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How to: Throw an All American Barbecue

Nothing says summer picnic or the 4th of July like grilling hamburgers and hot dogs. The best thing about having the core of your menu be burgers and dogs is that you can make it as simple or gourmet as you want!BBQ 1

If you go the simple route, all you need is high quality hamburgers and hot dogs, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and good hamburger & hot dog buns, plus ketchup and mustard. To kick your barbecue up a notch, create a hamburger and hot dog bar full of topping and condiment options. Some of our favorite burger topping options are fancy cheeses (such as aged cheddar or pepper jack), grilled onions, bacon, grilled pineapple, avocado, jalapeno, and pickles. As far as condiments for burgers go, in addition to traditional ketchup, mustard, mayo, and barbecue sauce add things like Mike’s Hot Honey and chipotle mayo. Depending on how many hot dog eaters you’ll have at your party you can keep it more traditional with a good sauerkraut and relish or include things like chili, shredded cheese, grilled onions & peppers, and jalapenos.  burger

Once you’ve decided on what you’ll be topping your burgers and dogs with, it’s time to think about sides. Some of our family’s favorites are corn on the cob, potato chips, baked beans, and potato salad. If you’re food will be sitting out on a hot day, you may want to swap out the potato salad with an non-mayo based salad such as pasta salad, tomato & cucumber salad, or fruit salad.The great thing about barbecue sides is that you can make them from scratch or buy them premade!

The only thing left to complete your All American Barbecue is dessert. We recommend going traditional with your dessert. Some of our favorites are apple pie, berry triffle, and s’mores! You also can’t go wrong with sugar cookies or ice cream!

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Lemon Berry Trifle

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