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The Fourth of July holiday is a perfect time for family and friends to get together and enjoy the weather while celebrating the birth of the country. For many people across America this means grilling out and overindulging in homemade goodies. So why not turn your barbeque party into an extravaganza that is full of good old American competition.
Everyone knows that the secret to a really great barbeque is the sauce, so we suggest that you invite your guests to come up with their favorite recipes and then hold a blind taste test to see which one is the most popular. You can even create categories for spicy and sweet or dry and wet barbeques. Of course everyone is on their honor, but you want to make sure that they know the contest involves homemade BBQ recipes, not store bought ones.
Another great BBQ game you can play is to guess the ingredients. Set up little tasting stations of homemade barbeque sauce and let people dip pretzels in to the sauce and see if they can guess the ingredients. Of course each chef is going to have to be willing to share their ingredients, so no truly secret sauces are allowed.
While your Fourth of July barbeque taste-off will obviously focus on your BBQ’d goodies, you don’t want to forget the side dishes so you can avoid barbeque overload. Encourage your guests to take small samples of the barbequed foods so they can enjoy more of them, and have them sample side dishes in between to cleanse their palates. If you’re really in a competitive mood, you can even ask each guest to bring a side dish and have a vote on which dish is the perfect BBQ accompaniment. The side dish that currently gets our vote for most outrageous grilled accompaniment is this Barbecued Cabbage Recipe; it’s a visual and taste surprise.