1. Shrimp Boil
A one (big) pot dinner party! Corn, shellfish, and potatoes means you cover all the food groups, too. Instructions here.
2. Fish Fry
Fried anything is a crowd pleaser, and fish is quicker than chicken!
4. DIY Hot Dog Bar
Be as crazy (or as conservative) with the toppings as you’d like. Instructions here.
5. Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Sure, you could make it in a slow-cooker. But, it’s summer. Why not fire up the grill and get some of that delicious flavor? Recipe here.
6. Build-Your-Own Burger Bar
8. Whole Pig Roast
Yes, you can do it at home! Instructions here.
Your pig is obviously going to be the star of the show, so keep the accoutrements simple with Grilled corn and panzanella salad. To drink, a good IPA with a shot of Campari is delicious, and might become your go-to summer drink.
9. Rotisserie Leg of Lamb with Potatoes, Fennel, and Olives
If you don’t want to go whole hog, this is another similar option. Recipe here.
A simple mezze platter is on theme and perfect for tiding guests over until the main course is served, and a fresh, tangy Greek salad will perfectly compliment the lamb. For dessert, grilled pineapple is sweet without being too heavy.
10. Bo Ssam (Asian Slow-Cooked Pork Shoulder)
Instead of turning on your oven, cook your bo ssam in a 300°F grill. Recipe here.
Aside from the obligatory lettuce cups, rice and ssam sauce (recipe here, serve your bo ssam with some pickled red onions and ginger-miso grilled eggplant. To drink, spicy gin and tonics bring just enough heat.
11. Bourbon-Glazed Baby Back Ribs
A face full of barbecue sauce is the great equalizer. Recipe here.
Recipe and instructions here.
13. Tacos Al Pastor
The greatest taco of all takes time, but it’s so worth it. Recipe here.
14. Grilled Pizza
Large-format summer mains are generally pretty meat-centric—because, face it, throwing a big piece of meat on the grill is just so obvious. But, vegetarians and carnivores alike always appreciate a pizza party. Instructions here.
15. Grilled Steak Fajitas
16. Steamed Mussels
Steam your mussels in a couple of batches (they only take a few minutes), and keep in mind that you’ll need about a pound per person. Recipe here.
The best part of eating mussels is sopping up the juice, so grilled bread is a must, and a huge pile of grilled veggies will make everybody feel virtuous. White wine spritzers pair well with shellfish, and their lower alcohol content means you can drink all night.
17. New England Clam Chowder
Even people who “don’t like shellfish” will love clam chowder. Recipe here.
18. Grilled Whole Arctic Char
Perfect for a more sophisticated dinner party. Recipe here.
Grilled fennel is way underrated, and it goes great with fatty fish, and grilled herb potatoes are simple and just flavorful enough. End your meal with boozy popsicles, the most fun after dinner “drink” there is.
19. Veggie Kebabs
A big hunk of meat won’t feed every type of crowd. Recipe here.