A complete BBQ menu from cocktail to dessert based on Chicago’s 3-day country music festival, Windy City Smokeout. Guitars, every kind of BBQ sauce, cowboy hats & whole hog sandwiches = perfect inspo for summer eats.
A menu inspired by Windy City Smokeout.
Grab the grill, a cocktail and some cookie dough because I have the backyard BBQ menu for you! I spent last weekend with my high school girlfriends at our annual music festival in chi-town, WC Smokeout. Decked out in flower crowns and cowboy boots, we spent the whole three days laughing at inside jokes, busting out embarrassing dance moves and subsequently stuffing our faces – and loving every minute.
Windy City Smokeout came to party and we had our fill of the best grilled meat from BBQ buzz cities such as Nashville, Phoenix and Driftwood (and Chicago, of course). We spent the day listening to up and coming artists, playing corn hole and relaxing on pew benches. All while snacking on hot chicken from The Budlong and sipping Three Dots & a Dash tiki cocktails. I can’t even think about leaving all this inspiration to waste, so please see, share and plan for my WC Smokeout menu below!
Windy City Smokeout Menu: the cocktail.
With a full meal ahead of you, a light, crisp cocktail is in order. When I needed a break at the festival, Spiked Seltzer, hailing from CT, came to the rescue. Very similar to a La Croix & vod, this slightly-grapefruit-flavored drink was a refreshing, easy drink to wash down the BBQ – and the heat of the day. Bonus? It’s gluten-free, low carb and no-work-required!
Either sip solo or replace the sparkling water in Minted Cucumber Martini.
Windy City Smokeout Menu: the entree.
I will forever be in Lillie’s Q‘s debt for taking an old school idea and majorly upgrading it to deliciousness. When perusing the menu, I immediately had a huge crush on the Memphis Pulled Pork Walking Taco. And I was totally crushed when it sold out on the first day. Naturally, that fact made me want it even more. And I was not disappointed.
The BBQ Waco was filled with Lillie’s own Pimento Kettle Chips, topped with juicy pulled pork, a vinegar-based coleslaw and all the sauces you want. I topped mine with Carolina, Gold and Smokey BBQ sauce (because, I can never get enough sauce).
At home, I’d bust out the crock-pot and make Chowhound’s Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, grab a grocery coleslaw, BBQ sauce and top with pimento cheese because it is definitely not the same without it. Waco away!
Windy City Smokeout Menu: the side.
Well, one side in particular, because BBQ is not the same without potato salad (but now that I mention it, it’s not the same without Old Bay Fries too.). I will be honest, I only tried one potato salad at the festival and that was enough. This bowl of goodness is from Smoque BBQ right in Chicago.
Since I’m super curious about how to make everything I eat, I had to ask what was the key to this goodness. Hot off the press: three kinds of onion. I am the queen of onions so this really spoke to me (doesn’t onions do that to you too? Ha.). For the potato salad, be sure to include green onions, yellow onions and onion powder.
Windy City Smokeout Menu: the dessert.
I have been craving the cookie dough, served like ice cream, from Cookie Do ever since last weekend. And I don’t expect that to go away anytime soon! As the kid that always licked way to much for the batter bowl, I actually prefer this to ice cream.
The girls and I got to chatting and the benefits of cookie do is endless: feel-like-a-kid deliciousness, your choice of classic flavors (sugar cookie, chocolate chip and cake), all you need is one cup – because it is mighty sweet – and lastly, because it doesn’t melt as fast as ice cream. Perfect for outdoor entertaining.
Little did I know that my one of my girlfriends, Lauren, has been making this for her hubby for awhile now. Simply make cookie dough (sans eggs), mold into small balls and freeze. For extra addictive power, dip in melted chocolate before serving. Make these with Grand Mariner S’mores and they’ll be in sweet heaven! Cannot wait to try at home.
Windy City Smokout menu: the to do list.
Windy City Smokeout was an amazing event for every country music and BBQ dreamer. #1, I would definitely sign up for this event next year and #2 make the menu. A summary to do list is below!:
- Make like a mermaid and buy Spiked Seltzer.
- Buy Kettle chips, pulled pork, coleslaw, and pimento cheese.
- Chose a potato salad and add green onions, yellow onions and onion powder.
- Make cookie dough from scratch, without eggs. Lick the bowl.
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