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Infuse your summer cookout menu with flavors drawn from the best regional cuisines across America. Whether you prefer Tex-Mex flavor, a real Southern BBQ, or a New England-style clambake, we've got eight sensational menus that truly deliver the taste of the place.


A Texas Steak Cookout

Punch up your traditional summer cookout with a little Tex-Mex flavor. Round out the Margarita-Marinated Steaks with two bright, fresh veggie salads. Cool things off by sipping on a refreshing Michelada: lager with a kick.

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A Southern BBQ

The centerpiece, a slow-smoked pork BBQ, takes a little time, but it's mostly hands-off, letting you kick back with a beer or focus on the simple sides: corn fritters and quick-sauteed collard greens.

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A New England-Style Clambake

Enjoy the flavor of a traditional fire-pit-on-the-beach clambake without the hassle of lugging everything to the beach and digging a fire pit. For dessert: classic blueberry pie.

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Kansas City BBQ

Kansas City's great barbecue tradition comes home in this simple menu. The old-fashioned sides are mostly make-ahead, which lets you enjoy the summer day, occasionally tending to your fire as the barbecued ribs slowly smoke.

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A Chesapeake Bay Crab Fest

Celebrate summer Chesapeake-style: grilled-in-the-shell shrimp with an Old Bay-spiked cocktail sauce, and then the definitive Chesapeake crabcakes and two fresh salads. Finish with a simple peaches-and-cream parfait.

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A Seattle Salmon Supper

Want a menu that gets you out of the kitchen and onto the patio? Grilling salmon on a cedar plank imparts a subtle smokiness. Conclude with a sweet-tart Apple-Blackberry Crisp that bakes while you dine al fresco.

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A California Summer Market Menu

This menu is all about celebrating the amazing bounty of California's farmers markets. Show off your purchases in a sweet-tangy glazed chickencolorful tomato stack, and fresh green bean salad.

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A Doable Hawaiian Luau

Hawaii is all-American too! Celebrate the 4th with a luau from the 50th state, starting with a fresh twist on the tiki drink: a flaming Lift-off! cocktail. In place of the spit-roasted pig, there's grilled pork chops with sweet pineapple, plus macadamia ice cream for dessert.

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