Make your next barbecue, tailgate, school sporting or outdoor event easier with these great tips.
Pack properly: Pre-chill beverages, then add cans and bottles to the cooler bottoms and cover them completely with ice. Place food containers on top of the ice layer; top off with ice so no warm air can enter. For hot drinks, pack separately in an airtight insulated thermos.
Goodies in, garbage out: Bring your clean cookware and dishes in a plastic tub. When you're ready to go home, line the tub with a garbage bag and put all the dirty dishes inside.
Breakfasts of champions: For early morning events, serve a breakfast that doesn't require dishes; pancake-wrapped eggs and bacon or breakfast burritos are perfect.
Everyone knows it's windy: Minimize too-fast charcoal burning by pointing the underside grill vents away from the wind. Gas grill? Point perpendicular to wind direction.
Goofy goodies: Bring a basket filled with party favors for friends and children: temporary tattoos, beaded necklaces, bracelets and bandanas to match the theme of the party.