This American pastime is coveted warm-weather staple, and it’s personally one of my favorite aspects of summertime. And although you may think barbecues are bland, I’m here to say that it’s actually loved because it’s boring. The predictable customs, non-fussy menu, and charmingly-classic format makes everyone feel like a kid again and evokes a simpler place and time.
So don’t back down from a barbecue. Instead, I challenge you to embrace its kitschy nature and build one that’s both memorable and a tiny bit modern. Here’s my barbecue blueprint. It’s yours to steal:
Every good performance needs acts, so I like to divide the event into three timeframes: Daytime, dusk, and darkness. Then I orchestrate the food, and activities into those “acts” of my play.