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!
Anne Lawton says
I love every one of these ideas! I will be making a few of these recipes throughout the summer!
Oh my goodness! It looks so delicious and I know that my family would love this recipe!
This is the best selection so far. Definitely saving it for the BBQ parties we have.
Ribs cooked on the BBQ are the tastiest with the smokiness! We are not beer drinker here, is there something else I can use instead of the beer? Or do you still recommend a beer for this recipe?
Judy Purcell says
Hi Yang, Thanks for asking this question, I’ll have to update the recipe with the alternatives. I’m not much of a beer drinker either, it tends to be too bitter for my taste, but works well here to add flavor without the bitterness. I’ve also used wine or a mix of wine and broth. I use beer or wine for two reasons, it adds flavor to the ribs, but also flavors the pan drippings, which I save and use for bouillon.
Kari - Get Inspired Everyday! says
What a great roundup of ideas for the 4th and those ribs look beyond delectable!
OMG those ribs! They look so perfect! And I love all these party ideas.Would it be weird serve both the ribs and the Grilled Pulled Pork? Because I want both!
So many delicious ideas here! I’m loving the sound of the chocolate peanut butter chunk ice cream – yum! Whoever is coming to your house on the 4th of July should be counting themselves very lucky 🙂
Joni Gomes says
I’m so excited and ready for 4th of July! All of these recipes look amazing and are exactly what I am looking for when it comes to a holiday BBQ!
I’m ready for this party! What a great line up of recipes. Happy 4th!
Karen (Back Road Journal) says
While I like to make ribs for the 4th of July, I’m thinking that I might prefer celebrating the 4th at your house. It sounds like you put on a fantastic spread for the holiday. 😀
Judy Purcell says
Karen, If you’re in the area, you’re totally welcome! 😀
John / Kitchen Riffs says
Love ribs, and these look fantastic. Great recipe ideas, too. Thanks!
Those ribs are so good!
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Delicious!!! Thanks Judy!
Judy Purcell says
Aw, I am so glad you liked it, definitely one of our favorites. 🙂
Nicole Feliciano says
Yum! This BBQ looks so grand. Thanks so much for linking on the Momtrends Friday Food swap. Have a great 4th!
Heather @girlichef says
Soooo…what time is the get together!? Oh my gosh, everything sounds amazing. I totally want to pick up those ribs and go to town…and then lick my fingers. Awesome 😀
Jessi @ Quirky Cookery says
Ooo, those veggies look awesome. So do the ribs and usually that’s what I would want to comment on, but instead, it was the grill marks on the vegetables that got me this time. Yum.
These are the best ribs….full of flavor and “fall-off-the-bone” tender.