Folks from all over the country gather together to celebrate this patriotic holiday to show how much we value our communities, our history, and our independence. But perhaps the most beloved July 4th tradition of all is the great American cookout. As with many holidays, it’s all about the food! Americans gather with their friends and families for a traditional picnic or barbecue with potato salad, hamburgers, hot dogs, and fruit salad. There’s just something special about the smell of the open grill paired with the unforgettable aroma of a few dozen waving sparklers. Each year, block parties and family gatherings get more elaborate as people try out new recipes on their neighbors and loved ones.
Don’t just take our word for it when it comes to the popularity of the Independence Day cookout. According to a recent survey by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), 71% of Americans say they celebrate Fourth of July by firing up the grill and either inviting friends and family over, or by attending a nearby picnic. Fourth of July ranks as the most popular outdoor cooking holiday, rating above other holidays such as Memorial Day (57%), Labor Day (55%) and even Father’s Day (47%)! In other words, for BBQ aficionados, it’s the most wonderful time of the entire year.
Here are a few easy tips for having the best cookout on the block:
- Check over your grill and consider replacing it if you have rusted or wobbly legs.
- For charcoal grills, use an electric, solid, metal chimney or other starter made for lighting charcoal briquettes.
- Make sure you have enough propane, cooking wood, and/or charcoal for the cookout.
- Before lighting the grill, apply non-stick spray on the grates.
- Line the charcoal grill bowl with aluminum foil. After the party is over and the grill has cooled, discard the foil with the coals and ash.
- Make sure you have a variety of foods for all taste buds and dietary requirements.
- Try a new recipe or two for your side dishes.
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Celebrating Independence Day is a highlight of the summer, and of the year. We love the freedom, patriotism, and community togetherness the Fourth of July holiday represents. To learn more about our wonderful team members and exceptional American-made products which are free of the Top 8 allergens, visit SunButterFoodService.com. Happy birthday, USA!