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FANFOOD 4th of July BBQ Guide

 

 

As we head into July, there are a couple of events that carry over from June. Wimbledon matches continue with the championships played in the first weekend, and the 21 stages of the 100th Tour de France, which began on the 29th, wrap up later in the month. The 84th MLB ALL-Star Game is played in New York at Citi Field hosted by the Mets for just the second time since 1964. Make sure you cast your ballots before the July 4th deadline.

Speaking of the 4th, have you made plans for your BBQ, we have put together a helpful guide to throwing the best party ever, with tips, tricks and recipes for you to use to be the talk of the neighborhood. And speaking of food, don’t forget to tune into the Annual Hot Dog eating contest, and eat your own on the 23rd during National Hot Dog Day, or while running with the bulls.

It’s hard to believe, but the 2013/14 NFL football season gets underway as teams begin preparing as they hold their training camps this month, here you will find the location and start dates for all 32 squads. Also included is a look at the notable injuries and rehabs as teams enter the final phase of the offseason.

There are only 3 races on the schedule in July as NASCAR takes a week off in the middle of the month. The highlight of July is the annual 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup points race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The Brickyard 400.

If golf is your thing, The PGA Tour has some nice events this month. 2013 British Open features top golf pros who will gather in Scotland to compete for the historic Claret Jug trophy and the Open’s huge $1.5 million prize. This year marks the historic 142nd British Open just 20 miles east of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Finally, the United States will be the host nation of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. It’s the 12th edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup competition and 22nd CONCACAF regional championship overall in CONCACAF’s fifty years of existence. The competition will begin on July 7th 2013 at the Rose Bowl, and the end with the final on July 28th 2013 at Soldier Field.

Normally a quite month in sports, July has something for every fan.

 

 

 

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Major League Baseball

 

The first half of the Major League Baseball season is nearly in the books and teams will soon begin to gauge where they stand and what needs to be done going forward. As we head into July and near the break, the Pirates hold the best record in the bigs and take the #1 spot in the FANFOOD top 10.

Each MLB team will be sending at least one representative to Queens for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game in the coming weeks, but right after that, it’s back to business. Teams needing an additional second-half boost may look to talent in the minor leagues while others will rely on trades before the July 31 deadline. Other teams don’t need as much help, and if they can stay healthy, they should be considered locks to make the postseason this year.

Here are the FANFOOD Top 10 heading into the break:

 

  1. Pirates
  2. Rangers
  3. Cardinals 
  4. Tigers
  5. Red Sox
  6. Reds
  7. Braves
  8. Athletics
  9. Diamondbacks
  10. Orioles

 

MLB Schedule – July ’13

 

