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Happy Birthday, America! Your Complete July 4th Recipe Guide

Niki Achitoff-Gray 1 comment

We love ourselves a simple cookout with store-bought hot-dogs and beef patties, but when it comes to honoring our country's birthday, we like to go with some time-honored American panache. Not sure where to start? Independence Day may just be mere hours away, but there's more than enough time to cook up a panache-filled storm. We've pulled together dozens—nay, scores!—of our tried-and-true recipes for grilled steak and burgers, homemade hot dogs, veggies, slaws, and classic desserts, plus loads of refreshing drinks to wash it all down.

So quit hanging out around here and head on over to our Fourth of July Entertaining Guide »


The Ultimate Backyard BBQ Beer Pairing Cheat Sheet

Mike Reis 8 comments

The beer that's best with burgers probably isn't going to do much for your grilled lobster tails or jerk chicken. If you want a beer that's going to make every element of your grilled feast taste even better, you've got some decisions to make. I'm here to help. More

What to Drink on July 4th

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This Independence Day, you're going to throw the best party ever. We're certain of it—you'll cook awesome burgers on the grill and whip up some excellent sides. All that's left is finding something refreshing to wash it all down. More

29 Salads and Sides for Your 4th of July Feast

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Steak, burgers, and hot dogs don't need to be the only stars of your Independence Day feast! From grilled zucchini and corn to pasta salads and coleslaws galore, we've rounded up dozens of summery vegetable sides and refreshing salads to keep your Fourth of July festivities going full steam ahead. More

21 Desserts for Your July 4th Festivities

Isabel Henderson Post a comment

Some people think the focus of July 4th cooking rests solely on the grill. While juicy burgers and hot dogs are a cornerstone of any good Independence Day feast, dessert is just as vital. We've collected the perfect American-themed sweets to round out your celebration. More

40 Main Dishes for Your July 4th Feast

Ben Miller 3 comments

Believe it or not, July 4th is mere days away. Is it just me, or does anyone else hear the majestic spirits of our forefathers calling us to the great outdoors to revel in cold drinks, grilled delicacies, and elaborate pyrotechnics? No? Just excited for the long weekend? Okay, yeah, I guess that works too... More

12 Red, White, and Blue Drinks for Independence Day

Drinks The Serious Eats Team 1 comment

A few of our favorite color-coordinated cocktails for your July 4th bash. More

The Ultimate July 4th Drinking Guide

Drinks The Serious Eats Team 9 comments

If you're planning an Independence Day party next week, it's time to stock up on drinking supplies. Do you have pitchers? Cups? Coolers and ice buckets? What about recipes? We can help you out when it comes to recipes... More

Ask a Cicerone: The Best Beers for July 4th

Drinks The Serious Eats Team 8 comments

What's the best beer for 4th of July? Something local? Or the ultimate match for grilled food? Should you stick to a personal favorite, or try to please the crowd? More

Five Ways To Spend Your July 4th Weekend in Chicago

Chicago The Serious Eats Chicago Team Post a comment

Happy July 4th! Hopefully you'll be able to step away from the computer and celebrate our independence with friends and more than a few cold drinks. If you're still looking for ways to eat through the occasion, and the upcoming weekend, take a look at some of our suggestions. More

A Serious Eats Menu: Add Texture to your 4th of July Party with Panko

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 5 comments

Breaded foods may not seem like typical summer fare, but we'd like to suggest a couple of lighter, snackier recipes to round out your 4th of July party: Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Breadcrumbs and Fried Crispy Shrimp Skewers. More

4th of July: What's on Your Menu?

Grace Kang 20 comments

©iStockPhoto/rojoimages This July 4th the weather forecast is predicting sunny skies all day in my area, so you'll find me basking in the warmth and chowing down on some summer classics. Here's my proposal for a good times menu complete with ribs and rosé! What's on your July 4th menu? Pineapple-Braised Ribs with Honey-Garlic Tomato Glaze: "Succulent, retaining their smokiness while adding a layer of depth with the sweetness from the pineapple braise." The only problem when contributor Josh Bousel made them was that they were gone too fast! As long as I get my six rib share, I'll be happy. Fresh Corn Salad: Corn salad is my favorite side dish when eating outdoors and it makes for a great... More

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