4th of July Menu

June 28, 2012

Independence Day screams firecrackers, bbq’s, and time with loved ones. I couldn’t recommend an easier and more stress-free menu than this one.

Since this recipe is based around our dear friend, Mr. Slow Cooker… Whoever was supposed to have “grill duty” at your house can give me a nice little pat on the back. Aww, shucks. You didn’t have to blow me a kiss AND give me the winks. But I’ll take it.

When you ask people around these parts (okay that DEFINITELY sounds southern) what’s their BBQ style, you’ll get a hodgepodge of answers. Some like Carolina. Some prefer Texas, Memphis or Kansas (apparently the “isss” makes your state legit bbq country, you guys).

And yes, since you asked so politely, I’ll tell you my favorite. Hands down… Kansas! Woot-woot! It’s the western girl in me. Sorry all ya’ll who prefer otherwise (bbq can be a sore subject, I know).

But this rendition of the Carolina style has got me thinking twice. Let’s just say I doctor’d up the traditional Carolina style with a titch of Kansas. Now that’s something even Dorothy would click her heels to come home for!
Psst! Stay tuned for dessert…


  • Reply Ashley Lawson June 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Yay Kansas BBQ – and I’m not just saying it because I live here 🙂 I’m originally from Iowa so sweet corn would also be a staple!! You’ve made a meal that speaks right to my heart <3

  • Reply Ashley Devoti June 28, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    My husband and I host for every occasion, and this menu will probably being very similar to what we do. Where are the baskets and cute patriotic paper liners from?? A little vintage glass come bottle tops it all off. 🙂

    • Reply Ashley Devoti June 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Hmmm…autocorrect took over my comment. Let me correct myself.
      This menu will probably *be* very similar to what we do.
      And also…
      Glass *coke* bottle tops it all off. 🙂
      I feel much better now. Haha

    • Reply Maureen July 2, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      Whole Foods has them.

  • Reply Denita June 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Looks amazing!!! Love your blog too by the way :). Be careful with canola oil, it’s one of those “healthy” things that is really quite the opposite. Sorry I don’t mean to be all preachy or anything but you seem to live a really healthy lifestyle :). It’s genetically modified from the rapeseed (yikes)!

    • Reply missy June 29, 2012 at 12:00 am

      I hardly ever use canola unless I’m preserving taste of other flavors. Olive oil is too potent for some recipes. But then again, I only use a gmo-free organic canola. Thank goodness for alternatives, right? Scary stuff out there. Thank you for your comment, friendly! 🙂

  • Reply Stephanie June 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Yay! Love the fry holders!!! And sweet potato fries are my fav! What a fun meal. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply Julia K. June 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    That looks yummy ,-))

  • Reply Taren June 28, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Yum!!! That looks absolutely appetizing and adorable!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Aimee Berrett June 28, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    this looks absolutely AMAZING! did you make your own sweet potato fries too?

    • Reply missy June 28, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      Confession: Every now and I again I cheat and buy frozen sweet potato fries (never for regular potatoes) but with the sweet, there’s not a HUGE difference. This are the chipotle sweet potato fries made by Alexia.

  • Reply Cindy Chiapusio June 28, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Wooooo, girlie you did a major two thumbs up on this post-idea! LOVE all of it! Totally adopting this entire meal because it not only sounds & looks yummmmmalicious, but it keeps the grill-master out of the heat and apart of the fam-fun! One thing you left out……..what will your days festivities include? I would love to hear I’m not the only one wanting to be the home version of celebration! XOXO!

    • Reply missy June 28, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      Good question about the home festivities… As shocking as this might sound… I don’t have a plan! GASP! I know! I need to GET ON IT!

  • Reply Allyson June 29, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Oh girl, you rock! I am a Kansas girl! So, I love your menu! I might attempt it next weekend as we are having neighbors over for a backyard (potluck) BBQ and we are supplying the meat! This is perfect! And my hubby won’t have to sweat his cute lil’ buns off! Thanks for the great idea!

  • Reply Alexa June 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Do you use a cookie cutter for the star watermelon pieces? Would you use the same seasoning/sauces if you subsututed pork for chicken?

    • Reply Jessica July 4, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      I substituted chicken for the pork and it turned out wonderful! Thanks for an awsome recipe because who wants to bbq when its 105 degrees outside? I had to make a few changes though becuase toting around a 1 year old in the heat just wasn’t worth the trouble. The store had no cayenne pepper so I used chili powder and they were out of celery seeds so I left them out since the celery salt is very strong. I hope next time when I make it with the right ingredients, it will be even better (but that will be hard to do!). I definitely have one pleased husband today!

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