If any holiday gets me more excited about cooking than Thanksgiving, it is, hands down, 4th of July. Here are 10 great recipes to celebrate 4th of July with.
4th of July in my Portland neighborhood is… well… Picture 4th of July in Mayberry. It’s pretty darn close. Combine the charm of a close-knit neighborhood with an adorable parade and neighborhood-wide BBQ. It’s pretty darn perfect. And I’ve missed it so much the last three summers living in CT.
We’re back this year… with a vengeance. And by vengeance I mean our larger than life smoker… ready to celebrate and BBQ.
And you bet your bottom dollar we’ll have it smoking all weekend long.
So, if you’re looking for some last minute ideas for your 4th of July BBQ’s you’ve come to the right place. Because we’ll be making almost all of these delicious treats this coming weekend. Starting with…
Smoked Bloody Mary’s with Smoked Bacon
The parade doesn’t start until 1pm this year, so we’ll need something to keep us busy until we watch adorable children flood the streets with their floats (aka red wagons and bicycles), along with the choirs and marching bands (aka screaming children). We’ll be smoking the tomatoes on Thursday, and prepping the puree for Friday’s 4th of July Brunch. RECIPE HERE
My Mama’s Basic Blender Salsa
No BBQ or summer party is complete without a hearty platter of chips and salsa. I’ll be serving up my mama’s (and always a crowd favorite) this year. It’s the easiest salsa you’ll ever make. Just throw everything in the blender and voila. RECIPE HERE
Buffalo Turkey Chicken Dip
In case you need another side dish or dip. It’s a fantastic use for leftover turkey or grilled chicken. Or do what I usually do and buy a pre-roasted chicken from your favorite grocery store and shred it up for this dip. RECIPE HERE
Smoked Brisket Bruschetta
In case you want to go fancy this year. These Brisket Bruschettas are super easy, but look super elegant, and are crazy indulgent. We are actually making two briskets this weekend (will we FINALLY post a recipe for brisket? Stay tuned.). So you know we’ll be using the leftovers to make these bruschetta on Saturday or Sunday. RECIPE HERE
The Ultimate Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Sean has made over 50 pork butts since he got the new smoker last month, between his last two catering events. Suffice to say, he’s perfected it on the new smoker and will be showcasing his skills this weekend. I.LOVE.THESE.SANDWICHES.MORE.THAN.THE.SMOKER.ITSELF!
I’ll also be serving them up with one of these Homemade BBQ Sauces.
Smoked Baby Back Ribs
The rib recipe that finally made me a rib lover. Enjoy! RECIPE HERE
Grilled and Glazed Chicken
Don’t be stuck with dry chicken this 4th of July. Learn the tips and tricks for succulently juicy and perfectly grilled chicken. RECIPE HERE
And for dessert….
Smoked Strawberry Shortcake with Smoked Bacon Biscuits
Oh yes. There’s no dessert that says 4th of July better than Strawberry Shortcake. These are kicked up about 4,000 notches by using a smoked strawberry jam placed in-between two smoked bacon biscuits, and topped with fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream. You’re welcome. RECIPE HERE
**Bonus Recipe for the Kids**
Fresh Lemon Berry Fizz
Perfect for berry season (which we are smack dab in the middle of). Take out the vodka in this recipe and you have a fun, fruity, refreshing, and delicious non-alcoholic drink for the crowd.
Play around with the recipe. If you want it sweeter you can sub tonic water in place of the sparkling, or use a simple syrup in place of the teaspoon of sugar. RECIPE HERE
WINE FOR YOUR BBQ?
I’ve still got you covered. Check out my Wine Pairing Guide to Grilling and Barbecue here.
Now onto more important things. What will you be eating and drinking this Fourth of July Weekend?
Happy Fourth of July!