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Your Ultimate Guide to a Delicious 4th of July BBQ

It’s America’s Birthday, and what better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with a BBQ to entertain and feed your family and friends? There are probably some must-haves for this shindig, like hamburgers and potato salad. But your menu selection can be as diverse as you choose. If you need some inspiration, here is a guide to a delicious 4th of July BBQ celebration. 


Dilled Potato Salad

This dill potato salad recipe is made with red potatoes, fresh dill, sour cream, cider vinegar, and mayo. It’s simple to make and a popular cold side dish at pot lucks and BBQs. 

Caprese Pasta Salad

This simple Caprese pasta salad is always a crowd favorite at 4th of July cookouts, especially when summer tomatoes are in season. You can make this one ahead of time and it’s easy to put together. 

Sweet and Salty Grilled Watermelon

If you’ve never tried grilled watermelon, put this on your list for your 4th of July gathering. You simply cut up the fruit into thick wedges and place them on the grill. Add some oil or seasonings to improve your experience. 


Grilled Vegetable Platter

There’s no better complement to your main dishes at a backyard BBQ than a big platter of grilled vegetables. Gather everything that’s in season, such as onions, asparagus, zucchini, peppers, and carrots, slice them appropriately, and heat them up on the grill. 

Smokey Baked Beans

Your guests will be talking about these saucy and smokey baked beans for years to come. Made from a variety of beans and infused with campfire flavor, these are an ideal side dish to include at your BBQ.

Skillet Mac & Cheese

While your grill is occupied, you can pull out the cast iron skillet to make this creamy and rich homemade skillet mac and cheese recipe that will be a hit with guests of all ages. Prep time is only about 30 minutes. 

BBQ Mains

Smash Burgers

Smash burgers have been all the rage ever since they were featured on TikTok by various influencers. You start with balls of ground beef, brisket, or short rib that get “smashed” onto a hot griddle and cooked to your desired taste.

Grilled Sausage

A sausage on a bun is a classic summer meat that is ideal for your holiday BBQ. Simply grill up a bunch of sausages and have a platter of toppings available so people can customize their sandwiches.

Country Style Pork Ribs

These BBQ country-style pork ribs will have your guests lined up around the backyard. Just make sure you have plenty of BBQ sauce and napkins available. 


Red, White, and Blue No-Bake Ice Box Cake

Sometimes, it’s just too hot to hang out in the kitchen with the oven burning to bake a cake or pie. If you want to try something different, this red, white, and blue no-bake icebox cake might be just the answer. 

Old Fashioned Apple Pie

What’s the 4th of July without a good old-fashioned apple pie served up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. While the prep and cooking time is just under two hours, your guests will go nuts for this delicious treat. 

Red Velvet Whoopie Pies With Blueberries

The fun red velvet whoopie pies with blueberries will be a hit when your guests can pick up the handheld cookies with cream cheese and white whipped cream filling garnished with fresh blueberries. 


Fresh Berry Lemonade

For your guests who don’t drink alcohol, you can take the standard lemonade up a notch by adding fresh berries. This fresh berry lemonade recipe includes strawberries, fresh lemon juice, and Simple Syrup. 

Boozy Snow Cones

These All-American boozy snow cones are a fun and potent idea for your 4th of July BBQ. They include three layers of slushy, alcoholic mixtures to create a refreshing frozen cocktail. 

Craft Beer

Don’t forget the craft beer or more traditional lagers, to quench your guest’s thirst as they eat all this delicious food. There are many patriotic beers you can include on your list like Samuel Adams, Yuengling & Son, and Liberty Ale. 

Visit Nick’s of Calvert for High-Quality Products and Ingredients

Whatever items you decide to serve up at your 4th of July BBQ, you need a source for high-quality ingredients. Nick’s of Calvert has been serving customers throughout the area for over 50 years. Our store’s centerpiece is our full-service meat counter, where we even make our own sausage. We also sell ready-to-serve items in our deli and have the best selection of wine, craft beer, and spirits in the area. Visit us today or give us a call at (410) 414-7105 with any questions.