How To {Host A BBQ Like A Boss}

It’s the unofficial start of summer! That means it is time to BBQ your brains out. Cookouts are one of the many joys of the summertime because, really, how can you beat friends, food and sunshine? The sweet sound of a hot dog (or veggie kabob) sizzling on a hot grill is enough to lull you to sleep. Toss in a few adult beverages and you have yourself a stellar Saturday, Sunday, or any day of the week really! You don’t need an outdoor space to have an awesome BBQ. Just follow these simple steps to host the BBQ that your wildest dreams are made of.

Step 1) Grab a Cooler


On a hot summer day, a cold brewski or cocktail really hit the spot. In addition to making sure your cooler is filled with frosty beverages, don’t forget the ice. Most mini marts and supermarkets in Hoboken sell ice — so it’s certainly not hard to find, but very easy to forget if it’s not on your radar. Coolers are good for indoor or outdoor cookouts since space in the refrigerator is usually limited because of all those tasty treats you have in it!


Step 2) Figure Out a Menu

Photo Credit: @brbcookingdinner

Photo Credit: @brbcookingdinner

Which leads us to Step 2, deciding what the menu is going to be. Whether you have a Weber or a George Foreman, there are plenty of delicious options. Of course hot dogs, hamburgers and kabobs are classic grilling foods. But why not think outside the box and have “do-it-yourself pizzas” on the grill? It’s basically the same cooking process as it would be in an oven, and you can use your pizza stone or plop that delicious dough right on the grill. As for appetizers, you can keep it super simple with various chips and dips, or get fancy with some tartare or ceviche. Whether you’re cooking on charcoal or gas, check out @brbcookingdinner or @hashtagfoodpics for some delicious inspiration.


Step 3) Make a Playlist


Music sets the tone for how you want your BBQ to go. It’s always a good idea to start off with some easy listening at the beginning of the gathering, and then once people get a little looser, some classic dance hits. If DJing isn’t your strong suit, let Hoboken Happy Hours help you out! Our Spotify handle has plenty of playlists that offer you hours of listening.


Step 4) Prep

Photo Credit: @hashtagfoodpic

Photo Credit: @hashtagfoodpic

All good parties have one thing in common: preparation. Prepare whatever you can the night before (or morning of) so you don’t have to worry about missing out on hanging with your guests. Make sure you have enough plates, cups, napkins, utensils and serving platters, because no one likes having to run to the store in the middle of a party.


Step 5) Games/Activities


No BBQ is complete without some games. If you’re outside, why not take it back to your youth and have a water balloon fight? Regardless of inside or outside, card games are always a classic go to.


Step 6)  Get Ready for Your House to be the New “Go to” Spot

party house

Whether you have an outdoor space or just some pumping tunes and a solid air conditioning unit, your friends are sure to want to come back over and over again by following these easy steps. If you are outdoors, make sure to apply sunscreen and if the party goes into the evening (which I don’t doubt that it will), make sure to provide some bug spray so the hamburgers and hot dogs are the only things getting eaten.

Happy BBQ Season everyone!

Written by Joanne Kornelli

Joanne has proudly been a resident of Hoboken for almost 10 years. Being a born and raised Jersey girl, she loves The Shore and her jean jacket. When she’s not producing video magic at her 9 to 5, she’s crossing off locations on her “Places I Want to Visit” list. One of her favorite travel memories is when she cried at the sight of the giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands. Because that’s what happens when all your High School AP Environmental Science dreams come true.