Fourth of July Barbecue

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Fourth of July Barbecue

Celebrate the Fourth of July this week with a kabob party! A mix of flavorful skewers is a fun and easy way to entertain a crowd and satisfy everyone’s tastes — you can even let guests assemble and grill their own meals-on-a-stick. Round out the menu with red, white and blue sides, drinks, and desserts. Here are the recipes and tips to help you pull it off. Happy Fourth!




Fourth of July BarbecueKick off the festivities with an appetizer that’s easy, elegant and perfect for summer: nectarines with arugula and burrata cheese. Serve with some crusty bread, and let everyone help themselves to the creamy cheese and sweet, juicy fruit. Greet guests with a festive and refreshing cherry mocktail for sipping.


Then comes the fun part — make your own kabobs! Set out a variety of meats, seafood and vegetables and let everyone customize their own skewers. For inspiration, try these combos: Cajun shrimp and sausage with potatoes and corn; lamb with peppers, onion and zucchiniclassic beef with mushrooms; and chicken with onion and bell peppers. Entertaining vegetarians? We love these colorful kabobs of eggplant and squash threaded on rosemary branches.


On the side, serve salads that showcase more of summer’s best colors and flavors. This pasta salad features a variety of summer beans and fresh herbs, and a simple heirloom tomato salad splashed with tangy vinegar is a foolproof classic.


For dessert, bake a homey pie. Our blueberry crumble pie contrasts a juicy berry filling with a crisp, crunchy crumb topping for a memorable finale to the meal.


Fourth of July Barbecue


Party Planner


  • 1 day ahead: Marinate the beef and chicken for the kab0bs overnight. Make the pasta salad (leave undressed) and refrigerate.
  • Day of: Bake the pie. Mix the base of the cherry mocktail and refrigerate. Prep the rest of the ingredients for the kabobs.
  • Just before serving: Assemble the nectarine appetizer. Finish the pasta salad and make the tomato salad. Grill the kabobs. Finish the mocktail.


Chill some additional beverages for the adults. For ideas on what to serve, check out our warm-weather wine picks and top beers for summer. Ice the bottles down in a rustic party tub. Cheers!


Decorate your table outside with some star-spangled linens for a patriotic touch. Our table runner, place mats and napkins are printed with stars and stripes for the occasion.


Looking for more delicious ways to celebrate the red, white and blue? Visit our 4th of July Pinterest board for ideas!

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