Everything You Need for the Perfect July 4 Barbecue

Off the Bone's rib platter (photo by Kevin Hunter Marple)

Independence Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time to dust off that grill for the big barbecue party you’re having out in the backyard. If you’re not going to be satisfied with just grilling hot dogs and hamburger patties this year, check out some of these recipes in our recipe directory to fancy it up. Or perhaps you’re still looking for a good picnic spot or place to watch fireworks? Head over to Liz Johnstone’s roundup for places to go on July 4. Don’t worry, guys. We’ve got you covered. You’ll have the best fourth of July yet, guaranteed.


Fireside Pies’ white peach sangria
Pineapple mojito
Blue Mesa’s Texas margarita
The Landmark’s watermelon lemonade
Liz’s summer beer picks

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Side Dishes

Creamy potato salad with red onion
Cafe Lago’s famous chicken salad
Jasper’s aged gouda mac ‘n’ cheese
Nonna’s marinated baby beet salad
Refreshing chopped salad with feta, lime, and mint
Smoked onion guacamole
Sweet peppered corn
Spinach fried okra and tomato salad with piquilla pepper vinaigrette
The Grape’s Caesar salad

On the Grill

Grilled shrimp with honey barbecue sauce
Tim Love’s grilled lamb chops
Chipotle grilled chicken with smokey sauce
Gilbert Garza’s grilled flank steak with garlic, toasted coriander, and Spanish paprika
Grilled pimentón pork chop with dijon cream
Maguire’s grilled Asian chicken


Al Biernat’s coconut cream pie
Amuse’s warm lemon soufflé pudding
Donn Bindler’s poached pears
Gilbert Garza’s chocolate truffle cake
Jasper’s buttermilk pie