BBQ Spit Roast is Ideal for Special Events

by Nora Seabolt

Late spring brings about the return of barbecuing in the neighborhood, sending the aroma of grilled food to those in the vicinity. The longer days encourage people to stay outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. Whether you use a traditional red and white checkered tablecloth or placemats, nothing will distract from the delicious food set out on the table. Just start the spit roast cooking and prepare the other foods while the grill tends to the meat. Perfect for special occasions or an ordinary meal at home, it is an ideal offering for guests and family.

One of the first steps is to clean the spit and prongs. Dry each part after rinsing it well. Leave any tied strings secure on the roast as it helps the meat stay intact during the cooking process. Use a toothpick to poke several holes in the roast and insert small bits of garlic and onion that will add flavor while cooking. Prepare a marinade in a large zip bag, add the roast and refrigerate it overnight. Salt and pepper the meat to taste after it has cooked.

Plan the menu by asking ahead of time about food allergies, likes and dislikes. Adults usually want a more balanced meal, so prepare steaks or roast beef along with the side dishes. The types of food to prepare on the barbecue are unlimited. Any time is a good time for a barbecue and while the spit roast is cooking, you can prepare other foods you plan to serve. A BYOC or Bring Your Own Chair event helps with seating as guests bring camp chairs or stools. At times, you will find the group hanging out by the barbecue, waiting for everything to finish cooking.

In the event you decide to have hamburgers as well as the roast, you can make them plain or fancy. As the meat cooks, cut the onions. Making things like special sauces and fried bacon strips for the barbecue is better when done ahead of time. Then reheat anything by placing it on the grill or in the microwave before putting it on the table where guests can reach and add it to their plate. Place a piece of cheese on the patty once it is off the grill as a treat. Cover it with the bun to encourage melting.

Lighten up the evening with decorative patio lights and beautiful solar lights set around the yard. They brighten pathways and steps around the yard. Colorful solar lights in the pool, pond or garden area are a great conversation piece. You will be surprised to discover the versatility of low voltage outdoor lighting. These beautiful accessories give the right amount of lighting you choose, are energy efficient, and make your yard a safe area to enjoy at night.

Take the worry out of broken dishes and use throwaway containers for the barbecue. The guests will readily place their trash in a convenient trash bin lined with a plastic bag. Hang weights to avoid having the tablecloth, plates and food ending up blown off the table by the breeze. One method of getting help with cleanup is to invite guests to pack up food they want to take home. The event will be fun, as well as a success.

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