(Family Features) - As summer approaches, so do family get-togethers by the pool and neighborhood BBQs by the grill. The sunshine and warm summer nights complement a backyard setting and provide you with the perfect atmosphere to entertain friends and build lasting memories with family.
For your next backyard party, get the most out of the occasion with these helpful tips:
Don't Spoil Your Dinner - Prepare foods that can withstand several hours outdoors with reliable ingredients such as barbecue sauce, and steer clear of mayonnaise and other perishable foods.
Get the Whole Family Involved - Create quality family moments by involving everyone in the cooking and preparation. Kids can set the table, relatives can make side dishes and friends can craft icy drinks to ease the heat.
Think Outside the Grill - Outdoor entertaining doesn't mean that all the cooking needs to happen on the grill. Try incorporating favorite grilling ingredients, such KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce, into conventional, kitchen-made recipes for a flavorful twist. For more recipes go to www.kcmasterpiece.com.
Plan Ahead - Cook savory, flavorful recipes that can be served cold and made in advance, like Legendary Chinese Chicken Salad. When your guests arrive you can devote more time enjoying their company instead of on last-minute preparations.