4th of July Grilling Recipes to Celebrate a Variety of Flavors

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The 4th of July is fast approaching, and so are the festivities: thunderous fireworks, sunburned children chasing each other through the parks, and our favorite grilled foods galore.

Here’s a tip: don’t wait until July 3 to start your culinary preparations. With a little planning, your 4th of July broadcast is sure to be the envy of your neighbors. Grills are essential, but don’t worry if you can’t access an outdoor grill. A grill pan can produce some tasty options.

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Since the 4th of July is a celebration of America, let your plate reflect our diverse country and its flavors. Spice up your grilled corn with Indonesian peanut sauce or add a tangy kick to your grilled eggplant, Afghan style. If you need more ideas, check out our recipe finder and search for 4th of July.

Classic BBQ Chicken, above. This classic barbecue chicken recipe comes to you from former Post Smoke Signals columnist Jim Shahin via Becky Krystal, who put his own touch on it with great aplomb. Accompanied by a tangy barbecue sauce, this grilled chicken is sure to become a hit at your celebration.

Grilled Salmon Caesar Salad with Charred Asparagus and Lemons. Don’t be surprised when your guests crave seconds of this hearty salad, which can also be served as a main course. For a vegetarian option, grill tofu instead.

Grilled Corn with Peanut Sauce. There’s no pretty way to bite into a tasty, buttery corn on the cob. (Although if you find one, say so.) This messy bite is even more worth it when drizzled with peanut sauce inspired by an Indonesian dish. If you find yourself with leftover sauce, drizzle it over skewers, salads or a classic Indonesian plate of gado-gado.

Afghan Grilled Eggplant. The smoky, supple eggplant pairs well with the grilled sweet onions and tangy yogurt. For a fuller bite, serve eggplant on toasted flatbread or sliced ​​baguette.

Grilled sea bass with dill sauce. For grill lovers, try the grilled fish. Thick, meaty fish, like sea bass, cod, or salmon, takes skill and precision, but you’ll be rewarded with a smoky bite of the ocean.

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken. No grill? No problem. Get out your trusty slow cooker for this barbecue pulled chicken that’s sure to impress. To round out this 4th of July staple, serve it with thick Texas toast and a side of beans.

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Grilled pound cake with grilled pineapple flavored with rum. One bite of this fluffy pound cake will convince you never to buy store-bought pound cake again. Upper level with a dollop of whipped cream and pineapple dipped in brown sugar and rum for a Caribbean flavor.

Iced tea. And while you’re standing by the grill and in the sun, don’t forget to hydrate! The age-old debate over sweetened or unsweetened iced tea can spin in circles. Go beyond with our favorite iced tea twists. We promise there’s something for everyone: fruity, lemony, earthy and for the booze fans, we’ve got you covered too. For a caffeine-free option, check out our Blueberry Lemonade.

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