5 Recipes for an End of Summer Cookout

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Ragan Wilson

5 Recipes for an End of Summer Cookout

As summer comes to an end  and school approaches, we are wrapping up the summer with fun get-togethers! What better brings people together better than an end of summer cookout? With temperatures starting to slowly, and we mean slowly, this is a great  time to have a cookout with friends and family. From a starter to dessert, we’re going to share our top 5 recipes for an unforgettable cookout. 

We all know hydration is key, so let’s have a drink. A bourbon slush is the perfect mixture of a childhood summer favorite (slushie) with an adult twist! Recipe from Southern Living: 


Cocktail: Bourbon Slush


-6 cups hot brewed tea

-1 cup granulated sugar

-1 (12 oz) can frozen lemonade concentrate

-6 ounces of frozen orange juice concentrate 

-2 cups bourbon


-Combine the hot tea and sugar in a heatproof bowl; stir until the sugar dissolves

-Add the lemonade concentrate and orange juice concentrate; stir until blended. (Let stand until cool, about 1 hour.)

-Stir in the bourbon. Pour the bourbon mixture into a large freezer-safe container, and freeze until almost firm (about 8 hours or overnight)

-Let stand at room temperature until partially thawed (about 1 hour)

-Spoon into glasses and serve immediately.


Appetizer: Fruit Salad

To start off the cookout with something light we recommend this fruit salad from Yellow Bliss Road. The fresh juicy fruit will help everyone stay hydrated and not too full. This recipe is easy to follow and even the kids can help!


Entree: Grilled Chicken Kebobs

Moving on to the main star of the cookout: the chicken! These kabobs are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Thanks to Gimmie Some Oven, a recipe to have them going back for seconds.

Side: Grilled Corn Salad

Sticking with the theme of fresh for this cookout, we have the grilled corn salad from ‘The Spruce Eats’. With so many different flavors all combined into one delicious salad everyone will love. This recipe is sure to become a summertime staple.

Dessert: Mini Taco S'mores

What better way to wrap up a summer evening than with s’mores? But not your typical, average ones…taco s’mores! Food network recreated a childhood classic with this new recipe.