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What do you cook for the little cookouts?

By July 10, 2013

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Last weeks question asked what you cook for the big cookouts of the years. You know, the stuff you throw on the grill or in the smoker when you have family and friends over for the big party (the impress the guest food). So this week I thought I would ask you about the foods you cook when it's just you and the people who live at your address, the typically stuff. So, generally:

POLL: What do you cook for the little cookouts?
1) Brisket
2) Burgers and Dogs
3) Chicken
4) Fish and Seafood
5) Pulled Pork
6) Ribs
7) Rotisserie Roasts
8) Steaks and Chops
9) Veggies
10) Other (Please Specify in the Comments)

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July 13, 2008 at 3:25 pm
(1) Kim Jones says:

Funny you should ask that question Derrick because last night we were going to grill and we couldn’t decide between fish/shrimp or steak. One of my girls wanted fish, one wanted shrimp and hubby wanted steak. Rather than being the deciding vote and hearing how unfair I was being from my 8-year-old when I didn’t side with her, we did all three! Steak & shrimp kabobs and small salmon filets. Worked out great and the new sauce I tried on the salmon (dijon mustard, Texas Pete, celery salt, garlic, rosemary, cuman and thyme) was a huge hit as it was just tangy enough to have a little zing.

July 15, 2009 at 1:18 pm
(2) zak822 says:

I’ll cook ribs or pulled pork for any size gathering!

But for the little cookouts, my family likes flatbread pizzas. I make them with fresh tomatoes that I’ve sauteed with a little olive oil and salt until they reduce to a sauce. Spread that on the flatbreads that I’ve oiled and warmed up, add some grilled veggies, grilled chicken or shrimp if desired, a bunch of fresh mozzarella and goat cheese with some chopped fresh basil as garnish. Close the cover and grill till the cheese melts. People can’t eat them fast enough!

July 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm
(3) Mildred Bunn says:

I normally cook a variety of meats: ribs (baby back and beef), chicken, pork chops, Hillshire sausages (yummy on the grill), hot dogs, burgers. Accompanying the meats is usually potato salad, baked beans, mac & cheese, tossed salad, pasta salad, collar greens. I love setting up a buffet-type meal for a cookout.

July 7, 2010 at 9:39 pm
(4) Phil Perrin says:

It depends on whats requested! We’ve done burgers,shrimp,fish,chicken,steak,pulled pork,ribs,pizza,etc. I’m not picky. I’ll grill whatever they ask of me. Just no veggie burgers!

July 14, 2010 at 7:59 pm
(5) Anand Prakash says:

I am surprised that you did not consider kebabs for your small cook out. They are convenient, attractive and cost effective. If you do not believe this, read my book “The World of Kebabs” published by Whitecap Books. Vancouver, BC. Canada. It has 150 recipes for kebabs from around the world.

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