The sun is shining, there’s a smell of hamburgers cooking, and somewhere in the distance the faint sounds of a Pete Seeger (or insert any generic American musician) song can be heard radiating from someone’s wireless JBL speakers. Summer is officially in full swing and for me that means barbecues.
I love getting together with friends and family, cooking up a storm, and relaxing in the summer sun. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of July 4th barbecues at my uncle’s house. I loved jumping in the pool, eating hot dogs, and tossing a football back and forth with my cousin while his Labrador Retriever would run frantically between us.
A Fourth of July barbecue is great for bringing people together and making memories, but the foundation of any barbecue is, of course, the food. I compiled a list of some of our favorite foods with some preparation tips that you can use as inspiration for your own Fourth of July barbecue.
1) Nick’s Sweet and Spicy Italian Sausages
The trick to grill sausage is to cook them all the way through over indirect heat and then move them to a direct heat to brown them and finish them off. I like to serve them on a bun with spicy mustard, chopped yellow onions and pickled jalapenos.
2) Jereme’s “Touch of Heaven” Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Get a Crock-Pot. Get a Crock-Pot and slow cook your pork all day so it’s incredibly tender. If you don’t have a Crock-Pot, go out and get a Crock-Pot. It’s that simple. And always, always put some coleslaw on your pulled pork sandwiches. I shouldn’t have to even tell you this.
3) Claire’s Fully-Loaded Beef Patties
I discovered that instead of using them as toppings, you can cook onions and chunks of cheddar directly into your burgers. I don’t know how many people know about this, but you need to get the word out there.
4) Marc’s Kickin’ Guacamole
My secret ingredient…is people…just kidding its cumin…cumin and some Frank’s RedHot. I can’t really say how much I use of both, it’s more like a season to taste kind of thing.
5) Patty’s Simple but Tasty Grilled Chicken
It might sound boring, but just lemon juice, salt, and pepper is all the seasoning that you really need.
Feel free to try out any of amazing food options and to make your own special touches to the recipes. From everyone here at truMedic, have a good Fourth of July weekend!
Marc | Copywriter