4th of July BBQ & Grilling

If you're the grillmaster this year, our Independence Day recipes will start you off with a bang.

Staff Picks

Sheboygan Grilled Brats

Rating: 4.5 stars 89
Growing up on a lake in the Sheboygan area, this was a standard way that the German folks would grill their brats. We always served them on the old-fashioned hard rolls. By finishing them in the beer sauce they just get better and better. Though it's expensive, on special occasions I use a dark beer which is not German at all: Guinness Irish Stout. Around our house, we eat them with ketchup and mustard, and the cooked onions from the brat sauce.

Caribbean-Inspired Grilled Chicken Kabobs

Rating: 4.5 stars 36
Caribbean-inspired chicken kabobs. You can substitute green pepper for the red pepper, if desired.

Margarita Grilled Corn on the Cob

Rating: 4 stars 9
Grilled corn on the cob with a twist of lime and a little chili powder. Great for everyone!

Grilled Root Beer Beef

Rating: 3.5 stars 5
Treating lamb to this root beer marinade has historically been a success, so I've been eager to try it with some skewered beef. I originally used 2 tablespoons honey, which was too sweet, so I've adjusted it in the ingredients list and added vinegar as well. This recipe is easy to adapt, and I'm not just talking about the pre-grill soak, but also the glaze we make with the extra marinade. The flavor is reminiscent of bourbon beef.

Maui Wowie Shrimp

Rating: 4.5 stars 53
Easy recipe to put together for that laid-back 'Maui Wowie' person. Great for the beach or backyard BBQ. You will be surprised by the onolicious flavor. This dish always gets the Shaka sign!

Yeah, I-Lived-in-Texas, Smoked Brisket

Rating: 4.5 stars 33
This is hands-down the best way I have found to cook a brisket.

BBQ Salmon and Fruit Skewers

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
I made up this recipe with some summer fruit that I had on hand. I wanted something to go with some nice fresh salmon that I was planning to cook on the grill for dinner! It turned out great.

Michigan Hot Dog

A regional specialty with a chunky beef chili sauce.

Inspiration and Ideas

Marinated Greek Chicken Kabobs
Rating: Unrated 307
"Yum! Made these for our July 4th cookout. A hit! – Princess Tanya