JulyGameGame Time
   Mon 1Detroit @ Toronto 1:07 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
San Diego @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Arizona @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
   Tue 2Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
San Francisco @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
Arizona @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
Miami @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Kansas City 8:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Colorado 8:40 PM ET
St. Louis @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
   Wed 3Milwaukee @ Washington 6:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
San Francisco @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Chi. White Sox 7:10 PM ET
Arizona @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
Miami @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Kansas City 8:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Colorado 8:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
   Thu 4Milwaukee @ Washington 11:05 AM ET
San Francisco @ Cincinnati 1:10 PM ET
Arizona @ NY Mets 1:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Boston 1:35 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh 1:35 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Minnesota 2:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Houston 2:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Chi. White Sox 2:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Kansas City 2:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Oakland 4:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
Miami @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Colorado 8:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ LA Angels 9:05 PM ET
   Fri 5Pittsburgh @ Chi. Cubs 4:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
San Diego @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
Seattle @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Houston @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Kansas City 8:10 PM ET
Miami @ St. Louis 8:15 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
Boston @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Sat 6Baltimore @ NY Yankees 1:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ Toronto 1:07 PM ET
Oakland @ Kansas City 2:10 PM ET
Miami @ St. Louis 2:15 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Chi. Cubs 4:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Cleveland 4:05 PM ET
San Diego @ Washington 4:05 PM ET
Seattle @ Cincinnati 4:10 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Tampa Bay 7:15 PM ET
Atlanta @ Philadelphia 7:15 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Francisco 7:15 PM ET
Houston @ Texas 7:15 PM ET
NY Mets @ Milwaukee 7:15 PM ET
Boston @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona 10:10 PM ET
   Sun 7Boston @ LA Angels TBD
Baltimore @ NY Yankees 1:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Cleveland 1:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ Toronto 1:07 PM ET
Seattle @ Cincinnati 1:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Philadelphia 1:35 PM ET
San Diego @ Washington 1:35 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Tampa Bay 1:40 PM ET
NY Mets @ Milwaukee 2:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Kansas City 2:10 PM ET
Miami @ St. Louis 2:15 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Chi. Cubs 2:20 PM ET
Houston @ Texas 3:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ San Francisco 4:05 PM ET
Colorado @ Arizona 4:10 PM ET
   Mon 8Texas @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
Washington @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
Boston @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
Colorado @ San Diego 10:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Tue 9Washington @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
Texas @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Detroit 7:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Chi. Cubs 8:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
Houston @ St. Louis 8:15 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
Boston @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
Colorado @ San Diego 10:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Wed 10Atlanta @ Miami 12:40 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Milwaukee 2:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ San Francisco 3:45 PM ET
Washington @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Detroit 7:05 PM ET
Texas @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Oakland @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Chi. Cubs 8:05 PM ET
Houston @ St. Louis 8:15 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
Boston @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
Colorado @ San Diego 10:10 PM ET
   Thu 11Toronto @ Cleveland 12:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ Tampa Bay 12:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ NY Yankees 1:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Detroit 1:05 PM ET
Boston @ Seattle 3:40 PM ET
Texas @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Washington @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Chi. Cubs 8:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
Colorado @ LA Dodgers 10:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ San Diego 10:10 PM ET
   Fri 12St. Louis @ Chi. Cubs 4:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Texas @ Detroit 7:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
Washington @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Houston @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Atlanta 7:30 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
Boston @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
Colorado @ LA Dodgers 10:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ San Diego 10:10 PM ET
   Sat 13Minnesota @ NY Yankees 1:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Atlanta 4:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Baltimore 4:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Philadelphia 4:05 PM ET
Houston @ Tampa Bay 4:10 PM ET
Kansas City @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Chi. Cubs 7:15 PM ET
Colorado @ LA Dodgers 7:15 PM ET
Washington @ Miami 7:15 PM ET
Texas @ Detroit 7:15 PM ET
NY Mets @ Pittsburgh 7:15 PM ET
Boston @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Arizona 10:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ San Diego 10:10 PM ET
   Sun 14Minnesota @ NY Yankees 1:05 PM ET
Texas @ Detroit 1:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Cleveland 1:05 PM ET
Washington @ Miami 1:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Pittsburgh 1:35 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Philadelphia 1:35 PM ET
Toronto @ Baltimore 1:35 PM ET
Cincinnati @ Atlanta 1:35 PM ET
Houston @ Tampa Bay 1:40 PM ET
Boston @ Oakland 4:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Arizona 4:10 PM ET
Colorado @ LA Dodgers 4:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Seattle 4:10 PM ET
San Francisco @ San Diego 4:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Chi. Cubs 8:05 PM ET
   Tue 16 MLB ALL-STAR GAME AL @ NL 8:05 PM ET
   Fri 19LA Dodgers @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
Philadelphia @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati 7:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Atlanta @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Kansas City 8:10 PM ET
Miami @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
San Diego @ St. Louis 8:15 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Colorado 8:40 PM ET
Oakland @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Sat 20Tampa Bay @ Toronto 1:07 PM ET
Philadelphia @ NY Mets 1:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Chi. White Sox 4:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Boston 4:05 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati 4:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Kansas City 7:10 PM ET
Miami @ Milwaukee 7:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Houston 7:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Minnesota 7:10 PM ET
San Diego @ St. Louis 7:15 PM ET
Baltimore @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Colorado 8:10 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco 9:05 PM ET
Oakland @ LA Angels 9:05 PM ET
   Sun 21Tampa Bay @ Toronto 1:07 PM ET
Philadelphia @ NY Mets 1:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati 1:10 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Washington 1:35 PM ET
Detroit @ Kansas City 2:10 PM ET
Miami @ Milwaukee 2:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Houston 2:10 PM ET
Cleveland @ Minnesota 2:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ Chi. White Sox 2:10 PM ET
San Diego @ St. Louis 2:15 PM ET
Oakland @ LA Angels 3:35 PM ET
Arizona @ San Francisco 4:05 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Colorado 4:10 PM ET
Baltimore @ Texas 7:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Boston 8:05 PM ET
   Mon 22Pittsburgh @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Kansas City 8:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
Miami @ Colorado 8:40 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
Minnesota @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Tue 23Pittsburgh @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
Atlanta @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Kansas City 8:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
Oakland @ Houston 8:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ St. Louis 8:15 PM ET
Miami @ Colorado 8:40 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
Minnesota @ LA Angels 10:05 PM ET
Cleveland @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Wed 24Oakland @ Houston 2:10 PM ET
Minnesota @ LA Angels 3:35 PM ET
Cleveland @ Seattle 3:40 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
LA Dodgers @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
Atlanta @ NY Mets 7:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Baltimore @ Kansas City 8:10 PM ET
Detroit @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Milwaukee 8:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ St. Louis 8:15 PM ET
Miami @ Colorado 8:40 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
Cincinnati @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Thu 25Atlanta @ NY Mets 12:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Washington 12:35 PM ET
NY Yankees @ Texas 2:05 PM ET
Detroit @ Chi. White Sox 2:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Milwaukee 2:10 PM ET
Miami @ Colorado 3:10 PM ET
Houston @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ St. Louis 7:15 PM ET
Baltimore @ Kansas City 8:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
LA Angels @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ LA Dodgers 10:10 PM ET
   Fri 26NY Mets @ Washington 1:35 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ NY Yankees 7:05 PM ET
Texas @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Boston @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Washington 7:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Detroit 7:05 PM ET
Houston @ Toronto 7:07 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
St. Louis @ Atlanta 7:30 PM ET
Kansas City @ Chi. White Sox 8:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Colorado 8:40 PM ET
San Diego @ Arizona 9:40 PM ET
LA Angels @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ Seattle 10:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ LA Dodgers 10:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ San Francisco 10:15 PM ET
   Sat 27Tampa Bay @ NY Yankees 1:05 PM ET
Houston @ Toronto 1:07 PM ET
NY Mets @ Washington 3:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Oakland 3:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Atlanta 3:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ Seattle 4:10 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Detroit 7:05 PM ET
Boston @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
Texas @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Chi. White Sox 7:10 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Colorado 8:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Arizona 8:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ San Francisco 9:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ LA Dodgers 9:10 PM ET
   Sun 28Texas @ Cleveland 1:05 PM ET
Philadelphia @ Detroit 1:05 PM ET
Tampa Bay @ NY Yankees 1:05 PM ET
Houston @ Toronto 1:07 PM ET
Pittsburgh @ Miami 1:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Washington 1:35 PM ET
Boston @ Baltimore 1:35 PM ET
St. Louis @ Atlanta 1:35 PM ET
Kansas City @ Chi. White Sox 2:10 PM ET
Chi. Cubs @ San Francisco 4:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Oakland 4:05 PM ET
Minnesota @ Seattle 4:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Colorado 4:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ LA Dodgers 4:10 PM ET
San Diego @ Arizona 4:10 PM ET
   Mon 29Chi. White Sox @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
Colorado @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
NY Mets @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
LA Angels @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Chi. Cubs 8:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
Cincinnati @ San Diego 10:10 PM ET
   Tue 30Milwaukee @ Chi. Cubs 2:20 PM ET
St. Louis @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Houston @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
Washington @ Detroit 7:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Colorado @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Chi. Cubs 8:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
Toronto @ Oakland 10:05 PM ET
NY Yankees @ LA Dodgers 10:10 PM ET
Cincinnati @ San Diego 10:10 PM ET
   Wed 31Washington @ Detroit 1:05 PM ET
Toronto @ Oakland 3:35 PM ET
Cincinnati @ San Diego 3:40 PM ET
Chi. White Sox @ Cleveland 7:05 PM ET
Houston @ Baltimore 7:05 PM ET
San Francisco @ Philadelphia 7:05 PM ET
St. Louis @ Pittsburgh 7:05 PM ET
NY Mets @ Miami 7:10 PM ET
Arizona @ Tampa Bay 7:10 PM ET
Seattle @ Boston 7:10 PM ET
Colorado @ Atlanta 7:10 PM ET
Milwaukee @ Chi. Cubs 8:05 PM ET
LA Angels @ Texas 8:05 PM ET
Kansas City @ Minnesota 8:10 PM ET
NY Yankees @ LA Dodgers 10:10 PM ET

