Originally Posted by Greg Who Cooks
Not to continue thread drift but...
Abnormal quantities of bees buzzing around could be indicative of a nearby (possibly new) beehive, and Africanized bees have been invading the more temperate (southern, southwestern, southeastern) parts of the US for a decade or two. If indeed they are Africanized a patio party could set them off, burned steaks or no.
I don't know where the OP is located but if in an area where these types of bees are a possibility the hazard should be addressed immediately. Do-it-yourself should only be attempted if it's certain they are not Africanized.
I'm located in Toronto, Ontario (Canada).
And now that I've educated myself on what the different types of bees are -- these are definitely yellow jackets.
This is going to make things extremely interesting as on a typical afternoon there are easily 4 or 5 of them hanging out on the deck.
If I'm unable to address this issue by the dinner day then I unfortunately will have to grill the steaks alone outside (risking my life -- I might be a tad bit dramatic here) and then serve the dinner indoors; which would obviously be disappointing.