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How to Please Everyone at Your Memorial Day Barbecue

Posted by Papa Cantella's on May 26, 2017 10:46:54 AM

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The perfect barbecue takes a pinch of planning, a dash of bug spray, and another spoonful of planning! Memorial Day barbecues are a time-honored tradition here in America, in part because they mark the unofficial start of summer.

Whether you’re hosting your first Memorial Day BBQ or you throw a backyard bash every year, take some tips from the barbecue experts at Papa Cantella’s on how to please everyone at your Memorial Day event.

Plan Some Activities
No, not Pin the Tail on the Donkey! Lawn games like bocce ball and bean bag toss are fun for kids and adults, and they’re a great way to entertain guests while you’re grilling. Consider ways to incorporate fun into food prep: a S'mores station at the fire pit or a build-your-own-bratwurst bar with all the fixings, perhaps? And last but not least, remember to set the event off right with a great playlist; the more patriotic, the better!

Never Run Out of Food
People come to a Memorial Day barbecue to socialize, celebrate, and to eat! The cardinal sin of hosting is to run out of food; the trick to hosting a successful barbecue is to make sure you’ve got food in progress all afternoon long. We suggest setting out a few plates of snacks like stuffed mushrooms and chips-n-dip for the first hour or two. Once you’ve got a good crowd, throw a few Bratwurst and Hot Italian Sausage links on the grill. As the night wears on, grill up more food as needed and keep replenishing shared dishes like pasta salad and grilled corn. There’s no dinner bell for a feast!

Consider All the Appetites
It used to be enough to offer burgers and dogs at a Memorial Day barbecue but odds are you’ll have more than a few guests with dietary restrictions or special likes and dislikes. It’s a good idea to provide at least one solid vegetarian option for the meatless as well as some light meat options, too. Papa Cantella’s Chicken Grill Combo offers flavors bold enough for everyone to enjoy, and our Hot Turkey Italian is always a crowd-pleaser. Don’t forget to offer plenty of non-alcoholic beverages to keep everyone hydrated and make every guest feel accommodated.

Don’t Forget the Kids!
Never underestimate the eating power of hungry children! Remember, kiddie palettes usually aren’t as sophisticated as adults’, so be sure to have some special snacks just for the little ones. Cut up fruit, slider burgers, and mini-hot dogs made with Papa Cantella’s Chicken Apple Sausage are sure-fire crowd pleasers. To cap off the night, bring out an ice cream bar with all the toppings. Kids love ice cream.


Looking for ways to make your Memorial Day BBQ one to remember? Papa Cantella’s sausages have been starring in Memorial Day memories for nearly 40 years. Our customers know there’s only one name to consider when it comes to feeding a crowd.

Topics: Memorial Day, Grilling Season