Our 4th of July Feast

Our 4th of July celebrations were small and low key, probably like most everyone’s this year.  We celebrated with Janet and Bob, and even though it was just the four of us, we had enough food to feed a small army, which is usually the case anyway.   Our feast was a combined effort.  Janet made the salad, the potatoes and the cherry pie (the cherries were from her tree) for dessert and I made the BBQ sauce for the meats and the pasta salad, but the meats were all Larry.  I’ve trained him well.


Once again, Larry pulled out the smoker and filled it full of meat.  He smoked brisket, ribs and turkey.  The smoker was completely full, with about 30 lbs of meat.  He is becoming quite the smoker.  It took a few tries, but now he seems to be mastering it quite well.

He started with the beef brisket, coating it with salt, pepper and garlic salt, then smoked it for about 8 hours.


Next came the turkey, that he coated with a Cajun rub that I found the recipe for.  He put that on the smoker for about 4 hours.



The last thing to go in the smoker were the ribs, that he smoked for about 2-3 hours.


And the end results …..  We all agreed, everything came out just perfect.  Larry did a really great job with all the meats.

The brisket.


He cut off the tips to make burnt ends that he coated with my homemade BBQ sauce.


The turkey.


Everything comes together to make the feast.


The meal was made complete by Janet’s fresh cherry pie and a cuppa.



We were going to play a friendly game of Farkle too, but the fireworks were loudly being fired off, and we had to make it back home before Vinnie had a nervous breakdown.  For being such a big boy, he is really very scared of loud noises.  The game of Farkle will just have to wait for another day.

Hope you all enjoyed your holiday.   Stay safe and stay well Everyone.  ‘Til next time.

Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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