Whether it’s Memorial Day, Labor Day or anytime in-between, who doesn’t love a good cook out? And whatever you call it – barbecue, grillin’ out, cook out or dining al fresco – having your own special recipe or dish makes it uniquely, well, yours!
Here are some old favorites and new twists on the classics…ideas for changing things up a bit at your next shin-dig…
Start with a good
And a dry rub is arguably the easiest way to bring flavor to the grill! No advance meat prep is required – just coat-and-cook!
Here’s a great all-purpose rub; feel free to experiment with the herbs, using one or a combo you already know and love:
- 4 Tbsp sugar
- 4 Tbsp salt
- 1 Tbsp paprika
- 2 Tbsp mustard powder
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- pinch of dried thyme
- pinch of dried oregano
And if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, here are “5 Must-Try Meat Rubs“, courtesy of AskMen.com (dontcha just love the name of that website?!).
I’m including the following recipe as a bonus here, because my mouth watered as I read the ingredients; enjoy this Jerk Chicken rub:
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
Don’t forget your sides…
- 10 medium potatoes (peeled, washed, and cubed)
- 2 eggs (boiled, peeled, chopped), optional
- 1 cup of mayonnaise
- 1 Tbsp mustard
- 1 Tbsp pickle relish, optional
- salt and pepper to taste
Place potatoes in medium/large boiler. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently until potatoes are “fork tender” (you can pierce them easily with a fork, but they’re not mushy yet). Drain water and return to pan or if you want to get all fancy-pants, put cooked potatoes into a large, decorative bowl. Add eggs, mayo, mustard, pickle relish, salt and pepper, stir well to combine. Taste and adjust (add more mayo if too dry, more pickle relish if too bland, more mustard if you want more “twang,” etc.)
This recipe should feed 10 people (unless they’re oinkers). The general rule of thumb is 1 potato per person.
Note: For a healthier alternative to the traditional white potato salad, try using sweet potatoes instead. The only change to the recipe would be to scrub the sweet potatoes and boil or microwave them in their skin; peel and cube after they’re soft.
OK, to be honest, my kids don’t touch the stuff, but to my thinking, no outdoor meal is complete without a good slaw… Whether you’re a KFC-type fan, or ready to venture out and try something a little different or healthy-er…you can find some yummy options here!
And something sweet makes for a happy ending…
If it’s warm enough to eat outside, it’s warm enough for ice cream! But if you want something a bit more festive, here’s an easy-peasey way to deliver an ice cream cake to the table! A bundt cake mold makes it look a little extra special, but this takes not-much-longer than baking a regular cake!
Oh, and if you’re gonna have kids around for the occasion, bring out the kid in EVERYbody by whipping up a bunch of these oatmeal cream pies...Little Debbie wishes hers were this good! Or how ’bout some oatmeal chocolate chip cookies? Then you can at least make believe they’re good for you! 😉
So these are ours…do YOU have any recipes or “tweaks” that you love to make for your guests? Of course, we wouldn’t dare ask you to spill a secret family recipe…but if you do have something to share, we’re all ears!
From our families to yours…hoping you enjoy a safe and savory Labor Day weekend!
Shared with: Happy and Blessed Home, Gator Mommy Reviews, Faith Along the Way, Cornerstone Confessions, Creative K Kids, The Art of Homemaking, Mom’s the Word, Darling Downs Diaries, and The Modest Mom
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