Real men aren’t deterred from grilling when the weather turns foul. They see it as the elements daring them to reclaim, if not revolutionize, the idea of outdoor entertaining. (Just ask a Midwesterner who knows the pleasure of keeping warm by the barbecue as the game plays inside.) We talked to the experts and came up with new ways to revitalize the backyard party. You still have a few months before you’ll need to don a parka, so put the following tips into practice and you’ll be a seasoned pro by the time the mercury drops.
Build a Grill
If you’re going to have a huge crew over, that one Weber won’t do. Let us show you how to build your own grill, MacGuyver style.
Mix a Drink
It’s a quintessential summer cocktail, and it’s oh so damned easy to make. Here’s a recipe for the Classic Daiquiri.
Grab the Right Meat
The godfather of beef, Pat LaFrieda, shares some tips on how to pick the right cut for the grill.
Add a Touch of Sophistication
One of America’s best sommeliers, Patrick Cappiello of NYC’s Pearl and Ash, explains why it may be worth passing by the beer cooler for a bottle of wine at your barbecue.
Put the Horseshoes Away
Every great barbecue should have some games to occupy people’s time while they wait for the meat to be served, but cornhole and horseshoes lack the tinge of danger. So why not learn how to throw an ax?
Have Another Drink!
Why stop at the Daiquiri and wine? Clyde Common’s Jeffrey Morgenthaler shares his recipe for the effervescent and delightful Tom Collins.