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7 Fun Apps for Your Backyard BBQ

By Tracey Dowdy

Now that Mother Nature finally seems ready to commit to some warm weather, it’s time to make the most of those sunny days before the heat kicks into high gear and your backyard starts to feel like you live six blocks from the surface of the sun.

For me, summer means backyard barbecues with neighbors and friends. With the holiday weekend coming up, here are a few fun apps to help to kick-start your summer:


Updated every five minutes, AccuWeather provides current temperatures as well as short and long range forecasts. You automatically get severe weather alerts and you can customize the My AccuWeather forecast for specific outdoor activities and health concerns. AccuWeather integrates directly into your calendar and you can share weather information through Facebook, Twitter and e-mail.

Price: Free
Platform: iOS, Android, Windows, BlackBerry


What’s summer without a soundtrack? TuneIn lets you search for music and podcasts by genre or location and once you’ve found your favorites, you can save them as a preset. What sets TuneIn apart from so many other music apps is that it allows you to record, pause, rewind, or fast forward the last 30 minutes of streamed content.

Price: Free
Platform: iOS, Android, Windows, BlackBerry

Holiday Picture It!

The fun Holiday Picture It! image editing app lets you overlay your shots with holiday-themed images and borders because really, nothing says America like a picture of your cat dressed like Uncle Sam! The basic app is free to download, with special holiday in-app image packs available for $0.99 each.

Price: Free
Platform: iOS


The Appetites app is about as user-friendly as it gets. Step-by-step videos with chefs or popular food and recipe bloggers cover everything from recipe prep to getting the perfect char on a steak. A variety of sides and main dishes are available and there’s even a special collection of recipes for the summer months.

Price: $4.99
Platform: iOS

Weber’s On the Grill

Masters of the barbecue, Weber’s On the Grill offers 280 grilling recipes plus an additional 40 recipes for rubs, marinades and sauces. You can create shopping lists, share recipes with friends and tag recipes for future use. Includes instructional grilling videos by celebrity chef Jamie Purviance, plus an additional 27 how-to videos on topics such as grill prep and basic recipes.

Price: $4.99
Platform: iOS, Android


Mixology and Mixologist are the ultimate drink and cocktail apps, with over 8,000 alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink recipes. Search by category or ingredient, create a favourites list, add your own recipes, and search for nearby liquor stores to stock up on missing ingredients. Mixology is free, while Mixologist has more features and no ads.

Price: Mixology – free; Mixologist – $0.99 iOS, $1.49 Android
Platform: iOS, Android

Fireworks Arcade

What’s the fourth of July without fireworks? While not quite as spectacular as watching them light up the night sky, Fireworks Arcade helps you can create your own show on your iPad, iPhone or Android device. Relax and leave it in game mode or design your own show by adding music. Shake it up for a brilliant fireworks finale to finish your night.

Price: Free
Platform: iOS, Android

Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Toronto, ON. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances and researches on subjects from family and education to pop culture and trends in technology.

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