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July 3, 2021

The Ultimate 4th of July Menu

Fire up the grill — and your guests' appetites — with this fireworks-worthy spread.

For most people across the country, outdoor gatherings are safe to enjoy this summer, and that in itself is something to celebrate. But if you're looking for another reason to celebrate, then there's no better time to host your own party with vaccinated friends and family than Independence Day. As well as serving up patriotic cocktails and 4th of July-themed cookies, an Independence Day party calls for incredible barbecue recipes. If you're looking to put together the perfect 4th of July menu, then these summertime meal ideas can help get you started.

From summer salads and starters to main courses, these delicious dishes include something for everyone, whether your guests are meat-lovers, vegetarians, gluten-free, vegan, or kids who live on a steady diet of chicken nuggets and pizza. And of course, this list includes recipes for perfect 4th of July desserts. If you’d like some additional help, send this list to your friends and family so they can bring their favorite recipe to the party — and don’t be surprised if they beg you to do it all over again next year. Fire up the grill and get ready to make the ultimate Independence Day feast with these 4th of July recipes.

Alabama White BBQ Shrimp

4thofjulymenualabamawhitebbqshrimp These shrimp skewers take only 20 minutes to
put together, and they're sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Get the recipe for Alabama White BBQ Shrimp.

Sausage Kebabs

Sweet meets savory in this Italian sausage skewer recipe, which requires just a few ingredients to make.
Get the recipe for Sausage Kebabs.

Peach Caprese Salad

Give a classic caprese a summer twist with the addition of fresh peaches and corn.
Get the recipe for Peach Caprese Salad.

Barbecue-Glazed Salmon

Turn up the heat by adding a sweet and spicy glaze to your salmon before throwing it on the grill.
Get the recipe for Barbecue-Glazed Salmon.

Mexican-Style Grilled Corn

This flavorful take on traditional corn on the cob will have guests lining up for seconds.
Get the recipe for Mexican-Style Grilled Corn.

Summer Bean, Corn, and Radish Salad

This simple summer salad packs flavor (and protein!) into every bite.
Get the recipe for Summer Bean, Corn, and Radish Salad.

Peanut Butter Barbecue Pork Kebabs

Fact: Peanut butter makes everything taste better, including these yummy glazed pork kebabs.
Get the recipe for Peanut Butter Barbecue Pork Kebabs.

Tomato and Watermelon Salad

Tomato and watermelon may sound like an unlikely duo, but when they team up with basil, feta, and olive oil, the result is a mouth-watering side dish.
Get the recipe for Tomato and Watermelon Salad.

BBQ Brisket Sandwiches with Quick Slaw

The secret sauce to this barbecue brisket sandwich? The addition of crisp, tangy cabbage slaw on top.
Get the recipe for BBQ Brisket Sandwiches with Quick Slaw.

Pickled Carrots

With just seven ingredients, you can add a pop of flavor to this otherwise simple veggie.
Get the recipe for Pickled Carrots.

Salami-Wrapped Melon with Basil

Sweet cantaloupe and salty salami make a delightful pairing in this kebab recipe.
Get the recipe for Salami-Wrapped Melon with Basil.

Three-Bean Salad

The combination of green beens, chickpeas, and cannellini beans makes for a protein-packed dish.
Get the recipe for Three-Bean Salad.

Cold Spiced Chicken

If you're looking to feed a big crowd at the lowest possible cost, this cold spiced chicken recipe will get the job done.
Get the recipe for Cold Spiced Chicken.

Watercress Salad with Honey-Lime Vinaigrette

This refreshing salad is relatively cheap to make (and incredibly easy to put together).
Get the recipe for Watercress Salad with Honey-Lime Vinaigrette.

Corn Pups

These bite-size corn dogs make the perfect party appetizer (or a main dish for little ones).
Get the recipe for Corn Pups.

Lemon Marinated Herb Pasta Salad

No need to worry about keeping this dish warm, as this pasta salad tastes even better when it's cold.
Get the recipe for Lemon Marinated Herb Pasta Salad.

Salmon Burgers and Five-Spice Sweet Potato Fries

This fresh twist on classic burgers and fries is a pescetarian's dream.
Get the recipe for Salmon Burgers and Five-Spice Sweet Potato Fries.

Summer Squash, Mint, and Pecorino Pasta

This filling dish works as both an entree or an appetizer, depending on your needs.
Get the recipe for Summer Squash, Mint, and Pecorino Pizza.

Pulled Pork Sliders With Romaine Slaw

pulled pork sliders Orange marmalade and cider vinegar give
these pint-sized pork sliders a deliciously satiating
sweet-and-sour kick.

Get the recipe for Pulled Pork Sliders with
Romaine Slaw.

Barbecue Ribs with Mopping Sauce

You'll need to set out extra napkins for these tangy spare ribs, which come slathered in barbecue sauce, apricot jam, soy sauce, and yellow mustard.
Get the recipe for Barbecue Ribs with Mopping Sauce.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Grilled Garlic Bread

A salad of crumbled feta cheese, red onions, basil, and heirloom tomatoes is the perfect pairing for toasted semolina bread rubbed with garlic.
Get the recipe for Heirloom Tomato Salad with Grilled Garlic Bread.

Saucy Pork Chops

Pork chops taste even better when you coat them in a sweet, peppery sauce before tossing them on the grill.
Get the recipe for Saucy Pork Chops.

Macaroni Salad

This classic pasta salad — which is filled with crunchy summer vegetables — never fails to impress guests.
Get the recipe for Macaroni Salad.

Grilled Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce

Alabama's regional white sauce is perfect for chicken that's been baked, basted, and then grilled to perfection.
Get the recipe for Grilled Chicken with White Barbecue Sauce.

Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad

Featuring tarragon-tinged red, white, and blue baby potatoes tossed in hot bacon dressing, this potato salad is certainly worth celebrating.
Get the recipe for Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad.

Fresh Fruit Cheesecake Pie

This recipe calls for clementines, blueberries, kiwi, and strawberries, but feel free to add your favorite in-season fruits to this no-bake cheesecake recipe.
Get the recipe for Fresh Fruit Cheesecake Pie.

Strawberry Pizza

Forget about watermelon pizza — strawberry pizza is going to be everyone's new favorite sweet treat for summer.
Get the recipe for Strawberry Pizza.

Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade red velvet cake and ice cream will put those store-bought ice cream sandwiches to shame.
Get the recipe for Red Velvet Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Independence Day Sundaes

This festive dessert combines fresh raspberries and blueberries with raspberry sorbet and vanilla ice cream.
Get the recipe for Independence Day Sundaes.

Peach Cake

Make use of summer's best fruit by making this dessert topped with a cinnamon and brown sugar crumble.
Get the recipe for Peach Cake.

S'mores Ice Cream Pie

4th of july menu  s'mores ice cream pie Serving this classic campfire dessert with
a twist is much easier than handing out sticks

Get the recipe for S'mores Ice Cream Pie.

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