Your July 4th burgers and ribs are the perfect lead-in to a treat that's sweet enough to complement the smoke and impressive enough to make your guests ooh and ahh. Here are 17 delicious options.
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Moist buttermilk red velvet cupcakes are filled with the whitest ice cream you can find (such as coconut or vanilla). Rings of white- and blue-tinted cream cheese frosting are piped on top to complete the 4th of July theme. Make these cupcakes ahead of time and serve directly from the freezer for a cool treat.
Independence Day is all about the burgers and hot dogs for a lot of people, but that doesn't mean that vegetarians (or plain vegetable lovers like me) can't celebrate their independence with a whole mess of smoky, charred, grilled foods and delicious side dishes as well. I'm going to be out of the country this July 4th (I know!), but in my head, this is the menu I'd be serving at my backyard cookout.
Meat tends to get all of the glory at summer grill-outs, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be accompanied by equally tantalizing side dishes. I'm talking flavorful grilled vegetables, cooling salads, and saucy baked beans. We've got 18 recipes to complete your Fourth of July feast that'll almost make your guests forget about those smoky, savory ribs.
Can't decide what to make for the biggest cook-out holiday of the year? We've got you covered. From smoky ribs to spiced kebabs, juicy pork chops, and spicy chicken wings, we have 16 great excuses to fire up your grill this Fourth of July.
True, grilled meat doesn't need much gussying up to taste good. But if you're ever going to make a homemade hot dog really special, July 4th is the day to do it, and these are the recipes to do it with.
A great burger with a charred crust and a juicy, savory interior is a cornerstone of summer's best cookouts. It doesn't hurt that it's also one of those crowd-pleasing foods that's easy to make in bulk. From vegan and vegetarian options to the meatiest, cheesiest, over-the-top-iest burgers of your dreams, we've got 21 recipes to make this July 4th one for the history books.
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 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.
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.
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.
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...
A few of our favorite color-coordinated cocktails for your July 4th bash.
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...
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?
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.
©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...