The Great American Cookout!!

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Pre-K Adventure

 

July 4th is the unofficial Great American Cookout, but you can have a great cookout any time you want!

 

Each year families and friends across the country will gather around the grill to celebrate summer, America’s birthday, family, and just to have fun!

 

As a family plan your own Great American Cookout– big or small– and CREATE and CAPTURE Memories as a family.

 

Basic Adventure

 

 

July 4th is the unofficial Great American Cookout, but you can have a great cookout any time you want!

 

Each year families and friends across the country will gather around the grill to celebrate summer, America’s birthday, family, and just to have fun!

 

As a family plan your own Great American Cookout– big or small– and CREATE and CAPTURE Memories as a family.

 

Looking for some ideas to make your July cookouts a little patriotic?  Here are some visual ideas. Notice that there are LOTS of ways to add a little red, white, and blue to your meal– from the appetizers to the dessert.  Did July get away from you and now you are well past July? No worries– it’s ALWAYS a good time to be patriotic! Have your parent help you whip up a few of these fun, patriotic dishes!

 

      

 

Super Achiever Adventure

 

SUPERAchievers will want to be a part of the planning for the Great American Cookout event. Whether you throw the ultimate 4th of July cookout or family reunion, or a small, simple gathering with just the family, here are some ideas to help you plan your cookout.

 

Invitations

If you are planning a multi-family event you may want to create simple, handmade invitations, or send digital invitations to your guests. Even a small family gathering may have a little extra flair if everyone finds a special invitation on their pillow or in a pocket. Choose or create a design that encompasses the theme of your party, whether that’s a cookout-specific invite or something patriotic like stars and stripes. Be sure to send out your invites with plenty of time for people to RSVP.

 

Help your parent prepare the grill

A week before the celebration make sure that the grill is ready and that you have all of the necessary utensils. Here is an easy checklist to follow:

  • If using a gas grill, check the gas tank to make sure it is full
  • If using a charcoal grill, make sure you have enough charcoal
  • Test the grill to make sure it works
  • Clean the grill
  • Make sure you have grilling tongs, a grill fork, and a metal spatula

 

Cookout Food

It’s fun to use the grill, but it usually works well to have some grilled and some non-grilled items. Here are some menu ideas for your cookout:

 

  • Appetizers: Grilled mini pizzas, grilled BBQ chicken wings, potato salad, pasta salad, fruit salad, baked beans, cole slaw, chips,  grilled potato skins, and grilled vegetable kebabs
  • Main Dishes: Cheese burgers, veggie burgers, marinated chicken breast, assortment of kebabs (swordfish, lamb, and chicken), and Italian sausages
  • Desserts: Apple pie, rhubarb pie, strawberry cheesecake, patriotic popsicles, Italian ice, fudge, and patriotic cookies
  • All-American Drinks: A cookout is the perfect time to have the All-American drinks that are red and blue, and any other color since you are outside and spills won’t be near as damaging!

 

Want to make things a little easier?  Make it a Potluck

A great way to take some of the pressure off the host is to make the cookout a potluck. Offer to provide all of the meat for grilling and let friends and family contribute appetizers, snacks, sides, desserts, and drinks. Getting everyone involved is a stress-free way to host a cookout for a crowd.

 

GAMES

Have a few backyard games for guest to play while waiting for food to cook, or after the meal. You may already have some favorite backyard games you can just pull out of the garage or wherever you store your games. If you don’t, here are a few games you can play with things you most likely have at home:

 

     

 

Card games and board games are also great options. Anything your family does that creates smiles, laughter, and FUN!!

 

Thank you notes:

Be sure to thank everyone for coming as they arrive and as they leave.  Also send a quick ‘Thank You’ note to each person that either helped with your backyard cookout or attended the event. Everyone loves to get a little ‘Thank You”, whether it’s a card you mail, an email, or even a text.

 

The most important part is to simply HAVE FUN! 

 

Take time to CREATE and CAPTURE Memories with your family. Snap some photos ~ Smile ~ Laugh ~ ENJOY!!

Teen Adventure

Teens are old enough to take a significant role with the planning for their family’s version of the Great American Cookout event. Whether you throw the ultimate 4th of July cookout or family reunion, or a small, simple gathering with just the family, here are some ideas to help you plan your cookout.

 

Invitations

If you are planning a multi-family event you may want to create simple, handmade invitations, or send digital invitations to your guests. Even a small family gathering may have a little extra flair if everyone finds a special invitation on their pillow or in a pocket. Choose or create a design that encompasses the theme of your party, whether that’s a cookout-specific invite or something patriotic like stars and stripes. Be sure to send out your invites with plenty of time for people to RSVP.

