I have to admit, the 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, hands down. It’s mainly because of the fireworks, but I also love the warm weather, grilling, and spending time with friends. We’ve been scratching our heads a little bit, as we didn’t know what to do for our food this year—furthermore, we’re not sure if we are having family over, how many people, etc.

Still, I procrastinated getting things done here by putting together this: a list of helpful hints for those who don’t have the same fervor for the grill and for the 4th of July (or simply need advice on grilling) as well as a collection of drinks, starters, main dishes, and desserts. We hope you have a fun and safe 4th!

How To: Tips and Tricks for the Grill

All About Grilling Fruit (Food52)
A Guide to Get you Grilling Like a Pro (the kitchn)
Secrets of the Grill: Chicken (Saveur)
5 Tips for Skewering Foods For the Grill (the kitchn)


Strawberry Lemonade (Paleo Cupboard)
Paleo Margaritas (Against All Grain)
Blackberry Faux-jito (South Beach Primal)
Paleo Copycat Orange Julius (The Lucky Penny)
Strawberry Watermelon Slushee (Delicious Obsessions)
Strawberry-Mango Mint Tea (virginia is for hunter-gatherers)


Buffalo Wings (Primal Palate)
Coconut-Dill Veggie Dip (virginia is for hunter-gatherers)
Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries (Nom Nom Paleo)
Plantain Crackers  (The Paleo Mom)
Mom’s Watermelon-Mint Salad (virginia is for hunter-gatherers)
Minted Zucchini (Courgette) and Tomato Salad (Divalicious Recipes in the City)

Main Dishes

Memphis-Style Barbecue Beef Back Ribs (The Domestic Man)
Picanha (Brazilian Roasted Rump Cap / Top Sirloin) (Alex Boake Illustrations)
Grilled Beef Kabobs (virginia is for hunter-gatherers)
Pulled Pork (she cooks he cleans)
Quick and Easy Bacon Burgers (virginia is for hunter-gatherers)



Gelatin Jigglers Fruit Snacks (Paleo Parents)
Paleo Snowballs (Tony FED)
Blueberry Cream Pie (GI 365)
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies (virginia is for hunter-gatherers)
Lemon Pound Cake (Civilized Caveman Cooking)
Chilled Blueberry-Rosemary Soup (virginia is for hunter-gatherers)

We hope this list will help you have a grand-slam barbecue for the 4th or that it will come in handy any time you’re putting together a menu or planning to take something to a summer party. If you find this post helpful, please share it using the links below. Or, if you give any of these recipes a shot, share your results with us through Facebooktwitter, or Instagram!

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