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84th MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field

 

It’s the Mid-Summer Classic — as the best players and heaviest hitters from the American League and National Leagues face off to do battle. Who selects the All Star team? Online voting among players AND fans began just before mid-season and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Thursday, July 4, 2013.

Click here to cast your ballot.

From Saturday, July 6 to Thursday, July 11, be sure to return to MLB.com and cast your 2013 All-Star Game Final Vote for the final player for each League’s All-Star roster.

When all the votes are in, the 84th edition of the MLB All Star Game takes place on Tuesday, July 16 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. The Mets haven’t hosted an All-Star Game since 1964 at Shea Stadium. There have been seven All-Star Games in New York, dating back to the second one in 1934 at the Polo Grounds.

Televised nationwide on FOX, pre-game hoopla begins at 8 PM ET on July 16. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage.

Click here for the official website.

 

2013 Schedule of Events

 

Friday, July 12 – Tuesday, July 16:

Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest, Javits Center NYC

Sunday, July 14:

SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and
Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game 2:00pm

Monday, July 15:

All-Star Workout Day at Citi Field &

The Home Run Derby, 8:00 pm

Tuesday, July 16:

84th MLB All-Star Game, 8:00pm

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2013 NFL Training Camps

 

We have entered the quietest time of the NFL calendar — the break between the offseason programs and training camp. Teams in the NFL assemble in late July to officially begin the march toward the 2013 season. Next up, Training Camps.

Training camp is where it all starts and when teams begin forming the group of players that will take them through the 2013 season. As camps unfold and teams slowly dwindle down to their 53-man rosters.

Training camp is used in several different ways. New players and coaches use it to acclimate themselves to new teammates and systems. For younger players, it serves as a period of evaluation; for veterans, it is time to round back into form. Training camp is divided into several different components. The first is scrimmages. These are pseudo-games where teams run nearly full games’ worth of plays. Sometimes, two practice sessions are held on the same day. This concept is referred to as two-a-days. Other parts of training camp include drills, meetings with coaches and other players at one’s position, weight training, and pre-season games. The latter half of training camp leads directly into the exhibition season.

More and more teams are practicing close to home. In fact, 20 out of 32 NFL teams hold camp at home.  Here are the practice locations for all the teams in the NFL along with the start dates.

 

