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Are you looking for some barbecue party games to get the whole family involved? You’ve come to the right place.

Summer is all about getting outside, breathing in the fresh air, and making the most of the warm weather. There’s no better time to plan an outdoor gathering.

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If you’re headed to a family reunion, hosting a block party, or preparing for the fourth of July, you want to make sure you have plenty of games to keep everyone entertained.

With so much variety, you’re bound to find the right barbecue party games for your crowd!

15 Classic Barbecue Party Games

Who doesn’t love a throwback to the classics? Try one of these games to add a little retro flair to your barbecue.

Water balloon toss

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Summer is hot. Start off your barbecue fun by cooling things down a bit.

This one’s simple. Fill a bunch of balloons with water and try to soak your friends. A water balloon toss is the kind of fun the whole family can get down with.

Be sure to prepare your artillery. These days they have these cool devices that attach to your faucet, filling and tying 100 balloons at once. Now you can save your fingers the pain of closing all those tiny balloons.

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Limbo

Tropical Sun Imports - Limbo Game

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Nothing says classic barbecue party games quite like the limbo. The best part is, you only need three people to limbo the night away.

Have two people hold a broomstick (or any long pole) at an equal height. With each round, lower the stick closer to the ground.

This dance originated in Trinidad, so be sure to put on some groovy tunes as your guests try to wiggle their way under the stick. See how low you can go before you touch the stick or fall to the ground.

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Three-legged race

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This is an inexpensive race that’s fun for the whole family. You can use anything you have laying around from bandanas to old t-shirts to tie together the inner legs of two participants.

Be sure to mark your start and finish lines clearly. At your signal, teams race as fast as they can towards the finish line.

This game works best if you pair competitors of similar heights. However, you can match older guests with younger guests to even out the competition and get the whole family involved.

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Cornhole

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Depending on where you are, this game may have another name. Regionally it’s known as bags, soft horseshoes, or Indiana horseshoes, just to name a few.

Whatever you call it, it’s bound to be well-received at any occasion. This game was invented for barbecues.

Players take turns throwing bean bags at wooden platforms with a hole in the middle of each one. The goal is to score 21. A bag on the platform scores you a point, while one in the hole is worth 3.

Though you can easily purchase boards, many people take pride in making their own.

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Jumbo Barbecue Party Games

Bigger is better. And the same can be said when it comes to barbecue party games.

These days it seems that all of your favorite games are coming in jumbo sizes for a fun twist on the original.

Giant Connect Four

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Anyone who was born in the 80s knows this classic game. Once you set up your Jumbo Connect Four board, you’ll feel the nostalgia come rushing in.

You and your opponent take turns placing discs in slots across a vertical board. The goal is to get four in a row, in any direction, before your opponent.

This jumbo version takes the game into the backyard, making it more interactive and inclusive. It’s weather and pest resistant, so you can keep it up well after the party has come to an end.

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Giant Jenga

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If you thought Jenga was a crowd-pleaser before, just wait until you try Giant Jenga. These massive blocks are begging people to join in on the fun!

This tower is no joke. When it comes crashing down, you better yell timber and jump out of the way.

It’s an excellent project for someone who’s a do-it-yourself kind of person. But you can also easily order one to be delivered in time for your next barbecue.

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Giant checkers and chess

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If you’re looking for barbecue party games that are a little more relaxing, then a giant checkers and chess board are the ones for you.

The giant checkerboard spreads out on the ground like a picnic blanket. You’ll lazily pass the afternoon away out-witting your opponent, sprawled out on the grass, and sipping tea.

The giant chess board, on the other hand, will make you feel like Harry Potter. Physically walking each piece around the board makes it interactive in a way that no other game can be.

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Ultimate Twister

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Twister is another one of those nostalgic games. Whether you’re family or new neighbors, one thing’s for sure — you’ll be close by the end of this game.

Take off your shoes, choose a referee, and wait for the spinner to determine your fate. The goal is to be the last one standing, but the real winners are everyone watching the hilarity ensue.

Ultimate Twister comes with a plastic floor mat that’s twice the size of the original, meaning it gives you twice the laughs.

Twister (EA)
  • Great test of balance and flexibility
  • For 2 or more players ages 6 and up
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  • Out-twist your opponents in the game that ties you up in knots
  • For 2 to 4 players
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  • Out-twist your opponents in the game that ties you up in knots

Barbecue Party Games for the Lawn

When the weather is nice, nothing feels better than your bare feet in the grass. Here are our top choices for barbecue party games to get you out in the lawn this summer.

Bocce ball

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This classic lawn game has its roots in the Roman empire. It’s still played across Europe today because it’s suitable for the lawn or the beach.

Standard bocce balls weigh two pounds, which may be heavy for some of your party-goers, so be sure to pair your teams fairly. Children who are too young to play will get a kick out of tossing the pallino (the small ball that is the target), while teams compete to get their bocce balls the closest.

Put on your fedora, pretend you’re on the Riviera, and take aim.

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Lawn bowling

When the weather’s nice, no one wants to hide away inside. Leave the bowling alley for a rainy day.

When the sun is shining, bring the alley to your back yard. Try a set that’s made with a softer material to make it safe for younger kids to join in the fun.

You can knock down your pins and reset your alley as many times as you’d like, and you won’t spend a dime on rental shoes.

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Ladder golf

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Ladder golf is another game that’s known by many names depending on where you live in the country. Other names include ladder ball, ball rope, and hillbilly golf.

The rules are pretty simple. You have a ladder with three rungs, and each rung is worth different point. Throw bolas (two golf of tennis balls connected by a string) at the ladder to score points fast than your opponent.

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Backyard dunk tank

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Feeling hot and sweaty after all those games? Then we suggest building your very own backyard dunk tank.

In the middle of the sweltering summer, we’re sure you’ll find plenty of volunteers to play the victim.

For full instructions on how to assemble your dunk tank, check out The Happy Housewife.

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Barbecue Party Games to Include the Little Ones

While these games are suitable for the family, sometimes you want to be sure to cater specifically to your smaller crowd. We’ve found some barbecue party games perfect for inviting your half-pint guests into the fun.

Hilarious BigFoot game

This funny game will keep your little ones entertained for hours.

You’ll start by gluing large cardboard cutouts of feet to the bottom of a cheap pair of flip-flops. Then tape plastic balls to each toe.

The objective of the game is to carry balls on your “toes” across the yard. The person who makes it to the finish line with the most balls left on their feet wins.

You can check out this blog by Get Your Holiday On for in-depth instructions.

Donuts on a string

The name says it all. Tie a cord between two trees. Then dangle donuts from the line, making sure to leave a little space between each one.

Instruct each participant to eat their donut. But there’s a twist. They aren’t allowed to use their hands.

You might want to use a bandana to tie anyone’s hands behind their back that has a hard time remembering the rule.

Finally, sit back and prepare to laugh.

Stomp the balloon

This is a great game to set your little ones loose in the yard to blow off a little energy.

Blow up a balloon for each participant and attach it to their leg with a string. Then set them free. Players chase each other around trying to stomp their competitors’ balloons.

The last person with an inflated balloon wins.

The Party’s Over

With so many fun barbecue party games, you will be entertaining your guests until the party’s over.

The best part is, most of these games are easy to make on your own if you’re looking for last-minute entertainment.

Either way, you’re set for the rest of summer.

Let us know which barbecue party games your guests enjoyed most. Tell us in the comments below.

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