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Favorite Summer Cookout Dishes

Our Highbrow Lowbrow family would like to share some of our favorite cookout dishes with you for this summer season! Let us know if you try them out and give them a rating in the comments. Hope you enjoy!



Vodka Soaked Grapes! Simple, easy, and boozy:)

Okay, so this one is quite easy. It's made exactly how you’d think. I was originally introduced to these by one of my friend’s moms (Thanks Val-Pal!). Her recipe calls for green cotton-candy grapes (please wash them) and a Vodka of your choice. You just dump enough vodka to cover them and let them sit for at least 4 hours but I have also let them sit overnight. Once ready to serve, dump out the alcohol (you can save it and use it in mixed drinks), and keep them in a well labeled bowl for people to grab or individual cups! The grapes get really big as they soak up the vodka and it’s so much better than a jello-shot or vodka soaked gummy bear because they aren’t as messy or sticky. They taste like little caramel apples! If you don’t have cotton-candy grapes available, or don’t want to spend the money, I have used regular green grapes and apple pie moonshine (cheap at Kroger) and included a few extra ounces of Fireball Whiskey. Give this recipe a shot and let me know what you think!!


Sorry I don’t have a recipe for this! Get creative:)


- Ashley T. (engaged to Caleb)



Wieners in a Blanket

The secret is ballpark Franks. Baseball, am I right? So it’s more like hogs in a blanket cause those are some big pigs, am I right? In case you’re wondering, I am right. Who can refuse a good hog in a quilt? That’s what I’m going to start calling it right now. Hogs in a quilt! Hey everybody, I brought my famous hogs in a quilt! That’s what I’d yell upon entering your backyard if you ever invited me over. Then everyone would cheer, “Hogs! Hogs! Hogs!”, and I’d start doing my hogs in a quilt dance. Currently working on the dance though, so please give me a few weeks before inviting me over so I can work out the dance kinks. It’s gonna be a sick dance, though. Trust me.


Also, if anyone asks, I came up with that name and already have it trademarked and/or patent pending. Look it up! But, please don’t. Here’s a recipe for hogs in a quilt.


-Caleb Tackes (engaged to Ashley T.)



French Onion Burgers

These are the best! All you need is french onion soup mix powder, ground meat (or non-meat substitute), soy sauce (or worcestershire), and pepper. So you pretty much just mix it all up. Use one soup mix packet for one pound of meat. These are really juicy and have awesome flavor. I typically serve them with swiss cheese on pretzel buns. You can even add sauteed mushrooms and onions. Everyone loves them and is typically so impressed!


Yum, yum. Check it out here. This isn't the exact recipe, but it's close. Also, I'm a cat.

-Chef Binxington



Strawberry Dump Cake

This is something that I found on Tik Tok a while ago (because I'm obsessed with Tik Tok). I don’t remember which account I found it on, sorry. But I made it for a party I was going to and it was super easy so I stuck with it. You need white cake mix, butter, strawberries, strawberry filling, and Cool Whip. So first you grease a 9x13 glass baking dish and then put the strawberry filling and fresh strawberries on the bottom and spread it out. Then you dump the white cake mix on top of that and put it in an even layer. Next, you put these slices of butter all over the top and bake it at 350 for like 45 mins-1 hour until it looks really good. Then when you’re ready to serve just top it with Cool Whip.


It takes like no time at all and you don’t have to really do anything as prep so it’s nice. I hope you like it. Thanks TikTok. Here’s a recipe.


- Frank "Tik Tok" Bertucci



Homemade Pico de Gallo

This is a good one because everyone likes it and you don’t have to be perfect when chopping things up. You can even blend the ingredients into a salsa if you want. So basically it’s just tomatoes, onion, cilantro, lime, salt and pepper. Add jalapeno’s for heat if you want to. I like to use Roma tomatoes because they have the most ‘meat’ to them. For a party of 10 people I usually use 12 tomatoes, one onion (just add enough so that it looks proportional to the tomatoes), a good bunch of cilantro, at least 3 limes, salt and pepper to taste. Of course serve these with any tortilla chip. I hope you like it.


Here’s a recipe.


- Mario Garza



Italian Pasta Salad

Alright guys, this is something I bring when I forget because generally you have everything you need to make it on hand. I use any pasta, any veggies on hand, any cheese on hand, any lunch meat on hand and toss it in italian dressing and salt and pepper.


It’s that easy, you just have to make sure everything is bite-sized. But ideally, I’d use bowtie pasta, spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni slices. Just cook the pasta and then toss everything into a bowl. Add italian dressing to taste, same with salt and pepper, and voila! Hope you like it.


Here’s an intense recipe. You don’t need all this, but whatever.


- Ulysse Bergquist

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