TeamSiteLocationSinceStart
Arizona CardinalsUniversity of Phoenix StadiumGlendale, AZ20137/26
Atlanta FalconsFalcons training facilityFlowery Branch, GA20057/25
Baltimore RavensRavens training facilityOwings Mills, MA20127/25
Buffalo BillsSt. John Fisher CollegePittsford, NY20007/28
Carolina PanthersWofford CollegeSpartanburg, SC19957/25
Chicago BearsOlivet Nazarene UniversityBourbonnais, IL20027/25
Cincinnati BengalsPaul Brown StadiumCincinnati, OH20127/25
Cleveland BrownsBrowns training facilityBerea, OH19927/25
Dallas CowboysRiver Ridge Playing FieldsOxnard, CA20017/21
Denver BroncosPaul D. Bowlen Memorial CtrDove Valley, CO20037/26
Detroit LionsDetroit Lions training facilityAllen Park, MI20027/23
Green Bay PackersSt. Norbert CollegeDe Pere, WI19587/26
Houston TexansTexans training facilityHouston, TX7/26
Indianapolis ColtsAnderson UniversityAnderson, IN20107/28
Jacksonville JaguarsEverBank FieldJacksonville, FL19967/26
Kansas City ChiefsMissouri Western State UnivSt. Joseph, MO7/26
Miami DolphinsDolphins Training FacilityDavie, FL19937/29
Minnesota VikingsMinnesota State UnivMankato, MN19617/26
New England PatriotsGillette StadiumFoxboro, MA20027/26
New Orleans SaintsSaints training facilityMetairie, LA7/26
New York GiantsSUNY at AlbanyAlbany, NY7/25
New York JetsSUNY at CortlandCortland, NY7/27
Oakland RaidersNapa Valley MarriottNapa Valley, CA7/25
Philadelphia EaglesNovaCare Training ComplexPhiladelphia, PA20137/26
Pittsburgh SteelersSaint Vincent CollegeLatrobe, PA19667/27
St. Louis RamsRussell Athletic Training CtrEarth City, MO7/25
San Diego ChargersChargers ParkSan Diego, CA7/25
San Francisco 49ers49ers complexSanta Clara, CA7/26
Seattle SeahawksVirginia Mason Athletic CtrRenton, WA7/25
Tampa Bay BuccaneersOne Buccaneer PlaceTampa, FL7/25
Tennessee TitansBaptist Sports ParkNashville, TN7/25
Washington RedskinsRedskins Training CenterRichmond, VA20137/25

 

Here’s a look at the notable injuries and rehabs as teams enter the final phase of the offseason:

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback

Big Ben is recovering quickly after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in early June. He threw to receivers during this week’s minicamp and said Tuesday, “It feels great.” The quarterback was supposed to be sidelined until training camp, but he said Thursday he could suit up two Sundays from now if need be. Disaster avoided.

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys quarterback

Romo also threw at minicamp following an April procedure to remove a cyst from his back. The Cowboys are treating him with kid gloves and “erring on the side of caution,” but Romo is expected to be 100 percent by training camp. In the meantime, he’s doing his best Peyton Manning act.

Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins quarterback

NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington reported Tuesday that Griffin was dropping back and throwing passes, but still a “little ginger” on rollouts. The Redskins passer expects “without a doubt” to be ready for training camp. Next stop: RGIII will meet this week with surgeon to the NFL stars, Dr. James Andrews, for a checkup.

Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots tight end

NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Gronk will undergo back surgery Tuesday following multiple operations on his broken forearm. NFL.com’s Albert Breer first reported in May that a mid-June surgery likely would keep the tight end sidelined for training camp and possibly even the first week of the season. Gronk’s return is a moving target, and we doubt the Patriots rush him back before he’s ready.

Victor Butler, New Orleans Saints outside linebacker

A key pass rusher for the Saints, Butler went down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament this week after a practice collision with running back Mark Ingram. Butler reportedly is scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday and almost certainly is lost for the year. A rough-and-tumble setback for Rob Ryan’s D.

Brian Cushing, Houston Texans inside linebacker

Cushing is coming off season-ending knee surgery, but he told reporters Friday he expects to be cleared by Dr. Andrews on July 17. He didn’t participate in organized team activities or minicamp, but Cushing told The Associated Press, “As far as camp goes, the first day, I’ll be out there. I’ll be in pads.”

Melvin Ingram, San Diego Chargers outside linebacker

Ingram suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament during OTAs in May. He went under the knife soon after and his chances for a return in 2013 are slim. The team hasn’t ruled that out.

Ed Reed, Houston Texans safety

Coming off hip surgery, Reed has been hazy about his availability for the regular-season opener. “I can’t speak about Week 1 because I’m rehabbing right now,” Reed told NFL Network’s “NFL AM” on June 6, before adding, “I will be there the first game.” In other words, ignore this storyline for a month.

Haloti Ngata, Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman

Ngata is still recovering from the sprained left knee he suffered in the Super Bowl. He was limited during OTAs and again during this week’s minicamp. The Baltimore Sun noted that Ngata’s goal remains unchanged: He plans to be in playing shape by training camp.

Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears wide receiver

Marshall was held out of some minicamp drills this week, but said earlier in the month he feels no pain after offseason hip surgery. “I’m 100 percent now. I’m ready to go.”

DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys defensive end

Ware still is recuperating from surgery on a torn labrum that caused his shoulder to pop out repeatedly last season. The pass rusher has yet to be cleared by team doctors and didn’t participate in this week’s minicamp, but Ware told “NFL AM” on Monday that he could play today, if there was a game. Everyone says that, but Ware has plenty of time until camp starts.

Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts running back

Bradshaw’s right foot still is in a boot and coach Chuck Pagano doesn’t plan to press his luck with the Colts’ newest addition. “There’s no need to rush him,” Pagano told The Indianapolis Star. The former New York Giants running back expects to be ready for camp, and we expect him to assume a starting role from Day 1.

Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver

Crabtree had stitches removed from his torn right Achilles tendon on June 3 following his surgery on May 22. If he can stay with the aggressive rehab schedule his surgeon, Dr. Dan Solomon, laid out, Crabtree might make it back for the final month of the season.

Mario Manningham, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver

When asked if Manningham would be ready for the regular season, coach Jim Harbaugh answered “at some point.” At this point, it would not be a surprise if the wideout opens the season on the physically unable to perform list coming off major knee surgery. Paging A.J. Jenkins.

Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers running back

We learned this week that Stewart is on the mend from surgery on both ankles. He’s been a ghost during offseason activities, and his status for the start of training camp is shaky.

Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars running back

Jones-Drew is coming off a Lisfranc procedure, but the Jaguars back has been sprinting for a month now and believes he’ll be in good shape for camp. How good? MJD told reporters this week he has the body of a 23-year-old. We’ll see about that.

Louis Delmas, Detroit Lions safety

Coach Jim Schwartz expects Delmas to be ready for camp, but his troubled knees aren’t 100 percent. Delmas missed the entire offseason program after playing in only eight games last season. “We’re prepared for Lou to be our leader on defense and to be out there for 16 games, but we’re certainly prepared for him not to be out there,” Shwartz recently said. “Hopefully that won’t be the case.”

Santonio Holmes, New York Jets wide receiver

Still mending from his season-ending Lisfranc injury, Holmes offered a terse “No comment” Wednesday when asked if he’d be ready for the start of the regular season. It’s a tough injury to bounce back from, and there are questions if Holmes will be the same when he returns.

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NASCAR

 

There are only 3 races on the schedule in July as NASCAR takes a week off in the middle of the month. The highlight of July is the annual 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup points race held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The Brickyard 400.

The event, when first held in 1994, marked the first race other than the Indianapolis 500 to be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1916. In its first year, the Brickyard 400 became NASCAR’s most-attended event, drawing an estimated crowd of more than 250,000 spectators in 1994. It also pays NASCAR’s second-highest purse (second only to the Daytona 500).

The term “Brickyard” is in reference to the nickname historically used for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The course was paved in brick in 1909, and a one-yard strip of brick remains exposed at the start/finish line

The race is currently part of the Super Weekend at the Brickyard, which features races for the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and Grand Am.

 

NASCAR Schedule – July ’13

 

#DateEventTrackTimeTV
19Sat 7/06Coke Zero 400DAYTONA INTL SPEEDWAY7:30 PMTNT

 

#DateEventTrackTimeTV
20Sun 7/14New Hampshire 300New Hampshire Speedway1:00 PMTNT

 

#DateEventTrackTimeTV
21Sun 7/28Brickyard 400INDIANAPOLIS SPEEDWAY1:00 PMESPN

 

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PGA Tour – FedEx Cup

 

The FedExCup is a season-long competition in which players accumulate points in each eligible FedExCup Points event. At the end of the season, the winning player will be crowned the PGA TOUR FedExCup Champion. The PGA TOUR season is currently divided into two segmenst — the PGA TOUR season and the FedExCup Playoffs. Begining in 2013-14, there will also be five “season opening events” that award FedExCup points. This will be the first time the TOUR goes to a wrap-around schedule.

The Playoffs include four events from the middle of August to the middle of September with the FedExCup points leader following the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola winning the season-long competition and its $10 million bonus.

The 2013 PGA TOUR Season will feature 36 events before the FedExCup Playoffs starting with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii and ending with the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. The 2013 FedExCup Playoffs will consist of The Barclays, Deutsche Bank Championship, BMW Championship and the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola with a break coming between the second and third events.

This Month the highlight of the tour is the British Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Links in East Lothian, Scotland.

 

PGA Tour Schedule – July ’13

DatesEvent/Course/PurseTVChamp ’12pts
Jul 4 – 7The Greenbrier Classic CBSTed Potter, Jr.500
The Old White TPC, White Sulphur Springs, WVGOLF$1,098,000
Purse: $6,300,000
Jul 11 – 14John Deere Classic CBSZach Johnson500
TPC Deere Run, Silvis, ILGOLF$828,000
Purse: $4,600,000
Jul 18 – 21Sanderson Farms Championship GOLFScott Stallings300
Annandale GC, Madison, MS$540,000
Purse: $3,000,000
Jul 18 – 21The Open Championship ESPNErnie Els600
Muirfield, East Lothian, SCO$1,405,890
Purse: $8,000,000
Jul 25 – 28RBC Canadian Open CBSScott Piercy500
Glen Abbey GC, Oakville,Ontario, CanGOLF$936,000
Purse: $5,600,000

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British Open

 

The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers – as the golf club at Muirfield is properly known – is one of the oldest golf clubs in the world, and the source of the earliest written rules of golf, which date back to 1744. Yet the club has only been based at Muirfield comparatively recently: it was in 1891 that the current course was opened and the club moved from its previous home at the links in nearby Musselburgh. Just a year later, in 1892, Muirfield hosted the first of its fifteen Open Championships, which was won by Harold Hilton, one of only three amateurs to have lifted the Claret Jug.

The course is renowned among golfers as being perhaps the fairest test of all the Open venues, with few of the quirky bounces and hidden danger that links courses often contain. Two circuits of nine rotate in opposite directions, the back nine looping inside the front nine, ensuring that the golfer is never faced with the same wind direction on two consecutive holes. As Jack Nicklaus once put it, “What you see is what you get.”

the 2013 British Open features top golf pros who will gather in Scotland to compete for the historic Claret Jug trophy and the Open’s huge $1.5 million prize.This year marks the historic 142nd British Open just 20 miles east of Edinburgh, Scotland –

The 142nd Open Championship Schedule 

Thursday, July 18 to Sunday, July 21, 2013.

TV Schedule:

THURSDAY, JULY 18:

ESPN
5:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 

FRIDAY, JULY 19:

ESPN
5:00 AM – 3:00 PM

 

SATURDAY, JULY 20:

ESPN
7:00 AM – 2:30 PM

 

SUNDAY, JULY 21:

ESPN
8:00 AM – 1:30 PM

ABC
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

 

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ATP  Tour

 

The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) was formed in September 1972 by Donald Dell, Jack Kramer, and Cliff Drysdale to protect the interests of male professional tennis players. The ATP World Tour is an evolution of the tour competitions previously known as Grand Prix tennis tournaments and World Championship Tennis (WCT).

