Nothing says you know how to party more than a good old 4th of July barbeque. Itís the time of the year when dads can be at their gregarious best, celebrating independence with a day of grilling the heck out of at least four different kinds of meats. Besides, a cookout is a great way to get all your friends and extended family together for one gigantic feast under a firework sky.
If youíre new at this or need a refresher, take a look at these barbeque basics:
Things for barbeque dads to remember:
- Decide on what you will be barbequing: on the one hand there are hamburgers, steaks, and chicken to grill; on the other there are ribs and brisket to smoke.
- Donít just think of you own appetite. You will be cooking for a whole crowd. So make sure you serve up a platter full of stuff which everyone likes. ē Hot dogs and kebabs are the easiest to cook up. Throw these in first for the kids as the rest of the crowd gathers up.
- Barbeque tradition demands a good potato salad, some Cole Slaw and a few Barbeque beans. Donít forget to serve with barbeque sauce.
- Side servings need to include tons of potato chips, the greasier the better.
- Julys can be hot and humid. So cool off your party with ice tea and lemonade. Keep some ice in a bucket nearby and let people help themselves.
- Plan things out. Make lists.
- Donít abandon the grill. Itís your command center!
- Don't pierce meat with a forkóitís a sure way to lose your juices
- Serve hot food on a hot plate if possible.
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