10 Low-Cost Ideas for a Summer BBQ


For a lot of people, summer means long, lazy evenings spent hanging out on the patio or by the pool with family and friends, and a BBQ is often part of the action. But that can get expensive.

How can you host BBQ guests will rave about without spending your whole grocery budget for the month? Here are ten ideas you can mix and match.

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In the American South, BBQ usually means ribs and/or brisket, both of which can be expensive. Save money by using the rest of the country’s definition of BBQ: anything cooked outside on a grill.

Hamburgers and hotdogs are popular BBQ fare (although southerners would call that a cookout!), and are a lot cheaper than ribs.