 

ATP World Tour Schedule – July ’13

DatesEventLocationSurface
Jun 24 – Jul 7WimbledonLondon, EnglandGrass
 Jul 8 – Jul 14Swedish OpenBastad, SwedenClay
 Jul 8 – Jul 14Hall of Fame ChampionshipsNewport, Rhode Island, USAGrass
 Jul 8 – Jul 14MercedesCupStuttgart, GermanyClay
 Jul 15 – Jul 21Claro Open ColombiaBogota, ColombiaHard
 Jul 15 – Jul 21Tennis Masters HamburgHamburg, Germany
 Jul 22 – Jul 28Atlanta Tennis ChampionshipsJohns Creek, Georgia, United StatesHard
 Jul 22 – Jul 28Croatia Open UmagUmag, CroatiaClay
 Jul 22 – Jul 28Farmers ClassicLos Angeles, California, USAHard
 Jul 22 – Jul 28Suisse Open GstaadGstaad, SwitzerlandClay
 Jul 28 – Aug 4Citi OpenCollege Park, Maryland, United StatesHard
 Jul 29 – Aug 4Generali OpenKitzbuehel, AustriaClay

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Wimbledon

 

The Championships, Wimbledon, “The Wimbledon Championships” or simply Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and widely considered the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London since 1877. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments (Majors), the others being the Australian Open, French Open and US Open. Wimbledon is the only Major still played on grass, the game’s original surface, which gave the game its original name of “lawn tennis”.

 

Play continues from June…

 

Wimbledon TV Schedule – July ’13

 

Monday, July 1

7:00 AM-5:00 PM Round of 16 (Court 1 and outer courts) ESPN2
8:00 AM-3:00 PM Round of 16 (Centre Court) ESPN

Tuesday, July 2

7:00 AM-4:00 PM Women’s Quarterfinals (Court 1) ESPN2
8:00 AM-1:00 PM Women’s Quarterfinals (Centre Court) ESPN

Wednesday, July 3

7:00 AM-4:00 PM Men’s Quarterfinals (Court 1) ESPN2
8:00 AM-3:00 PM Men’s Quarterfinals (Centre Court) ESPN

Thursday, July 4

7:00-8:00 AM “Breakfast at Wimbledon” ESPN
8:00 AM-1:00 PM Women’s Semifinals ESPN

Friday, July 5

7:00-8:00 AM “Breakfast at Wimbledon” ESPN
8:00 AM-2:00 PM Men’s Semifinals ESPN

Saturday, July 6

8:00-9:00 AM “Breakfast at Wimbledon” ESPN
9:00 AM-3:00 PM Women’s Final ESPN
3:00-6:00 PM Women’s Final (encore) ABC

Sunday, July 7

8:00-9:00 AM “Breakfast at Wimbledon” ESPN
9:00 AM-3:00 PM Men’s Final ESPN
3:00-6:00 PM Men’s Final (encore) ABC

 

Click here for the official website

Click here for the scores and schedules

 

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2013 Tour de France

 

The historic 100th edition of the Tour de France to kick off this year beginning on Saturday, June 29, 2013 as an international petelon of world-class bikers embark on the hopeful road to Tour de France glory.

Starting on the isle of Corsica before returning to mainland France, the 2013 Tour will continue on for 21 stages to the Champs-Elysees Paris finish on Sunday, July 21, 2013

Starting in the south, the world’s most famous bicycle race make its way down toward a traditional Paris finish after covering almost 3,600 kilometres — over a route ranging from pleasantly flat …. to treacherously steep and mountainous. This year’s race features one of the most grueling mountains tours in Tour de France history, with four days of racing in the Alps before the 2013 winner is crowned on the Champs Élysées.

Also for the first time ever, a nightime finish is in the making with the final stage scheduled to conclude at 9:45 PM — featuring a complete trip up the Champs Élysées and a lap around the Arc de Triomphe as Paris bills itself as the City of Light.

 

2013 Tour de France on TV

 

NBC Sports Network will provide live coverage throughout the race. with anticipated live network television coverage of the dramatic mountain stages on NBC.

 

2013 Tour de France Schedule

 

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2013 Tour de France route and schedule:

 

 

 

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2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup

 

The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be the 12th edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup competition and 22nd CONCACAF regional championship overall in CONCACAF’s fifty years of existence. The United States will be the host nation.

The competition will begin on July 7th 2013 at the Rose Bowl, and the end with the final on July 28th 2013 at Soldier Field.

Canada kicks off the tournament at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, facing Martinique on July 7th at 5:30 p.m. ET. Mexico will play Panama in the second fixture of the day at 8:00 pm. The United States opens its Gold Cup at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland, going against Belize at 11:00 p.m. ET on July 9th.

The group stage of the Gold Cup runs for nine days from July 7-16th. After a four-day break, the tournament resumes with the quarterfinals in the Georgia Dome at Atlanta and M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on July 20-21st. The semifinals will be on July 24th in Dallas at Cowboys Stadium. The tournament concludes with the final in Chicago at Soldier Field at 4:00 p.m. ET on the 28th.

