Barbecue recipes for the perfect summer cookout
If you were to characterize summer by one activity, what would it be? If you’re thinking barbecues, we’re on board! There’s hardly any food that isn’t made better when it’s eaten in the company of friends and family, and what better way to spend a summer evening than with something uniquely American?
Delight family and friends at your next cookout by serving up one of these Holiday Retirement barbecue favorites. Fire it up!
The main attraction at any barbecue is, without a doubt, the meat! Try this Skillet Barbecue Chicken recipe from Mary Louise S. of Holiday Retirement’s Jackson Oaks.
Gather the following ingredients:
- 8 chicken leg quarters
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 1 cup ketchup
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup cider vinegar
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon celery seed
In a large skillet, brown chicken pieces in oil. Drain well.
In a medium sauce pot, mix together remaining ingredients, stirring until blended. Pour sauce over chicken and cover. Simmer for 1 hour.
Serve immediately; serves 4 to 6 people.
One thing every barbecue needs is a good sidekick. Ed Hosford of Holiday Retirement’s Hidden Lakes shared his recipe for his Mother-in-Law’s Macaroni Salad, or, as his wife, Jerrie Hosford, likes to call it, Hubby’s Favorite Summer Salad.
Combine the following salad ingredients in a large bowl:
- 4 cups cooked elbow macaroni (al dente)
- ¾ cup chopped dill pickle
- 1½ cups fresh, chunked tomato
- 3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
Combine these dressing ingredients in a separate large bowl, then add to the salad.
- 1 cup Miracle Whip salad dressing
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 2 tablespoons dill pickle juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
Chill 1 to 2 hours; serves 6 to 8 people.
Complete the delicious meal with this Pretzel Salad from Clara Jean Chittenden of Holiday Retirement's Royal Palm Retirement Centre.
You’ll need the following ingredients:
- 2 cups pretzels, crushed
- ¾ cup margarine
- 1 cup and 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 2 cups Cool Whip
- 1¼ pounds strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 (3-ounce) package strawberry Jell-O
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a small bowl, mix crushed pretzels, margarine and 3 tablespoons sugar. Pack into a 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Bake crust for 10 minutes, remove from oven and let cool.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, 1 cup sugar and Cool Whip, beating until fluffy. Pour over cooled pretzel crust and refrigerate.
Slice strawberries in ¼-inch pieces. Follow instructions on Jell-O packets. Stir in strawberries (if using frozen, continue to stir until thawed).
When Jell-O begins to stiffen, pour over cream cheese layer and return to refrigerator until serving time.
Cut into quarters; serves 4 to 6 people.
Looking for more summer barbecue inspiration? Check out our other recipes for more ideas. Or, if you don’t want to do your own grilling, join the Holiday Retirement community near you and get nutritious, chef-prepared meals every day! Get in touch to learn more.