What Not to Grill for Mother’s Day

May 9, 2012

Each Mother’s Day, my kids are up at the crack of dawn ready to do whatever they can in order to make it as special as possible.  And while it doesn’t always work out according to their original plan, they always have nothing but the best intentions in mind as you can see in this video.

Lesson learned?  Good.  Just remember that the grill can be a great way to celebrate mom’s special day with a little proper planning.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1) Breakfast on the grill is not only a great way to add some new flavors to the traditional Mother’s Day menu, it’s a great way to ensure mom doesn’t wake up to a kitchen full of dirty dishes!

2) Grilling is a great way to involve the entire family in the meal preparation process.  Assign tasks to the kids such as flipping the hot dogs or customizing a grilled pizza so that they feel mom’s meal is as much their creation as it is yours.

3) Plan and prepare a grilled picnic menu.  Pack up some grilled chicken, seasonal vegetables, perhaps even a grilled dessert and surprise mom with a trip to a local beach or park where quality family time won’t be interrupted by the daily household routine.

4) Stick to what you know best.  Mother’s Day isn’t the time to be trying your first 16 hour brisket or restaurant quality prime rib.  Your number one goal is to ensure her day of rest and relaxation, not hovering over the smoker or grill trying to figure out what went wrong and how best to fix it.

5) Remember that this day is all about spending quality time with those you love.  Consider inviting local relatives such as grandparents, aunts and uncles over for a mid-afternoon cookout.  The moms in your life can sit back and enjoy each others’ company while the rest of the family prepare a memorable backyard meal.

Clint Cantwell, Grilling.com Editor

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