Pinoys are unquestionably some of the world’s most hospitable people. We are warm, generous and welcoming, sometimes to a fault. If you’ve been to any Pinoy household as a guest during a celebration – birthday party, fiesta, noche buena, etc – you just know that by the time you leave, you would’ve gained at least a kilo!

Natural born hosts, a lot of us are quite adept at playing the role of chef, waiter, host and dishwasher at our parties. We don’t really encourage our guests to do anything else except to enjoy our food and our company. Barbecue parties, however, are different and while they may seem easy to pull off – at least on the surface – there are some basic elements that need to be present in order to make it a resounding success.


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Outdoor barbecue parties are some of the coolest food and drink-related occasions ever enjoyed by humans. Beautiful nature, beloved family and friends, and the smell of roasting meat and vegetables is a combination that’s very hard to beat. Whether it be a tailgate party, beach outing, national holiday, or whatever the reason is you want to eat meat outdoors, here are some of the things you need to tick-off your BBQ checklist:

  • What’s Cooking? When we think of BBQ, the first things that come to mind are ribs, steaks, shish kebabs, and all other forms of red meat. Make your own BBQ party more interesting by adding a greater variety of fare such as seafood (shrimp, salmon, tuna, etc.) and grill-friendly vegetables (zucchini, corn, carrots, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, eggplants, etc.). Bread, pasta, rice, or potato salad are also great complimentary dishes. Soda, juices, and of course beer and other booze variety are also essential. And last but not least, a big Coleman filled with crushed ice.

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  • Where’s the party at? Another make-or-break factor in a great barbecue party is the location. Whether it be a parking lot/garage, your condo’s BBQ pit facilities, your backyard or the wilderness, the place should be clean, not overly crowded with people, and with the right amount of sunshine, breeze, and places to sit and hang out. A great vista would also be preferred, as munching on that fat, juicy steak wouldn’t be as great an experience if you’re sitting across a city dump.
  • It’s all about the people, people! The interplay of different personalities is actually an essential element that makes a successful barbecue party. Ideally, there should be the types who are responsible and conscientious, keeping track of the provisions, cooking, the utensils, and other little details. There would also have to be the fun-inspiring people who keep things lively with conversation, music and games. And of course, the happy eaters who will make sure there won’t be any wastage or leftovers. Now, if you don’t have any of these friends, may we suggest that you find them first before organising a BBQ party. Kidding!

So go ahead, plan for a Christmas BBQ party and do away with the boring sit-around-the-table Christmas dinner with friends.

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