I love a good cookout. What could be better than food cooked over an open flame?
However, based on a few experiences I have had so far this summer…..I see that cookout etiquette must be addressed.
Don’t invite me over and when I get there…..you are running out for charcoal or now lighting the grill and the food is still frozen. **crickets**
If the invitation is for a cookout…..folks are coming over HONGRY. They expect…..FOOD. You need to be ready to go.
A cookout must include SIDE DISHES. Yes, hamburgers and hot dogs are nice but we need potato salad, macaroni salad, corn, baked beans……something to go with the meat. Just handing someone a burger on a plate is not enough and potato chips don’t count.
Please splurge for the GOOD paper plates and cutlery. *sigh* Do I even need to go into how hard it is to eat food with a cheap azz fork that twists up when you are trying to eat your potato salad? Do I need to discuss that having to use five paper plates just to avoid getting food stains on your clothes is tacky and trifling?
Burgers, chicken, etc….need to be seasoned. Nothing worse than a burger fresh out of the box and slapped on a grill. Can you get me some Lawrys or something? UGH.
Cooked on the outside does not mean cooked on the inside. Check your food before serving to others. No one wants to leave the cookout with salmonella poisoning.
Once again, you cannot leave anything with mayo out in the sun for hours. Keep those items in the fridge or in a cooler or in a large container on ice. Refer to the afore mentioned salmonella quote.
Please bring something for your host. Do not walk into the cookout empty handed. Bring wine, beer, dessert, flowers, a side dish…..something. And do not show up with extra folks at your side unless you clear it with your host.
Feel free to add your own…..cause I could go on all day long.