Dublin was struck with a sunny few days, and hopefully the weather will stay like this. Or even show up more often this summer. Speaking of summer, let’s talk about sitting outside and enjoying that god damn delicious grilled meat from the grill. In a previous article we mentioned tips on how to improve your grilling techniques, but what if you’re invited to a BBQ and you’d like to help around the grill? Well, we have a few things you can do to help your hosts that won’t take much effort on your part.
1. Bring a dish
This is the most obvious and is still the best thing you can do. Your hosts have a fridge full of burgers and steaks for the guest. But any food is probably welcome. Let them know you’ll be bringing tater salad and they’ll breathe easier. (Bonus tip: Make potato salad a day or two in advance so the flavors really mingle. The guests will freak with amazement).
2. Kiss the cook
So, you’ve been invited to a BBQ and you see how your friend is flipping the burgers and paying close attention to the grill, thus losing most of the fun. Be a good lad and bring the chef a drink and all the non-grilled foods. You should ensure they’re never without a drink (it’s hot work!) and find out what their favorite snacks are, that’ll make them smile. And, what the hell, you can discuss the recent articles from Hungry in Dublin! The grill can be a lonely station, but sometimes its guardian needs the solitude to concentrate.
3. Be the busboy
Whether it’s a big BBQ party with neighbors and family members, or a small triple date evening, helping out is always welcome. The kitchens are usually a disaster with food and drinks laying all love the counters. Why not pick up a few empty cans, clear out the table, or fill up those empty glasses. By serving as the link between the patio and its stockade, you liberate the hosts to tend to their respective stations.
4. Help out with kids.
So, you see your friend spending time with kids, trying to entertain them. Why won’t he take a break while you take over? Be the human fence between wee ones and the grill area. This goes for any animals as well. As with the kids, your job is to keep them away from the danger zone and keep them entertained, you are also burning their almost-never-ending supply of energy.
5. Offer going to the store
Ask the hosts if there is a low supply of chips or ice and offer to go if so. Your friends will be grateful for your kindness and will definitely invite you for another BBQ party and maybe you’ll get the biggest steak for your next dinner in Dublin, whoop!
6. Give thanks
And finally, express your thanks to the hosts and grill masters who made the day amazing. A public toast to their hospitality goes a long way toward uniting the group in well wishes, but don’t overlook the meaning of a thoughtful note a few days later. People throw parties like this because good food and good friends equals good times.