It's just not a barbecue without a refreshing summer cocktail in hand. Cool off with a pitcher of fresh and fruity sangria or skinny watermelon martinis. Stock the bar with plenty of nonalcoholic beverages, too, like a selection of flavored sparkling water, lemonade and iced tea.
While the grill is heating up, serve two or three light yet satisfying appetizers. Go with the usual chips and dips or indulge your inner foodie and get creative. Caprese kabobs, ceviche tostada bites and single servings of gazpacho soup are all proven crowd-pleasers.
Summer salads are a great way to show off fresh, local produce. Hit the farmers market and grab a juicy watermelon, crunchy cukes and a few pints of juicy red strawberries. Add greens, herbs, nuts and cheese, and you're ready to throw together two of our favorite go-to salads.
Now for the main event. Whether you're using the grill or the slow cooker, you'll want to choose fresh, organic antibiotic-free meat. Juicy burgers and barbecue chicken sliders are sure to be a hit, so make plenty. Treat vegetarians to a new take on the classic veggie burger — this recipe features quinoa, the protein-packed superfood.
What good is that heavy-duty paper plate if it's not loaded down with all the fixings? You can't go wrong with these three barbecue classics: corn on the cob, baked beans and cornbread.
While the grill's still hot, put it to work and cook up these simple grilled desserts. You may not have thought about grilling brownies, pineapple or pound cake, but the results are surprisingly delicious.
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