4th of July Recipes with a Twist

By Cristina Guccione

“Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd;
buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don’t care if I never get back!”

This 4th of July the San Francisco Giants are playing the San Diego Padres at 3:40 p.m.  If you don’t have plans to be in San Diego for the game, grab some friends and host your own all American BBQ with a Sacramento twist.

Since we love our local Sacramento companies, below are some Sacramento twists on two Fourth of July favorites.


TWIST: Track 7 Sausage and Peppers

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Serves: 6


  • 1 package of spicy sausages (6 links)
  • 6 pack of your favorite Track 7 Beer (I like the Bee Line Blonde)
  • 1 large yellow onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (thinly sliced)
  • 1 green bell pepper (thinly sliced)
  • ½ pound mushrooms (sliced)
  • 6 sourdough rolls
  • 12 slices of pepper jack cheese (there are lots of great cheese options at The Cultured & The Cured on 34th and J)
  • 1 jar Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Honey Spice mustard
  • 1 tomato (chopped)


  1. Place the sausages in a large sauce pan.  Add enough beer to almost cover the sausages and simmer on medium/medium high heat until all the beer is absorbed (approx. 15 minutes). Continue cooking the sausages until all sides are browned. Watch closely as at this point they can easily burn.
  2. While sausages are cooking, add olive oil to a frying pan and sauté onions, peppers and mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Slice rolls in half leaving one side still connected. Push to “butterfly,” and add two slices of cheese to one side. Place rolls on cookie sheet and cook in preheated 400 degree oven until cheese is melted (approx. 5 minutes).
  4. Take rolls out of oven and add the mustard to one side. Add one sausage, the onions, peppers, and mushrooms mixture and top with fresh tomatoes. Serve while hot!


ORIGINAL: Arnold Palmer and Beer
TWIST: Rubicon Beer and Sparkling Lemonade


  •  6 pack of Rubicon Hefeweizen
  • 1 bottle of sparkling lemonade (I like the Trader Joe’s version)
  • 2 lemons (sliced into wedges)


  1. Pour beer into ice cold glass, leaving about 3 inches of room from the top of the glass.
  2. Top off the beer with the sparkling lemonade.
  3. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

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