An All-American Fourth of July Cookout Menu

June 29, 2014

Oh, how we love the 4th of July holiday weekend! Who doesn't love a 3-day weekend filled with sunny days and backyard barbecues? Jam jars filled with fruity concoctions (don't miss the Watermelon Keg below), fresh berry desserts (the Blackberry Slump is worthy of its own fireworks display), classic family-style sides (love a good Classic Potato Salad), and scrumptious burgers-beans-corn (and more!) smoking-baking-grilling on the barbecue make the festivities of the 4th of July truly all-American.

Get inspired by more summertime recipes here - like sangria, grilled flank steak and ice cream sandwiches, and be sure to check out these Pinterest boards for more:

BBQ & American
Burgers & Sliders
Easy Outdoor Entertaining
Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts

Here's to tasty picnics and safe pyrotechnics! Happy Fourth of July!

6 Tips for Creating the Perfect All-American Cheeseburger
Photo by Jess Sawrey

Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Photo by Ninette Dean

“Texas” Weiner Dogs of New Jersey
Submitted to Foodista by The Weiser Kitchen

Smokin' Willy Barbecue Baked Beans
Photo by jeffreyww

Classic Potato Salad with Hard-Boiled Eggs
Photo by Temp-tations Presentable Ovenware

Mini Cornbread Madeleines and Bundt Cakes

Spicy Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salad
Submitted to Foodista by Morgan Freeman

Blackberry Slump
A slump (or grunt) is a biscuit-topped fruit dessert that is cooked stovetop as opposed to in the oven. You can even make this on the barbecue! Try it with your favorite fruit.

Strawberry Gin Shrub Cocktail
This tangy and sweet vinegar-based concoction dates back to American colonial times. Make it with or without alcohol.

Watermelon Keg
National Watermelon Promotion Board
This watermelon keg - filled with your favorite summer cocktail (with or without alcohol) - is sure to get plenty of attention at your next outdoor BBQ. (Get the tap kit here).

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