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Hosting the Ultimate BBQ

June 5, 2018 (Last Updated: February 3, 2021)

Summer is on the horizon Y’all,  Hosting the Ultimate BBQ is a priority in The South, so get those charcoal grills out, fire the coals up, and get ready for the biggest, most flavorful, juiciest burger on a Pepperidge Farm® Hamburger Bun you’ve ever had to date. Can you say, ” Darn Delicious?”

Hosting a BBQ can sometimes be intimidating, but today we are going to take the pressure off your shoulders with a few tips on Hosting the Ultimate BBQ and making it so simple and easy to pull off without a hitch? Are you with me so far Y’all? Just get in the Easy Peasy mind frame this is going to be a cinch to pull off.

“This is a sponsored post by Pepperidge Farm®. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.”


Hosting the Ultimate BBQ




Tips on Hosting the Ultimate BBQ

  1. Be sure to only send or invite people 1 week ahead of time to get a decent headcount for your BBQ. Inviting friends and family too far out usually leads to cancelations.
  2. When throwing a backyard BBQ you will want to keep it simple and cost-effective; purchase quality meat such as lean ground beef, or quality all-beef hotdogs. You usually can’t go wrong there, almost everyone loves a good hamburger or hotdog cooked on a charcoal grill.
  3. Respect The Buns you use to serve your guests their hamburgers and hotdogs and they will thank you, we use Pepperidge Farm® Hamburger Buns and Pepperidge Farm® Top-Sliced Hot Dog Buns because there’s “no high fructose corn syrup” and “artificial flavors”
  4. Have plenty of condiments and add-ons on hand for your guest’s burger and hotdogs, ketchup, relish, mustard, pickles, onions, avocados, bacon, cheeses, hot peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, and so forth. Let them have fun building a unique burger or hotdog.
  5. Don’t be afraid to have everyone bring their favorite side dish, it’s a win-win situation for the crowd. Everyone loves to show off their Almost Famous family recipes at a BBQ. That leaves you more time to focus on your guests and man the BBQ grill.
  6. Serve family-friendly refreshments that everyone can enjoy, such a Homemade Lemon-aid, Sweet Tea, Punch, and so forth.
  7. Invest in some really cute themed paper plates, plastic utensils, paper napkins, and plastic cups to add perkiness to the tablescape.
  8. Pick fresh flowers or colorful wildflowers and place them in glass Mason Jars to really make the table pop.
  9. Use fresh in-season fruits to serve as dessert, it’s simple and delicious on a hot summer day.
  10. Station a few large garbage cans for guests to place their used plates, glasses, and plastic utensils to cut down on clean up time.
  11. Play age-appropriate music that everyone including the kids can enjoy.
  12. Most of all enjoy your guests and mingle with the crowd!





Hosting the Ultimate BBQPepperidge Farm® Hamburger Buns are my go-to buns when hosting a Summer BBQ and this year, I am super excited to tell you about their contest this summer, they are in search of the best looking burger or hot dog in the country. Show them what you got Y’all for a chance to win! WEEKLY WINNERS GET $1,000!  THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER GETS $10,000! From May 14th until September 4th, 2018 take a picture of your burger or hot dog served on a Pepperidge Farm® bun, then post it to Instagram or Twitter and tag it->  #RespectTheBunPromotion

Don’t forget to enter here (Closed Contest)




Hosting the Ultimate BBQI decided to add a special touch to our table today, by adding red, white, and blue, with casserole dishes, towels, flowers with lots of greenery, and putting the Pepperidge Farm® Hamburger Buns and Pepperidge Farm® Top-Sliced Hot Dog Buns in these cute little baskets. I love how it seems to give the table a little character and grace yet stays true to being a simple and easy tablescape. Remember less is more.






Hosting the Ultimate BBQ

Ultimate Double BBQ Burger

Heidy McCallum
Summer is on the horizon Y’all, Hosting the Ultimate BBQ is a priority in The South, so get those charcoal grills out, fire the coals up, and get ready for the biggest, most flavorful, juiciest burger on a Pepperidge Farm® Hamburger Bun you’ve ever had to date. Can you say, ” Darn Delicious?”
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Burger
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 827 kcal


  • 2 pounds ground beef 80/20
  • Seasoned Salt to own taste
  • Garlic powder to own taste
  • Black pepper to own taste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 12 slices Bacon cooked until crisp
  • 8 slices American Cheese
  • 2 or 3 Tomatoes sliced
  • 1 medium Red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce washed
  • Kosher baby dill pickles
  • Mustard optional
  • Ketchup optional
  • Mayo optional
  • Hamburger Buns


  • Mix ground lean beef, seasoned salt, garlic powder, freshly ground black pepper, and Worcestershire sauce in a large bowl. Shape into 8 patties.
  • Broil or grill over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes per side or until burgers are cooked through or an internal temperature of 160°F. 
  • Toast Hamburger Buns on the grill, open-side down, for about 30 seconds.
  • Serve burgers on toasted rolls with desired toppings and condiments.


“This is a sponsored post by Pepperidge Farm®. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.”


Serving: 01Calories: 827kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 50gFat: 63gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 3gCholesterol: 206mgSodium: 921mgPotassium: 1493mgFiber: 6gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 15313IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 558mgIron: 7mg
Keyword Beef
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  • Reply
    June 10, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Can I order a dozen for the 4th please? I wish…pinned!

  • Reply
    June 5, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    I am loving your summer BBQ style and tips! It’s funny, you are SO RIGHT about only inviting people a week or so out. It really hit me for some reason the other day that planning too far in advance usually backfires – inevitably some work commitment comes up, a kid is sick, or you’re just plain worn out by the time the event actually arrives. So much better and simpler to just do things a few weeks out and enjoy whoever happens to be around!!

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      June 6, 2018 at 9:25 am

      Hi there, Monica, Thanks for dropping by. OMG yes, every time I plan too far out, it backfires on me like an old truck ready for the junk yard lol. I sure have learned my lesson with that one.

  • Reply
    June 5, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Love these great tips and have always loved Pepperidge Farm products. I can think of so many favorites.

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      June 6, 2018 at 9:26 am

      Pepperidge Farm products are awesome, I also lucked out because my market had them on sale 2 for 5, so I bought some to freeze too lol!!! Did you enter the contest? If not check it out.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply
    June 5, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    I love all your tips and ideas for an outdoor party and the burgers look delish!

    • Reply
      June 5, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you, Catherine, don’t forget to enter the contest to win $$$. Have a great day!

  • Reply
    June 5, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Great advice! I totally agree with you when it comes to having a lot of condiments; they encourage people to build their own burger or hot dog, and they make the whole experience more fun.

    • Reply
      June 5, 2018 at 3:43 pm

      Hey there, Daniela, glad you dropped by today. Yes!!! You need plenty of those condiments to enjoy your own style of burgers.

      Don’t forget to enter to win!!!

      Have a great day!

  • Reply
    June 5, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Those burgers look perfect for summer. I can’t wait to try this recipe, it looks like it would please a crowd!

    • Reply
      June 5, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you!! Glad you enjoyed to burger. Can you believe how well those buns hold 2 patties and plenty of toppings? They were awesome. I had to split one with my friend I was so stuffed lol!!

      Have a great day!

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