Toss some chicken on the grill and raise a toast to summers last hurrah

trees-countryside-green-chill-largeThe summers last huge barbecue weekend is here and it brings to mind a myriad of things. Our last days of withering in the heat are behind us for the season, fall is in the air, days are already growing shorter and September means sharing neighborhood streets with the school bus. How many parents are doing the back to school dance?

This week our focus is building the menu for Labor Day weekend. Great recipes to throw on the grill, sides to add to the picnic cloth and delicious creations for the dessert table. We will examine beer trends that have peaked this summer and are heading your way for fall. Whipping up pitchers of cocktails are the best way to enjoy your guests, we will show you a few to try and we will give a guide of which wines pair best with which barbecue sauce profiles. it’s going to be a delicious week!

The Best BBQ Chicken Kebabs Fabulessly FrugalBest BBQ Chicken Kebabs ~ The first recipe in our arsenal comes from Fabulessly Frugal – these chicken kebabs have a secret ingredient that add smokiness to the meat without overpowering the flavor. Bacon paste/puree. Yes, you can make this at home.

Ingredients you will need to prepare these little beauties: Skinless chicken thighs or breasts, kosher salt, sweet paprika, smoked paprika, sugar, bacon and your favorite barbecue sauce.  Link to full recipe below.

Planked Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs with Jack Daniel's BBQ SaucePlanked Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs with Jack Daniel’s BBQ Sauce ~ These little gems are not only gorgeous, they caught our eye with their prep time of only 10 minutes. All of the work can be done before guests arrive, because the best part of entertaining friends and fam is being able to interact, catch up on life and raise a cold brew to toast the last hurrah of the summer season.

Ingredients list for these tasty bacon wrapped morsels: Cedar plank, boneless skinless chicken thighs, barbecue seasoning, thick sliced bacon, Jack Daniel’s Whiskey, your favorite barbecue sauce. Link to full recipe below.

Chicken Kebabs

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thighs

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