Photo: A summer cookout is a great American tradition. And when you add the Fourth of July into the mix, well, you can't get more red, white and blue than that. My favorite grill delight is ribs. I never cook them for myself. With friends gathered around, and a beautiful summer evening ribs just makes this meal an event.

This Summer Cookout page is filled with all kinds of great recipes, including a killer Baby Back Rib recipe, and tips to make your next outdoor party a success. I have the essential grill items that ever chef should have and the ways to get the best results from charcoal. End the evening with a summer berry Pavlova and it doesn't get any better.