Thirty venues across the United States participated in the start of the stadium selection process with Soccer United Marketing, the event partner for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Here are the host cities and venues for the tournament. Each venue will host two matches and the final match in Chicago.

venues:

Group A

Los Angeles – Rose Bowl (Pasadena, CA)

Seattle – CenturyLink Field (Seattle, WA)

Denver – Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver, CO)

Group B

New York – Red Bull Arena (Harrison, NJ)

Miami – Sun Life Stadium (Miami Gardens, FL)

Houston – BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, TX)

Group C

Portland – Jeld-Wen Field (Portland, OR)

Salt Lake City – Rio Tinto Stadium (Sandy, UT)

Hartford – Rentschler Field (East Hartford, CT)

Quarter Finals

Atlanta – Georgia Dome (Atlanta, GA)

Baltimore – M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, MD)

Semi Finals

Dallas – Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, TX)

Final

Chicago – Soldier Field (Chicago, IL)

 

Here are the Groups

Group A

Mexico
Panama
Canada
Martinique

Group B

Honduras
El Salvador
Trinidad and Tobago
Haiti

Group C

United States
Costa Rica
Belize
Cuba

 

2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Schedule – July ’13

all matches to be aired on Univision, Fox Soccer Channel, Sportsnet World

July 7 - Rose Bowl, Los Angeles, CA

Canada vs Martinique, 5:30 p.m. ET
Mexico vs Panama, 8:00 p.m. ET

July 8 - Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ

El Salvador vs Trinidad and Tobago, 7:00 p.m. ET
Haiti vs Honduras, 9:00 p.m. ET

July 9 - Jeld-Wen Field, Portland, OR

Costa Rica vs Cuba, 8:30 p.m. ET
Belize vs United States, 11:00 p.m. ET

July 11 - CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA

Panama vs Martinique, 8:30 p.m. ET
Mexico vs Canada, 11:00 p.m. ET

July 12Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL

Trinidad and Tobago vs Haiti, 7:00 p.m. ET
Honduras vs El Salvador, 9:30 p.m. ET

July 13Rio Tinto Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT

United States vs Cuba, 4:00 p.m. ET
Costa Rica vs Belize, 6:30 p.m. ET

July 14Sports Authority Field, Denver, CO

Martinique vs Mexico, 4:00 p.m. ET
Panama vs Canada, 6:30 p.m. ET

July 15BBVA Compass Field, Houston, TX

El Salvador vs Haiti, 7:00 p.m. ET
Honduras vs Trinidad and Tobago, 9:30 p.m. ET

July 16Rentschler Field, Hartford, CT

Cuba vs Belize, 5:30 p.m. ET
United States vs Costa Rica, 8:00 p.m. ET

July 20Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

A2 vs B2, 3:00 p.m. ET
A1 vs B3/C3, 6:00 p.m. ET

July 21M & T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD

B1 vs C2, 4:00 p.m. ET
C1 vs A3/B3, 7:00 p.m. ET

July 24Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, TX

C1 vs A3/B3 vs B1/C2
A1 or B3/C3 vs A2/B2

July 28Soldier Field, Chicago, IL

Winners of both semifinals face in championship game.

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FANFOOD 4th of July BBQ Party Guide

 

Whether you’re lighting up the grill on the 4th of July or waiting for the weekend, a good BBQ takes planning. So, if you’re having a few friends over and enjoying some cold ones to celebrate the 4th, start getting your game plan together now. Of course, if you’re like us, you don’t just want to throw a good BBQ, you want to throw the best damn barbecue the free land has ever seen. Here’s how to do it:

When cooking for a large gathering make sure you prepare something for everyone. Throw on a couple of Hot Dogs for the kids while you are grilling the rest. In fact, try getting the kids fed first to alleviate their hunger for summer foods and let them finish off with some flag fudge.

 

Cooking and Recipes

When putting together a meal decide the best way to prepare the dishes quickly and easily. Start off with some great appetizers for the grill or other appetizers.

If you want tradition then you need a good recipe for Potato Salad, Cole Slaw or Barbecue Beans. There are over 250 recipes on this site for you to choose from to create a great menu for your 4th of July Party.

 

 

FANFOOD RECIPES

 

Appetizers | Marinades | Rubs | Chili | Vegetables | Sandwiches

Pizza | Meats | Sauces | Breakfast | Desserts | Holiday | Drinks |

Equipment & Technique |

 

Vegetarians at a BBQ? 

If you or some of your guests are vegetarians you can still do some 4th of July entertaining, only vegetarian style. Vegetarian grilling can be more than just veggie burgers, but you will be a success if you make them from scratch.

 

Desserts

Remember to cool things off with some Frozen Delights or go the extra mile with Italian ice cream. There is a lot you can do with desserts like a nice dish of dirt, Summery Fruit Candies or a margarita pie.

 

Drinks

Don’t forget the iced tea, or even the iced coffee. Coordinate your drinks with the meal and the season. A nice Sangria will go great with grilled foods. There are also a lot of cool, refreshing summer cocktails you can choose from. You might even what to check out some patriotic drinks for this July 4th. Of course no great cookout is complete without beer. What you need to make this even particularly patriotic is a good selection of beers. Refresh your knowledge of all things whiskey. You will know what you are talking about.

