Archive for May 8th, 2013

Summer Party Ideas From the Ibox Staff

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

If there’s one thing us North Carolinians are good at, it’s hosting a BBQ.  Everything from the pig on the smoker to that famous vinegar based barbeque sauce…if you say BBQ, we certainly know how to throw down!  And that’s where today’s blog post comes from, as we thought we’d share a few staff favorites for hosting the perfect BBQ for your summer party!  There’s nothing better than an Ibox party, as we always say!  So let’s hear from the experts what they think makes the perfect BBQ…

Staff Expert: Jen
She Says: “Lawn games are a must for the ultimate summer celebration! I love these easy DIY outdoor games! Just use spray paint. Talk about cheap, yet fun entertainment!”

A Little Game of Lawn Twister

1 cardboard box
green, red, blue & yellow spray paint

If you’ve got a huge lawn, create really fun and EASY party games by spraypainting your grass!  (You can easily cut the grass a few days after the party and it’ll be gone in a flash).  Simply take an old cardboard box and cut a circle out of the bottom for your tracer. Use the box to mark out rows of green, yellow, blue and red dots, and pull your twister spinner from an old game that you’ve got hidden in your closet!  Use this same idea to create hopscotch, four square or anything else you can think of!


Staff Expert: Lauren
She Says: “I love a good ol’ fashioned Eastern NC pig pickin’! Eastern NC BBQ sauce is made famous by its vinegar base that gives it a nice tang to it, along with flavorful spices for that kick! One of my favorite recipes is inspired by Bill Neal…”

Eastern NC BBQ Sauce Recipe

1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
½ to ¾ cup water
1 teaspoon sugar
2/3 cup minced onion
1 bay leaf
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 teaspoons dry mustard
6 teaspoons cold water

Bring all of the ingredients except the last 2 to a rapid boil in a small saucepan, then simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat. Dissolve the mustard in the cold water, then add a little bit of the hot vinegar mixture to thin it out. Stir the mustard into the sauce. Let cool, then bottle and refrigerate.


Staff Expert: Ame
She Says: “Nothing goes better with barbecued food than a light and fresh pasta salad!  The fresh veggies give the pasta salad a little bit of a crunch, but the secret ingredient has to be the Salad Supreme seasoning!”

Pasta Salad Recipe

1 box of tri-colored rotini
¼ – ½ a bottle of McCormick Salad Supreme
1 Cucumber (peeled)
½ cup purple onion
1 package cheese crumbles or shredded cheese
1 cup pepperoni (slices or cut your own mini chunks)
1 bottle of Italian dressing
1 cup raw broccoli florets (optional)

Cook pasta according to package directions, being careful not to overcook the noodles.  While your noodles are draining and cooling, chop cucumber, onion, broccoli & pepperoni and set aside.  Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl and sprinkle with McCormick Salad Supreme (use generously)!  Finish with ½ – ¾ bottle of dressing (save the other half to pour on before serving as it will get a bit dry if you make it ahead of time).

Photo Inspiration: games ~ sauce ~ salad