Help with July 4 dinner
Where are your friends from? My favorite menu concept for the 4th is to honor a particular region of the USA. We're doing the Southwest this year - cumin rubbed flank steak, grilled corn with chipotle butter, black bean salad. Last year my friend hosted and did New England - clam bake, blueberry pie, etc. It will really make your friends feel like home if you add some (tacky but fun!) touches like little flags in the garden, sparklers, etc. 4th of July brings out the kid in Americans. I always like to add a fun kiddie touch or two. This year, for example, we're having homemade popsicles for dessert and playing board games from our childhood after dinner. Last year we set up a sprinkler. It's a good excuse to let your hair down.
Here is what I am serving this year...I'm opting not to do hamburgers/hotdogs (well maybe hotdogs) but chicken and ribs.
For dessert, friends are bringing brownies and apple pie and I am making homemade "chipwiches" with red, white and blue sprinkles around the outside instead of chocolate chips.
This year I am making baby back ribs, dry rubbed & barbecued, of course.
Last year, I made Beef brisket and brats braised in beer & onions.
Go with what you feel like making & eating, don't worry so much about what is considered a "true" American cookout.
But if you do want to go that route other main dish ideas are:
fried chicken pieces
steaks on the grill
bbq chicken on the grill
a pork roast slow cooked in your oven then made into pulled pork sandwiches or carnitas
(recipes provided if interested)
Chips & salsa & guac
Dill pickles, and pickled red onion
Blueberry ice cream sundaes
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake (did last year, big hit, can provide recipe if interested)
Rocky Road Brownies (did those last year too)
That's just off the top of my head! Have fun and good luck!!