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If you have an Miami outdoor kitchen or space in your backyard, you are already well on your way to creating an outdoor dining atmosphere that is both relaxing and inviting.

Of course, outdoor entertaining in Miami wouldn’t be much fun without the proper refreshments. Nothing is more refreshing than ice-cold drinks on a hot day such as lemonade and fun mixers in addition to some tasty BBQ staples like BBQ chicken, burgers, and hot dogs.

Whether you are a seasoned entertainer or you are new to the scene, there are plenty of mouth-watering recipes to choose from.

Of course, you can’t cook without the proper tools, so be sure to have the necessary outdoor kitchen equipment to go with your Miami outdoor kitchen. You will also need a good BBQ that is big enough to accommodate the number of people you are planning to cook for, and that cooks thoroughly so that you get the results you want.

Throwing a BBQ is nothing new, but that doesn’t mean that you need to eat the same things that they served back in the 60s. There are many ways to infuse fresh and exciting flavors into your BBQ sides, salads, and main courses. You can even create a menu that is entirely vegetarian to appease your dietary preferences as well as the dietary needs of your guests.

Plan for Your Party

The trick to pulling off a successful backyard BBQ is to be prepared. You will want to plan out your menu and know how many guests to expect so that you can plan accordingly. You may also want to sample a few of your recipes beforehand if you have the time.

To throw a successful outdoor BBQ in Miami, don’t forget to include at least one item from each category:

✓ Refreshing drink
✓ Main course/BBQ meat
✓ Side dishes
✓ Dessert

A Complete Meal

For a fun twist on the traditional BBQ meal, you will want to try a delicious recipe such as this BBQ Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls, or for a healthy vegetarian option, you could whip up some Caribbean BBQ Tofu Vegetable Bowls. For an effortless Miami outdoor kitchen meal, you can always make a tin foil dish such as the Grilled Chicken Avocado & Ranch BLT Salad, which is both delicious and healthy.

Irresistible Sides

There are countless sides to choose from, but a good place to start is with a great coleslaw or one of these tasty potato salads. You could even try making a barbequed bean salad or simply offer a salad bar for guests to pick from.

Don’t Forget the Drinks

If you are planning on throwing a get-together, you want to be sure to include at least one refreshing drink such as a Raspberry and Lemon Rose Sparkler, which looks as good as it tastes. You could also mix up a punch that you can serve in a large glass self-dispensing punch bowl. For more variety, you could also include a cooler full of ice and refreshing bottled or canned drinks.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

There are so many ways to get a sweet little pick-me-up, and you can even opt for a healthier meal ender with a variety of fresh fruits. You can even throw all caution to the wind and go for a more decadent dessert such as these decadent Sundae Cookie Bars that are packed full of chocolate, hot fudge, and caramel ice cream topping. They are easy to make and are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. If you are looking for a slightly more challenging and fancy dessert, you will want to try this Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache.

Don’t Lose that Recipe!

Be sure to save your favorite recipes for future get-togethers and to save you the time of trying to find them later on. There are many different apps available to make it easy to store them all in one place. You can make your menu as simple or as intricate as you like, but just be sure that when you plan your menu, you are also remembering to add cutlery, napkins, and other serving essentials to your shopping list.