the response you get from your arriving guests might make you feel as though you were preparing and decorating all day long. Depending on the situation, you might or might not want to have the meat already cooking on the grill. The smell will defninitely be inviting if you start cooking ahead!