4th of July BBQs and fireworks are something that the kids look forward to all summer. Here are our top favorite recipes for drinks, appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, and desserts – 25 recipe ideas in total. There is something for everyone here!
Wondering what you should make for your 4th of July BBQ? I’ve got tons of ideas for you here.
The girls and I just finished up our grocery shopping for our 4th of July Menu, so I have all of these great summer BBQ recipes fresh in my mind. I thought that I should share a roundup of some of our most popular recipes to make for a 4th of July BBQ to help you with your brainstorming.
We have a few of the items on this list on our menu this year, but really we’re fans of everything listed here. This year I let the girls plan out the menu because I was busy with some other things, and because Kendall’s boyfriend is coming for dinner. Here’s what they chose:
Our 4th of July Menu
Grilled Brats (probably because we’ve recently had burgers, pulled pork, and ribs!)
We’ll be celebrating on July 3 since our town does their big firework show for the holiday at the golf course a day early, so we will be in full on prep mode later today. Fun fact – 3 years ago Kevin proposed at the firework show, so its always fun to go back each year and see the show.
Hope you all enjoy your celebrations! Don’t forget the Bug Spray and Sunscreen if you’ll be outside!
4th of July Recipes
4th of July BBQs and fireworks are something that the kids look forward to all summer. Here are our top 5 favorite recipes for drinks, appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, and desserts. There is something for everyone here!
4th of July Appetizers
Here are our top 5 most popular summer appetizer recipes to go with your 4th of July menu! For even more ideas be sure to check out the Appetizer section of the Recipe Index.
Take advantage of summer's colorful and delicious produce and make this Roasted Tomato Crostini with Walnut Almond Pesto and Goat Cheese. Crostini is a great summer appetizer to serve while sitting out on the patio in the evening.
Homemade Watermelon Mint Lemonade is a fun take on the traditional homemade lemonade recipe – and it couldn’t be more summery with it’s gorgeous bright pink color. The perfect fruity and refreshing drink for the whole family on a hot day! *For an adult beverage, add 1 shot vodka or tequila to each glass prior to serving. Do not serve alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21.*
Homemade slushies like this recipe for a Cherry Limeade Slushie are perfect for summer and they're super easy to make! *For adults, you can make some fun Frozen Cherry Limeade Cocktails. Add a total of 4 – 6 shots of vodka or tequila (depending on your personal preference!) to the blender with the rest of the ingredients to make a frozen cocktail. Do not serve alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21.*
A classic Moscow Mule get a fruity twist in this recipe for Fresh Pineapple Mint Moscow Mules thanks to the addition of fresh pineapple juice, pineapple garnish, and a sprig of mint. Do not serve alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21
Nothing says summertime like an ice cold glass of fresh squeeze strawberry lemonade. The perfect sweet and tart drink to pair with any summer BBQ. Drink it just like it is, or use it as the base for your favorite adult cocktail *For an adult beverage, add 1 shot vodka or tequila to each glass prior to serving. Do not serve alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21*
4th of July Side Dishes
Here are our top 5 most popular summer side dish recipes to go with your 4th of July menu! For even more ideas be sure to check out the Side Dishes section of the Recipe Index.
Summer Potlucks and BBQs don't seem complete without a big bowl of this Classic Potato Salad. Creamy Mayo, celery, onion, hardboiled eggs, and of course plenty of potatoes make up this recipe - in our family's opinion it is simply the best!
You can't go wrong with something as classic as coleslaw when you're planning out your 4th of July menu. In this recipe, your typical BBQ Coleslaw gets a makeover with the addition of jalapeño for just a touch of heat for your tastebuds!
Easy Smoked Chicken is a great summer meal. The chicken turns out incredibly flavorful, tender and juicy. Perfect for BBQs or any time you want to cook a whole chicken but want to do something a little different than traditional roasting.
Honey Mustard Grilled Chicken is a perfect easy summer grilled chicken recipe. The chicken tenderloins are marinaded in a sweet and savory honey mustard sauce with sprigs of fresh rosemary and lemon juice, then quickly cooked on a hot grill. So good and so easy!
Smoked Pork Shoulder is a classic summertime BBQ recipe. Come check out my tried and true method for making Traeger Smoked Pulled Pork along with my 9 pro tips for the best smoked pork – I’m including my favorite pork shoulder brine and pulled pork rub.
This berry galette recipe is so colorful thanks to the mix of raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Free-form pies like these are so simple because there is no crimping or perfection intended. Rustic is best and I think the ground almonds and portion of whole wheat flour add to the rustic nature of this crust.
Strawberry Fool is such an easy strawberry dessert recipe. It’s basically strawberries and cream taken up a notch! Simple, yet delicious! This is what we plan to have for our 4th of July Dessert - but with the addition of some Lemon Blueberry Sauce for a touch of blue!