This 4th of July, unlike the one from 2020 will inevitably bring together lots of our favorites: kids, grandkids, friends, fun, fireworks and yummy food.
With 4th of July fast approaching, here's a menu of tried and true recipes that we've put together for you to make it easy to enjoy your favorites in life.
Stay safe everyone and God Bless America!
BBQ Ribs & BBQ Sauce (Barefoot Contessa)
5 lbs Baby back ribs (4 racks) or St. Louis ribs (2 racks)
Kosher salt and ground pepper
1 recipe BC Barbeque Sauce (recipe below)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil. Place the ribs on the sheet pan meat-side up and sprinkle them with 2 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper. Pour the BC barbeque sauce generously on each rack and cover the ribs loosely with aluminum foil. Bake for 1 1/2 hours for baby backs and 1 3/4 hours for St. Louis ribs, until the meat is very tender when tested with a fork. As soon as the ribs are out of the oven, spread them generously with additional barbeque sauce. Grill right away or refrigerate to grill later.
About 40 minutes before you want to serve, heat a gas grill to medium high heat. Place the ribs on the grill ribs-side down, put the lid on top and grill for 5 minutes. Turn the ribs meat-side down, put the lid back on and grill for another 4-5 minutes. Place on a cutting board and cover tightly with aluminum foil and allow the ribs to rest for 10 minutes. Cut into ribs and serve hot with extra bbq sauce on the side.
BC Barbeque Sauce Ingredients:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 cup (10 oz.) tomato paste
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup honey
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 cup Dijon mustard
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 cup (8 oz.) hoisin sauce
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1/2 Tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over low heat. Add the onions and cook for 10-15 minutes, until the onions are translucent but not browned.
Add the garlic and cook for one more minute. Add the tomato paste, vinegar, honey, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, chili powder, cumin and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Use immediately to pour into a container and refrigerate for several weeks.
4th of July Firecracker Hot Dogs
(from Handmade in the Heartland)
1 can refrigerated breadstick dough (I had a hard time finding this so I just got refrigerated bread dough and used my pizza cutter to cut strips)
2 pkgs. of hot dogs (16)
16 thick slices colby cheese
First take your skewers and stick them all the way through your hot dogs leaving about an inch and a half exposed out of the top of each hot dog. Then take a piece of breadstick dough and carefully wrap it around the hot dog until you get to the top. Place the wrapped dogs on a silpat (non stick baking liner) or parchment paper and bake according to the package directions. It took about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
While the hot dogs are cooking, take out your cheese slices. The key to this step is to go to your grocers deli counter and ask for them to slice your pieces of cheese that are 1/4"-3/8" thick. Then using a small cookie cutter, cut out your stars.
After your hot dogs have cooled for 2-3 minutes, stick the star through the skewer at the top.
You can put them into a pail with a styrofoam ball hidden by crinkly papers to display them or layer them on top of each other on a plate.
Fourth of July Popsicles
The fourth of July brings memories of backyard bar-b-ques, swimming in the pool, and of course, fireworks. This year it is noticeably hot in the state of Arizona as it is elsewhere in the country. One way to cool off is with yummy, easy-to-make popsicles. They are so delicious the adults will be competing with the kids to grab this ice-cold treat.
To start, you will need popsicle molds. I recommend Miaowoof, I purchased mine on Amazon. I really like these molds; they are BPA-free, ensuring the health and safety of your family.
The popsicles are three layers, tri-colored, with lemonade as the base ingredient. You can purchase the lemonade premade or use my easy recipe.
Six lemons freshly squeezed
simple syrup (1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water heated until sugar
7 cups of water
Add all ingredients together for a simple, lovely lemonade.
1/3 cup of lemonade
1 1/4 cup sliced strawberries
1/3 cup of vanilla ice cream
red food coloring
1/3 cup of lemonade
1/3 cup of vanilla ice cream
1/3 cup of lemonade
1/3 cup of fresh blueberries
1/3 cup of ice cream
Blue food coloring
In a blender, combine the ingredients for the first layer, adding the food color last. Pour into molds one-third of the way full and freeze for one hour.
