30 Great 4th of July BBQ Recipes

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With the 4th of July approaching, it’s time to start planning the perfect BBQ spread. Get ready to fire up those grills, slather on the sauce, and find some new recipes that will help you ring in this patriotic holiday with flavor.

We’ve curated a delicious collection of 4th of July BBQ Recipes that will elevate your outdoor celebration to new heights. Whether you’re craving delicious side dishes, salads, succulent smoked meats, or festive red, white, and blue drinks and desserts.

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4th of july fruit and cheese platter, 3 2 1 ribs, and festive brownie ice cream sandwiches.

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There’s something magical about transforming your backyard into a festive haven, adorned with twinkling lights, colorful decorations, and the aroma of delicious food grilling on the barbecue. From lively conversations around the picnic table to laughter-filled games on the lawn, these intimate gatherings create cherished memories that will be cherished for years to come.

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Sides & Salads

Smoked Corn on the Cob

Smoked Corn on the Cob is a delicious and popular summer dish that can be enjoyed as a snack or a side dish at any outdoor gathering.
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A stack of smoked corn on the cob

Smoked Shotgun Shells

Smoked Shotgun Shells are the perfect BBQ treat, featuring manicotti tubes stuffed with a savory mixture of ground beef and cheese, wrapped in crispy bacon, and glazed with BBQ sauce.
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Smoked shotgun shells

Classic Potato Salad

This Classic Potato Salad is made with tender potatoes, eggs, celery, and pickles, with a creamy mayonnaise dressing and one simple secret ingredient that really elevates the flavor.
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Potato salad on a plate

Classic Mexican Street Corn (Elote)

A classic Mexican street food, this corn on the cob is charred on the grill, then slathered in mayo, and topped with tangy Cotija cheese, chili powder and cilantro. 
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Mexican street corn

Smoked Baked Beans

Smoking your baked beans can add a whole new level of flavor and complexity.
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Smoked beans

Classic Macaroni Salad

This Classic Macaroni Salad combines tender macaroni with a medley of vegetables, eggs, and a tangy mayonnaise-based dressing to make the perfect side dish for your outdoor cookout or picnic.
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Macaroni salad on a plate

Broccoli Salad

This salad is packed with fresh broccoli, bacon, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and cheese. It's a huge hit at barbecues and parties.
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Broccoli salad

Creamy & Spicy Chipotle Coleslaw

This creamy & spicy Chipotle Coleslaw will add some heat to your favorite summer side dish.
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Chipotle coleslaw

Festive 4th of July Fruit & Cheese Platter

This 4th of July Fruit Platter is just what any 4th of July party needs to make it festive and colorful.
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4th of july fruit and cheese platter

Main Dish

Smoked Beer Can Chicken

Smoked Beer Can Chicken is a delicious and flavorful way to cook a whole chicken.
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Smoked beer can chicken

Smoked Pork Butt

Prepare to be amazed by the incredible tenderness and smoky flavor of this mouthwatering Smoked Pork Butt. This recipe is perfect for feeding a crowd.
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Smoked pork butt

How to Smoke a Brisket on a Pellet Grill

If you’re wondering how to smoke a brisket on a pellet grill, we’ve got your answer! In this recipe we’ll show you how to smoke a tender, juicy and delicious brisket.
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The Best Smoked Meatloaf Recipe

This dish combines the rich and hearty flavors of meatloaf with the smoky and savory taste of smoked meat.
Smoked meatloaf

Traeger Grilled Chicken Thighs

Traeger Grilled Chicken Thighs are a delicious and easy-to-make meal that is perfect for any occasion. Whether you are hosting a backyard barbecue or simply looking for a quick and tasty dinner these chicken thighs are sure to satisfy.
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Traeger grilled chicken thighs in a serving dish

3-2-1 Rib Recipe

These 321 ribs are fall apart tender while super juicy and packed with smoky flavor.
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321 ribs

Best Brisket Buns

These incredibly tasty brisket buns are made with tender smoked brisket, brioche buns, and a quick pickle.
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Smoked brisket buns


Festive Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

These Festive Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches are so fun, they’ll definitely add some charm to your summer party or outdoor barbecue. You really can’t go wrong with creamy vanilla ice cream sandwiches between a chocolate brownies with sprinkles!
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Festive brownie ice cream sandwiches

4th of July Fruit Pizza

This sweet 4th of July fruit pizza combines sweet fresh fruit and a tangy cream cheese frosting with a soft cookie crust. It’s super quick to make, delicious, and perfect for any fruit-lover.
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Dessert fruit pizza

Keto 4th of July Dessert (No Bake)

Try this no-bake keto 4th of July Dessert that combines a low-carb vanilla sponge cake with sweet fresh whipped cream and berries.
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4th of july no-bake dessert

Drinks and Cocktails

Frozen Red, White & Blue Lemonade Cocktail

This frozen red, white & blue lemonade cocktail is the perfect addition to your 4th of July barbecue. It is a show stopper with its layered grenadine, vodka lemonade and blue curacao.
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Red, white, and blue frozen cocktail

Simple Blue Lagoon Mocktail

A Blue Lagoon Mocktail is fun non-alcoholic version of a cocktail that’s super fun to sip all year long. Add a splash of flavor and color to any social gathering with this delicious drink featuring blue curacao syrup, lemonade, and sparkling mixed with lemon-lime soda.
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Simple blue lagoon mocktail

Instant Pot Peach Iced Tea

You can make a batch of Instant Pot Peach Iced Tea in just 15 minutes and it won’t heat up your kitchen like it does on the stovetop. Its the perfect drink for a lazy summer afternoon.
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Peach iced tea

Raspberry Gin Fizz

This recipe was originally posted on Savored Sips. Raspberries are the perfect addition to a gin fizz to liven it up and make a vibrant, tasty cocktail. You’ll end up loving this raspberry gin fizz.
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Raspberry gin fizz

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