4th of July Barbecue Essentials

Jun 25, 2016 | 0 comments

There are two holidays that my family really gets in to celebrating – the 4th of July and Thanksgiving. It always worked out that our biggest celebrations fell on those two days because the 4th of July is during summer vacation when we visited family in West Virginia and Thanksgiving is during deer-hunting season when we would return to West Virginia so my Dad and brother could hunt. As much as I love Christmas and other holidays there is no doubt that all of my best memories revolve around the 4th of July or Thanksgiving.

This year, my husband and I can’t make it to West Virginia for the 4th of July (and honestly, it’s breaking our hearts) but with the trip we just took to Orlando, Fl and the flooding in West Virginia it just isn’t doable. I’m telling you though…the 4th of July in West Virginia is pretty damn remarkable! In fact, my hometown is known for having the largest small-town 4th of July celebration in the country (we take what little claim to fame we can get).

Here are a few photos of past 4th of July trips…

First, the parade…

And good times on the farm…

And OMG the bonfires…

So, needless to say, we’ve kind of mastered the whole 4th of July backyard barbecue thing. In fact, once upon a time we had barbecues for this holiday that were attended by over 100 friends and family members. My uncle hired a bluegrass band to perform, we shot off potato guns, and there was a big firework show on the farm at the end of the night. 

Celebrating like that is an artform.

We will easily spend a month preparing for the holiday picking up decorations, planning menus, and stocking up on burning material for the bonfire (although honestly there have been years we’ve resorted to burning paper plates just to keep it burning long in to the night).

Here are some of my top recommendations for an amazing 4th of July backyard barbecue:

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