 

Help your parent prepare the grill

A week before the celebration make sure that the grill is ready and that you have all of the necessary utensils. Here is an easy checklist to follow:

  • If using a gas grill, check the gas tank to make sure it is full
  • If using a charcoal grill, make sure you have enough charcoal
  • Test the grill to make sure it works
  • Clean the grill
  • Make sure you have grilling tongs, a grill fork, and a metal spatula

 

Cookout Food

It’s fun to use the grill, but it usually works well to have some grilled and some non-grilled items. Here are some menu ideas for your cookout:

 

  • Appetizers: Grilled mini pizzas, grilled BBQ chicken wings, potato salad, pasta salad, fruit salad, baked beans, cole slaw, chips,  grilled potato skins, and grilled vegetable kebabs
  • Main Dishes: Cheese burgers, veggie burgers, marinated chicken breast, assortment of kebabs (swordfish, lamb, and chicken), and Italian sausages
  • Desserts: Apple pie, rhubarb pie, strawberry cheesecake, patriotic popsicles, Italian ice, fudge, and patriotic cookies
  • All-American Drinks: A cookout is the perfect time to have the All-American drinks that are red and blue, and any other color since you are outside and spills won’t be near as damaging!

 

Want to make things a little easier?  Make it a Potluck

A great way to take some of the pressure off the host is to make the cookout a potluck. Offer to provide all of the meat for grilling and let friends and family contribute appetizers, snacks, sides, desserts, and drinks. Getting everyone involved is a stress-free way to host a cookout for a crowd.

 

GAMES

Have a few backyard games for guest to play while waiting for food to cook, or after the meal. You may already have some favorite backyard games you can just pull out of the garage or wherever you store your games. If you don’t, here are a few games you can play with things you most likely have at home:

 

     

 

Card games and board games are also great options. Anything your family does that creates smiles, laughter, and FUN!!

 

Thank you notes:

Be sure to thank everyone for coming as they arrive and as they leave.  Also send a quick ‘Thank You’ note to each person that either helped with your backyard cookout or attended the event. Everyone loves to get a little ‘Thank You”, whether it’s a card you mail, an email, or even a text.

 

The most important part is to simply HAVE FUN! 

 

Take time to CREATE and CAPTURE Memories with your family. Snap some photos ~ Smile ~ Laugh ~ ENJOY!!

This Adventure is Sponsored By

Camp Chef

A Better Way

 

Imagine this: You’re headed back to camp after a long day of hunting. You’re muddy and chilly, and your legs ache with every step along the trail. It’s raining, and your stomach is begging for something warm and filling. A huge burger. A bowl of chowder. A steak. But then you remember what’s on the menu—store-bought hot dogs. It’s going to be a long night.

 

Now imagine this scenario: It’s been a successful day of fishing. You’ve reeled in a great catch. You are all headed back to basecamp for dinner, tired, hungry, and ready to chow down. Then you remember what’s on the menu—Philly cheese steak sandwiches hot off the griddle.  You’ll be sleeping well tonight.

 

What’s the difference? Good food.

 

Food is an essential piece of any outdoor adventure, whether that adventure is on the shore of a remote lake in the middle of the mountains or right outside your backdoor on the patio. It’s necessary for survival, yet also one of the most social parts of our lives—it brings people together like nothing else can.

 

So if food is so important, why is it usually the last thing on the list for your weekend plans? Because to many people, outdoor cooking means limited space, limited gear, and, therefore, limited options. You’re stuck with freeze-dried ramen and charred dogs.

 

That’s where Camp Chef comes in. Over 25 years ago, our founder, Ty Measom, noticed this problem in the outdoor industry. One night, he was faced with cooking for two dozen hungry scouts on a camping trip using only a tiny, flimsy camp stove and a high-output fish fryer. With all the awesome gear available for camping, hunting, fishing, and more, how were the options so limited for outdoor cooking? To Ty, that simply wasn’t good enough—he decided to create a better way to cook outdoors.

 

Today, we continue our mission of providing a better way to cook outdoors. We empower people to cook what they want, where they want. Pizzas on the beach, brisket on the back patio, burgers at the big game—there shouldn’t be a limit to the possibilities. You can find high quality cooking equipment for every kind of activity, whether you need a durable camp stove, a pellet grill, or a traditional cast iron skillet. From backcountry to back patio, we’re giving you the power to cook what you love.

 

So get out there. CREATE and CAPTURE memories with the people you love. Experience the beauty of nature. Feed your outside however you want with the durability, versatility, portability, and power of Camp Chef.

 

 

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