Fourth of July BBQ Menu

Fourth of July is the perfect excuse to fire up the grill, and we've rounded up our best Fourth of July grilling menu ideas. These recipes will set off fireworks. Whether you are cooking for a crowd or just for the household, plan a meal to look forward to. There is nothing better than watching a beautiful fireworks display with a full belly.

Delicious Main Dishes

All-American Barbecue Chicken

What’s more American than a good barbecued drumstick? Make our classic barbecue chicken for your big Fourth of July party, potluck or picnic. Marinate the chicken in a tangy citrus mixture overnight for the juiciest, tastiest chicken your guests have ever tasted.

Beer-Braised Brats

There's nothing quite like a summertime bratwurst. Before these brats hit the grill, they take a quick bath in a dark beer. This brats are ready to eat as soon as they are topped with cranberry-pickle relish. Being braised and grilled ensures a satisfying "snap" with every bite. Make sure the buns are ready!

Best-Ever Grilled Burgers

No Fourth of July barbecue menu is complete without burgers on the grill. This patties are a combination of beef and pork with an egg for moisture. Our recipe is made for eight servings, but you might want to double the recipe--that way your guests can have one for dinner and one during the fireworks show.

Grill-Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwiches

A homemade vinegar barbecue sauce is the perfect complement to grill-smoked pork shoulder. Hickory wood adds a sweet and smoky flavor to the cumin and cayenne meat. This is one of our favorite Fourth of July BBQ recipes—Independence Day is a special occasion, so pull the smoker out of the garage for this delicious meal.

Summer Side Dishes

Spicy Shrimp and Sugar Snap Pea Kabobs

Fire in the sky and fire in a bite. Asian chili sauce brings the heat to these kabobs. If your family likes their flavors on the milder side, you can adjust the chili sauce-to-mayonnaise ratio. Metal skewers are reusable, but wooden skewers can be easier to find. 

Grilled Baby Carrots

Twenty minutes on the grill means your baby carrots are in the sweet spot of crunchy and tender. In addition to being tasty, this dish will pop be a of color for your Fourth of July dinner Instagram post.

Grilled Fruit Kabobs

Pineapple, peach, nectarines, and bananas are sliced, diced, and skewered for this sweet grilled treat. This juicy kabobs have a dipping sauce complement for a creamy, zesty punch.

Classic Watermelon

No matter how it’s served, watermelon is a Fourth of July must-have. We rounded up our best watermelon hacks so you can easily serve it any way you like. Make easy watermelon pops and watermelon ice cubes—you can even throw it on the grill!

Patriotic Desserts

Cherry-Berry Pie

You can’t have a Fourth of July celebration without pie—and we have the perfect one for your patriotic celebration. Make a pie filling of cherries and blackberries (the perfect red and blue combination) and top with a pretty lattice design. Serve with whipped cream to round out the red, white and blue theme.

Firecracker Party Cake

This showstopping firework cake looks complicated, but it’s easier than you think! Make a tangy red cake in a flat cake pan, and cut the cooled cake into squares. Layer creamy filling and cake squares in a clear cake dish, and top with a piped cream design and red, white and blue sprinkles.   

Patriotic Candy Bark

Transform candy coating, pretzels and chocolate into a fun Fourth of July dessert in just minutes! This brightly colored candy bark is perfect for all kinds of patriotic celebrations, and it can be made up to 2 weeks ahead of time for easy day-of prep!

Festive Drinks

Red, White and Blue Shooters

If you’re in need of a boozy Fourth of July treat, look no further. These patriotic shooters only require 3 ingredients—and they’re delicious! Layer grenadine, peach schnapps and blue curacao in clear shot glasses for an adults-only refresher.

Watermelon-Berry Limeade

Use a blender to whip up an easy summer drink. Puree watermelon, strawberries, coconut water and lime juice for a delicious and refreshing drink everyone will love. Pour over ice, or try it with frozen watermelon cubes.

Strawberry Lemonade

 Mix up a delicious strawberry lemonade that’s perfect for all ages. Stick to strawberries, fruit juice and sugar for the kids, or try our boozy version for the adults to enjoy. Make this recipe up to 8 hours before the celebration and chill until party time.

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