So the trick is, how do you have a great BBQ while you are sitting on the beach? The answer is preparation and organization. Yesterday we discussed the methods and strategies behind our beach or picnic lunch. Today we will discuss our BBQ. There are easy BBQs and then there are more complicated ones. Grilling – is more of an art and takes more time than simply throwing burgers and hot dogs on a grill. It takes more time and care. On SarinasSephardicCuisine.com, we have posted our recommended 4th of July menu – a mouthwatering and very moist Grilled Beer Can Chicken, a Mediterranean couscous, Zataar chips and mixed salad. The couscous, chips and salad can all be prepared in the morning or the day before for ease. The chicken is grilled and takes a little over an hour. It is definitely worth the cooking time because the beer gives the chicken its moisture. This recipe has become a favorite in our house and we usually make 2 because it goes so fast.
The chicken can cook while the table is set and the other preparations are being made. Don’t leave out the typical hot dogs and burgers as people do love them. You can up the ante on your menu with our veggie kabobs. Just take an assortment of veggies – green pepper, onion, squash, and cauliflower and thread them on a skewer. Make a simple dressing with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour it on the kabobs and it will be delicious when grilled. These only need about 10 minutes on the BBQ.
And don’t forget the decorations. Everything should be red, white and blue with stars and stripes. Flags, plates, utensils – anything to make it a festive atmosphere for our nation’s birthday.
Annual traditions, especially at holiday time when we are with family and friends, create lasting memories for our children for many years to come. I would love to hear about the traditions in your home and the way you celebrate July 4th. Make your holiday special by putting your own touch on the celebration!