4 Ideas for a Budget-Friendly Summer BBQ

Oh, July! Tis the season of fireworks, swimming, and backyard barbecues. Just because you’re living in a student apartment doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the most this season has to offer. Northpoint Crossing offers a myriad of amazing amenities including pool and grilling facilities. Take advantage of these attractions and invite your besties over for a little bbq and afternoon swim.

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Keep it budget-friendly and grab your mitts with these BBQ ideas:

4 Ideas for a Budget-Friendly Summer BBQ

  1. Basics can be made great with just a little extra.  There is nothing wrong with keeping to the classic yet basic favorites of hot dogs and burgers. However, you can make them a bit more flavorful with the addition of some simple extras to elevate their flavor. Think hot dogs with cheddar stuffed down the center and a wrapping of bacon. Or blue cheese and avocado baked in the center of burger patties.
  2. More is better.  It is always, always better to make more food than less. Even if your guests skip out on seconds (or thirds), you can have them as leftovers. Such easily reheatable leftovers are a college student’s best friend.
  3. Don’t count out cheaper chicken cuts.  You can find a bag of frozen chicken wings, drums, and drumettes for pretty cheap at your local grocery store. The key to turning these budget-friendly items into barbecue hits lies in the thaw. A delicious outcome relies on time and marinade. Start by opening the frozen bag and adding in your favorite marinade recipe. Give the bag a few good shakes to ensure an even coating and then throw it in the refrigerator for 48 hours. Make sure the grill is ready at 300 to 350 degrees Fahrenheit before removing the chicken from the refrigerator and throwing them on.
  4. DIY your marinades.  As far as which marinade you choose, don’t discount your own home recipes. A mouth-watering glaze for your chicken, steaks, and pork chops can be made with common pantry ingredients like stock, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup. Similarly, creating your own spice rubs is a great way to clean out your pantry and keep cooking costs down.

Finally, the best way to save money is to make sure you’re doing things right the first time. If this is your first time grilling and barbecuing, consider grabbing a simple cooking book or watching an instructional YouTube video.