Back-To-School BBQ

Back-To-School BBQ Night Menu

Take advantage of the last days before the start of school to have a great BBQ dinner. Everyone has a favorite BBQ menu, but the classic American BBQ includes hamburgers, potato salad and maybe S'Mores cooked over the campfire.

Hamburger or Cheeseburger
No other food is as classic or as classically diner food than the cheeseburger. The hamburger is also a delicious, yet delightfully easy dinner to prepare after a long day of camping.

1/4 - 1/2lb lean or extra-lean hamburger per person
1 slice cheese per person (optional)
1 bun per person

Divide the hamburger into equal portions and shape into rounds. Place on a hot grate and cook until the meat is barely pink in the middle and the juices run clear. While the hamburger is cooking, butter the buns and place on the grate to warm before serving if you like toasted buns. Turn the hamburgers over halfway through the cooking process, and place the cheese on top of the burger. When the meat is cooked and the buns are warm, remove from heat, place on the buns and serve hot with the desired condiments and sides.

Turkey burger, crab burger and more recipes.

Classic Potato Salad
2 lbs potatoes, either russet or other white potato, peeled and cut into quarters or smaller depending on the size of the potato
1 medium onion, chopped fine
3-4 hard boiled eggs, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup yellow mustard, or to taste
pickles diced (optional)

After peeling and cutting the potatoes boil them until they are just tender, be careful not to overcook the potatoes or you will have mushy potato salad. Once the potatoes are boiled and cooled, chop the onions and hard boiled eggs. Next add as much mayonnaise and mustard as you see fit. The secret to making great potato salad is to experiment until you find the perfect proportions for your personal taste.

The S'More is a classic campfire recipe. Although, not a BBQ recipe, having a campfire and finishing an evening off by making S'Mores is a great way to bring summer to a close.

Graham Crackers (1 per S'More)
Chocolate Bar (Preferably Hershey's Chocolate)

More S'More recipes.

Using a sharpened marshmallow roasting stick, or marshmallow roasting fork, stick a marshmallow on the end of the stick. Roast the marshmallow until golden brown. Slide the roasted marshmallow off the stick onto one half of a graham cracker, place a square of chocolate on top and finish by using the second half of the graham cracker to make a sandwich. Squish together and enjoy.

If you don't enjoy the hard chocolate combined with the melted marshmallow you can insert the square of chocolate into the marshmallow on the roasting stick before your roast the marshmallow. This will allow the chocolate and the marshmallow to melt together making a more gooey S'More.

You can also be very adventurous about making S'Mores by using different types of chocolate or even going so far as to use completely different ingredients to create a whole new type of S'More. One example is a caramel apple S'More which you make by using apple slices instead of graham crackers and melting caramel with your marshmallow instead of chocolate.

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