5 Ways to Improve Your Summer BBQ with an Awning

Posted on 2013-09-22 by Justin
Patio Awning Summer BBQs are a great way to enjoy the warm days of summer and get to know your family and friends. It is a good way to invite your neighbors over and get to know them. However, just throwing some burgers on the grill is not the answer to a great summer BBQ. The following are five ways you can improve your summer BBQ so that it is a real hit:

Check the weather report

It is difficult to have a BBQ if it is raining outside. So, before you plan anything, make sure that you check the weather and know which days are going to rain, and which days are going to be hot. There is nothing like a backyard BBQ, but cooking your burgers on your kitchen stove, and eating at the kitchen table makes it lose the magic. Google has a simple search process for checking the weather in your area.

Protect your area from sun exposure

You have checked for rain, and now it is time to do something about the sun. The summer is wonderful because it is warm, but sometimes it can be brutally hot, making it difficult to be outside. So, the goal should be to protect your area from sun exposure. One of the best ways to do this is to get an awning. A retractable awning is a great way to improve your summer BBQ because it can cool your patio by as much as 20 degrees. In addition, it will help protect you and your guests from harmful UV rays. A retractable awning means enjoying your summer BBQ and doing it without the glare of the sun, or the heat. You get the best of both worlds. TaylorMade awnings are a great choice because you buy direct, and install yourself, making them an affordable way to add value to your home, and make your outdoor living spaces more usable.

Make sure you are well stocked

Propane or charcoal is essential so that you can cook the food that you will be eating at the BBQ. So, make sure your propane tank is full or that you have enough charcoal to cook all of the goodies that you want to make.
Matches and lighter fluid is an important part of having a successful summer BBQ. Make sure that you have plenty of both so that you can cook your food. While many grills have self lighting buttons, they are not always reliable.
Meats are a huge part of the BBQ. You can make chicken, kabobs, steak, hamburgers, sausage, brats, etc. So, make sure that you have a lot of meats available, and that you have the kind that you want to eat, and the kind that all other guests want. If your guest does not eat red meat, for example, make sure you have poultry or other options.
Veggies are a great addition to a BBQ. You can stick some zucchini, mushrooms, or whatever veggies, and even fruit that you want to eat.


Be the BBQ that is talked about for months because of how amazing the meat is. No matter what kind of meat you cook, marinade it in the fridge for a couple of hours before you throw it on the grill. It will make it juicier, and much tastier. You are going to love it! If you can’t marinade, at least refrigerate with seasoning on it for an hour.

Have fun activities

The BBQ is all about the food, but make sure you have other fun things to do while the food is cooking. You can have music playing, cards for games, lawn games such as croquet or bocce.

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