How To Throw A 4th Of July Cookout With $40 Worth Of Trader Joe's Food

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Let's cut to the chase: You're pressed for time and July 4th is less than 72 hours away. Don't worry, we have your shopping list sorted out in case you left your cookout preparations for the last minute. At the risk of sounding like a Food Network host, one trip to Trader Joe's and you'll have everything you need to easily whip up a fourth of July cookout. All for under $40.
On the menu: an assortment of nibbles to start, cold drinks for the heat, pulled pork burgers and a jack-fruit alternative for the vegan folk. Corn on the cob on the side and ice cream sandwiches for dessert. The total cost and the items listed below should keep you and five of your closest friends full and merry through the evening's fireworks.

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