Happy birthday, America! You are 327 years old today, and still looking mighty sprightly. We respect that. We respect it so much we're not even going to go near our computers today, so we can enjoy the your splendor to its fullest.
'independence day' on Serious Eats
America's birthday is tomorrow, and we're ready to party! We've spent the past few weeks in planning mode, gathering everything you need to know to have the best four-day weekend ever.
Getting ready to fire up that grill for Independence Day? We've got you covered over on our Grilling Page. Swing on by and you'll find a whole section on Grilling How-Tos, which will walk you through making the juiciest boneless chicken breasts, grilling perfect burgers, or cooking up the ultimate steak.
Get ready for the 4th, y'all! Break out the flag, throw on some patriotic gear, and fire up the grill, because it's time to eat. To celebrate the 237th year of this great country of ours, we have twenty-four quintessentially American dishes for you.
A few years back, When Pigs Fly columnist James Boo published two separate but equally comprehensive guides—one to American regional barbecue styles, the other to American regional barbecue sauces. Now, to celebrate Barbecue Week, we've combined both posts into one glorious super guide, designed to provide you with the most encyclopedic barbecue coverage possible.
In preparation for the upcoming 4th of July holiday, we're proud to announce the launch of BBQ Week. Starting today and running through the holiday (okay, so it's really more like BBQ Week-and-a-Half, but bear with us), we'll be celebrating all things barbecue and barbecue-related, from recipes to frontline reports from the best pits in the country. To start things off, our founder and overlord Ed Levine waxes nostalgic about his lifelong love of barbecue.
Over the weekend we asked all of you to share your Independence Day menus for our Weekend Cook and Tell challenge. Judging by all of the responses it looks like all of you enjoyed quite the spread. Let's take a look at some of our favorites from the Fourth.
Here at Serious Eats we love being able to fulfill a commitment just by eating a delicious meal. Kitchen Gardeners International (the same people who successfully led the charge for a White House Kitchen Garden) are now running a campaign to encourage local and sustainable eating on the Fourth of July. So far, more than 5,000 individuals have pledged to eat a meal made with local food on July 4. The "Food Independence Day" petition also asks the nation's 50 governors to participate and share what they will be eating. The petition reads: "As residents of your states and by our signatures below, we pledge to join you in this celebration of edible independence by eating healthy and delicious foods...