Before loading the blanket in the car and heading for the annual fireworks and funnel cakes extravaganza, something has to hit the grill for the evening barbecue.
Everyone has a favorite that speaks “July 4th backyard barbecue” to them—pasta salad, watermelon, hamburgers, macaroni salad, baked beans, BBQ pork sandwiches, potato salad, steaks, apple pie, and sweet iced tea—all of it worthy of celebrating independence, American-style.
July 4th BBQ Appetizers
Guests can munch on salsa while ribs finish in the oven, beans stay warm in the crockpot, and dressed slaw marinates in the fridge.
BBQ Pulled Pork Stuffed Jalapenos
Creamy Miso-Yogurt Dipping Sauce
Caramelized Onion Dip
July 4th BBQ Side Dishes
Easy side dishes are a must for backyard barbecues to bring just the right balance to what’s coming off the grill.
Baked BeansSEE THIS RECIPE
Beans, Bacon, and Chipotle
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Coleslaw with Celery Seed
Grilled Vegetable Medley
Crunchy Fennel-Apple Slaw
July 4th BBQ Drinks
Meanwhile, everyone is enjoying ice-cold Strawberry Lemonade or Ginger-Blackberry Twisted Mules as the vegetables and corn finish grilling.
Classic Lime & Mint Mojito
Classic Margarita Cocktail (On The Rocks)
Slushy Blended Watermelon Lemonade
GUAVA MINT MIMOSA
July 4th BBQ Desserts
A bite or two of something sweet brings just the right finish before the fireworks begin.
Grilled Strawberry Semifreddo with Pistachios & Balsamic
Key Lime Cheesecake
Ghirardelli Brownie Cookies
July 4th BBQ Mains
These recipes are worthy mains for gathering family and friends. Make-ahead Missouri-Style Baby Back Ribs take the pressure off during the party so the host can have some fun too!