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2 Easy to Cook 4th of July Barbecue Sandwiches

A good cook-out during celebration of US’ Independence Day adds fun to the day’s event. Plenty of families and friends will gather up for a picnic and good barbecue to enjoy each other’s company, watch the fireworks, and be thankful for their forefathers who fought hard to give them their freedom.

Common food served are finger foods likes sandwiches, light meals and barbecues. Since there will be barbecues around, why not serve any of these sumptuous barbecue recipes for a fantastic 4th of July gathering.

Pulled Chicken Sandwich
(Credit: recipe taken from http://www.myrecipes.com)

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Photo: Raymond Hom; Styling: Pamela Duncan Silver
 

What you need:

For the CHICKEN sandwich filling:
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs
Cooking spray

For the SAUCE:
2 teaspoons canola oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons cider vinegar

For the BREAD:
8 (1 1/2-ounce) hamburger buns, toasted
16 hamburger dill chips

How to prepare:

1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

2. To prepare chicken, combine first 6 ingredients; rub evenly over chicken. Place chicken on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; cover and grill 15 minutes or until a thermometer registers 180°, turning occasionally. Let stand for 5 minutes. Shred with 2 forks.

3. To prepare sauce, while chicken grills, heat canola oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook for 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1 tablespoon sugar and next 5 ingredients (through ground red pepper); cook 30 seconds. Stir in ketchup and vinegar; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in chicken; cook 2 minutes.

4. Place 1/3 cup chicken mixture on bottom half of each bun; top each with 2 pickle chips and top of bun.

Special note: The chicken filling and sauce can be made up to two days in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

 

BBQ Beef Sandwich
(Credit: recipe taken from http://www.tasteofhome.com/)

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Photo credit: Taste of Home
 

What you need:

2 cups ketchup
1 medium onion, chopped
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup molasses
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 pounds)
14 sesame seed hamburger buns

How to prepare:

1. In a large bowl, combine the first 11 ingredients.
2. Cut roast in half; place in a 5-qt. slow cooker.
3. Pour ketchup mixture over roast. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
4. Remove meat and shred with two forks.
5. Skim fat from cooking juices. Return meat to slow cooker; heat through.
6. Using a slotted spoon, serve beef on buns.

 

Happy 4th of July!

Gift Basket Ideas For July 4th

Celebrate the long July 4th weekend with some great gift basket ideas. You can be creative as you wish. So, create your own.  Here are some ideas.

A Basket – Patriotic Set of 3 Nesting Wicker Basket

A Basket - Patriotic Set of 3 Nesting Wicker Basket

Patriotic Set of 3 Nesting Wicker “America” Baskets, Ideal for a Variety of Applications Including Storage, Decoration, 4th of July Parties, Housewarming, Birthday, Baby Shower or Wedding Gift. One large, one medium and one small basket organize the big and the small in your living room, kitchen, closet or even on the changing table. These painted baskets nest inside each other for storage. Place them next to each other for a fun stair step look. Use them for diapers, lotion, baby socks, fruit, dry potpourri, small toys and books, baby clothes, and more.

 

Traditional / Country Styled, Patriotic Set of 3 Nesting Wicker America Baskets – $28.99, 5.74 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Personalized Basket Liner – 4th of July

Personalized Basket Liner - 4th of July

Add a personalized patriotic themed liner in your basket and the recipient will surely be thrilled!

 

Personalized Basket Liner – 4th of July – $11.99, 5.99 shipping – Available at Personal Creations


Some cookies – Jumbo Gourmet Cookie Gift Baskets for Parties

Some cookies - Jumbo Gourmet Cookie Gift Baskets for Parties

The colors of festivity in a swirl of decadence. Celebrate July 4 with these delicious cookies baked from the finest ingredients. Fresh, moist, and unusually heaven. These cookies are sure to be enjoyed by all and add the celebratory touch for this patriotic day…. With a personal message your recipient will have a merry day. Happy July 4th!!!

 

12 July 4 Red, White, and Blue Star Striped Jumbo Gourmet Cookie Gift Baskets for Parties – $48.99, Free shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Serves 8 Independence Day American Flag 36 Pc. Square PAPER Plates & Napkins Set, C.R. Gibson, Patriotic Red, White & Blue, Stars and Stripes, 4th of July

Serves 8 Independence Day American Flag 36 Pc. Square PAPER Plates & Napkins Set, C.R. Gibson, Patriotic Red, White & Blue, Stars and Stripes, 4th of July

These stars and stripes paper plates and napkins will be a great addition to that basket.

 

Serves 8 Independence Day American Flag 36 Pc. Square PAPER Plates & Napkins Set, C.R. Gibson, Patriotic Red, White & Blue, Stars and Stripes, 4th of July – $14.99, 7.99 shipping – Available at Amazon.com Marketplace


Annie’s Naturals Organic BBQ Sauce — 12 fl oz

Annie's Naturals Organic BBQ Sauce -- 12 fl oz

What’s a 4th of July basket without the much anticipated bbq sauce?

 

 

Annie’s Naturals Organic BBQ Sauce — 12 fl oz – $3.81, 7.07 shipping – Available at iHerb

(8 reviews)


Foods Baked Potato Chips Hickory Honey Barbeque — 4 oz

Foods Baked Potato Chips Hickory Honey Barbeque -- 4 oz

You can throw in some snacks too!

Foods Baked Potato Chips Hickory Honey Barbeque — 4 oz – $3.01 (76% off), 6.37 shipping – Available at iHerb

(1 reviews)


Pocky – Strawberry Cream Covered Biscuit Sticks Packs: 10-Piece Box

Pocky - Strawberry Cream Covered Biscuit Sticks Packs: 10-Piece Box

Add some nice pretzels or any biscuits for snacking!

 

Pocky – Strawberry Cream Covered Biscuit Sticks Packs: 10-Piece Box – $25.00, 9.07 shipping – Available at CandyWarehouse


Don’t forget a toy for your pets too!

Don't forget a toy for your pets too!

Jr. Ball Launcher Fetch Toy for Dogs – $6.99 (22% off), 5.28 shipping – Available at Amazon.com

(21 reviews)


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Easy 4th of July Decorating Ideas

It’s 4th of July in few days and it’s nice to deck out that patio or decorate the house with simple and easy-to-do decorating ideas from Better Home and Gardens. Here are some ideas to get your started and show your love and patriotism this coming Independence Day!

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(all photos from BHG.com)

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