In a blender, combine the ingredients for the second layer and fill molds two-thirds full, and freeze for one hour.
In a blender, combine the ingredients for the last layer adding the food coloring last. Place a stick in the mold as it begins to firm. Freeze for five hours or overnight.
Proud To Be An American,
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." Nelson Mandella
This coleslaw is my family's favorite summer side dish. I used to hate coleslaw because it was always watery and flavorless (think KFC). Well even people who normally don't like coleslaw will like this! I found this recipe years ago in a low-carb cookbook and now have it memorized. It is Keto Friendly, gluten-free and sugar-free and yet, still tastes tangy and rich. It will go great with your Independence Day BBQ, burgers, and hotdogs.
1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup sour cream
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard (Don't worry if you have mustard haters. They won't taste it.)
1 teaspoon salt
1 packet artificial sweetener (like Splenda, Truvia, or Pyure)
1 bag (or more) shredded coleslaw mix (from the produce section by the bagged salads) OR you can shred your own cabbage.
Stir the first six ingredients together thoroughly and combine with the coleslaw mix or approximately one head of shredded cabbage. Stir in a little dressing at a time to get it to the desired consistency. Even though we like ours really wet, this recipe makes a little over a cup of dressing, so you may have some left if you only use one bag of coleslaw mix. You can always add more coleslaw mix and use all of the dressing.
Tip: I use a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup for mixing the dressing. That way, I can measure the mayo and sour cream right into the cup and use the spout for pouring the dressing into the coleslaw mix.
(Serves 6 to 12 depending how much coleslaw mix or cabbage you use)
4th of July~ American Flag Fruit Platter
This is the perfect fruit platter to serve at your 4th of July get-together! Not only is it super easy to assemble, allowing the grandkids to help out, it’s festive and everyone will enjoy the fruit, making it perfect for both kids and adults!
Here are the ingredients you will need:
· Strawberries cut into pieces or you can use Watermelon
· Flipz White Chocolate Covered Pretzels or if you prefer Trader Joe’s Yogurt Covered Pretzels
1. Wash your blueberries and strawberries (or watermelon)
2. Place blueberries in a bowl (I use a star shaped bowl) and place it in the upper left hand corner of a white platter
3. Slice your strawberries or watermelon and place in straight lines
4. Place your white chocolate or yogurt covered pretzels in between the strawberry or watermelon lines
5. That’s it! Enjoy your American Flag Fruit Platter!
Happy 4th of July, friends!
Summertime Strawberry Cake
I am not particularly fond of cake but this is one of my exceptions. It is moist and flavorful and perfect for a hot afternoon 4th of July Bar-B-Q. Nothing better than strawberries to take the heat away. I first tried this recipe back in my working days. We used to have some extremely delicious items making their way into our break room. I miss those days!
Leave the cake in the pan as the icing can be a little runny but makes it oh so yummy and moist.
Have a wonderful 4th of July celebration!
Simple 4th of July Wind Sock Craft
This is a fun, festive and patriotic craft that has little to no “mess” involved and will keep the kiddos busy!
What you will need:
· 18 oz. Blue plastic Solo cup
· Hole punch
· Red and white ribbon
· White or Silver Star stickers
· 1 Pipe Cleaner
How to assemble:
Using your hole punch, punch holes along the rim of the cup. To make it easy you can punch twelve holes (like the face of a clock)
Next, cut 12 strips of ribbon (6 of each color) for each wind catcher that you’re going to make.
That’s it! Just give the kids their 12 ribbons and show them how to thread them through the holes and once they’re pulled through, you can tie them. It’s that EASY! After all their ribbons are tied on they can decorate their blue cups with the white or silver star stickers.
Lastly, you can poke a hole through the top of the cup and put the pipe cleaner through to hang their festive and patriotic windsock and let it fly in the wind!