Cookout West Virginia-Style this Summer

With summer just around the corner in Almost Heaven, now is the perfect time to fire up the grill and enjoy some classic West Virginia flavor. So, grab your apron and head outdoors, for there’s simply no better way to enjoy the summer season than with fun times and delicious food.

To get some inspiration for your West Virginia-style cookout, check out this collection of delicious dishes shared with us by our followers.

1. Show-Stopping Sides

Perfect Potato Salad

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Everyone’s favorite side dish is sure to take the show this summer. Potato Salad took the top spot among several of our followers and for good reason, too. This summer, follow your grandmother’s recipe to the tee or put a spin on the classics. Either way, we’re certain that everyone will be coming back for seconds.

2. A Local Classic

West Virginia Hotdogs

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This fan-favorite and all its fixings are a must-have when cooking out West Virginia-style. These hotdogs have four key ingredients, which are chili, slaw, mustard and onions. Heaping these toppings onto a hotdog have become a culinary art here in the Mountain State. To learn more about making the perfect West Virginia Hotdog for your summer cookout, check out this guide.

3. A Chargrilled Favorite


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Hamburgers are a staple piece at any cookout across the country. Unlike the West Virginia hotdog, you have more freedom to experiment with toppings here. Put a few patties on the grill, and your tastebuds will be in Almost Heaven.

Whether you go for a classic slice of cheese on top or opt for an adventurous topper, a burger on the grill is hard to beat.

4. It’s Not a Party Without…

Pepperoni Rolls

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A true West Virginia classic should always make its way to a summer cookout. Pick up your pepperoni rolls from a local store or bakery, or you even make these at home. The Marion County CVB published a video where you can learn about the history and different variations of the pepperoni roll. You can watch that video here.

Honorable Mentions

Other Must-Have Dishes

Need a few more things to add to your menu? Baked beans, coleslaw and corn on the cob make the perfect complementary dishes at any West Virginia cookout.

When you’ve had your fill of savory dishes, don’t forget about the sweet ones. Finish up your meal with a cool and classic summer treat like ice cream or go for a refreshing slice of watermelon.

Which of these mouthwatering items will make it to your West Virginia-style cookout this summer? Keep the good times rolling with more dining inspiration straight from the heart of Almost Heaven.

This post was last updated on May 18, 2023