July 4th, 2011
04:45 PM ET
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Joey Chestnut has won his 5th consecutive mustard-yellow belt at this year's Nathan's July 4th International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island.

He ate 62 hot dogs in ten minutes, six shy of his world record of 68.

Adding intrigue to this year's competition, one-time reigning champ Takeru Kobayashi, who was effectively locked out of the competition due to a contract dispute with Major League Eating, wolfed down 69 frankfurters at an offsite event in New York.

Read Joey Chestnut wins Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest for fifth time

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July 4th, 2011
04:30 PM ET
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CNN contributor Pete Dominick and Eatocracy's managing editor Kat Kinsman talk with Newsroom's Deb Feyerick about the annual Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Competition, a survey on beach behavior and the aesthetic appeal of the mankini.



As American as apple pie - the origins of picnic favorites
July 4th, 2011
11:30 AM ET
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There's nothing quite so American as gathering your friends and family to celebrate Independence Day with a classic cookout.

We polled Eatocracy readers a while back, and nearly 38,000 votes later, it seems that the ultimate summer menu would consist of a burger (cooked medium and topped with cheese, lettuce and onions), potato salad, corn on the cob and watermelon, washed down with plenty of ice cold beer.

Only in the U.S.A., right?

Well, not quite. While those dishes may now be synonymous with American life, liberty and the pursuit of a really great picnic, like most of the citizens themselves, often their origins are elsewhere.
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Breakfast buffet: National barbecue day
July 4th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your grills - July 4 is (of course) National Barbecue Day!

What better way to celebrate this summery birthday for our country than gathering your loved ones in the backyard and sitting down to the cookout to beat all cookouts?

Whichever barbecuing mentality you buy into, get the grill going and rejoice in that sharp sizzle of your favorite meat or vegetables across the grate. You can dig a pit and have an old-fashioned barbecue, wheel out the grill or smoke chicken, pork or beef until it falls apart in your hands.

However you celebrate today, whether you're quaffing lemonade and frying chicken, serving grandma's famous baked beans and potato salad or shoveling down apple pie while watching a baseball game, enjoy the Fourth, best of all American traditions.

Happy Fourth of July, dear friends! May you enjoy your favorite foods with your favorite people, and of course, watch some fantastic Fourth fireworks.

What will you be doing and how will you be celebrating?  Tell us below!



"Amen, let's eat." - Why barbecue matters
July 4th, 2011
07:30 AM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe. We ran this one from pitmaster Drew Robinson a little while back, but it seemed appropriate to revisit it for National Barbecue Day.

For many, barbecue is the ultimate leveler.

When asked about bridging racial and societal gaps in the South, Southern Foodways Alliance director John T. Edge once responded with, "... There's hope in barbecue."

Southern cookbook author Virginia Willis also believes in the power of smoked meat, adding: "BBQ exist[s] without borders. Every nation under the sun throws meat on fire."

As it turns out, chef/pitmaster Drew Robinson of Jim N Nick’s Bar-B-Q takes his cue from the same school of thought.

Five Reasons Why Barbecue is Important: Drew Robinson
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