Hosting a summer barbeque? Check out these recipes, and you will want to! Wow your family, friends, or maybe treat yourself to these fun and unique dishes.
Bacon and Egg Potato Salad
Picnic fare like potato salad is common at Memorial Day and summer picnics, add a little flair by using purple and red potatoes for the color and a flavor upgrade by adding bacon to the salad.
Boil one and one-half pounds of red and purple potatoes – making sure that the potatoes are similar in size, ready around the same time. Make sure to salt the water. Boil until the potatoes are fork-tender. Bake or sauté bacon until it is ready while the potatoes boil. When the bacon is ready, crumble it up. Once the potatoes are ready, let them cool before cutting them into smaller pieces. Also, cut up hard-boiled eggs. Mix together ¾ cup of Greek yogurt, 1 tsp of dry mustard powder, 2 tablespoons of apple cider or red wine vinegar with thinly sliced scallions, and chopped red onion to the amount you enjoy. Once mixed, mix in a tablespoon of honey and salt, and pepper together. To the mix, add the potatoes and egg and top with bacon. A different variety of a traditional dish is sure to please all.
This vinegar-based salad is a light dish perfect for an accompaniment to a barbeque or picnic. Slice two pounds of cucumbers lengthwise first and remove seeds. If you want to keep the peel on, use English cucumbers. Once the seeds are removed, slice the cucumbers thinly. Mix cucumbers with sliced red onion, one tablespoon of white wine or red wine vinegar, one tsp of sugar, and one teaspoon of dried oregano. You can sub out oregano for dill or even mint to change up the flavoring of the salad. If there is not enough dressing to dress the cucumber onion, add a little more vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste.
If you have a usual baked beans recipe, change it up by adding chopped different colored bell peppers and onion along with the beans, ketchup, and brown sugar. Mix one tablespoon dry mustard, one tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1-2 garlic cloves minced, one teaspoon chili powder, one teaspoon smoked paprika into equal parts ketchup and brown sugar to make a zingy sauce. Mix white beans, black beans, or kidney beans- whatever beans you want or have-together. If you are grilling, instead of baking them consider grilling them in a cast-iron skillet for a yummy dish. Add fresh sliced green onions for extra bite and color.
BBQ Short Ribs
Looking for amazingly delicious and tender short ribs? Look no further. Mix together 2/3 cup of brown sugar, one teaspoon smoked paprika, one teaspoon minced garlic, one tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 2/3 cup ketchup, one tablespoon dry mustard, and one tablespoon Worcestershire sauce together. This is the amazing sauce to pour over 2-5 pounds of ribs. Mix the ribs and sauce together, pour into a 13×9 baking dish, and cover with foil. Cook in the oven heated to 300 degrees F for about 3 hours.
There are so many different varieties of lemonade and limeade that you can make a rainbow variety of different lemonades. Whatever your lemonade (pink, traditional, limeade, etc), elevate it by mixing in sparking water or soda water and mint simple syrup.
To make the simple syrup, mix equal parts water and sugar in a pot and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Once all sugar is dissolved, remove the pot from the heat and add mint springs to steep for 10-15 minutes. Remove the leaves. Add as much simple syrup either to the pitcher or drink as you enjoy mint flavoring.
No Bake Smoresbars
Want something for your sweet tooth? The Pioneer Woman shared this recipe, and it is oh so good. It uses all of the traditional smores fixings and adds some pizazz.
Melt four tablespoons of butter with 2/3 of a 10-ounce bag of mini-marshmallows. Once melted and combined, mix in one 12-ounce bag of chocolate chips until they are all melted. Mix in a pinch of salt and about five graham crackers broken up.
In a 9inch square baking pan lined with wax paper (and sprayed with cooking spray or shortening rubbed all along wax paper), pour the chocolate-marshmallow-cracker mix and press down, so it is an even base. On top, add the remaining marshmallows, 4-5 more graham crackers that are broken up, and ½ cup of chocolate-coated candies. Sprinkle with your favorite colored sprinkles and let cool for one hour before removing and cutting. They are a little slice of smores for all, without the need for a campfire or stove.