If the July 4th makes you think about fireworks first and grilling second, we're here to change your mind. If it makes you think of American independence first, then fireworks, then grilling...well, we may have our work cut out for us. Here at Food Republic we take the food of the flame very seriously. So seriously in fact that if by fate's cruel hand we're rained out of the backyard or beach scene, we penned this comprehensive guide to authentic grilling indoors.
But that won't happen this year. Not to us, at least. And because the weather will be perfect, the barbecue hot and smoky and the beverages free-flowing (see, freedom), we present 7 of our best grilling recipes to liberate ourselves from the oppression of the burger/dog cookout and declare independence from ketchup and mustard alone.
- Best Basic Burger Recipe
- Homemade Ketchup with a Kick Recipe
- BBQ Baby Back Ribs Recipe
- Grilled Peaches and Cream Recipe
There are any number of red and white toppings to display 2/3 of your patriotism on your pizza, but blue? Worry not, we’ve got you covered. A hearty blue corn crust and and vibrant blue potatoes brighten up the palette for an unforgettably delicious July 4th pizza party. See the full recipe on Food Republic
Baby back ribs are more tender than spare ribs. When buying them, avoid racks of ribs with protruding bones, which means the butchers have sacrificed more meat to the loin cut. Don't let a big slab intimidate you, serving ribs at a barbecue is an impressive way to show off your true grilling prowess. See the full recipe on Food Republic
What could be better than a nice burger topped with cheese? How about a burger stuffed with cheese? Or chutney. Or bacon? We're beginning with the perfect juicy all-beef burger patty and pumping it up with five different fillings, so there's sure to be one to suit your style. See the full recipe at Food Republic
Dense, delicious sea scallops work great on the grill; they keep their shape and are easy to handle. But be careful when turning them so they don't fall through the grate. See the full recipe on Food Republic
Is there anything more delicious than the charred bits on your ear of grilled corn? Yes. It's the intensely flavorful and super easy-to-put-together combination of Mexican seasonings that will take your barbecue from corn-fed to caliente in no time at all. See the full recipe on Food Republic
Grilling watermelon makes it warm and caramelized on the outside while leaving it refreshing and crunchy on the inside. Chef Brian Moyers serves this all summer at BLT Steak in Los Angeles. Try it once, and you'll be serving it all summer at backyard cookouts. See the full recipe at Food Republic
Everyone has heard of and most likely tasted jerk chicken, which has its culinary roots in sunny Jamaica, but who has heard of jerk pork chops? With the first bite you will be transported to whatever island you choose. See the full recipe at Food Republic
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