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Planning a BBQ Clambake Party?

Barbeques are popular for events such as the 4th of July, birthday parties, receptions, and going away parties.

No matter why you have decided to plan a barbeque party, the memories that will come from it are sure to stick with your guests for many years to come, provided that you design.  Alternatively, a newly popular type of barbeque is a barbeque clambake. Clambakes are typically held in a pit on the beach, but if a beach is not available, you may want to consider having your clambake right from your grill.

1) First, no barbeque would be complete without guests. Plan ahead of time, checking with your potential guest for scheduling conflicts and issues.

Finding a date and time suitable for everyone should not be too far as long as you everyone enough advanced notice.

Remember that not everyone will come, no matter how much information you give them, so do not get discouraged if you do not get as many RSVPs as you initially hoped.

2) Be sure to check the weather for that type of year. If you live in a climate that cannot be predicted, you may want to have a backup plan because unusual weather comes. You cannot expect things like rain and thunderstorms ahead of time, but you can make sure that you hold your barbeque during the time of year that will be pleasant to your guests. A barbeque in cold weather may have more negative memories of keeping warm than good memories of family and friends.

3) You will need to purchase the items for your clambake. The traditional things you will need are Clams still in the shell, seawater(if available), corn even in the husk, and potatoes.

Side dishes can also be bought but are not necessary since the potatoes and corn can act as such. If you feel that you need other side dishes, the most straightforward approach to side dishes is chips and dip. Chips and dip do not require any cooking on your part and will still be loved by most of your guests.

4) Depending on your party’s theme, you may or may not want to purchase decorations. Festive decorations can be found at any local party or general store. You may also consider purchasing decorations that can be stored and reused at different times, such as reusable tablecloths and Tiki torches. Give your clambake a beach theme by adding tropical music, and you may even consider adding some sand.

5) The day before your party, you will want to make sure to thaw, prepare, and marinate the meat you will be cooking. Store the meat stored away, soaking up the marinate until it is time to go on the grill. Prepare any side dishes that you can ahead of time.

6) On The day of the party, get up early and start preparing for it. You do not want your guest arriving while you are still cooking or hanging decorations. It should only take you a few hours at most to prepare the area in which you will be having the party, but the reactions from your guest will probably seem as if you have been planning this for weeks.

Place your clambake on the grill, layering your already cooked potatoes, corn still in the husk, and your clams on the grill. Then grill these until the corn and clams are complete.

Depending on the time in which your guests arrive, you may want to include your guests in the clambake’s actual cooking. Enjoying a few drinks around the pit or stove will not only give you time to gather and converse but will also make your guests hungry, as they smell the wonderful aroma coming from the steaming or boiling vegetables and clams.


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