Summer in Austin means two things: 100-degree weather and backyard bbq. While you can’t change the weather, here’s how to throw an awesome summer cookout and stay cool at the same time.

beat the heat

The most important thing to make sure your summer cookout is a success is being comfortable. There’s nothing worse than trying to eat with sweat in your eyes.


Make your backyard a comfortable place to hang out even when the sun is blazing. Retractable awnings and solar screens are a great way to offer protection from even the hottest summer sun.


Get creative this summer and keep everyone cool and comfortable with an outdoor mister.

food for thought

Having great food can make or break a cookout, but you don’t have to be a professional chef to pull it off.

Go Beyond Burgers

We can’t deny that burgers are great, but if you live in Austin, you’ll have to step up your game. Try something fun like homemade kabobs or bbq ribs.

Ask Guests for Help

Doing everything yourself can be rewarding, but you’ll save yourself a lot of time and trouble by asking guests to bring items like appetizers or drinks with them. This way, there will be more than enough food for everyone and there’s a better chance everyone will find something they like to eat.

more than just a yard

Bring life to your party by making your yard a spot for fun.

Yard Games

Besides having great food, having fun yard games is the perfect way to keep people entertained. Games like ladder ball and cornhole are classics.


Quality seating is also extremely important. Check out this post we did all about enhancing your outdoor space.

Throwing a cookout is a fun way to bring friends and family together during the summer. There’s food, drinks, music, and backyard games – what’s not to love? Just be sure to have enough shade and drinks so everyone can stay as cool as your party playlist!