20 Fourth of July Backyard Barbecue Favorites! From salads and coleslaws to mains and desserts, there’s something here for everyone!

Every year for the past 21-ish years I’ve spent the 4th at my in-laws.

20 Fourth of July Backyard Barbecue Favorites

We sit in their big backyard, play cornhole, washer toss and some beer frisbee game where you try to knock your opponents (empty) beer bottle off the top of a pole. It’s fun I swear! We catch up with family, friends and eat our weight in burgers, grilled hot dogs, taco salad and Aunt Penny’s Classic Potato Salad Recipe. When dusk comes, the kids will light sparklers, smoke bombs and those popper things and when it officially gets dark out, all of us sit on their back porch and watch their huge firework display.

It’s a humungous party and so much fun!

This got me thinking about pulling together a few recipe links from the blog so folks can either put on a huge spread or get some ideas on what to bring to their 4th of July party. Here are a few of my summer favorites!

Italian Sub Sandwich 2

Italian Sub Sandwiches : I make these A LOT! We take them on the boat or when Haileigh has a tournament and we need to pack food to take with us. But making a big batch of 6-inch subs would be fun!

Slowcooker Barbecue Beef Brisket l www.SimplyScratch.com

Easy Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Brisket : This is SOOOOO good! Plate this up with grilled corn, potato salad and thick pieces of cornbread. YUM!

Grilled Marinated Steak Kebabs l www.SimplyScratch.com

Grilled Marinated Steak Kebabs : Who doesn’t love steak? These can easily be made the day before and grilled the day of.

Ribeye with Caramelized Shallot and Blue Cheese Butter 2

Grilled Steaks with Caramelized Shallot + Blue Cheese Butter : Need I say more?

Baked Beer Brats l SimplyScratch.com (15)

Oven Braised Beer Brats : Free up some grill space and oven-braise these brats in beer, onions and garlic!

Barbecue Sauced Chicken Brats with Pickled Red Onion and Spicy Brown Mustard l www.SimplyScratch.com

Barbecue Sauced Chicken Brats with Pickled Red Onions + Spicy Mustard : These are so yummy and a nice switch from traditional brats.


The Black and Bleu Burger : Bacon topped, bleu cheese-stuffed burgers are heaven!

Turkey Burger Loaded

Perfect Grilled Turkey Burgers : A must make!

5-Ingredient Barbecue Bacon Baked Beans l SimplyScratch.com (16)

5-Ingredient Barbecue Bacon Baked Beans : Easy, delicious and only 5 ingredients!

Aunt Penny's Classic Potato Salad l SimplyScratch.com (13)

A barbecue isn’t a barbecue with out a classic potato salad, amiright? Aunt Penny’s Classic Potato Salad Recipe is pure perfection.

Grilled Potato Salad + Bacon-Dijon Vinaigrette ll www.SimplyScratch.com

For a delicious twist, try this Grilled Potato Salad + Bacon Dijon Vinaigrette : A dairy-free potato salad that has a ton of flavor. Thank you bacon and Dijon mustard!

Southwest Potato Salad l www.SimplyScratch.com

Southwest Potato Salad : another good one! So. Much. Flavor!

Classic Macaroni Salad + Homemade Dressing l SimplyScratch 21

Classic Macaroni Salad with Homemade Dressing : Your 4th of July isn’t complete with out this classic side!

Taco Chopped Salad www.SimplyScratch.com 01

Chopped Taco Salad + Homemade Catalina Dressing : Another crowd favorite!

Fennel Cabbage Slaw l SimplyScratch.com

Fennel Cabbage Slaw : I could eat this whole bowl by myself. Such a delicious twist on traditional slaw… plus there’s bacon.

J. Alexander's Wild Rice and Orzo Salad l SimplyScratch.com (23)

J. Alexanders Rice and Orzo Salad : Delicious and makes a TON, so it’s perfect for feeding a large crowd.

Tomato, Basil + Mozzarella Couscous l www.SimplyScratch.com #recipe

Caprese Couscous : Light and delicious! Fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella tossed with couscous and olive oil! Doesn’t get any easier!

Rainbow Fruit Salad + Citrus Honey Glaze l SimplyScratch.com (21)

Rainbow Fruit Salad + Citrus Honey Syrup : for the kids in all of us!

Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Cookies l SimplyScratch.com

Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Cookies : Make these but use red, white and blue sprinkle for a festive touch!

Brown Butter Peach Cobbler l www.SimplyScratch (11)

Brown Butter Peach Cobbler : Nothing says summer more than peach cobbler!

Simply Organic Grilling Collage

For more grilling inspiration, check out this post I did for Simply Organic!

Have a fun and safe Fourth of July!