Cookout Menu Ideas

Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor day are big grilling days across the U.S. Summertime especially, you can really enjoy some great feasting!


Here are some menu items that are often included at cookouts in different areas of the country:

  • Hamburgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Sausage
  • Chicken
  • Potato Salad (Dill, Mustard or Mayo varieties)
  • Cole Slaw
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Watermelon
  • Pickles
  • Beans
  • Bread or Texas Toast
  • Chips with salsa or guacamole
  • Condiments - mustard, mayo, ketchup
  • Fixings - lettuce, tomatoes and onions
  • Apple Pie
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Add your cookout menu ideas to this list

  • Try something New - Cookout Recipes

    Jalapeno Bites

    • 12 fresh jalapeno peppers
    • 8 ounces cream cheese
    • 12 bacon strips, uncooked

    Cut the tops off peppers and hollow out the inside. Fill each with cream cheese. Place one end of the bacon strip over the top of the filled jalapeno and continue wrapping. Spear toothpick in through bacon and pepper so that it doesn't unwrap during grilling. Grill until bacon is cooked.

    Watermelon ice

    • 1 tsp. unflavored gelatin
    • 2 Tablespoons water
    • 4 cups seeded, cubed watermelon, divided
    • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
    • 2 Tablespoons honey

    In a microwave safe bowl, sprinkle gelatin over water. Let stand for 2 minutes. Microwave on high for 40 seconds, stir. Let stand for 2 minutes or until gelatin is dissolved. Pour into a blender or food processor. Add 1 cup watermelon, lime juice and honey. Cover and process until smooth. Add remaining melon, a cup at a time, and process until smooth. pour into a 9 inch square dish. freeze until almost firm. Transfer to a chilled bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until mixture is bright pink. Pour into serving dishes. Freeze until firm. Remove from the freezer 15 to 20 minutes before serving. Makes 4 servings.  

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