Our Best July 4th Menu

"Independence is happiness."Susan B. Anthony

Summer is in full swing, and it's time to relax and enjoy yourself. Gather your friends and family to celebrate Independence Day. Even during these uncertain times, the Centers for Disease Control says you can safely host a cookout with guests 6 feet apart. Just remind everyone to wash their hands often, and consider dishing out the food yourself so multiple people aren't touching the same serving utensils. Single-use condiments can also minimize the number of people handing items. Either way, now is the time to celebrate with an all-American menu featuring the best BBQ ribs you ever tasted, old-fashioned potato salad, Boston baked beans, classic cole slaw and, for dessert, a new take on an old standby: Grilled Strawberry Shortcake with Smoked Whipped Cream. Don't forget the ice cold beverages. Fireworks optional but strongly recommended.

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Here's the recipe for that great creamy cole slaw they sell in the delis, and the secret ingredient is sour cream mixed with mayonnaise. read more
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Briefly grilled strawberries and smoked whipped cream are the stars of this delicious BBQ twist on southern strawberry shortcake. This delicious strawberry shortcake grilled dessert recipe features lightly charred grilled strawberries, blueberries for a patriotic touch, and whipped cream that has been lightly smoked. read more
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Looking for the perfect side dish for your next cookout? Nothing screams BBQ more than a sticky and smoky bowl of Boston baked beans. It was in Beantown that the notion of mixing dried beans with molasses was conceived. This flavorful recipe is an ode to the original while offering suggestions for amping them up. read more
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Make mom proud with this recipe for the perfect potato salad. No backyard BBQ is complete without potato salad but often times it can be lacking in flavor. The secret to this delicious potato salad recipe is the dressing, a simple blend of mayonnaise and sour cream that perfectly complements the other ingredients. read more
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Some drinks are perfect for hot dogs. Here are suggestions for beers, wines, and soft drinks. read more

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Dave Joachim

AmazingRibs.com Editor David Joachim has authored, edited, or collaborated on more than 45 cookbooks including four on barbecue and grilling, making him a perfect match for a website dedicated to the “Science of Barbecue and Grilling.” His Food Science column has appeared in "Fine Cooking" magazine since 2011. 

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