10+ Recipes You Need for a Classic 4th of July BBQ (Plus a Few More Great Ideas)

10+ Recipes You Need for a Classic 4th of July BBQ (Plus a Few More Great Ideas)

Hali Bey Ramdene
Jun 29, 2017
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One of the greatest things about the Fourth of July is the food. It's usually everything you want to eat at this time of year presented without too much fanfare (that gets saved for the fireworks). Since most of us prepare the same things every year — the grilled corn, the ribs, the potato salad — the dishes get perfected with every candle added to America's birthday cake. Here are those classics all in one place. Consider them a menu of sorts — a hub you can use to double check details, or inspiration if this is your first time hosting a bash. This is only the tip of the iceberg of the Independence Day eats. Once you've perused the classics, it's time to check out our collection of recipes for sides and desserts. There are a few wild card ideas thrown into the mix, because you never know when you might need 10 ways to top a corndog.

The Classics

Ribs, grilled corn, fresh homemade ice cream — the 4th of July is the taste of summer.


(Image credit: Kimberley Hasselbrink)

Even More Fourth of July Recipes!

Find even more ideas for the holiday in our recipe hub. Everything from bacon- forward twists on potato salad to potluck-ready desserts are waiting!

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