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    26 Soulful And Celebratory Recipes To Make For Juneteenth

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    Juneteenth is the day we celebrate the liberation of Black Americans.

    Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was in effect, hundreds of thousands of people were still enslaved. But on June 19th, 1865, the news finally made its way to Galveston Bay, Texas, and celebrations sprouted up all over the state. The following year, those free people in Texas officially organized what became known as Juneteenth.

    While I didn’t grow up celebrating Juneteenth with my family, this day of jubilee has become a staple among me and my friends — and has been gaining mainstream popularity recently. 

    And now that we can gather again, we gotta make sure our cookout game is strong.

    This collection of 20+ soul food recipes includes the classics, some modern twists, and even vegan-friendly options to make sure there's something for every eater. Gather your folks, put on your best cookout playlist (here’s a really good one on Tidal), and get ready to cha-cha, Wobble, and Electric Slide your way through the day. Happy Juneteenth!

    1. Smothered Okra With Chicken and Smoked Sausage

    Smothered Okra with Chicken and Smoked Sausage

    2. Fried Corn With Green Peppers (Maque Choux)

    Fried Corn With Green Peppers (Maque Choux)

    3. Slow Cooker New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

    Slow Cooker New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

    4. Sweet and Spicy Pork Roast

    Sweet and Spicy Pork Roast

    5. Chicken, Shrimp, and Sausage Gumbo

    Chicken, Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo

    6. Fried Fish

    Fried fish

    7. Vegan Crab Cakes

    Vegan crab cakes

    8. Michelada Hot Wings

    Hot wings

    9. Vegan Chicken and Waffles

    Vegan chicken and waffles

    10. Tried and True Southern Greens

    Southern greens

    11. Cast Iron Cornbread

    Cornbread

    12. Collard Salad With Warm Bacon Dressing

    Collard Salad With Warm Bacon Dressing

    13. Southern Candied Yams

    Candied yams

    14. Creamy Baked Four-Cheese Mac and Cheese

    Mac n cheese

    15. Vegan Mac and Cheese

    16. Bourbon BBQ Baked Beans

    Baked beans

    17. Classic Southern Potato Salad

    Southern potato salad

    18. Black-Eyed Peas

    Black eyed peas

    19. Homemade Air Fryer Biscuits

    Air fryer biscuits

    20. Vegan Cheddar Bay Biscuits

    Vegan biscuits

    21. Red Velvet Cake With Blackberry Cream Cheese Frosting

    Red velvet cake

    22. Peach Cobbler

    Peach cobbler

    23. Apple Walnut Vegan Bread Pudding With Maple Bourbon Glaze

    Vegan bread pudding

    24. Strawberries and Cream Pound Cake

    Pound cake

    25. Juneteenth Strawberry Soda

    Strawberry soda

    26. Spiked Strawberry Lemonade

    Strawberry lemonade

    Did I miss any of your cookout favorites? Let me know in the comments!