Fourth of July Menu

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BBQ Beef Sandwiches
All-purpose BBQ Sauce
Blooming Onions
Blooming Onion Dip
Independence Day Flag Cake
Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting
I will also have a vegetable platter, fruit tray, and a cheese and cracker tray.

BBQ Beef Sandwiches

3 pound boneless beef chuck or bottom round roast, cut into 4 chunks
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic or 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3/4 cup water
2 cups barbecue sauce (see recipe below for BBQ Sauce)
8 hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls

In a crock pot, place the onion and garlic on the bottom, top with the beef chunks, and sprinkle the beef with salt and pepper.
Add the water and cover and cook on LOW for 9 to 9-1/2 hours or until the beef falls apart with a fork. No stirring is necessary during the cooking.
Remove all the liquid from the beef (makes excellent gravy for mashed potatoes).
Trim and discard the excess fat from the cooked beef.
Shred the meat with two forks until no solid pieces remain.
Add the barbecue sauce and mix thoroughly.
Serve the barbecue beef on hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls that are split in half.
This recipe makes approximately 7-8 cups of shredded barbecue beef. Can be covered and refrigerated for up to 4 days for later use.

All-purpose Barbecue Sauce

5 cups catsup
6 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
8 drops hot pepper sauce (more or less depending upon your tastes)
6 cups water
1 cup vinegar
1-3/8 cup brown sugar
6 tsp. salt
6 tsp. celery seed
6 tbsp. instant minced onion (I use more onion, but here again, this depends upon your tastes. I like to use Vadalia or Maui Onions as they have a bit of a sweeter taste to them, and have a wonderful flavour to BBQ Sauce)
1 bottle Smokey type barbecue sauce
1 bottle chilli sauce

Mix and simmer in crock pot for 4-5 hours or until desired thickness.
Comments: This makes a whole bunch but can be frozen and then just use what you need and put back in the freezer!

Grandmas Best Cornbread

Servings: 8-10

1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 to 2 cups cup Milk, more as needed
2 cups cornmeal
2 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
6 tsp. baking powder

In a very large bowl, cream the shortening and sugar.
Mix in the eggs.
Stir in milk a bit at a time.
Add cornmeal and mix well.
Let this mixture rest for 10 minutes; Then add some more milk
Sift together the remaining dry ingredients and gradually add them to the mixture along with more milk as needed. You want to add just enough milk to get a thick batter (like muffins or a thick cake batter).

Bake in a greased 9x13 pan at 350F. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Slice and top with butter and honey, apple butter, apple sauce or eat it in a bowl with milk and maple syrup.


Prep Time: 1 Hr.
Start to Finish: 3 Hrs. 30 min.

3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine
1-2/3 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup HERHSEY'S Cocoa
1-1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/3 cups water
1/2 pint blueberries
1 quart small strawberries, of uniform size

Heat oven to 350F. Grease and flour 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
In large bowl, combine butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla; beat on high speed 3 minutes. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add alternately with water to butter mixture. Blend just until combined. Pour into prepared pan.
Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack. Place cake on oblong serving tray or foil covered cardboard.
Frost cake with VANILLA BUTTER CREAM FROSTING. Arrange blueberries in upper left corner of cake, creating a 4x5 inch rectangle. Arrange strawberries in rows for red stripes. 12 to 15 servings.


3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In large bowl, combine powdered sugar and butter. Add milk and vanilla; beat to spreading consistency.

The above recipe for the cake came from the following web site:
Hershey's Chocolate Website
Thanks Hershey!! This recipe is wonderful!!

Bloomin Onion

One large sweet onion, such as Vidalia or Maui
1 1/4 cups flour
2 tbsp Cajun seasoning
1-cup milk
Oil for frying

Take the onion and peel off the skin, leaving the root intact. Cut a small slice off the top of the onion and discard. Starting at the top of the onion, make cuts across the onion, but stop 1/2 inch from the bottom. The cuts should he 1/8 inch apart. Then turn onion a quarter turn and repeat cuts. You should now have a checkerboard pattern across the top of the onion.
Place the onion in a bowl of ice water until it "blooms". Drain the onion and dry it carefully on paper towels.
Place flour and seasoning into a large Ziploc bag. Put the onion into the bag and shake. Then dip onion into milk and then back into flour mixture. Don't let the coating get clumped up to much.
Deep fry at 375 degrees for 5-7 minutes or until golden, turning once. Remove onion from oil and drain carefully on paper towels.
Turn the onion upright and remove the very center core. Spoon dip of choice in the center of onion, the following recipe is the actual Bloomin Onion Dip Recipe, but any dip may be used, whatever your tastes prefer. Serve immediately.

Bloomin Onion Dip

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp ketchup
2 tbsp cream style horseradish
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp dried oregano
Dash of black pepper and cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and keep covered in refrigerator until needed.