Father’s Day Practice Cookout for Under $30 Bucks

We decided to cookout for Father’s Day but needed to “practice” before the real day.  Walmart challenged me to buy food to cook for $30 bucks or less, which was quite a challenge for us since our practice cookout would include about 9 people.

Our menu included the following:

  • slab of Spare ribs $13
  • chunk of chicken thighs $5
  • Fresh corn on the cob @$.33 each = $.88
  • 5lb bag of red potatoes $3.50
  • 2 cans of Bush’s Grillin’ Beans @$1.27 each (on sale) = $2.54
  • Deviled Eggs (we had eggs so I didn’t include that in the cost but if I had, it would only have added a buck more)

Total cost for the meal was $24.92 WOOHOO!  So that’s $2.76 per plate since there was 9 folks and I even had some left over!

We decided to go with fresh corn, shucks and all just for kicks. We hadn’t cooked it like that in a long time but thought we’d give it a try.  I’ll admit, I prefer freezer corn myself but it was still good.  We soaked the cobs in water for an hour or so, pulled & cleaned the shucks, buttered them up, put the shucks back up, and tied shut with a shuck string. I’m cracking up at all the shucks in that sentence and I don’t even know if that’s how you spell it!! LOL

To keep most of the cooking outside, we also chose to do baked taters on the grill. We simply wrapped red potatoes & butter in some foil.  Man, we LOVE them this way!  Bush’s Grilin’ Beans were a must in the menu, although, we are still very partial to their baked beans.

None of this would have been possible without our macdaddy charcoal grill!  It held a LOT of food!  It gives everything a nice smokey flavor.

We cooked, visited, and cooked some more……..

My man is giving me a look….I was giving him heck about how long everything was taking to cook and I was starvin’.

And the Father….after a few beers, enjoying his meal.

So if this was our practice cookout for Father’s Day…I wonder what our REAL Father’s Day cookout will be like!!  LOL  What are you guys doing on that special day? Also, do you think I did good with my $30 challenge, feeding 9 people?



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    • says

      I totally would have included dessert but since Blue Bunny sent us all that ice cream, I figured we’d just eat that and save me from having to spend more time in the kitchen. :)

  1. says


    I’m so glad to read and see “Father’s Day”, it’s great to see that we are still remembered. Also, commenting the cookout, it seems you really know what you’re doing. You’ve served a great meal for only 25 dollars, well that’s something really great. Congratulations and thanks for sharing the secret!

    Cadouri Victor