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Red White and Boom: A Firecrackin’ 4th of July Party

Fourth of July Party

On July 4, 1776, America, the beautiful became an independent nation. The typical celebration includes red, white and blue everything, classic American food and drink, and fireworks!

Stop by Publix and pick up everything you need to host the perfect 4th Party! Thanks to the Big Green Egg, for a couple of great recipes to help keep the party fired-up with some tasty treats that will make your cookout the envy of the neighborhood.



Fired-Up Springer Mountain Farms Chicken Wings

Ingredients 1⁄2 cup (125 ml) canola oil1⁄4 cup (60 ml) Jerk Marinade (see below)2 Tbsp (30 ml) chili powder2 Tbsp (30 ml) onion powder

1 Tbsp (15 ml) garlic powder

1 Tbsp (15 ml) smoked paprika

1 Tbsp (15 ml) freshly ground black pepper

1 jalapeño chili (for less heat, seed the chili)

1 tsp (5 ml) kosher salt

1⁄2 tsp (2 ml) ground ginger

2 lb (1 kg) Springer Mountain Farms chicken wings

Jerk Marinade:3⁄4 cup (185 ml) white vinegar1⁄2 cup (125 ml) orange juice1⁄4 cup (60 ml) olive oil1⁄4 cup (60 ml) soy sauce

1 lime, juiced

2 Tbsp (30 ml) garlic powder

1 Tbsp (15 ml) dried thyme leaves

1 Tbsp (15 ml) ground allspice

1 1⁄2 tsp (7.5 ml) dried red chili flakes

1 1⁄2 tsp (7.5 ml) dried ground sage

1 1⁄2 tsp (7.5 ml) freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp (5 ml) kosher salt

3⁄4 tsp (4 ml) ground cinnamon

3⁄4 tsp (4 ml) ground nutmeg

1 cup (250 ml) chopped onion

3 green onions, finely chopped

1 Scotch bonnet chili, seeded and chopped

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor until smooth. Makes 13⁄4 cups (450 ml)

The Rainford Method Instructions

  1. Combine the oil, jerk marinade, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, black pepper, jalapeño, salt and ground ginger in a large bowl.
  2. Add the chicken wings and toss to coat evenly. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.
  3. Fire up your charcoal. Set up the EGG for direct cooking at 350°F/177°C.
  4. Remove the wings from the marinade, shaking off the excess. Pat the wings dry with paper towels.
  5. Grill the wings, turning once halfway through cooking, for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden and the juices run clear.

Makes 2 main course servings or 10 appetizer servings.

*Recipe adapted from Robert Rainford and The Rainford Method in the Big Green Egg



In the meantime, a refreshingly crisp Stella Artois Cidre or beer will keep you and your guests happy. If you’re feeling creative, a classic American cocktail can always get the patriotic party started. Try this Bourbon Sweet Tea Lemonade recipe that brings out a kick with sweet southern charm.





3/4 cup sweetened tea

3 tablespoons Sweet Tea Lemonade Bourbon from Savannah Bourbon Co.

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


Club soda

Garnish: Lemon wedge

Vigorously until thoroughly chilled. Strain 10oz into a mason jar filled with ice. Top with club soda. Garnish, if desired.










Don’t forget the dessert! A healthy summertime treat to keep the children (and adults) happy in the hot weather is a simple frozen yogurt bar.

The American Flag Sundae


Frozen Yogurt

Georgia Grown Blueberries


Whipped Cream

Red, White and Blue Sprinkles


Place all the ingredients in a cooler full of ice to keep the frozen yogurt from melting and let the kids design their very own sweet treat.

And if you’re looking for some places to celebrate and things to do this weekend in Savannah, check out:

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!



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