The sun is shining, the weather is warm and the grass is green — it’s the perfect time to host a backyard barbecue. A cooler full of ice-cold drinks and some choice steaks may do the trick, but there are some other items you’ll need to make it a true party with your family and friends. From helping you cook to providing quality entertainment, here are eight things you should add to your barbecue shopping list to have the perfect summer party.
Food Network 17-piece BBQ Tool Set
No matter what you’ll be cooking on, you’ll need some good supplies. Food Network has a 17-piece set for all your barbecue needs. It comes with tongs, skewers, a grill brush and corn holders, all of which are placed in a light storage box for easy storage. It also comes with a digital fork thermometer, so you can ensure all the chicken is at a safe temperature.
The most obvious entry — but still an important decision — is your grill. Weber is one of the top names in the grilling industry, and its Genesis II series has been fantastic. The E-315, found at Lowe’s, is a liquid-propane grill that provides porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates that distribute heat evenly across the surface. You can even connect your iGrill3 app to the E-315, which provides temperatures in real time.
If you’re looking for a grill that doesn’t break the bank, then this Blackstone liquid-propane model may be for you. It’s a bit small, but it’s affordable and will still cook your meats and veggies to perfection. It provides 267 square inches of cooking space on a stainless-steel flat-top surface. With its Piezo ignition starter, this grill is incredibly mobile and can go anywhere you need it to.
There’s nothing less satisfying than reaching for your once ice-cold beverage and finding it’s now lukewarm. Moosejaw sells many Yeti products, and the Rambler Lowball is perfect for soda, lemonade or even a cocktail at your summer gatherings. This 10-ounce cup has an insulated tumbler that keeps your drink cold for hours, and it also prevents condensation so you can avoid random drops of water onto your lap.
Gone are the days of opening the cooler a few hours into your barbecue to find your beverages drowning in a pool of nasty water. Yeti’s Tundra 45 cooler will keep the ice intact and the drinks cold for hours, no matter how hot it is. It isn’t just a cooler you pull out once a year for a party — you can use it for beach days, picnics, camping trips and family road trips.
A little friendly competition will liven up any barbecue, and you can’t go wrong with bean bag toss. (Or is it cornhole? Or just bags?) Kohl’s offers a great price on a set from Triumph. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can get a few sets and host a tournament. Start a bracket and randomly draw names so everyone at the party can get to know each other — perhaps your grandpa will be partnered with your former college roommate.
If bean bag toss isn’t your thing, then consider setting up a volleyball net. Triumph offers a convenient volleyball set that comes with an easy-to-assemble net, a volleyball and a carrying bag. We liken a volleyball net at a barbecue to the dance floor at a wedding — as soon as a few people start playing, eventually the whole party will join in.
What’s a party without music and a debate between family and friends over who gets to control the playlist? The JBL Charge 5 is waterproof and dustproof, and it has a battery life of up to 20 hours. The speaker even comes with a built-in power bank so you can keep your phone charged into the night. Simply connect your phone via bluetooth for all-day — and all-night — entertainment.
Good food, cold drinks, fun games and great tunes — you’re ready to host the best barbecue of the summer. And don’t forget to shop through Rakuten! Throwing a summer party that earns you Cash Back is like Christmas in July.