Summer is my favorite season! This season is so beautiful in its own way. The flowers are blooming and the long days are the best. Summer won’t be around much longer so we are excited to get outdoors, grill, and enjoy the long days left. We pull out our chairs and all the essentials for a long evening outdoors. It’s really become a tradition for us, that the entire family looks forward to. Here’s some of our grilling essentials that we keep handy for grilling.
Summer is very hot in southern Louisiana. Temperatures can reach over 100 degrees easily. That’s why we normally wait until the late afternoon to grill outside. We also have plenty of drinks on hand. It’s easy to stock up at Family Dollar to spend the whole day outside. I get some of our grilling essentials like, Dole® 20 oz Single Serve Lemonade. It’s real lemonade made with real lemon juice and real sugar. I especially like that they are single serve, which means a lighter load for me. I place any drinks we might want on our bar cart.
2. Disposable products.
Though it’s worth it, grilling is a lot of work. There is a lot of prep work and attention to detail, to get everything done correctly. One thing that helps is having disposable products on hand. Cleaning can be minimal with disposable products like paper plates, plastic utensils, and paper napkins. Disposable products are easy for even the kids to grab and get what they want. If you’re having guests over it really cuts down on cleanup as well. Who wouldn’t take that deal?
3. Your favorite grilled food.
When we grill, we always include pork baby back ribs, hot dogs, sausage, and veggies in our food lineup. We’ve grilled so many times over the years that I know exactly what food to purchase. I make sure to pickup a variety of food to give the family choices. The kids love hot dogs and ribs, and my husband and I like one of everything. When we grill, we enjoy experimenting with different spices, rubs, and marinades too. We always have enough leftovers for a tribe of people, but we make the best of it with leftovers.
I hate to see summer come to an end, but I am soaking up what time is left. We try to make the best of our time cooking outdoors, relaxing together, and enjoying summer. It’s important to pickup brands you trust like Dole. Dole 20 Oz Single Serve Lemonade is refreshing, perfect for summer time grilling and more time with family. With drinks, disposable products, and all your favorite food ready to cook, you’ll be prepared for end of summer grilling.
What do you love most about summer? Do you grill outside too? Let me know in the comments below.