4th of July Menu Line Up: 50 Stars BBQ Chicken, Avocado Cucumber Salad, and Lemon Blueberry Bars

50 Stars BBQ Chicken | IHOD
4th of July Menu - 50 Stars BBQ Chicken - IHOD
In Honor of Design-Lemon Blueberry Bars
Lemon Blueberry Bars via IHOD
Post by talented sister Maria. You can check out the rest of her recent posts here.
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We LOVE the 4th of July around here. We have 8 out of  my husband’s  9 other siblings coming down to celebrate and watch fireworks off the Lake.
I started dreaming about  what the big summer holiday menu would be in May. (I know, I’m weird, and my brain thinks in food sometimes).
In my own family, the food on the fourth always included something on the grill, something cool and refreshing, and something patriotically sweet.
So here we go with a Firecracker Menu!

- 50 Stars Barbecue Chicken
- Avocado Cucumber Salad
- Lemon Blueberry Bars

We’ll also make sure there’s lots of Grillin’ Beans,  Chips and Dips, and Sweet Tea on hand!

50 Stars Barbecue Chicken

I’m not kidding when I promise you this will be the best Barbecue Chicken you will ever taste. I can’t claim the recipe, it was gleened from my friend Marcy Kee, who is FAMOUS in our town for her cooking and smoked meats.

Ingredients:
1 Bottle of Sweet Baby Rays Barbecue Sauce
1 Stick of Butter (don’t be scared, good food is made this way)
2 packets of Italian Seasoning
Dash of Basil
14 Chicken Drumsticks

How To:
1. Preheat Oven to 350. (you will use grill a little later).
2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Wisk in Italian Seasoning, Basil and Bottle of Barbecue Sauce. Bring to a Boil.

3. Dip Drumsticks generously into sauce mixture. (There should be a good amount left over for later) and place in a 9×13 pan.

4. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes and Preheat Grill on Medium Low half way during baking process.

5. Remove Drumsticks from oven (your house will now smell amazing), and give them one last dunk in the barbecue sauce and place them on heated grill. Grill for an additional 15-20 minutes. I like them just slightly charred.

Notes:
You can fully cook the chicken in the oven if you prefer not to grill, just increase baking time to 45 minutes or until chicken is done.

Hot Wing Variation
Add 1 Bottle of Hot Sauce
Use Wings instead of Drumsticks

Avocado Cucumber Salad

Servings: About 10 -12  1/2 cup servings

This salad is so pure and fresh and a great mix up from the ordinary. I came up with it when I did my Paleo 30 Day Challenge. My kids usually ask for seconds!

Ingredients:

2 Cups Each of Chopped:

Tomatoes, Cumbers, Ripe Avocados

Juice from 1 and 1/2 Large Lemons

2 Tbs. Chopped Garlic

1 Tsp. Sea Salt (more to taste)

How To:

Toss the vegetables in a boil and stir in chopped garlic and salt. Drizzle lemon juice over salad and toss again. Best if chilled for 15 minutes before serving.

Lemon Blueberry Bars

Servings: 16-20 Bars (Depending how small or large you serve your squares. They are rich so I tend to keep mine small.)

I’ve made these a dozen times and everyone always asks for the recipe.  This is a golden Kraft recipe I found. It’s been tried and tested and they are AMAZING. Serve on a red napkin or serving dish and you have a beautiful 4th of July themed dessert ;)

Ingredients:
1/2 cup  butter
1 pkg.  (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
2 eggs, divided
2 pkg.  (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup  sugar
1 Tbsp.  zest and 3 Tbsp. juice from 1 lemon
2-1/2 cups  fresh blueberries
 

How To:

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Line 13×9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Microwave butter in large microwaveable bowl on High 1 to 1-1/2 min. or until melted. Add dry cake mix and 1 egg; beat with mixer until blended. Press 2/3 of the dough onto bottom of prepared pan.

Beat cream cheese and sugar with mixer until blended. Add remaining egg, zest and juice; mix well. Pour over crust; top with berries. Pinch small pieces of the remaining dough between your fingers; press lightly into cream cheese layer.

Bake 55 min. to 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely. Use foil handles to lift dessert from pan before cutting into bars.

 

Light up those fireworks, and the grill while you’re at it, and thank God for our freedom! Happy Almost 4th of July!!

Food Philosophy: Because the effort to make good food is a gift to those around me.

It’s happy memories, togetherness, the living part of life.

 

Comments

  1. My mouth is watering now! Anna! Now I have to have these two…. ;)

    Cheers.

  2. Oh yum!! Looks great Maria!! (Thanks for sharing Anna!!!)

  3. yum yum! this looks SOO good!!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

  4. I’m coming to your house!!!

  5. I am loving the menu , send some dessert my way hahah

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  6. Pauletta Clark says:

    Can you do other meats like pork loin or chicken breasts…sounds so good

    • Maria Niewald says:

      Hi Pauletta, I would assume you could use Chicken breast and adjust baking times, but I haven’t tried it. Let me know :)

  7. oh my gosh yum!
    kw ladies in navy
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  8. This all looks delicious! Especially those lemon blueberry bars! My parents live in Maine so when blueberry season comes we pick so many it’s nice to have a place to use them. Thanks for sharing sweet girl :)

  9. What a great menu – this was like three posts in one. Jackpot! Thanks to you and your talented sister for sharing!

  10. I want to make all of this right now! Yum!

  11. What kind of packets of Italian seasoning? Is that the Italian dressing mixes that come in the packet? The Italian seasoning I buy comes in a bottle.

    • I am wondering the same exact thing!

      • Yes, it’s the Good Seasons Italian Dressing packets. They are usually in the Salad Dressing Isle next to the Ranch Seasoning packets in my grocery store. Sorry for the confusion!

  12. Do you mean Good Seasons italian dressing mix?

  13. I made the BBQ drumsticks tonight for dinner and they were amazing! I did them in the oven and added my own Italian seasonings instead of a packet. So good!

  14. Is there a way to pin this?

    • Hi Terri! Yes! Do you have the “pin it” feature installed in your internet navigation bar? That is how I pin images from different sites. Its super easy to install. Pinterest has the how-to! I will work on getting an easier way under each post:)

  15. Just curious how big of a bottle of BBQ sauce?

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