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What to cook July 4th?

I'm looking for inspiration . . . especially re: the grill. We will make a giant green salad and peanut noodles and lemon bars for sure. What's the main course? We have one person coming who doesn't eat red meat, and we're happy to make two different things. Thanks!

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  1. I've never done July 4th without red meat, so my first suggestion would be crockpot bbq babyback ribs or chili, with homemade mac and cheese or parmesan shredded potatoes.

    Chicken enchiladas? I don't know how that would go with peanut noodles . . .

    1. A ring of chicken or turkey sausage is so simple tasty, marinate chicken breasts, legs, thighs (whatever you like) in bottled or homemade dressing overnight and grill, veggie kabobs brushed with olive oil and seasoned simply with salt and pepper, easy and there are hundreds of combos you could do, or just get whatever looks best at the store

      1. I'm making homemade black bean burgers, chicken and hot dogs.
        Also guac and chips, black bean salad with grilled corn and avocados, 3 bean salad (black-eyed peas, edamame and green beans with lemon), grilled veggie pasta salad, homemade flatbreads, a few other things and 3 desserts (so far red velvet cupcakes and s'mores on the grill).

        1. Make Filipino Ribs. Delicious
          Or several satay, shrimp, chicken and beef with different dipping sauces.

          1. Make bbq chicken if they don't eat red meat.

            We're having:
            BBQ'd nachos
            Bacon & cheddar knockwurst
            baby back ribs
            potato salad
            tomato salad
            pie & rocky road brownies
            and peach sangria.

            4 Replies
            1. re: Phurstluv

              Tell me about the BBQ'd nachos please!

              1. re: janehathaway

                Well there is a simple version and a not so simple version.

                The first time I made them, and they were divine it was the long version. You use leftover pulled pork. Or you can use leftover bbq chicken. And you toss it w/1 cup of bbq sauce. (I don't have either right now, so I'm forgoing that.) You make your own mashed pinto beans with a cajun spice mix and the juice of a lime, and combine with tomatoes, pickled jalapenos, chopped, and fresh cilantro chopped. Drizzle with sour cream and use three cups of cheddar cheese to 1/2 a 7 oz. bag of chips. Then it's broiled.

                My alterations for this trip since we're in an rv at the beach not at home and I don't have a pulled pork or chicken are as follows: Cook a can of chili beans down and mash into a disposable alum pan. Toss tomatoes w/pickled jalapenos and cilantro. Layer chips with bean mixture and shredded mozzarella & cheddar cheese. Blend 2 tbsp each of ranch dressing and bbq sauce and drizzle onto nachos. Place on the grill and cover.

                1. re: Phurstluv

                  Thanks! That sounds great. That actually goes perfectly with what I"m making so I think I'll add them to the menu.

                  1. re: janehathaway

                    Great! Enjoy them! My guests did! And it's easy which is nice!