Inside: The Best Summer BBQ Games for Adults

Who doesn’t love a classic BBQ party? A BBQ holds all the perfect elements for a great party, like good food, warm days, and lot’s of family and friends! I mean what else does a good party need? Oh yeah, GAMES!

Games are essential to any good party for kids or adults alike, and throwing the perfect BBQ means you have to have some of the best outdoor lawn games to play while the burgers are cooking. Here is a list of our favorite BBQ Games for Adults.

summer bbq games for adults

Classic BBQ Games for Adults

Cornhole: One of our favorite BBQ party games for adults, Cornhole, goes by a few different names, depending on where you live or who you talk to. Regardless of what you call it, cornhole is a classic BBQ party game that is always a hit!

Horseshoes: Horseshoes aren’t just for horses; they are also a great part of an exciting backyard game. This throwing game is easy to learn but can be challenging to win.

Kickball: To play, you’ll need to split everyone into two teams, with one team in the field and the other up to bat. The pitcher will roll the ball to the kicker, who then kicks the ball and runs to first base. All of the rules in baseball apply to the game of kickball, with the exception of kicking the ball instead of using a baseball bat. What’s great about kickball is that you don’t need a bunch of equipment. All you need is a group of friends and a ball to play with, and you’re ready to go!

Classic BBQ Games

Trackball: Remember when you were a kid and would play catch with a baseball and a catchers mitt? Trackball is kind of like that, but you’re using a special racket meant for trackball instead. It is perfect to get a bunch of friends around and toss the ball to one another!

Spikeball: Spikeball is basically a combination of volleyball and foursquare. This one can be a little challenging and get pretty competitive, so keep that in mind when making your BBQ game list. Like volleyball, the goal is to hit the ball over the net to the other team in a way that makes it hard for them to hit it.

Perfect Lawn BBQ Games

Kubb: In Kubb, you take turns throwing sticks at your opponents’ blocks. Although it seems simple enough, you only get a set number of sticks to throw, so you need to play wisely. The game really heats up when the last “king” block is standing, and all you have is one stick to make it count.

Giant Yard Pong: Everyone who’s ever been 21 years old has likely heard of beer pong. However, with yard pong, you’re working with giant cups, so you probably don’t want to fill these up.  Each team takes turns throwing a set of balls at six giant buckets. If the ball lands in the bucket, it is removed. Whichever team can eliminate the other team’s buckets, wins.

BBQ Lawn Games

Bocce Ball: Bocce ball is a fun backyard game that is basically bowling, and skeeball rolled into one sport. It’s a great game for your friends who may not be the best at sports, but are looking to have a good time. Unlike some other sports games, bocce ball is fairly easy to learn and doesn’t require a lot of skill or strength.

Giant Lawn Dominoes: Play this classic game OUTSIDE! Check out this awesome DIY and see how you can make your own giant lawn dominoes for your next BBQ!

Lawn Darts: If you haven’t been introduced to the game of lawn darts, then you need to give it a try for your next BBQ. This BBQ party game for adults is similar to wall darts, except you get to enjoy the fresh air in your backyard while you play. Like the name says, you’ll be aiming the darts at your lawn rather than a standard dartboard.

A Few More Fun BBQ Game for Adults

Jello Shot Jenga: Some geniuses came up with the idea to add Jell-O shot sized holes to random pieces of the set, and whoever pulls that piece out has to take the shot. Sound like your kind of game? Yeah, mine too.

Bottle Toss: Bottle bash is a simple tossing game where you toss a frisbee and try to knock the bottle off of a pole. To play, you’ll need 2 or 4 players. One person will begin by tossing the frisbee while the defense tries to catch the frisbee and bottle before it hits the ground. You get two points if the bottle hits the ground and 1 point if the frisbee hits the ground.

outdoor fun

Balloon Down: For this game, you’ll need three different balloons blown up with helium and tied to some sort of balloon weight. Use a permanent marker to write point values on the three balloons, like 25, 50, and 100. Tape a line on one side of the yard then place the balloons about 10-15 feet away. Put the lowest scoring balloon closest, the next highest scoring balloon next, and so on. To play, players have five tosses to try and hit as many balloons as possible. If they hit a balloon, they score the points. The person who scores the most points wins!

Ladder Toss: You may have heard of this game before, perhaps by a different name such as hillbilly golf, ladder ball, ladder golf, or ball rope. To play, you’ll need a ladder with three tiers and three bolas. The top tier is worth three points, the second tier is two points, and the bottom tier is worth one point. Aim for the top, and try to rack up as many points as you can to win the game. 

Our Favorite BBQ Games

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