The weather is warm, the days are longer and it’s time to dust off the grill and enjoy time with family and friends because barbecue season has finally arrived. According to the 26th annual Weber GrillWatch Survey, when given a choice of ideal locations to fire up the grill, American grill owners opted for their own backyard (33 percent).
Grilling is a great way to entertain and spend more time at home. Whether you’re planning a big bash or preparing advance dinners for the week, these apps with help you create memorable meals and experiences that will last beyond the season.
Weber ® Grills – From the grill experts themselves, this free app specializes in everything grilling and barbecuing. With recipes for all kinds of rubs, marinades, sauces and even dessert, you are sure to find something that’ll keep everyone happy. The “Grocery List” feature makes planning easy. Choose multiple recipes, and the app will automatically combine all the ingredients you need and organize them by category. You’ll also find handy guides to lead you through grill setup essentials, knife skills, basic and advanced tools, food prep and mastering temperature. Built-in, easy-to-operate timers offers the ability to create and cook multiple meals simultaneously.
Evite – The leading digital invitation and social event planning web-based service offers a free app to make your party planning even easier. Create and send personalized and themed invitations using your phone’s contacts or the Evite address book, ask guests to contribute with the What-to-Bring feature, track RSVP’s and send reminders and updates to everyone (or just those that need an extra nudge). After the event is over, you can relive the fun with the built-in comment and photo feed.
Jukebox for Spotify – You’ll be the hostess with the mostest with this free app. You and your guests can turn your phones into a virtual jukebox with access to millions of songs so that everyone can request their favorites. Simply change the order of the playlist by voting songs up or down. It’s a party soundtrack by consensus! All you need to do is to sign in with your Spotify Premium account to create a jukebox and get that party started.
Food & Wine Cocktails – Impress your guests with the perfect summer cocktails. This free app serves up recipes for more than 350 outstanding drinks by America’s best mixologists. You can search for drinks by type or by spirit. Whip up mocktail recipes for the kiddos as well. In addition to essential cocktail making tips, you’ll also find great party food ideas.
The BBQ season is a great way to entertain friends or to just unwind with your family. While often perceived as difficult to organize and prepare, quick, easy and memorable meals can be had by all by using these easy to use apps. Bon Appetit.
Heidi Raker, mother of three tech-obsessed teens, has written about lifestyle products and parenting for over 30 years. She has a no-cellphone-at-meals policy, which remains one of her biggest family challenges.