As we gear up to celebrate and honor the most significant national holiday, Independence Day, we were wondering what cooking trends are out there in Texas that have fellow Americans excited about celebrating our Freedom and Independence.
Lighting up the Grill: As Texans our BBQ palette is very sophisticated. We have a wide array of meats, different ways to cook the meats, and a plethora of rubs and sauces to add flavor. A hotdog and hamburger are classic 4th of July eats, but we Texans are willing to put our taste buds to the test with new culinary experiences. Barbecue and grilling trends show that some unorthodox meats are being eaten and enjoyed in 2013. So when you go to your friends 4th of July BBQ don’t be surprised to see hog jowl, venison ribs, or even lamb neck. These unconventional cuts are full of new flavor and easy on the wallet.
Cocktail Concoctions: Cocktails are always a must have drink at a bar or restaurant, but these new cocktails that are trending now, have taken on a life of their own. Culinary cocktails are all the rage this summer. Have you ever tasted a bacon infused bourbon or had farm fresh ingredients in your Bloody Mary? Culinary cocktails like a Smoked Lemon or Peaches and Sugarcane Cocktail are the perfect drink to have compliment the BBQ flavors coming out of the smoker or grill.
Stunning Salads: Salads are always a side dish that offer tons of flavor with little guilt, leaving the foodie with plenty of room for their BBQ on the 4th of July. Salads with raw, natural, whole foods are popular in 2013. A Fresh Tuna Salad with Avocado is the perfect Texas salad that will go well with your BBQ. The tuna is infused with olive oil, fennel seed, and fresh peppercorn. The tuna is then mixed with mayonnaise, capers, and and lemon juice. The tuna salad rests atop a halved avocado giving it a very raw organic look that sure to please your 4th of July guests.
You will see fireworks go off in your guests eyes with your eclectic, yet flavorful, 4th of July BBQ choices. Be prepared with extra recipes to hand out, because your friends will ask for them. And most importantly, don’t forget to visit our Texas Treats website for all your 4th of July BBQ needs.