This post is sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc. All comments and opinions are my own.
Check out these 10 tips to have the BEST family cookout during the warm weather. Fire up the grill and create some happy memories together.
10 Family Cookout Tips
As the weather gets warmer, the parties start going outside! We love spending time as a family at the park or even in our own backyard. With all the BBQs and cookouts we do as a family, we learned a few things that I wanted to pass along to you. With these 10 tips, you’ll have a flawless cookout with your family too.
1.) Stock Up At Sam’s Club
My first tip is my most used and trusted one! Always stock up on your picnic and grilling supplies at Sam’s Club. Just go once, buy everything you need, and you’re done. Plus, you’ll save so much money in the process.
The Ball Park® Beef Franks and Hillshire Farm® Smoked Sausage are both found in the refrigerated section of Sam’s Club. Then while you are there pick up the buns and paper goods for your cookout too. They have everything there. It’s one stop and then DONE. Stocking up on the club pack sizes makes preparing for warm weather grilling so much easier!
Ball Park® Hot Dogs will be on instant savings from 5/8/19 – 6/2/19 for $1.50 off.
2.) Buy Quality Meats
My next tip is not to skimp on the meat quality. You and your family will be able to taste the difference. Our favorite is Ball Park® hot dogs – they have been a favorite since my kids were little. We also really enjoy the spice and flavors of Hillshire Farm® Smoked Sausage.
If you choose to grill chicken, steak, or pork, use kababs for easy cleanup and eating.
3.) Create a List of Supplies
Avoid the frustration of arriving at the campsite only to realize you don’t have utensils. Make a supply list so you check everything off. It will save you a lot of time and worry.
4.) Always Make Dessert
This is just a fun one, but something that my family always looks forward to. Always plan for dessert. Cookouts and picnics should be a really fun time, so indulge a little bit. Splurge on a recipe that you don’t make very often. Maybe try some Peanut Butter Cup Brownies!
5.) Plan a Family Game
There are lots of games you can play outside. Get off the electronics and laugh together. If you plan for a game, you will be more likely to do it. This is especially important if you go somewhere only to realize you don’t have cellphone service.
6.) Go Somewhere New
I love planning with my husband to take our kids somewhere new. It’s a break from the monotony of life and a chance for us all to experience something together.
Do a bit of research first. Make sure that where you are going has tables and that they are easy to get to from the parking area.
7.) Fight the Bugs and Sun
Pack sunscreen and bug spray. You can even bring DIY peppermint spray to mist on the picnic tables and cut down on bugs that try to attack your food.
8.) Use Portable Food Containers
Before the day of your cookout, make sure you have all the portable food containers that you need. That way you can go to the store and buy what you don’t have before you try to pack something that might spill in the car.
9.) Make Cleanup Easy
One of the worst parts of picnics and cookouts is the cleanup. Pack an extra trash bag so that the clean up can be easier. I also like to pack an extra plastic bag for dirty dishes so they don’t get all over my nice bags.
10.) Take Lots of Pictures and Videos
Finally, make every moment count! Take videos and pictures. Maybe you can even turn this cookout into a mini memory book. When you capture the memories, you’ll have something happy to look back on and laugh about.
Family Cookouts – The Best Memories
Are you ready to plan a cookout with your family? Make that list and head to Sam’s Club! They have tons of high-quality products all in one place. You’ll save time and money – and have more of it to spend on your family.
More Summer Recipes
Need some grilling ideas? Here are some of my family’s favorites: