(Family Features) It's that time of year again - the kids are out for summer, the days are longer and the weather is warming up. And, nothing brings people together for a fun time quite like a barbecue.
"By picking up a few items found at your local club store, throwing a backyard BBQ can be a simple affair," says Stephanie Ashcraft, New York Times best-selling cookbook author and mom of four. "In fact, you can host a BBQ without even firing up the grill. There are some delicious frozen, fully-cooked, pork barbeque options in clubs right now."
What could be simpler than putting a tray or crock pot full of delicious, tender BBQ out for guests to build their own sandwiches? Just warm up frozen barbecue meat, put out the fixings, and let everyone else do the rest. Guests can choose from a variety of toppings like coleslaw, red onion, pickles, shredded lettuce and tomatoes. They can enjoy the BBQ plain, or served on a fresh roll or toasted bun.
Ashcraft shares a unique, eye catching recipe for Layered BBQ Sundaes as another fun and easy option. "If you're looking for a unique way to incorporate BBQ into a festive recipe this one is simple to prepare, but guests will be wowed by the presentation."
She suggests using Byron's Pork BBQ, found in the freezer section at Sam's or BJ's Clubs, for her recipe. It's hand pulled and hickory smoked for hours. No need to spend all day over a hot grill preparing your own. It comes packaged in grill-friendly aluminum trays or in microwave trays for added convenience. "The sweet and spicy sauce is delicious. It's my favorite go-to summer item because it saves me time and money - leaving more time for family fun," says Ashcraft.
For the sides, serve up summer standards like lemonade and potato salad. Don't forget the dessert. Store bought cookies and brownies make that menu item a cinch.
For more recipes and summer party ideas, visit www.ClubEntertaining.com or www.ByronsBBQ.com.