Blog written by Red Carter, our clothing designer!
As the designer behind Red Carter, there’s no denying that I love the summer! Most of my designs are made for hot weather: swimsuits, shorts, dresses, and tanks. Plus, summer is the time of the all-American cookout!
One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to have a cookout. There’s nothing better than spending time with friends and family outside while the sun is shining, the grass is green, and the birds are singing. It’s how I enjoy summer best.
The key to a great Red Carter cookout is preparation. For the ultimate outdoor feast, you can’t afford to wing it. You need to get the right ingredients and put a solid plan in place if you want a cookout to remember. Here’s how I do it.
Sure, you can go to your nearby grocery store and get some pre-packaged meat and veggies to throw together a decent cookout. But that’s missing out on a lot of potential. When I go shopping, I don’t hold back. After all, that’s basically the Red Carter motto.
When it comes to selecting the perfect cuts to grill, I take a trip to my favorite butcher. A butcher knows meat inside and out. They have a deep respect for animals and the type of cuts they sell. This means that you can rest easy knowing that the meat you’re purchasing is the highest quality possible. I use a butcher who’s known for his incredible selection and quality. You’ve never seen such vibrantly red steaks!
Next, it’s time to head to the farmer’s market for all the fresh fruits and vegetables I could need or want. There’s just something about farm-fresh fruits and veggies that you can’t find in a supermarket. The products are always the freshest and tastiest available, which makes all the difference when prepping for your ultimate cookout. Plus, farmer’s markets are all about in-season fruits and veggies, which is always how you should be eating.
In the end, for the ultimate Red Carter cookout, I’ll pick up a few pounds of juicy steak (rib eye or top sirloin), some plump pork chops, and lean chicken breasts. Then, for veggies, one of my favorites for grilling is asparagus. However, I also love grilled corn-on-the-cob and zucchini. And don’t forget the avocados!
Once you’ve got everything you want, the preparation begins by marinating the meat. This first step can make all the difference in flavor! I recommend getting a jump on the marinating process the night before. At least twelve-hours of marinating can really lock-in the tastes you love.
Then, day of, I start prepping by making a delicious guacamole dip. After all, you can’t go wrong with fresh guacamole and chips. Believe me, your guests will love it and the Red Carter guacamole recipe is far from complicated. All I use is freshly chopped avocado and a fresh squeeze of lemon. Stir and then enjoy. It’s beyond yummy!
While your guests are chowing down on guac and chips, it’s time to get to work on the veggies for grilling. Chop up all your ingredients and add some seasoning. I like to keep things simple with a little splash of olive oil, salt, and pepper. That’s really all you need to make deliciously grilled veggies.
As a women’s fashion designer, I always love when everything comes together exactly right, so the hosting is the fun part. I recommend setting up a table outdoors on the patio or in the middle of your yard if your patio isn’t big enough. Spruce up the décor with a vase of fresh-cut flowers and make sure you have all the drinks you could need on hand with a large barrel packed with ice and filled to the brim with beer, soda, water, and tea.
Then, once your guests start arriving, the true fun begins. With all your prep work done, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the fun. The goal of a Red Carter cookout is to make each and every guest feel at home. When you come to my house, I want you to enjoy the company, the atmosphere, and the food.
There’s truly nothing better than a summer evening outside with great food, great friends, and great fun!
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