31 Juneteenth Menu Ideas & Recipes

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This post is packed with soul food favorite food ideas ideal for a Juneteenth menu! From the main dish to the sides and even dessert. It’s my pleasure to share with you what food to serve on Juneteenth and why this holiday is so important.

Juneteenth Menu Ideas Food

What is traditional Juneteenth food?

Notable Black culture recipes like collard greenscornbreadbaked macaroni and cheesered velvet cakesweet potato pie, or banana pudding are a few of the soul food menu favorites served on Juneteenth.

These recipes are part of the authentic soul food family. Recipes passed along through generations and a legacy of African Americans. 

What is Juneteenth, and why is it celebrated?

What is Juneteenth?

If this is your first year celebrating Juneteenth, regardless of ethnicity, prepare for a cultural celebration of traditions and a soulful feast! Juneteenth is the African-American celebration of the history of the emancipation of enslaved Black people, also known as African American Freedom Day. I discuss this more in my post HERE about Juneteenth’s history.

Juneteenth food ideas - red food and drink
Here I am with a Juneteenth red hibiscus drink.

Why is Juneteenth food red?

Red is the primary color of Juneteenth, symbolizing our ancestors’ sacrifice and bloodshed before freedom. We honor them with a celebratory spread of African-American soul food classics and red food and drinks.

Juneteenth recipes and menu ideas

We honor the ancestors and Juneteenth with a celebratory spread of classic African-American soul food dishes, especially red foods! Use the Juneteenth recipes and menu ideas below to create a menu or decide what to bring to a Juneteenth BBQ or cookout. 

Juneteenth Menu Ideas - What Black folks food can you make for Juneteenth?

Main dishes for Juneteenth

These mouthwatering main dish recipes for Juneteenth food ideas feature savory BBQ sauced meats and delectable red-themed dishes. Celebrate Juneteenth with these fantastic meal options!

Black Folks Soul Food BBQ Ribs Recipe
Soul Food BBQ Ribs
These sweet and sticky BBQ ribs are a perfect crowd-pleaser and an all-time favorite main dish for potlucks, tailgates, game days, or a Black BBQ cookout menu. They're also a Juneteenth BBQ red food favorite!
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Steve Harvey Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe
Steve Harvey BBQ Sauce Recipe
Steve Harvey shares his easy homemade BBQ sauce recipe, perfect for slathering your favorite Juneteenth menu meats. 
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Southern Soul Food BBQ Chicken Recipe
Soul Food BBQ Chicken Recipe
An easy and flavorful BBQ chicken recipe that's perfect for your summer cookout menu.
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Black Folks Southern Pulled BBQ Chicken
Southern Pulled BBQ Chicken
Black folks in the Southern region have a fantastic pulled BBQ chicken recipe that is absolutely delicious!
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Southern Soul Food Homemade Burger Recipe
Soul Food Burger
It's time for a cookout celebration! Sink your teeth into this homemade burger, crafted with savory bell peppers and sweet onions to create a thick, juicy, and well-seasoned ground beef patty.
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Southern Air Fryer Turkey Legs
Turkey Legs
Juneteenth doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. Turkey legs are an easy alternative to a whole turkey and perfect for cookout menus.
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Black Folks Soul Food-Southern Fried Chicken
Soul Food Southern Fried Chicken
This Southern fried chicken recipe was created and perfected by Black folks, not just for the everyday dinner table but also for picnics, potlucks, and cookout menus.
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Instant Pot Shrimp Boil
Low Country Shrimp Boil
African Americans have been hosting gatherings with soul food low country shrimp boils for years. Often called a Southern shrimp boil Big Easy, with all the flavors—spicy sausage, tender shrimp, and sweet corn!
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Juneteenth Menu Ideas - Southern Soul Food Tomato Watermelon Salad

Sides for Juneteenth

These Juneteenth-inspired side dishes featuring easy Southern food favorites make the cookout an official feast. Enjoy these quick and flavorful food ideas for your home BBQ, cookout, or potluck event.

Black Folks Potato Salad Recipe
Southern Potato Salad
A Black folks' Southern potato salad recipe is a must-have for any African American cookout, family reunion, picnic, or potluck! It has a creamy yet tangy dressing balanced by soul food seasonings and flavors, also known as Black cookout potato salad.
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Black Folks Soul Food Southern Deviled Eggs Recipe
Southern Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are a delightful Southern cookout favorite, seasoned to perfection for a delicious and flavorful appetizer!
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Southern Soul Food Tomato Watermelon Salad
Tomato Watermelon Salad
Summertime is all about the refreshing flavors of juicy watermelon and tangy tomatoes. This recipe for tomato watermelon salad with feta cheese, pickled onions, pickled peppers, and zesty cilantro is a classy Southern dish, perfect for any occasion!
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Black Folks Soul Food Red Beans And Rice
Soul Food Red Beans And Rice
Experience the rich taste of soul food through a simple yet flavorful staple dish: Black folks' soul food red beans and rice. Perfect on the dinner table or by the grill.
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Red Cabbage Slaw | Juneteenth Red Foods
Juneteenth Red Cabbage Slaw
Southern red cabbage slaw is a delicious blend of red cabbage, carrots, celery, onion, herbs, and savory soul food seasonings. It's perfect for a Juneteenth red foods menu!
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Black Folks Soul Food Southern Coleslaw Recipe
Southern Coleslaw Recipe
Soul food Southern coleslaw is a classic recipe, perfect for pairing with smoky BBQ meats, and a great accompaniment with a pulled pork or pulled chicken sandwich.
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Black Folks Southern Baked Mac And Cheese
Soul Food Baked Mac And Cheese
Soul food baked mac and cheese has a significant African American history and is a staple for any soul food celebration.
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Black Folks Soul Food Macaroni Salad
Soul Food Macaroni Salad
On the cookout menu, it's either Southern potato salad or soul food macaroni salad! This recipe includes a bounty of flavorful ingredients.
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Black Folks Southern Soul Food Baked Beans
Southern Baked Beans
Pair it with grilled foods. The deliciousness of this Southern baked beans recipe lies in the preparation and seasoning.
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Soul Food Southern Pasta With Italian Dressing
Soul Food Pasta With Italian Dressing
A zesty and flavorful soul food pasta dish with savory shrimp and Italian dressing, reminiscent of the best African American cookouts and family gatherings.
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Black Folks Soul Food Collard Greens Recipe
Soul Food Collard Greens
A Black folks collard greens recipe is the quintessential dish of any Southern soul food dinner or cookout menu.
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Black Folks Southern Homemade Cornbread
Southern Homemade Cornbread
A soul food staple, cornmeal makes this easy Southern skillet cornbread recipe from scratch!
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Juneteenth Menu Southern Red Velvet Cake

