8 recipes for the perfect summer cookout

8 recipes for the perfect summer cookout

The summertime heat may be a drag, but the fact that it’s cookout season makes it all worthwhile. We wait all year to enjoy burgers, barbecue and all our favorite sides,  like potato salad and corn on the cob. And there’s nothing like creating summer memories and spending quality time with friends and family over an outdoor meal with all the fixings.

Whether you’re planning to throw a huge backyard barbecue bash or serve a simple family meal straight from the grill, we at Mother Rucker’s Sweets have a few favorite recipes to share so you can enjoy a perfect summer cookout.

Sweet Cola Ribs

Tender and juicy with a smoky, sweet sauce, Sweet Cola Ribs are a summertime barbecue mainstay that’ll wow your guests. This recipe calls for adding a can of cola to the sauce — an especially delightful addition that will add sweetness and depth of flavor. Although the cook time takes just over an hour, the ribs need to set for 12 hours beforehand, so be sure to plan ahead.

Homemade Cheese-Stuffed Burgers

Bite into a Homemade Cheese Stuffed Burger made from this recipe, and the cheese filling will ooze out for a mouthful of backyard burger deliciousness. They’re an especially big hit with the kids. Serve them up with a variety of toppings and use potato rolls for buns for an even tastier burger.

Steak House Dogs

No backyard cookout would be complete without hot dogs, but this recipe for Steak House Dogs will take this traditional summertime fare up a notch with a blend of chopped tomatoes and onions drenched in steak sauce.

Grilled Jalapeno-Lime Corn on the Cob

Grilled Jalapeno-Lime Corn on the Cob combines the buttery goodness of corn on the cob with a little Tex-Mex flair. This recipe combines butter, lime, garlic, cilantro and jalapeno peppers for a south-of-the-border version of a traditional summer side dish that you’ll want to add to all your cookouts from now on.

Vegan Potato Salad

What we love about this recipe for Vegan Potato Salad is that it’s easy to make, delicious, and keeps much better in hot weather than typical potato salad. It’s the potato salad recipe that’ll make potato salad lovers out of this side dish’s most passionate detractors.

Easy Black Bean Corn Salad

This recipe for Easy Black Bean Corn Salad had us at “avocado”! The peppers, cherry tomatoes, black beans, corn and chopped red onions are just an excuse to eat more avocado, as far as we’re concerned. The combination makes for a colorful and delicious side dish that holds its own as a main dish if you wrap it up in a tortilla.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

What is it about the summer heat that heightens our sweet tooth? Whatever it is, this recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip will satisfy yours for days. Serve it with pretzels and a variety of buttery, crunchy Cookie Brittle flavors by Mother Rucker’s Sweets. Our favorite flavor to pair with this sweet dip is Almond Cookie Brittle.

Watermelon Juice

Sweet, thirst-quenching and beautiful, this recipe for Watermelon Juice is something you’ll crave at every cookout. Serve it up in mason jars for a casual, retro presentation.

Cheers to summer!