Advance planning is crucial if you want to organize a successful barbecue party. The two essential factors without which you can't have a successful barbeque party are the guests and suitable weather. Making sure to invite guests well ahead of time will allow you to resolve any conflict of schedules and to hold your barbecue on a date and at a time that you know all your guests will be able to make. Likewise, never plan a barbecue party at a time of year when the climate is unpredictable (or when it is predictably unsuitable, such as during the coldest month of the year). If the weather where you live is consistently unreliable, plan an alternative date (or two) for your party.

Naturally, there is no way to be 100% certain that the weather will be perfect on the day of your barbecue, but you can certainly increase the chances of this being the case by not choosing the wrong season of the year for your party. Organizing a barbecue party when you know the weather is likely to be freezing not only means that many of your guests won't show up; it also means that those who do make it will take home unpleasant memories of the time they spent in your home.

Barbecue cooking dates back to the invention of fire when cave dwellers first discovered they could cook meat. Nowadays, however, a barbecue involves much more than throwing pieces of meat unto an open fire. There are many possible menu choices for barbecue parties. The foods you decide to serve should ideally be adapted to the preferences of your guests and the occasion you are celebrating.

Once you have set a date, made certain that it suits everyone on your guest list and decided on an appropriate menu, you can get down to the actual organization of the barbecue. Begin food preparation about 12 to 24 hours before the party. This will give you ample time to thaw and marinate the meat(s) you will be cooking. Store the thawed meat in its marinate, and start working on the side dishes you plan to serve. For a conventional barbecue menu, use traditional side dishes such as potato salad, baked beans, and cole slaw. Don't forget items such as pickles, relish, and onions. This type of conventional menu is particularly well suited for barbecues because it is simply to make and can be prepared ahead of time. While you may add a whole array of other foods, you will be perfectly safe if you use the menu described above.

If you are celebrating a special event, you may decide on a theme for your barbecue party that reflects the occasion. In such cases, you should decorate tables using matching tablecloths, napkins and plates that express the mood you want to create. Consider the d├ęcor for the barbecue. If the occasion is a luau, use original color utensils, leis, and Tiki torches, for instance.

Make sure the yard, patio, or other barbecue party venue is ready well before your guests are due to arrive. Give yourself enough time to do this properly, and you will be pleasantly surprised by the admiration of your guests. Depending on whether you have any events planned for before the meal, you might want to put the meat on the grill before the first guests arrive. The scent of any cooking meat is always good. Below is a recipe for barbecued spareribs that is guaranteed to produce a truly inviting aroma.

Barbecued Spare Ribs

5 pounds pork spareribs
1 cup water
1/3 cup butter or margarine
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup dry mustard
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tbs. sugar
1 tbs. paprika
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

Place the meat on broil pan and cover with aluminum foil. Roast (at 400 Degrees F) about 1 1/2 hours.

Combine and mix remaining ingredients in medium saucepan.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Brush the sauce on the spare ribs and broil for 7to 10 minutes on each side.

Reserve some of the sauce to serve ribs with the meat.

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