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4th of July 2009
Pic by Bob n Renee


The 4th of July is just a few days away, how do you celebrate?

Usually we get together with some friends and their neighbors.  Very early in the morning we have a breakfast potluck, sing the national anthem, say the pledge, and walk around a big park with all the kids riding their bicycles, tricycles, scooters, etc.  Sometimes a big firetruck comes along and we ride on it!  After that we go and play and we end the morning getting wet, either with a water balloon fight or running down the slip ‘n slide with our kids or both.  It’s a day full of laughter and fun.

Some years we get together with family for dinner and we watch the fireworks while having our favorite drinks and desserts.  Of course a big part of the celebration is having yummy food, and most of us use the grill, right?

If you are like me, you like recipes that require little preparation time, so let me recommend a visit to the Grilling Recipes at where there is something for everybody.  Most of the recipes require 40 minutes or less, isn’t that great?  Here are just a few to get you started:

Or how about Shredded BBQ Pork Sandwiches?  I just made this for dinner, it was so easy! It would be perfect for 4th of July, this require a little more time, though, because you will need a slow cooker, but you can make it the day before if needed!

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Shredded BBQ Pork Sandwiches

12 servings (1 sandwich each)


  • Pam Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 3 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into large pieces
  • 1 can (12 oz) Hunt’s Tomato Paste
  • 1 Cup Hunt’s Hickory & Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce
  • 2 pkg French rolls (6-inch), cut in half lengthwise

Spray inside of slow cooker with cooking spray.  Place pork in slow cooker.  Spoon tomato paste over pork; do not stir.  Cover; cook on low 8 to 10 hours or on high 4 to 5 hours or until meat is tender.  Shred cooked pork with 2 long-handled forks, blending in tomato paste.  Stir in barbecue sauce.

Spoon 1/2 cup shredded pork onto each roll.  Serve immediately.

Buen Provecho!

Disclosure:  I have received remuneration for participating in the ReadySetEat project.  A girl’s got to eat!!  The opinions expressed in this post and in my recipe reviews are solely my own.


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