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11 Warning Signs That You’re About To Attend A Very Bad BBQ

Summer's too short to waste time at a calamitous cookout. Look out for these signs and pick up some of the President's Choice Summer Insiders products and you'll be OK.

1. The party "starts" two hours before the grilling does.

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Just as nobody shows up at the start time, no one breaks out the burgers at grilling start time. Kinda makes you wonder why we even schedule things in the first place.

2. You wouldn't trust the host with a lighter...

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...let alone an open pit of flames.

3. That's if they even have a grill at all.

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Remember the time they tried to bake cookies in the microwave?

4. The host said they'll buy all of the food...

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5. You can't smell food on the grill as you approach the BBQ.

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If you don't catch a whiff of something on the barbie (shrimp or otherwise), your host is fashionably late with the eats.

6. Your host is pouring lighter fluid on the grill like they're trying to douse a flame, not start one.

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There will be light...eventually. And a lot of it. Oh, and burnt brats.

7. There won't be any dogs in attendance.

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You can't pet a hot dog. Well, you can, but that's creepy.

8. The host is more likely to focus on curating a 🔥 playlist...

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...than making sure the chicken is thoroughly cooked.

9. Or finding a half-decent speaker to use.

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Cups are for drinking, not making speakers out of.

10. There's plenty of beer...

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...but none of it has been put on ice yet. There's a time and a place for warm beer, but— wait, no there isn't.

11. You weren't invited. By the host OR a guest.

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Even the best BBQ will be a rough one if you're not wanted.

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