Posted by BBQ Island on 7/3/2017

Summertime is barbecue time. There’s just something visceral about preparing meat on a hot grill and bringing the plate inside to the cheers of friends and relatives. Even in Phoenix – where the scorching summer sun drives locals indoors June through September – many hosts opt to let their outdoor BBQ grills do the heavy lifting when it comes to the main dish. Here at BBQ Island, the grilling never stops. We host barbecues year-round and always have some new recipe steaming up our smoker.


Hosting a backyard BBQ can be more expensive than you’d think, especially if you have a large family or social circle. Aunt Jane from California expects organic salads and only eats fish, while Uncle Bob is all about burgers and beer. Your best friends’ kids expect hot dogs and macaroni. Meanwhile, you’re drooling over tri-tip and wondering how much all this personalized grub is going to cost.


Luckily, there are ways to make any barbecue more affordable, no matter how big the crowd. Here are five of our favorite ways to cut costs without sacrificing quality. 

1.     Sub Your Meat – We know you’re drooling over the idea of well-marbled filets and juicy tri-tip, but 30 pounds of prime meat will drain your wallet faster than you can say “tenderloin.” Most families are good with classic American burgers and dogs, or large trays of pulled pork that can be piled on store-bought buns. Other alternatives include:

Use more expensive meats for the adults and burgers for kids

Save dough (literally!) by making meat and veggie skewers, no buns required

Make one tray of cheaper chicken drumsticks/thighs and one tray of beef. 

2.     BBQ in (Potluck) Style – The cost of side dishes and salads plus buns, condiments and disposable plates/silverware can really add up. Ask each guest to provide one needed item such as potato salad, bread, greens, or tableware. Set up a potluck list on Facebook, if your guests use it, or create a signup sheet through free sites like Potluck Buddies or ThingtoBring 

3.     Recruit Fellow Grillers – Is your brother a big BBQ guy? Does your buddy brag about his Traeger pellet smoker all the time? If you have friends who love to grill, tap them to help at larger gatherings. Have your buddy smoke up some brisket beforehand, or ask your bro to bring his easy-to-use electric grill and some burgers. The more, the meatier.

4.     Turn Down the Heat – Cook everything in one batch, on multiple grills if possible. When you’re done with each grill, turn off the heat. This saves money and time when you’re cooking with gas or electric. 

Whether you’re cooking for a handful of close relatives or hosting a mega dinner party for the neighborhood, there are always ways to save money by barbecuing. Provide just the meat for a potluck meal, and don’t be afraid to ask your grill buddies for help. For info on summer barbecue grills and upcoming classes, CLICK HERE or contact BBQ Island at 877-474-5669 today. 

Share |
Add Comment

Cooking Classes

How to Grill Epic Vegetarian Dishes
5 AZ Craft Beer & BBQ Pairings
How to: Use a Kamado Grill
Labor Day BBQ Menu
Quiz: Match Your Meat to the Sauce
What Goes in Your BBQ Tool Belt?
How to Use Salt and Smoke to Cure Meat
Beer-Y Healthy Beer Marinades that Wow
The 5 Worst Grilling Mistakes
How to Host a Summer BBQ on a Budget

September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
September 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011

BBQ Island | 8425 South Emerald Drive, #103 | Tempe, AZ 85284 | 877-474-5669

BBQ Island | 15815 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd | Scottsdale, AZ 85260 | 480-503-1110

BBQ Island | 8155 W Bell Rd, #111 | Peoria, AZ 85382 | 480-500-5154
Shopping Cart
0 item(s) / Total: $0
View Cart