Holiday recipes and ideas for July 4th typically include a full BBQ spread with main dishes, sides, and of course dessert. This list includes recipes for grilling, summer salads, and no-bake meals. If you are looking to plan your Independence Day menu, you have come to the right place!
A great 4th of July spread is filled with cold salads, watermelon, great music, and lots of love! You will also hear people asking who made and brought the potato salad! Don’t worry, our potato salad recipes are foolproof and guaranteed to please any crowd.
Holiday Planning: Determine How Many People Will Be in Attendance
When planning your July 4th BBQ menu ideas, figure out how many people are coming by. One of the great things about BBQ menus is that you can always make more to share. If you have a small family of three to four, a main dish and two sides are often enough. If you add extras, you will have plenty of delicious leftovers.
If you have a larger family or plenty of guests, it’s best to load up on the sides and showcase the best recipes. Plan to have around six to seven dishes on the table.
Menu Planning Tips:
Ask for help andvolunteers to cook entrees ahead of time. Enlist the best cooks in the family or friend circle.
Consider trying one new recipe. Traditional recipes are great, but people love to see new additions, too.
Prioritize recipes that can be made ahead of time. You will run out of time and keep guests waiting if you don’t.
Ask guests if they have any food allergies or special dietary needs. Safety first!
Relax and enjoy the festivities. Friends, family, and fun are always what matter the most.
At a black family cookout, barbecue food makes up most of the main dishes. Nothing beats the aroma of juicy seasoned meat roasting on open flames. These main dish recipes include staples like ribs, but also a few alternative options like vegan and keto versions of some staple dishes.
Level up your nacho game with these BBQ Nachos topped with delicious BBQ pork, jalapeño slices, corn, and other delicious toppings. It’s a quick and easy dinner idea that’s full of bold and amazing flavors.
Smoked Spatchcock Chicken – That’s a tongue twister right there, but it indeed brings satisfying flavors to the table. Fall-off-the-bone juicy chicken with smoky goodness is faster with the now-famous spatchcocking method. That makes for an easy weeknight dinner or soul-satisfying deliciousness after a long week.
We all know that BBQ is the most popular main. But, seafood is always at a Black cookout too. I'm not sure about your family, but mine always breaks it out at the end and only offers it to a few select folks!
Deliciously flavorfully spiced, tender and moist turkey BBQ Meatballs are glazed with the ultimate homemade barbecue sauce with hints of spice, pineapple and molasses! These are the ultimate appetizer for entertaining!
This Hennessy BBQ sauce adds so much flavor to regular sauce. Use it on anything including grilled wings.
July 4th BBQ Side Dishes
Even though BBQ foods are the star of the BBQ, the side dishes make up most of the Black Cookout menu. This next collection of easy Soul Food and Southern side dish recipes will make your 4th of July pop.
Round up the family, preheat the oven and whip up my Mama’s Southern Baked Beans! Made with ingredients like brown sugar, aromatics, and barbecue sauce, my Mama’s Southern Baked Beans are smoky and sweet in all the best ways.
Are you looking for deas to carry the day in a cookout? The Southern potato salad is your sure bet, any day. It’s made from simple ingredients like potatoes, boiled eggs, celery, and mayonnaise, yet has a rich flavor that will leave the guests asking for more.
Simply irresistible Cheesy Ranch Potato Salad loaded with bacon and Creole Seasoning. A healthy and satisfying side to match any dish. With extremely rich and creamy ranch dressing covering the fork-tender potatoes. Refreshing and enticing comfort food you can eat any time of the day!
This Easy Southern Coleslaw Recipe has the best sweet and tangy flavor. It’s served creamy and chilled. Perfect for loading onto pulled pork sandwiches or served as a side dish for any BBQ or cookout spread.
This Berry icebox cake recipe is a summer dream! Composed of layers of decadent strawberry and creamy vanilla ice cream and homemade berry sauces sandwiched between a moist, tender pound cake, frosted with a creamy whipped cream and topped with fresh berries.
After a sumptuous black cookout meal, you want to top up with an equally tantalizing dessert to keep your taste buds in high spirits. Nothing does this better than the traditional sweet potato pie. Eggs, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg are the secret ingredients in this feel-good snack.