As Sunday afternoons turn to evenings and the hours until the next episode of Food Network Star tick away, how do you settle in to watch the latest premiere? No matter who you're with or where you're watching from, you surely have on hand a spread of eats and drinks to last you through the episode, right? Here at Star Talk, we want to see what you're munching on. Every Wednesday, check back for a themed menu to get you ready for the episode ahead, and on Sunday nights, snap photos of your spread and share them with @FoodNetwork via Twitter and Instagram using #FoodNetworkStar.
Just as you may host weekly viewing parties to take in the latest happenings in the Star Kitchen, so, too, do this season's contestants, throwing food-focused bashes with their families and friends to catch themselves on television. Last weekend, rivals and friends Rodney and Chad came together to watch the 4th of July Live challenge (see the photo below), and they told Star Talk that true to the styles of the Pie Man and Barbecue Guy, their menu was a hearty one. At each of his three Dangerously Delicious Pies shops, Rodney offers a selection of classic dessert-style pies, plus savory options with chicken, pulled pork and potatoes. He brought a few kinds of both varieties to the party, while Chad stayed true to his point of view, providing the ultimate barbecue feast: Memphis-inspired ribs, traditional barbecue sauce and spicy coleslaw.
You can recreate one of Rodney's selects by starting with his Savory BBQ Pie, a double-crust beauty filled with juicy pulled pork and fresh vegetables laced with a from-scratch ketchup-molasses barbecue sauce, before trying the Neelys' Memphis-Style Hickory-Smoked Beef and Pork Ribs (pictured above), which are similar to Chad's fare. Serve them dry — with just a mixture of herbs and spices — or opt for a wet preparation with a brown sugar-vinegar barbecue sauce. Look to Tyler's Spicy Slaw for a five-star side dish like Chad's, and experiment with a red chile and hot sauce for heat.
Round out the menu with an after-dinner treat of Ina's Deep-Dish Apple Pie (pictured right). This impressive finale boasts her Perfect Pie Crust, plus a center of tender cinnamon-scented apples, and is the ultimate crowd-pleasing classic.