4th of July Main Dish Recipes

The oohs and ahhs are all yours this year with any one of these perfect 4th of July main dish recipes.

Staff Picks

4th of July Pulled Pork

Rating: 3.5 stars 3
I serve this to guests during the summer and is one of my favorites especially if feeding a crowd! I use the Smokin' Jack BBQ Sauce recipe on this site!

Cornell Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 70
This famous grilled chicken recipe was created by Dr. Robert C. Baker at New York's Cornell University. They say Dr. Baker was simply trying to invent an easy and delicious way to grill smaller, younger chickens, so that the local chicken farms could sell more birds. The doc's tasty recipe ended up being such a success that sales in the area soared, and the recipe became a statewide favorite.

Cedar Planked Salmon

Rating: 5 stars 820
This is a dish my brother prepared for me in Seattle. It is by far the best salmon I've ever eaten. I like to serve it with an Asian-inspired rice and roasted asparagus.

Red, White, and Blueberry Grilled Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 59
These colors don't run, but they do stain, so I recommend eating this delicious, red, white and blueberry chicken outdoors at a barbeque. Smoky, spicy meats have been paired with sweet-and-sour, fruit-based sauces since we've had cooks, so that this combo works beautifully is no big surprise. And yes, other juicy fruit like peaches, or other berries will work nicely.

Flag Pizza

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
What's better than pizza? A patriotic flag pizza, of course! Baked in the shape of a flag with pepperoni slices for stripes and purple potatoes for the sky, you'll find yourself saluting with every slice.

Juicy Lucy Burgers

Rating: 4.5 stars 230
A favorite of Minnesotans! The famous Juicy Lucy! Mmmm. So good. You MUST use American cheese on this to achieve the juiciness in the middle! I like sauteed mushrooms and onions on mine!

Ultra Easy Pineapple Chicken Kabobs

Rating: 4.5 stars 74
For people who love chicken, pineapple, and pepper.

Hawaiian Belly Buster Burgers

Rating: 4 stars 22
These burgers are among my family's top choices of gourmet burgers that I've concocted. A rich barbecue flavor followed by a sweet aftertaste makes for one flavorful burger. Use a Hawaiian-style thick barbecue sauce if possible. If your sauce is thin, use less in the burger mix so the burgers hold together when grilling.

Best Hamburger Ever

Rating: 4 stars 765
Juicy beef burgers perfect for summer grilling and packed with flavor.

Juiciest Hamburgers Ever

Rating: 4.5 stars 1260
These juicy, flavorful burgers are perfect for summer BBQs or parties.
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Prize Winning Baby Back Ribs
Rating: 4.5 stars 754

Baby back ribs, seasoned with a cumin, chili powder, and paprika spice rub, are slow-cooked on your grill over indirect heat until fall-off-the-bone tender.