Juneteenth desserts

No pun intended, but these Juneteenth desserts are the icing on our menu ideas! From red velvet cake to cherished African American pie recipes, these sweet Southern treats will surely delight your tastebuds.

Black Folks Southern Red Velvet Cake Recipe
Southern Red Velvet Cake
Southern red velvet cake is a Juneteenth menu must-have and a made-from-scratch decadent dessert!
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Soul Food Apple Pie Recipe
Soul Food Apple Pie
A sweet part of American history, this soul food recipe features fresh apples sweetened with brown sugar and spiced with a blend of cinnamon and nutmeg.
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Black Folks Southern Peach Cobbler Recipe
Southern Peach Cobbler Recipe
This soul food dessert, a beloved favorite of the South, is packed with fresh, juicy peaches and topped with a light and airy cinnamon sugar crust.
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Black Folks Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
Black Folks Sweet Potato Pie Recipe™
A delightful all-holiday soul food dessert, Black folks' sweet potato pie is packed with flavorful seasonings and spices in the tradition of soul food cooking.
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Southern Soul Food Pig Pickin Cake
Southern Pig Pickin Cake
Pig Pickin' is a one-of-a-kind dessert, as unique as its name. It's the official dessert of Southern pig roasts and pig pickins!
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Black Southern Banana Pudding
Southern Banana Pudding The Black Way
This soul food recipe takes classic banana pudding to a new level, offering a unique and rich flavor that will leave you craving for more!
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How Did Red Food And Red Drink Join The Juneteenth Feast? What is Juneteenth’s traditional beverage? Red hibiscus drink

Drinks for Juneteenth

What? Are there even drinks to celebrate Juneteenth? Yes, and they’re often red in color, easy enough for anyone to make and everyone to enjoy!

Juneteenth Southern Hibiscus Sweet Tea
Juneteenth Red Drink Hibiscus Sweet Tea
Is hibiscus tea the official drink of Juneteenth? Yes, the official drink of Juneteenth and a delightful red beverage that's been part of Black culture since the beginning!
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Juneteenth Red Drink - Red Soda Water
Juneteenth Red Soda Water
A tasty homemade alternative to the traditional Juneteenth hibiscus drink because its ingredients are easily accessible.
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Juneteenth Watermelon Red Soda Recipe
Juneteenth Watermelon Red Soda
An easy-to-make Juneteenth watermelon red soda recipe.
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Black Folks Southern Sweet Tea
Southern Sweet Tea
Sweet iced tea is more than just a thirst-quenching beverage. It's a symbol of Southern hospitality and good company, and it's enjoyed throughout the deep South all year.
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Juneteenth Menu Ideas | Black Folks Soul Food Baked Macaroni And Cheese

This post is packed with soul food favorite food ideas ideal for a Juneteenth menu! From the main dish to the sides and even dessert. It's my pleasure to share with you what food to serve on Juneteenth and why this holiday is so important.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 38 minutes
Bake Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 18 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Soul Food
Servings: 6
Calories: 522kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter divided – 1 tablespoon & 3 tablespoons
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup Colby-jack cheese shredded
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard dried
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 ¼ cups milk divided – 1 ¼ cups & 3 cups
  • 8 oz. macaroni noodles uncooked

Instructions

  • Fill a large pot with 3 cups of milk, 3 cups of water, and 1 tablespoon of butter, and set the pot on the stove to boil over medium-high heat.
  • Once the liquid begins to boil, add the macaroni and cook according to the package directions, stirring occasionally to ensure the macaroni does not clump and stick.
  • Once the noodles are done, remove the pot from the stove, turn the stove off, drain the macaroni in a colander, and set it aside.
  • Add the 3 tablespoons of butter to the empty pot and set it back on the stovetop over medium-low heat.
  • When the butter has melted and coated the pot, add the flour, 1 ¼ cups of milk, and seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dried mustard, and paprika) and whisk until smooth.
  • Allow the ingredients to simmer for about 2-3 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly.
  • Then, stir in the cheese.
  • Reduce the heat to low and leave the cheese sauce on the stove to cook for 5-10 minutes or until the cheeses are blended.
  • Add the cooked macaroni pasta and heavy cream to the pot, stirring the mixture to blend evenly.
  • Turn off the stove, remove the pot, and transfer the pasta mixture to a cast iron skillet or baking pan.
  • Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until the mac and cheese is golden and bubbly.
  • Serve this soul food macaroni and cheese recipe right away, and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 522kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 541mg | Potassium: 386mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1094IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 505mg | Iron: 1mg
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