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9 Fun twists on classic games for a summer barbecue

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Mary McCoy is a writer and social worker for disenfranchised women and children. She's a single mom, lover of Texas barbecue, and a die-hard fan of yoga

Games that will keep your barbecue fun no matter the temperature

Without a game or two, a backyard barbecue is just a way to pair a hamburger with stifling humidity. Yum. Beef and humidity — what else could a person desire?

A lot, actually. Play one of these backyard games during your next barbecue party to help your guests remember why they love you.

1. Yard Dice

Games that will keep your barbecue fun no matter the temperature

Image: The Sits Girls

Follow a few simple instructions from The Sits Girls for large DIY dice that are perfect for a backyard game of dice.

2. Relay wheel

Games that will keep your barbecue fun no matter the temperature

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Devise your own relay races, but keep them interesting by having your guests spin a homemade wheel for the type of relay. You can use a dry erase marker to write in your own ideas as you wish.

3. Pool noodle obstacle course

Games that will keep your barbecue fun no matter the temperature

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Got a rambunctious crowd? Slow them down with an obstacle course of pool noodle hurdles. The race will be wild, and not all that dangerous.

4. Watermelon seed contest

Games that will keep your barbecue fun no matter the temperature

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OK, this isn't a great one for those of you who are refined. But a backyard barbecue isn't supposed to be refined! Just dive into a watermelon, aim, spit and measure — it's fun for all ages.

5. Giant beer pong

Games that will keep your barbecue fun no matter the temperature

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For a more adult soiree, make an outdoor — and awesome — version of beer pong. Do you still have it after all these years?

6. DIY ring toss

Games that will keep your barbecue fun no matter the temperature

Image: Sara/Mom Endeavors

Sure, you can purchase a ring toss for your backyard. But if you like to keep money in your pocket, just create a DIY game instead! This cute idea from Mom Endeavors just requires a few materials, and it's built to last for years to come.

7. Yard bowling

Games that will keep your barbecue fun no matter the temperature

Image: Moonfrye

If your party is chock full of kids, follow this tutorial from Moonfrye for a DIY outdoor bowling set. You can make it work for big kids and adults, too, by using 3-liter bottles and a basketball instead.

8. Balloon squeeze relay

Games that will keep your barbecue fun no matter the temperature

Image: Krysta Casey/These are the Days

You can use a beach ball or a balloon for this simple relay race. Divide into two teams, and run the relay race with each contestant paired with a teammate to complete a back-to-back sprint, until all contestant pairs have finished.

9. Cornhole

Games that will keep your barbecue fun no matter the temperature

Image: The Southern Trunk

The game of cornhole is a perennial favorite. You can DIY your own boards, or head to your local store to pick up a pre-made version. It's great for kids and adults alike.

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