Is there really anything better in life than a rack of slowly cooked ribs that are doused with a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce? I don’t think so. Whether you celebrate the Fourth of July tomorrow or this coming weekend with family and friends, it’s time to start thinking of great grilling recipes.
These Sweet Cola Ribs from the Neelys’ are the perfect addition to your Fourth of July celebration. They cook nice and slow over your grill so they become smoky and tender, then you add the sweet cola sauce and it’s a match made in heaven. You can use any kind of dark cola for this recipe, but I think my favorite has to be Dr. Pepper.
This year I’m hosting my own Fourth of July party and you can bet that there will be multiple Sweet Cola Ribs on my grill throughout the day. Be sure to whip up extra of the barbecue sauce; you might even want to double the recipe because it’s great on all sorts of other fun Fourth of July sides like corn on the cob and potato salad. Plus, you can throw some on the side for your guests to dip their ribs into while they eat.
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This Fourth of July, whether you’re throwing a backyard barbecue, hosting a neighborhood get-together or simply watching fireworks with family, celebrate all things red, white and blue with a collection of our best Independence Day eats and drinks. Food Network’s menu of party-ready recipes, including juicy grilled pork, succulent fried chicken, patriotic cake and more, will help you prepare a star-filled spread in no time. Check out Food Network’s top Fourth of July recipes below, then tell us what your favorite all-American dishes are.
5. Grilled Pork Tenderloin With Corn on the Cob – To prepare Food Network Magazine‘s hearty plate (pictured above), marinate lean pork tenderloins in a cumin-garlic mixture, then grill them over medium-high heat and serve with a sweet and tangy brown sugar-ketchup sauce and fresh summer corn.
4. Classic Fried Chicken – With crispy, golden-brown skin and tender, moist meat, this buttermilk-soaked chicken is a no-fail cookout dish.
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This summer, Food Network’s Grilling Central is packed with recipes for the entire family’s taste buds, boasting the best in burgers, dogs, chicken and more all season long. But with so many recipes, where do you start? Each Friday, FN Dish is giving you a complete menu that is stress-free, and this weekend’s spread is fit for an Independence Day celebration.
The Fourth of July falls right in the middle of the week this year and while you may not be able to party like it’s 1776 on a Wednesday, you can surely do so this weekend. Food Network Magazine’s Philly Dogs (pictured above) are inspired by the City of Brotherly Love’s famous cheese steak, and they take just 10 minutes to put together. Nestle a grilled, snappy hot dog on a chewy hoagie roll and add sweet peppers and onions and a drizzle of cheese sauce to create a backyard version of the Philadelphia classic.
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This summer, Food Network’s Grilling Central is packed with recipes for the entire family’s taste buds, boasting the best in burgers, dogs, chicken and more all season long. But with so many recipes, where do you start? Each week, FN Dish is giving you a complete menu that is stress-free and will be table-side quickly. This weekend, sport your red, white and blue with sweet and tangy barbecued chicken, macaroni salad and even something for your vegetarian guests:
Main Dish: Carolina-Style Barbecue Chicken (pictured above)
Meat-Free Main Dish: Open-Faced Tomato Grilled Cheese
All-American sides and dessert recipes after the jump »
There will be plenty of hot dogs and hamburgers going around this Fourth of July weekend, so prepare something different that’s great for entertaining or even a regular weeknight meal. Sirloin steak is seasoned with salt, pepper and chopped mint and seared to your preferred cooking temperature. Serve it with a salad of chard, tomatoes, crumbled feta and croutons for a complete meal ready in 35 minutes.
Editor’s Note: If you’re feeding a crowd and looking to keep costs down, try an inexpensive cut of meat like flank or skirt steak.
Get the recipe: Seared Steak With Chard Salad
Browse more of Food Network’s 4th of July recipes or visit Grilling Central.
Food Network Design Director, Wendy Waxman, got her latest assignment — create a vibrant tablescape for a Food Network charity event featuring Chef Duff…oh, and make it kid-friendly. Wendy immediately saw red — in a good way.
As the table came together, Wendy shared some great tips…
1) Bold, vibrant colors will stay true to you – going bold works well all year long, whether the holidays or the 4th of July.
2) Pick a plate that’s ready to take the stage. For this, Wendy fell for a rich collection from SoHo-based Global Table.
3) Let your creativity bloom. Wendy chose amaryllis and orchids from Ovando to complete her vision. A top-notch florist should always supply fresh product (and ideas, if you want them).
Have a holiday tablescape question?
Hit Wendy up in the comments below…
Or check out her holiday tablescape photo gallery.