Lincolnton, NC ( L TOWN RADIO )
No summertime barbecue would be complete without burgers, grilled corn on the cob, and fresh fruit salad, but there are certain dishes that just don’t belong at a cookout. Some summer classics including macaroni salad and deviled eggs don’t do well when left outside, so when you’re planning your Fourth of July cookout, you may want to skip these foods.
- Cheese plate – Save it for a dinner party because dairy and the sun are not friends.
- Chocolate – It’s going to melt in the heat, so skip this sweet treat.
- Deviled eggs – People still love this retro appetizer, but that egg-yolk-and-mayo filling can spoil quickly.
- Fatty steaks – It can be tough to cut through a big chunk of meat with a plastic fork and knife.
- Fried food – It’s best when enjoyed hot and fresh, not after it’s sitting in the yard for half an hour getting colder and soggy.
- Green salad – We all need to get our veggies in, but at a cookout, the lettuce will wilt and the dressings could spoil before anyone even takes a bite.
- Hot drinks – Nobody wants these when it’s 90-degrees out.
- Ice cream – It’s a summer staple, but not at your July Fourth barbecue where ice cream will be a soupy mess before the first guest digs in.
- Mayonnaise-based salads – Mayo + sunshine = food poisoning, so try a vinegar-based side instead.
- Plain buns – Some folks prefer a plain bun for their burgers and hot dogs, but it’s nice to include options like a potato roll or a bakery bun with sesame seeds. And if you really want to impress your guests, toss it on the grill and toast that bun.
- Soup – This is the Fourth of July, so skip the soup.
- Sushi – Not everyone loves raw fish and it needs to be eaten quickly, cold, and fresh to avoid food poisoning, so it’s one of the worst things to serve at a barbecue.
- Only vegan food – Unless you’re a vegan and all of your guests are, too – this is a MAJOR don’t. You’ll want to serve some grilled chicken or ribs along with those Beyond Burgers and tofu dogs.
Keep one thing in mind. BE COURTEOUS to your guest. Think of them above yourself. Ask if there are any food allergies or special requests. And of course…. have a SAFE and enjoyable Fourth of July! Make it about family and friends while celebrating our Freedom!