From the main dish to dessert, everything is made on the grill.

June 20, 2017

Nothing screams Independence Day like grilling. Stoke up the coals and get ready to create a delicious dinner with our ultimate 4th of July menu. From the sides, which benefit from a quick sear, to the drinks and dessert, that take on a smooth smokiness, all these recipes are easily made on the grill.

 Photo: Jennifer Causey

Smoked Potato Salad

This version of the potluck classic will wow, from its beautiful indigo color to its rich, smoky flavor. A nice hit of cumin and chipotle chile powder amplifies the smokiness and makes for a deeply savory salad.

 Photo: Jennifer Causey

Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Bourbon-Cherry BBQ Sauce

This fruity, boozy take on barbecue has all the characteristics of your favorite sauce—caramel notes, a savory backbone, and a pleasant vinegar tang. Honey will also give the drumsticks a pretty lacquered coat on the grill.

 Photo: Jennifer Causey

Corn with Cilantro and Chile Flakes

This technique steams the corn in its husk right on the grill. Some smoke flavor permeates the corn, but not as much as when it rests on the grill rack without husks.

 Photo: Hector Manuel Sanchez

Grilled Pineapple Lemonade

A refreshing and tart drink, this twist on classic lemonade adds a whole new level of fruity and smoky flavors. Enjoy this fruit-forward lemonade during warm weather and accompanied by your favorite cookout bites.

 Photo: Jennifer Causey

Simple Grilled Stone Fruit Crumble 

We were wowed by the flavors of this luscious dessert. Grilling the fruit caramelizes its sugars and concentrates its flavor, while the creamy tang of crème fraîche perfectly complements the nutty, buttery topping.