Ultimate Back-to-School Barbecue Essentials

The end of summer is approaching and what better way to celebrate the kid’s triumphant return to school than with the ultimate back-to-school barbecue party? Whether you invite the whole gang or just a few family members, you can bet that no matter what size barbecue party you’re going to throw, the following five items are essential to any good barbecue. Use this list to help you throw the best barbecue, no matter what the occasion.

Patio Cooler

A patio cooler is the ultimate way to enjoy your barbecue, no matter where you go. With a durable base, rolling wheels and plenty of space for cold drinks, cups and tons of other supplies, a Suncast Cooler Station is the perfect portable choice for any deck, patio or porch back to school get together.

Water Park Fun

Whether your back to school barbecue party is for young elementary students or high school graduates, nothing is more fun than a water slide on the front lawn. Things have certainly changed from the old “slip and slide” days of a thin plastic sheet on the ground. Water slides like these rock and kids of all ages love to have a go down a fantastic fun slide.


Barbecue gas or charcoal grills are a must, but if you really want to turn barbecue favorites like chicken, beef, fish or pork in memorable gourmet masterpieces, then a smoker is the perfect choice for your best back to school barbecue ever. But maintaining the correct temperature can be difficult at best, often leaving smoked meat dry and chewy. Using a digitally controlled smoker like this Bradley four rack smoker by Jim Beam can keep meat moist and delicious in an easy to maintain digitally controlled environment.

Solar Powered Deck Lights

Keep the party going into the night without costing a fortune in electric bills by installing solar powered deck lights. Many deck lights don’t have the juice to provide much more light than a small candle could. Be sure you buy a quality solar powered deck light like this one from MAXSA Innovations. As one of the most powerful solar powered flood light on the market, it’s sure to do the trick to keep any outdoor setting well lit for hours-and for free.

Pool Party

Nothing beats the heat like a dip in your very own swimming pool. Smaller above ground pools like these are easy to setup and are very inexpensive to maintain. Maintenance costs can easily be defrayed by taking the pool apart and storing it for winter. Inflatable above ground pools are great for winter storage and can be taken apart easily and stored in the garage or storage unit until next summer.

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