1. Charcoal or propane tank
Depending on the type of grill being used, either charcoal or propane tanks will be needed. Charcoal is a great choice for grilling as it adds flavor to food and is easy to control with a few adjustments, however propane grills are more convenient because they heat up quickly and don’t require as much maintenance.
2. Tin foil
Tin foil is an essential item for any cookout because it can be used to wrap food and keep it warm, as well as being used to line the grill or baking pans. Foil also helps prevent sticking and makes clean up a breeze.
Having a set of tongs on hand will allow hosts to safely pick up hot food off the grill without burning themselves. This also prevents them from accidentally dropping items into the grate while grilling and keeps hands away from heat sources.
4. Serving platters
Serving platters are great for presenting dishes in an attractive way that encourages guests to get seconds. Look for platters that are not only attractive but also sturdy enough to hold heavier dishes.
Matches, lighters, or other fire starters will be needed to light the charcoal or propane tank and keep the grill going throughout the cookout.
6. Grill brush
Using a grill brush helps remove any residual food from previous meals as well as clean up spills and items that have fallen into the grate during cooking.
Spatulas make flipping burgers a breeze and can also help remove cooked food off the grill without damaging it in the process. They come in various sizes and shapes, so hosts should make sure they pick one that best suits their needs.
8. Paper towels
Paper towels are an essential item for any cookout as they can be used to wipe down surfaces, mop up spills, and serve as napkins if needed.
9. Buns and condiments
Don’t forget the buns! It is important to provide a variety of buns, ranging from white to wheat, as well as different types of condiments so that guests can customize their burgers according to taste.
10. Plates, cups, napkins, and utensils
Having enough plates, cups, napkins and utensils on hand ensures that all guests have the necessary items they need while dining. It is a good idea to have a few extra supplies like extra napkins or utensils on hand in case some go missing during the event
11. Beverages of choice
It is always important to make sure there are enough beverages available for all guests no matter what age they may be. Providing both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options ensures that everyone has something enjoyable to drink throughout the cookout