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Are You Barbequing in Celebration of the Fourth of July?

Host a July 4th cookoutWhat are your plans for the Fourth of July? Are you having a barbeque at your house, a park or the beach?

One of the most popular grilling occasions is the Fourth of July. To celebrate one of the biggest grilling days of the year, I wanted to share some grilling tips for the holiday weekend.

I believe that traditional American fare is the only acceptable cuisine for Fourth of July barbeques. Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, corn on the cob, baked beans, fruit – what more do you need?! Let’s celebrate independence traditionally!

Prepping:
Make sure you get all of your grocery shopping done a few days before the party. You can’t go too early because you don’t want the buns to dry out or the
fruit to rot but plan properly so you aren’t doing last minute shopping. This should be a fun experience, not a stressful one. Making items like potato salad
and fruit bowls are nice because you can prepare them ahead of time. Boil the eggs and potatoes the day before and chop up all the veggies. You can also
prepare the fruit bowl the day before to save more time on the day of!

Heating:
Charcoal or gas grill? Either way, make sure you have enough of either to get the grill started and to keep it going all day. You never know who’s going to
stop by or if people are going to want seconds. Always make sure the grill is hot and extra food is prepared.

Vegetables:
Don’t forget side dishes! I love cooking vegetables on the grill because they always turn out absolutely delicious and full of flavor. They are super easy
too – no marinades necessary when you have that great grill flavor cooking into them! The only thing you need to be cautious of is not burning the vegetables.
They tend to cook quickly and are sensitive to high heat so you definitely want to keep a constant eye on them. Also, don’t let them fall through the grates!

By planning your cookout, things will run a lot smoother and stress will be eliminated. Make your grocery list, make what you can ahead of time, and don’t forget the simple things!

Have a wonderful Fourth of July, whatever you may do and be safe!

-Cheryl

 

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