This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Weber Grills Canada for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Just this month, I tackled a goal. I ran a 10K race.
The reason that I was inspired to run this race, however, was not because of a long-lived desire to sweat through my clothes or to run around a trail containing something called “Heart Attack Hill”. Nope, it was from a conversation with a couple of neighbourhood girlfriends.
I was encouraging Jenn – a runner – to try to run her first 10K. “You can do it! I’m sure you can!”
She responded, “I will, if you host the after-race party.”
Of course I’ll host the party. It will be a barbecue and we’ll have margaritas and and it will be great!
Somehow in the planning of this party, I got sucked up into the excitement and signed myself up for the race too. And I ran it. I definitely was not going to break any records (aside from Tara’s Best 10K Time), but while I cooled down with my wobbly legs and my bright-red face, I wasn’t worried about the apres-run party, either.
Barbecues handle themselves. And that’s what I love about them.
What was originally 5 ladies and their families coming over for burgers and snacks ended up being an open invite to more of our friends. They heaped their kids into wagons, brought extra chairs, and we ate, drank and laughed until the sun slipped beneath the houses.
I hadn’t stressed about cleaning the house – because dirt from the outside would be tracked indoors anyways. Everyone had brought a dish, and we had grilled up the meat. It was an easy, stress-free get together.
Our very first grill was a rickety job that nearly fell apart before we got it into our front door. We were blinded by the excitement of having our very own barbecue, so we didn’t really notice how terrible it was until we upgraded.
We researched, read reviews, and asked around – finally, we decided on the Weber E-310 grill. It’s a workhorse of a barbecue that we’ve had for a few years now. It still looks brand new!
The heavy cast iron grates are perfect for grilling meat and vegetables, and they clean up nicely after each meal.
I do most of the grilling in our family (aside from burgers, for some reason, that’s mostly Mr. Suburble’s domain), and I’ve learned how to cook various meals outside.
From grilled vegetable pasta salad…
… to banana boats for the girls.
Weber Grills wants to inspire you to cook outdoors and invite your friends over. I dare you to watch the video below and not feel the desire to invite friends over and fire up the grill.
How do you entertain outdoors? Do you have a favourite recipe for the barbecue?
Follow WeberGrillsCA YouTube for great grilling tips, recipes, and how-tos with your barbecue. I’m going to learn how to use a rotisserie this year – I’ll be watching the video on that!
That is a SERIOUS grill! …and have I told you how much I LOVE that photo of you and your kids in the kitchen? Incredibly cute!
Amy, you are the sweetest thing ever. Thank you. 🙂
And you know that a girl who doesn’t take much of anything seriously needs her cooking appliances to do it for her. 😉
Now that we own a house I’ve been dying to get a grill! looks great!
You need one, especially since we’re still in the midst of summertime! It will change your dinners (and the amount of clean-up!) 🙂
Whew 10K!! Good for you, I’d love to come to your after party… I’d love to have one of those weber grills too!
love inviting friends for a barbecue! The food is tastier, the kids are running in the yard, everybody is having a great time outside in the fresh air and the most important – there is no need to clean the house! I clean a lot at home with the kids make a mess constantly and when friends are passing to see us I feel stressed and try to clean up as much as I can! With barbecuing it is much better! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
I love that way you describe it, Olivia. It makes me want to plan a BBQ right now!