Host the Best BBQ on the Block

Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off to summer and the perfect time to host a barbecue with your family and friends. In order to throw a party everybody raves about, however, you need to do more than just fire up the grill. The keys to hosting a memorable Memorial Day barbecue are planning, preparation and execution. From determining your guest list to cooking to keeping the music going the whole afternoon, every step counts.

And, with a few apps from your Verizon Wireless smartphone, that prep work just got a whole lot easier.  Here are a few apps that can help make your Memorial Day barbecue your best yet.

The first step in planning your barbecue is to find out exactly who’s coming. Handling RSVPs couldn’t be easier with Evite – an app that makes creating, sending and managing invitations on the go a breeze. The app also sends you notifications when people RSVP, so you’ll know you whether you need to make up the guest room for your out-of-town relative or what your total guest count is so you know how much food to buy.

Once your guest list is in order, it’s time to shop. Worried you might forget a few things at the grocery store? BBQ Planner creates a convenient checklist with everything needed for your barbecue. If you’re looking to expand your grilling palate beyond the traditional hamburger and hotdog, Epicurious, an app that houses more than 30,000 professionally created recipes, will give you a new twist on everything from potato salad to summertime cocktails.

Now, get the party started! Everyone has a different preference on how they prefer their meat cooked, which can be a challenge for the grill master. Cue Steak Timer Plus to determine if it’s time to put the steaks on, flip them, or serve them.

Since you have enough on your plate with your hosting duties, there’s no need to create a barbecue playlist ahead of time. You can line up great party tunes with Pandora, a free personalized radio app that creates a station with only the music you love.

Your backyard will be the place to be this summer with a little help from these apps for Android devices.