 

FANFOOD BBQ Tips & Tricks:

Here are some tips that will ensure you’ll be the perfect barbecue host

  • Keep all your barbecuing tools handy – tongs, chopping boards, insulated gloves, brushes ect. Have a plan to light your charcoal, and don’t use lighter fluid, nobody wants to taste it. Always use natural charcoal free of additives.
  • Never mix together different raw foods (i.e. fish and chicken) in the same marinade. Always keep in separate containers. Use separate chopping boards and utensils for handling raw and cooked foods to prevent cross-contamination
  • Remove meat and poultry from the fridge an hour before cooking and leave covered in a cool kitchen until required. This will help bring the food back to an ambient temperature, and will result in a more succulent cooked result.
  • Always know how many guests you are expecting and make sure you are seated near to the kitchen. This means you won’t be barging past your guests when going to and from the house.
  • Keep plenty of iced water handy – particularly if you’re barbecuing on a hot day. If you stick with the beer or wine your guests will soon be dehydrated (and you maybe too tipsy to tend the barbecue).
  • Prepare dressings for salads and marinades for the barbecue in advance to be one step ahead of yourself. You can even make your very own mayonnaise. Meat & Poultry will benefit from marinating overnight in the refrigerator rather than for an hour just prior to barbecuing, so do as much preparation ahead of time as possible.
  • Have a good link to a weather website, preferably one with live doppler radar, so you know what is coming and when.
  • If you’re having a barbecue at night, don’t forget to consider the lighting.
  • Check with your guests if they have any special dietary requirements.
  • Burning citrus candles is a great way to keep the bugs at bay and stop them biting your guests, especially if you’re serving any sweet food or drinks.
  • If you’re having an afternoon barbecue, make sure there’s plenty of shade to avoid sticky sun burnt guests.
  • Pork, sausages, burgers and chicken in particular, must always be cooked through to the center. It might look cooked on the outside but can still be raw in the middle. Check by piercing the thickest part with the point of a sharp knife. If the juices run clear then the meat is ready. Any sign if pink juices will require further cooking. Get yourself a digital thermometer, it’ll come in handy, trust me.
  • Be aware of wind direction and the proximity of neighbors when placing your BBQ.
  • Clean your charcoal barbecue after each use, once the grill has cooled down – a wire brush and warm soapy water is all that is needed – little and often is secret. Your gas barbecue can be cleaned by simply burning off the grill for 10 minutes. Have a plan for your used charcoal.

Schedule a couple of days to go shopping for the items on your lists. Here is a simple countdown to take you through the final two weeks leading up to the big day.

Two Weeks Before:

- Confirm your guest list, order your beef if fresh and give out specific assignments to guests that are contributing meals.
- Finalize your shopping lists.
- Inventory your table and kitchen supplies.
- Make arrangements to borrow or rent any items that you lack.

One Week Before:

- Purchase wine, beer, soft drinks.
- Shop for non-perishables.
- Select music.
- If using frozen meats, plan the day to begin to thaw. The rule of thumb is to allow one day for every five pounds of meat.
- Make a plan for cleaning your house, particularly the rooms that will likely be seen by guests. De-clutter the messiest rooms first.

Two Days Before:

- Purchase all perishable ingredients.
- Begin cleaning and chopping any vegetables for the dips and side dishes.
- Bake and freeze any pies or other desserts that can be frozen.
- Prepare recipes such as dips, marinades, sauces. Make a written plan for cooking your meal.

One Day Before:

- Clean the bathroom, dust and vacuum all rooms guests will be using, especially the dining room and kitchen and back deck.
- Set the table if you are setting up a buffet; take out all of the serving pieces.
- Finish preparing and bake your pies.
- Prepare and refrigerate salads.

Day of the Party:

- Ask someone to pick up any bread or rolls or ice you may need.
- Finish preparing appetizers, first courses, and/or side dishes.
- Turn on your music.
- Take fifteen minutes before guests arrive to freshen yourself and relax.
- Welcome guests.
- Start Cooking
- Set out the food, and count your blessings!

Preparing a BBQ doesn’t need to stressful. Many dishes can be prepared many hours in advance of the meal. Some preparations benefit from sitting for a time before being served. Even if the whole dish cannot be completed early in the day, the preparation of the ingredients can be. Ingredients can be cleaned, cut, blanched, and otherwise made ready for their final cooking.

Plan Ahead

If you decide what to cook early, have all ingredients on hand, and cook some of the meal ahead of time, you can save yourself a lot of stress. On the day before you can make your pies, and prepare and refrigerate salads.

Simplify Cooking

If you can take shortcuts, take them. For example, you can buy pre-made dips, and marinades, and bake pies purchased from the store.

Try Fewer Side Dishes

It’s a lot of fun to have a feast, and there are many creative recipes this time of year, but if you cut down on side dishes, you can save yourself quite a bit of time and effort. Just pick a side and vegetable or two, and make a lot of them. This way, while there’s less variety, there’s plenty of food.

Let Others Help

Another fun way to simplify your meal is to let others help with the side dishes. If you’re having other people come, you can just let everyone bring a side dish or dessert while you supply the meat. If you’re only cooking for your own household, you can let everyone in the house be responsible for one side. This lets everyone feel good that they’ve contributed to the joy of the feast.

Final Tips

Try to relax and enjoy your guests. Accept help when it’s volunteered – you don’t have to do it all by yourself. Remember that everything doesn’t have to be perfect to build those long-cherished memories. Many times it’s the little imperfections that nestle into the warmest spot of your heart.

 

 

Perhaps more important than hosting a BBQ, observing the 4th evokes a special feeling of pride and patriotism, celebrated with 4th of July fireworks shows, parades and displaying the American flag.

After all, it was patriot John Adams himself who declared in 1776 that the 4th of July should always ” be commemorated ….with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

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