How to Host a Fourth of July Cookout

This post is sponsored by Hebrew National kosher hot dogs.

How to Host a 4th of July Cook Out

The fourth of July may just be my favorite holiday. You get warm weather, fireworks, family and friends, not to mention cooking out on the grill. If you like easy entertaining then you’ll love my tips on how to host a fourth of July cookout.

How to Host a 4th of July Cook Out

  • Set up a hot dog bar. Hebrew National All-Beef Franks are a must for any cookout. I’m not a fan of mystery meat so getting their all-beef dogs are a no brainer for me. Premium meats call for premium toppings, so I like to move beyond the basics and offer a smorgasbord of toppings to create the ultimate hot dog bar. A few of my favorite toppings* are . . .
    • Kimchi
    • Sriracha
    • Pickled vegetables
    • Guacamole
    • Grilled Onions
    • Tomatoes
    • Salsa
    • Roasted Red Peppers
    • Hummus
    • Potato Chips
    • Cheese
    • BBQ Sauce
    • Mac and Cheese
    • Old Bay Seasoning
    • Cocktail Sauce (ketchup and horseradish)
    • Pickles
    • Relish
    • Tortilla Chips
    • Curried Mustard (mustard and curry powder)
    • Cole Slaw
    • Pepperoncini
    • Pineapple

How to Host a 4th of July Cook Out

  • Make it a potluck. Sure, you can cook enough food for an army but why would you want too? Enlist your friends and guests to each bring a dish. You’ll end up with a variety of food with significantly less work. Parties are so much more fun when you can share in the responsibilities.

How to Host a 4th of July Cook Out

  • Red, white and blue décor is a must. The fourth of July is one of the biggest bashes of the summer so it’s time to get festive and decorate for your event. I like to keep the useful items (plates, flatware, napkins, etc.) simple so that I can use them all summer long. That way you can have fun with a few 4th of July specific décor pieces without spending a fortune.

How to Host a 4th of July Cook Out

  • Prepare a playlist to keep the party going. Music keeps the mood of any party light and festive. It’s nice to have something playing in the background while you’re at the grill or playing a game of bocce ball. Here’s my Fourth of July playlist.
    • Born in the USA by Bruce Springstein
    • Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus
    • Fireworks by Katy Perry
    • American Pie by Don McLean
    • Sweet Home Alabama by Lynard Skynard
    • Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John
    • America Beautiful by Ray Charles
    • America by Neil Diamond
    • American Pie by Madonna
    • All-American Girl by Carrie Underwood
    • American Girl by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

How to Host a 4th of July Cook Out

AuthorLogoWhat makes a Hebrew National kosher hot dog premium? It’s all about what makes the cut (And what doesn’t). We’re choosy about what goes into our franks – we use only premium cuts of 100% kosher beef from the front half of the cow and then choose the best from that. No artificial flavors, colors, fillers or by-products. When your hot dog is Kosher, that’s a hot dog you can trust! For more summer fun with Hebrew National, visit facebook.com/hebrewnational.

*The combination of franks and these toppings may not be Kosher.

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