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Icebox Cake

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Tri-Tip Steaks with Chimichurri and Garlic Aioli

Ingredients
  • 3 tri-tip sirloin steaks (each about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds and 1 1/2 inches thick)
  • 2 cups strongly brewed coffee
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup light-brown sugar
  • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 6 fresh bay leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 2 fresh banana peppers or Anaheim chiles, cut into 1/4-inch rings (optional), plus more for garnish
  • 2 dried chile peppers, crumbled, or substitute 1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh oregano, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Chimichurri, for serving
  • Yellow bell pepper (optional), for garnish
  • Garlic Aioli, for serving
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Grilled Hot Dogs with Sweet-Hot Relish

Time:55 mins
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup julienned cornichons, plus 1 tablespoon pickling liquid
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced sweet onion, such as Vidalia
  • 6 tablespoons thinly sliced sweet-hot red peppers, such as Peppadew
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 baguettes, ends trimmed
  • 6 hot dogs (preferably nitrate-free)
  • Safflower oil, for grill
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Super-Fast Fried Chicken

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 8)
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced and crushed into a paste with the flat side of a chef's knife
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/3 cup peanut oil, plus more if needed
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Balsamic Portobello Burgers with Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese

Time:1 hour
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for grates
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper (ribs and seeds removed), cut into 4 equal pieces
  • 8 portobello mushrooms (about 1 pound total), stems removed
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 5 ounces fresh goat cheese, cut into 4 equal slices
  • 4 lettuce leaves
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Barbecued Chicken and Ribs

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Mini Lobster Rolls

Ingredients
  • 3 1/2 cups cooked lobster meat (from 4 boiled 1-pound lobsters), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, (optional)
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) salted butter
  • 8 top-split hot dog buns (1 package), halved crosswise
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Fireworks Cookies

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Old-Fashioned Cheeseburgers

Time:20 mins
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef chuck (20 percent fat)
  • 4 teaspoons softened butter
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 slices melting cheese, such as American or mild cheddar
  • Toppings, such as shredded iceberg lettuce, pickle chips, thinly sliced red onion, mustard, ketchup, and mayonnaise
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Classic Fried Chicken

Time:3 hours 45 mins
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