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Top 10 Foods to Grill for Independence Day

July 03, 2018

Tomorrow is Independence Day, and we’d like to kick freedom off by turning the sprinkler on for the kids, having friends and family over, and lighting up the grill. This is a day for grillmasters. All over the country, grillmasters will be showing off their skill by feeding the masses pounds of meat and anything else they can throw on the grill. Whether your preference is gas or charcoal, here is our top ten items to grill up tomorrow.

1. Burgers and Hotdogs

Burgers by basheertome, on Flickr
Burgers” (CC BY 2.0) by basheertome

An Independence Day staple for millions, the burger and the hotdog rule the grilling kingdom (and the day). The good thing about burgers & hotdogs – they can feed five, or 500.

2. Ribs

barbecue ribs, pork by David McSpadden, on Flickr
barbecue ribs, pork” (CC BY 2.0) by David McSpadden

What better way to celebrate freedom than getting your fingers on a rack of ribs. Start early, start slow, and make sure those ribs are falling off the bone tomorrow.

3. Porkchops

dinner time by mccun934, on Flickr
dinner time” (CC BY 2.0) by mccun934

An excellent alternative to the classics of the grill, a grilled porkchop marinated in butter, garlic, lemon, and rosemary over indirect heat for 30 minutes is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

4. Chicken

Grilling (8/365) by LifeSupercharger, on Flickr
Grilling (8/365)” (CC BY 2.0) by LifeSupercharger

Barbeque. Lemon pepper. Hawaiian. Bacon-wrapped… Do we need to keep going?

5. Smoked Sausage

BBQ @ Arsmeet Texas 2009 by rprata, on Flickr
BBQ @ Arsmeet Texas 2009” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by rprata

The perfect appetizer. Throw a couple of pounds of smoked sausage of the grill, slice a block of cheese, grab some of grandma’s homemade pickles, throw in a couple of crackers, and MAYBE it will hold you over to the freedom-filled main course.

6. Shrimp

How They Grill It by Black_Claw, on Flickr
How They Grill It” (CC BY 2.0) by Black_Claw

If surf-and-turf is your style, then why not throw some shrimp on the grill? It cooks fast – don’t let it burn.

7. Steak

grilled steaks and zucchini by woodleywonderworks, on Flickr
grilled steaks and zucchini” (CC BY 2.0) by woodleywonderworks

The meat of all meats to go on the grill of all grills. For the outdoor BBQ, steak is synonymous with Independence Day.

8. Vegetables

lightly grilled asparagus by woodleywonderworks, on Flickr
lightly grilled asparagus” (CC BY 2.0) by woodleywonderworks

If you’ve never tried grilling your veggies, then we highly suggest it. Asparagus, fresh green beans, squash, zucchini, you name it. The char on the vegetables will open so many doors.

9. Build Your Own Kabob

grill: kabobs by woodleywonderworks, on Flickr
grill: kabobs” (CC BY 2.0) by woodleywonderworks

For the creative minds out there – do what you want to do. A chicken kabob with squares of bell pepper and onion? Do it. Lamb with your favorite compliments? We say go for it.

10. Fruit

Peach Caprese Salad - Grand Rapids Fulto by healthiermi, on Flickr
Peach Caprese Salad – Grand Rapids Fulto” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by healthiermi

We haven’t lost our minds, promise. A grilled avocado half or a grilled peach with a scoop of ice cream will win the day.

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