Some days it just seems like the internet is full of endless recipes, and it can be hard to find the perfect one for any occasion. But we’ve done the research for you and have put together the ultimate Fourth of July meal, perfect for an intimate dinner or the entire family!

 

Main course: BBQ Grilled Chicken with Homemade BBQ Sauce

 

Barbeque grilled chicken is a classic that is sure to be a hit with anyone who eats it. And what better way to surprise dad than by making homemade barbeque sauce? Follow the links in the header for recipes!

Time to make chicken: 30 minutes

Time to make barbeque sauce: 1 hour + cooling time for sauce

 

Sides: Grilled Corn on the Cob and Watermelon Feta Salad

Since the grill will already be hot, might as well throw some corn on too! It is always a question of whether or not to leave the husk attached while grilling – the recipe below explains how to do both.

Watermelon Feta Salad is a delicious side to any meal, but goes particularly well with the summer cookout themed meals. If you’ve got picky kids who also need to eat, try this Jell-O salad recipe.

Time to make corn: 15 minutes

Time to make salad: 10 minutes + time to cut fruit and vegetables

 

Dessert: Ice Cream Sundae Bar

 

This is a great summer dessert, and requires no prep time, except the time needed to pick out all the toppings at the store. We recommend buying the following items though:

 

  • Vanilla and/or chocolate ice cream
  • Sauce: Chocolate, caramel, or strawberry
  • Whipped cream
  • A variety of sprinkles
  • Oreos or chocolate chip cookies to be crushed at home (If you have Girl Scout cookies at home, they work great as well)
  • Maraschino Cherries

 

Put all the ingredients out on the counter and let everyone pick and choose what they want on their sundae! We recommend having one adult doing the serving to avoid messes, as well as germs.

 

For the best 4th of July cookout, we recommend enjoying this meal on your patio or deck and soaking up some sun. Head to Outpost Sunsport for some new patio furniture to complete any holiday cookout.

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