15 Types of People You’ll Meet At The Summer Cookout
With the sun setting later in the day for summer and the Fourth of July around the corner, BBQ season is upon us! We live for longer days to grill up our backyard favorites. There’s nothing better than hanging out with friends and family while chowing down on everything from burgers, brats, steaks, ribs and a fine assortment of meat dressing accouterments and sides.
May your meats be tender and drenched in barbecue sauce. Here is our ultimate breakdown of the types of people you will
meat meet at every backyard BBQ and park cookout you attend this summer.
1. The Super Host
They’re probably doing all of the following: manning the grill, having a drink with friends, playing catch with the kids, taking a dip in the pool, organizing backyard games, while still managing to find a way to mingle with every guest at the party. This person is the epitome of an extreme multitasker and always volunteers to have every event at their house. Super Bowl? Their house. Thanksgiving? Their house. Christmas? Their house. You name it, they host it! The cookout you’re at is probably at their house and if not they had some hand in planning it.
2. The Teen Who Was Forced To Go
We’ve all been this person at some point. The extremely moody stage of our life where we are melodramatic and always annoyed for some reason… unless you were a unicorn child and loved going to your parent’s friends house for dinner and didn’t fall into this stereotype of an angsty teen. Anyways, they’re usually always in the corner with their nose buried in their cell phone and has probably asked for the Wi-Fi password.
3. A Good Boy
If you’re going to a BBQ this summer and they have a backyard, then you will 100% encounter a dog. No matter if the pup is a boy or girl it will be a “good boy.” And don’t you dare try to argue that a dog is not a person you’ll meet at a cookout! Meeting a dog at a BBQ would be the highlight of the whole event. All they want to do is love on you… and half of your burger, but that is beside the point.
4. The One Family Member You Vaguely Remember
This happens at every family event that you two encounter. You see them on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but you can’t remember their name even if your life depended on it. They remember you and know everything about you (through Facebook) but you still don’t know your relationship with them. Even after asking your other family members you just can’t seem to put a name to the face. You don’t mean to be rude, but they don’t have a memorable face so you just say “hi… nice seeing you again.”
5. The Self-Proclaimed Grill Master
This person says they know everything about grilling. They know all the best BBQ gadgets, tips, tricks and techniques to grilling. They’ll tell you about episodes on The Food Network about cooking secrets and the best places to get BBQ. They’ll even throw in their two sense on how to season the meats and when the best time to throw the meat on the grill… but they will not actually be grilling. Kind of like a backseat driver but for the barbeque.
6. Person Who Actually Knows How to BBQ
Everything that number 5 says goes in one ear and out the other because he doesn’t need his barbecuing nonsense. They have perfected the craft of getting a nice char on a burger without it being burnt and how long it takes to get a steak to the perfect medium-rare. Their knowledge of grilling doesn’t need gimmicky gadgets, so they just let number 5 talk as they do their own thing.
7. Intoxicated Family Member
This is every family and friends event for them, but what more can we expect? Not exclusive to one gender, could be your aunt or uncle but during the summer it gets a tad bit worse. The mixture of the sun and the cocktails that taste like juice. They don’t realize they’ve had 5 cups of spiked fruit punch because they can’t taste the alcohol and the next thing you know it they’re asleep on a pool float with their cup still in hand.
8. The Kids That Ate Too Much Dessert
Meaning that they are overstimulated and bouncing off the walls due to the fact of there being a table full of sweets. They’re past the point of kids being kids. They’re on an annoying sugar high and there is nothing their parents can do but let them burn it off and crash. They’ll follow you around asking you questions like “what’s in your cup?” “can they try a sip?” and “where do babies come from?”
9. The Embellisher
“So when we were in Morocco we were chased by the authorities and had to hide in the bazaar…” and blah blah blah. You obviously know that they actually weren’t chased in Morocco by the authorities, but they tend to embellish their stories to make them more exciting. Everyone embellishes from time to time, but this person does it all the time. It’s so obvious, but no one says anything because it’s hard to believe because of the person they are.
10. The Pinterest Mom
This is his or her time to shine, this category can go to any age any gender. It’s just a broad term for someone who thrives on parties and events like summer BBQ’s and the Fourth of July. They have a Pinterest board for every occasion and will make sure all the decorations coordinate. They make sure there are minute details that they can only notice, so they can go on to brag about how they added cinnamon to the cookies even though the recipe didn’t call for it.
11. The Grandma Telling You to Eat More
Good ole granny, always telling us to eat more. The first thing she’ll ask is if you’ve eaten in ages and then pile you up a plate of food. After you finish your plate and are stuffed to the brim she’ll peer pressure you to eat more and on top of that, she’ll pack you five plates of food to take home.
12. The Semi-Famous Person
This is the “I have 20k on Instagram” or I was on a commercial once person. All of their stories are so glamorous and they live this Instagram worthy lifestyle. They can’t wait to tell you what they did last week with this person in this amazing city or where they’re traveling this week for this event.
13. The Nosey Aunt
Again, a broad term used for anyone who asks you very personal questions in a condescending tone. We call this one the nosey aunt because it is usually your aunt. Don’t lie, you have one. She’ll ask you prying questions like “why don’t you have a significant other?” and “what are you planning to do after college with that degree?” There is always a noticeable amount of judgment behind her voice and everyone excuses her behavior because “that’s just how she is.”
14. The Competitive Cousin
We all know this cousin… the one that talks about their sports accomplishments in high school and makes every little thing a competition. Family water balloon toss? They’ll make that into a competition and even try to sabotage the little kids. Watermelon eating contest? We swear we see their jaws unhinge like a snake to swallow that thing whole, rind and all! They’ll even make cleaning up a competition… you thought that cleaning up yours and someone else’s plate was thoughtful. Well, they’ll try to show you up by cleaning up the whole BBQ… but we don’t mind that one!
15. The Person Who Only Came For the Food
You don’t really keep up with this person or know them really. But you see them around at other family and friend occasions just hanging around the food table. They’re the first to arrive to get the best pickings and they’re the first to leave… and usually with a well-stuffed to-go bag. They don’t really engage in deep conversation, but they make enough small talk to make sure they get invited to the next event. Plus they’re always lurking around the grill or in the kitchen to make sure they are the first in line when the barbeque is done or new sides are taken out of the fridge.
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