With Cinco de Mayo approaching, why not celebrate that traditional Mexican holiday to use your outdoor patio grill and throw the ultimate taco party? In all honesty, any excuse is a good excuse to get creative with a fully accessorized liquid propane gas grill setup.
One of the great things about a taco party is that you will get to showcase the unbelievable menu items that accessories such as your grill timer, an outdoor side burner, and next-generation infrared rotisserie burners deliver. But beyond the home-chef pride and glowing compliments you’ll receive, throwing the ultimate taco party is pure backyard fun!
Let’s Get Ready To Taco Party!
The ultimate taco party takes a tad more effort than straight-up grilling, and it’s best to have a full buffet spread with all the Mexican fixings. Before you press the matchless ignition on your PGS outdoor patio grill, prepare a buffet station with a wide variety of toppings so your guests can customize their perfect taco.
Gather These Ingredients
If you are going to leave a lasting impression, only prepared your menu on gas BBQ grills that are adequately accessorized. The PGS Legacy line remains an industry leader in this respect because it’s stainless steel grills are deftly accessorized to expand backyard cooking capabilities. But before you start prepping or cooking on your outdoor patio grill, set the ambiance.
Create A Mexican Fiesta Theme
Among the first steps necessary to bring a Mexican-themed taco party together is having the right music. An easy and effective way to set the musical tone is to use a few speakers and link into Pandora. You can run a search for Mexican music, Mariachi, Mexican guitar or work with popular Spanish cultural sounds such as Salsa and Bachata. Just don’t leave out Luis Fonsi’s mega-hit “Despacito” (6 billion listens on YouTube). Yes, that’s a “B.”
With that in mind, a Mexican blanket for a table cloth, serving bowls, and assorted napkins favoring colors like red, green and white make sense. A classic Sombrero centerpiece is always a nice — and expected — touch. Be as bold with your taco party colors and decorations as your menu demands!
Let’s Get This Taco Party Started
One of the major miscues party hosts commonly make is to get wrapped up in the theme and succulent grilling ideas and forget to chill the beer. So, before you slice, dice, sauté and rotisserie, set up your PGS beverage center with a selection of beers, sangria, and other ice-cold adult favorites. A large beverage center will also make an excellent food service station for items that need to remain cold throughout the party.
Prepare your lettuce, tomatoes and other items that require dicing and place them in the cooling station. Utilize the food compartments for other complements such as sour cream, cheese, salsa and guacamole among others. Chop the onions and red peppers separately and set them aside to be sautéed.
Put Your Accessorized Outdoor Patio Grill To Work
Turning an ordinary taco party into the ultimate fiesta will test your grilling skills beyond measure unless you have the necessary accessories to wow guests.
A gas grill with infrared rotisserie burners is by far the best way to roast a properly-seasoned pork shoulder. Apply a light brushing of olive oil, finely diced cilantro, traditional Mexican seasoning and set your grill timer.
A grill with gas shut off timers is an attractive option because you won’t have to worry about overcooking once it reaches peak doneness. Another perk of a grill with rotisserie burner is that you can reduce the temperature to keep the pork warm after removing succulent slices for hot tacos.
Take a skillet to sauté the onions and peppers in olive oil on an outside side burner. Infuse with cilantro and season to your taste. Just leave a little room for guests who like their tacos mild. The spicy members of your crowd can always add jalapenos.
Consider grilling the onions and peppers on the firm side. That way, you can let them continue to keep warm on an indoor range burner over Moon Roks that provide consistent temperatures. Another reason that grilling strategy can be helpful is that it will allow you to utilize the outside side burner to keep the taco shells and refried beans warm. While that’s underway, you can use another outside side burner to prepare the Mexican rice and black bean dish.
With the right outdoor gas grill properly outfitted with accessories and infrared rotisserie burners, the sky is the limit. You’ll be able to pull off a successful taco party for Cinco de Mayo or any day that makes sense.
For those interested in hosting a killer taco party and creating the ultimate backyard grilling experience, the PGS built-in option has been trending. And if you decide to take your outdoor grilling to the next level, be sure to have plenty of food handy. Your backyard could become a very popular fiesta spot!