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Millions of American families gather each year to celebrate the 4th of July holiday! For as long as I remember, my family’s tradition has been to start the BBQ season with the 4th of July! We have kept the same BBQ menu for years. It is simply delicious, easy to make, and an absolute crowd-pleaser. And that is why I’m here to share all the food recipes so that you can use them for your 4th of July celebrations too. You can even put this meal together without much planning!
Before I share the recipes with you, here are a few fun trivia questions you can ask your family and friends on July 4th! It will be a fun game for everyone to enjoy.
- What year and date was the Declaration of Independence signed?
Answer: July 4th, 1776!
- What was the estimated population of the United States on July 4th, 1776?
Answer: 2.5 million
- How many people signed the declaration of independence?
Answer: 56 people
- What was the name of the newspaper that published the declaration of independence?
Answer: The Pennsylvania Evening Post
- What food is the most consumed every 4th of July?
Answer: Hot Dogs
Now that we had some fun let’s get back to the menu!
Meal Prep is Key for all the Food Recipes I Share for the 4th of July Celebrations
To make things a bit easier, prepare all the sauce and dressing ahead of time.
That way, you will be all set up for an easy 4th of July meal. Baby back ribs are the star of this meal. Start with getting the baby back ribs on the grill. While the ribs are grilling in the area without direct heat, you will use the other side to grill the vegetables for your dishes.
We will be making grilled asparagus drizzled with pomegranate molasses, zucchini with garlic and sumac, watermelon salad with feta cheese and dukkah, and grilled corn smothered with butter, feta cheese, and zaatar. For some more carbs, we also serve the best deli-style macaroni salad. We will then finish the delicious meal with grilled peaches topped with mascarpone and cardamom and drizzled with rose water honey.
Your 4th of July Recipes.
- Baby back ribs glazed with pomegranate molasses BBQ sauce.
- Grilled corn with butter zaatar feta cheese
- Grilled asparagus with pomegranate molasses reduction
- Grilled zucchini with garlic and sumac lemon juice
- Creamy macaroni salad deli style
- Watermelon salad with feta cheese and dukkah
- Grilled peaches with mascarpone cheese
These Food Recipes For the 4th of July is Simple But Delicious!
Baby Back Ribs
Baby back ribs are meaty, flavorful, and perfect for a BBQ! Not only do they have the most delicious flavor, but they are so tender that they fall right off the bone. I have been making these baby back ribs recipes for many years, and it has been a favorite among my family and friends! It is so easy to make, and it is a great way to feed a crowd.
All you need to do is season the ribs with some sweet and tangy rub and smother it in BBQ sauce. My favorite BBQ sauce for baby back ribs is pomegranate BBQ glaze since it is slightly acidic, sweet, and smoky. You can customize the recipe by changing the rub and BBQ sauce, so the ribs have the perfect flavor for your taste buds.
Grilled Corn With Za’atar Feta Butter
No summer BBQ is complete without roasted sweet corn! Fresh corn is, of course, sweet, crunchy, and a wonderful change of tasty from smoky meat. Just add a little bit of butter and watch it melt over the delicious corn for the perfect side dish. I like to add za’atar and feta to my butter to make it even more flavorful! The earthy za’atar, salty feta cheese, and acidic lime juice make this corn the best you will ever try! For me, there is nothing tastier than blackened corn kernels roasting over an open fire.
Grilled Asparagus With Pomegranate Molasses Dressing
When it comes to the best vegetables for grilling, asparagus should always be at the top of the list! They are so easy to grill, and the vegetable is so flavorful that it barely needs any seasoning. In my recipe, I simply cut off the ends and toss them with a bit of olive oil, so they don’t burn on the grill. Once they are finished cooking, I lightly drizzle my pomegranate molasses dressing over them for some more mouthwatering flavor. The pomegranate molasses is perfectly sweet, thick, and tangy! Making grilled asparagus on the grill is a great way to get in some extra veggies during your family barbecue.
Grilled Zucchini With Garlic Sumac and Lemon
Summer is the season for zucchini and summer squash! Zucchini and squash are two classic grilling vegetables as they are juicy, soft, and can be seasoned to your liking. The charred taste of grilled zucchini is mild and pairs well with my tangy sumac and lemon sauce. All the flavors from the garlic, sumac, and lemon sauce complement the grassy, slightly sweet notes of grilled zucchini. Since it is the summer season, you can select your favorite zucchini and squash from the farmer’s market! There are plenty of shapes and varieties that you can choose from to make the best BBQ veggies.
Deli-style Macaroni Salad
Deli-style macaroni salad is creamy, sweet, savory, and packed with lots of chopped vegetables such as jalapeno, onions, carrots, and bell peppers. This macaroni salad is best served chilled and is an excellent way to beat the heat. My recipe for deli-style macaroni salad has been perfected over many years, and it is my favorite macaroni salad. Not only are the ingredients filling, nutritious, and delicious, but it has the most amazing dressing with Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, yogurt, and white vinegar. Be sure to make this macaroni salad at your next BBQ. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Watermelon Salad With Dukkah Feta Cheese and Mint
If you are ever bored of eating plain watermelon, try this watermelon salad! This watermelon salad is unique, refreshing, and gives off the best summer vibes. If you have never had dukkah before, this is definitely the recipe to try. Dukkah is an Egyptian spice mix consisting of toasted spices, ground nuts, and sesame seeds. The spice mixture generally has some combination of coriander, cumin, allspice, and salt. The resulting dukkah is super flavorful and turns a sweet watermelon into a savory dish. I also add mint and feta cheese to my watermelon salad to give it a salty, herbal taste.
Grilled Peaches With Mascarpone Cheese
These grilled peaches are the perfect way to end a BBQ. Sweet peaches are in season during the summer, and they are fragrant, refreshing, sweet, and slightly tangy. Once they are grilled, they seem to get even juicier! The fluffy mascarpone cheese is a wonderful pair for the grilled peaches and gives the peaches a creamy, buttery taste. My secret ingredient is to add some rose water to these grilled peaches. The rose flavor and sweetness of the syrup make this dessert irresistible.
I hope you give my menu a try and make your holiday celebration easy!
And wish all of you a very happy 4th of July!
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