This post is sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc., but the content and opinions are my own.
As we get into the summer months, I’m thinking about how to celebrate my husband for Father’s Day and what we are going to do for the Fourth of July. If you’ve been around here for long, you know we love festive parties and any reason to celebrate! We love spending time with family and friends and that typically involves sharing a meal together. I shared an elegant backyard barbecue with you a few weeks ago, and I’m excited to share these casual cookout ideas with you now…just in time for Father’s Day or your Independence Day celebrations.
My husband has a talent for smoking chicken. He spends about half a day marinating the chicken and then smokes the meat to perfection. It has a delicious smoked taste and it’s so tender you can cut it with a fork. Even though it takes a little time, he really enjoys smoking meat and a cook always loves seeing everyone enjoy the fruits of their labor. Keep reading for his special recipe and directions!
Casual Cookout Menu
Strawberry Sweet Tea
For the table, I used a white tablecloth with burlap and red gingham cloths as an overlay. I found the most beautiful large sunflowers at Walmart, which are perfect for a summer cookout! I love to think of creative ways to serve up our foods when we’re planning a festive meal, even a casual cookout like this. I love these little jars I found for displaying the potato salad and using a mix of white, natural and silver serving pieces. The combination makes for a very festive table.
For the sides, we served baked beans, fruit salad, and potato salad. These sides can be homemade or you can pick them up at your local Walmart, which is where we also got the Lipton® Iced Tea Bags and the Tyson® Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs.
Brian marinates the chicken for 12 hours with his homemade barbecue sauce. He uses hickory wood chips which provides a strong smoky flavor to meats and is perfect for your southern cookout! Hickory burns slow and hot so it’s perfect for chicken. He adds a spice rub and then smokes the meat for four hours on 220 degrees Fahrenheit. He bastes the chicken with his sauce every hour or so and adds new chips in as well.
I’ve been trying out new recipes for Iced tea this summer and this Strawberry Sweet Tea is our new favorite. We took a taste and my husband both looked at each other and said, “this is so good”. It’s very easy to do and it gives sweet tea an extra bit of fruity flavor, perfect for summer!
I hope you enjoyed these casual cookout ideas, and that you have a wonderful Father’s Day celebrating those you hold dearest. I would love to hear what you have planned for the holiday, leave a comment below and don’t forget to pin this so you’ll have these yummy recipes for later!