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Hosting Your Own July Fourth Cookout in 6 Easy Steps

Hosting Your Own July Fourth Cookout in 6 Easy Steps Everyone’s starting to get excited about the Fourth of July! It’s a fun day to gather with friends and family, enjoy each other’s company, and of course, eat some delicious food!

Having guests over for a Fourth of July cookout, or any cookout for that matter, can be a lot of work for the host. But it doesn’t have to be. At Moore’s we like to make things as easy as possible for busy families. Hence why our marinades only need 30 minutes to do the job.

If you’re looking forward to fun, but not the legwork, we’d be happy to be of assistance! Simply follow our step by step directions below, and you’ll be all set for your Fourth of July cookout in no time!

1. Make the backyard patriotic.  Cut a star shape out of an old pizza box, grab a spray bottle of water and some flour. Put the star shaped template on the grass or along the sidewalk, spray the water so that the flour will stick and sift the flour until you’ve filled the star! The end result should look something like this. With this fun and easy-to-do project, you can even leave the decorating up to the kids!

2. Prepare fun family games and entertainment. Set up traditional backyard games like Cornhole, Horseshoe, Croquet or try this fun Rocket Toss game. And it is the Fourth of July, so if you’re not going to the local fireworks show, don’t forget to buy your own! But first be sure to check the fireworks laws in your area.

Before the sun goes down, gather the kids together to create these fun confetti poppers! They’re reusable too so don’t worry; you can pop them more than once!

3. Decide what dishes you’ll be making (we have some delicious options laid out for you below). Then visit the grocery store to get all the ingredients. Psst…don’t forget to print our $1 off coupon before heading to the store.

Ribs are a must for a July Fourth cookout. To fix our Famous Marinated Ribs all you need is 1 cup of Moore’s Original Marinade and 4 lb. slab of pork ribs. Just marinate the ribs for about thirty minutes and then throw them on the grill. Slow cook them for about 2 hours at 225 degrees. (Use some mesquite wood chips if you’re going for a smoky flavor.) Finally, during the last 15 minutes, add your favorite barbeque sauce. These are best served with the July Fourth sides below!

Moore’s Baked Beans
    1 cup Moore's Original Marinade
    1 tsp bacon drippings or oil
    ¼ cup green bell pepper
    2 cans white beans, rinsed and drained 15 oz. each
    4 slices bacon, diced
    ¼ cup chopped onion
    3 tbsp chili powder
  1. Cook bacon in medium skillet until crisp. Drain and set aside. Reserving 1 tsp, discard drippings.
  2. Sauté onion and pepper in reserved drippings or oil.
  3. Combine all ingredients in 1-quart casserole dish.
  4. Bake uncovered, at 350° F for 30 minutes.
Watermelon and Tomato Salad with Moore’s Marinade
    ½ cup red onions
    ½ cup sliced cherry tomatoes
    ½ cup sliced cucumbers
    1 tsp sesame oil
    1 tbsp Moore's Original Hickory Marinade
    1 tbsp Moore's Buffalo Wing Sauce
    ½ cup sliced seedless watermelon
    ½ cup cilantro
    salt to taste
  1. Mix all the ingredients and toss.
  2. Can serve with corn, ribs, fish and shrimp.
4. Prepare your meat and throw it on the grill. For many traditional Fourth of July meats, the longer on the grill the better. And our Moore’s Famous Marinated Ribs are no exception.

 5. Get dessert ready. The best desserts are the easiest ones to fix, right? But that doesn’t mean that you can’t make a delectable dessert that everyone will devour! Start off with an angel food cake, either a mix from a box or store bought. Add some whipped cream on top, and throw on some strawberries and blueberries and you have yourself a beautiful patriotic dessert!

6. The final, and definitely the most important step: Enjoy the day! Have fun and relax while hosting your Fourth of July cookout this year! Join in on the games with friends and family, eat tons of messy ribs, and then sit back and watch the sky light up with mind blowing fireworks.

What better way to celebrate our great nation’s independence?