4th of July Barbecue

A collection red, white and blue recipes for a 4th of July barbecue to celebrate Independence Day.

Gather family and friends and celebrate the hard-earned freedom of the United States of America.

How To Throw a 4th of July Barbecue

The fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays.  The days here in Florida are long and steamy.  We gather family and friends for an afternoon pool party and pre-fireworks barbecue.

At twilight, we head to the beach for fireworks.  As night finally falls, the national anthem plays to the sights and sound of fireworks. My breath catches in my throat and I remember just how fortunate we are to be in America. I remember our founding fathers and the wisdom they brought to creating this great country. I remember my ancestors who immigrated from Ireland and Italy just two generations ago. And I say a quick prayer of thanksgiving and protection for our soldiers serving throughout the world to ensure our freedom and our way of life. From Alaska to Florida and all points in between this is a great country, filled with great people – truly a reason to celebrate!

MIX & MATCH MENU

A Red, White and Blue 4th of July Barbecue

 

Pick one or two items from each category to create the perfect 4th of July menu for your crew.

Mix & Match Barbecue Recipe(…

Festive enough for special occasions – simple enough for every day. The Blueberry BBQ sauce recipe makes ordinary chicken skewers extra special.

Grilled Shrimp with Bloody Mary cocktail sauce is an easy finger food for your next barbecue. This is great as a starter or top a salad for a light supper.

This blue cheese potato chip recipe makes a great side dish for barbecues. I love these. I had a version of these when I visited my sister in The Woodland’s Texas. There’s a restaurant that served a version of these as an appetizer. I had to try and come up with a version to make at home.

S’Mores are a favorite finish to any backyard barbecue or campfire. Take your S’mores game to the next level with 20 amazing S’mores recipes. Set up a S’mores station and print a menu for thought starters and let your guests make their own creations.

Summer is corn season. Corn at its peak is so sweet and delicious that it really doesn’t need any topping but these 10 amazing toppings are perfect for creating a “do it yourself” corn on the cob topping station.

Red, White and Blue Mojito with blueberries and strawberries is the perfect drink for 4th of July or Memorial day or really any day.

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