Grills are firing up across America, now that the temperatures are rising. Before you hold or attend your first barbeque of the season, make sure you review the rules of the trade. There are four cardinal rules in barbeque etiquette; learn them now or forever hold your grilling tools silently!
Cardinal Rule #1: Never touch another man’s grilling tools
The grill master is the only person who has the privileged right to touch and use all of the grilling utensils. If they have stepped away from the grill, under no circumstances is it acceptable for you to grab the big metal spatula and flip anything without the grill master’s permission. It’s all about respect and honor.
Cardinal Rule #2: It is not necessary to invite the neighbors. They can grill out as well if they want to
There is no rule obligating you to invite the neighbors. The inviting smell of the grill will float through the neighborhood; however that does not mean you are sending an open invitation to the neighborhood, nor should you. Your neighbors can fire up their own grills.
Cardinal Rule #3: At most backyard barbeques, the host provides meat and the guests bring the sides
As far as a barbeque menu goes, the host usually provides and grills all of the meat. While some hosts prepare the full meal; it is traditional for the guests to bring a side. Options would include: potato salad, macaroni salad, baked beans, corn on the cob (that can also be cooked on the grill) and several bags of chips.
Cardinal Rule #4: When your meat is done- EAT! Don’t wait on others because your food will get cold
A backyard barbeque is not a formal dinner where everyone sits down and is served all of once. Burgers and steaks are cooked to different wellness specifications; therefore the rare orders will be finished long before the well done orders. So when your meat is ready, fix your plate and eat. The backyard barbeque concludes with huge slices of watermelon and a platter of cupcakes.
Grilling out, or having a backyard barbeque, is a great American tradition. Just follow these four cardinal rules of barbeque etiquette and you are sure to have a great afternoon!
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