Happy birthday, America! And nothing says America like getting outside and grillin’ up a feast with friends and loved ones. We thought we’d make it easier to impress and delight this holiday weekend with a delightfully patriotic curated meal. Here’s our suggestions for winning the hosting game on Independence Day. 

The main event: Sweet & Spicy Orange Glazed Ribs

We here in the States know how to do ribs right. In fact, we’d offer that ribs are truly a great American food. So if you want to blow everyone’s minds at your 4th of July shindig, this must-try recipe is sure to impress your friends and guests. And it’s easily made by folks of all skill levels and experience. Hint: Your smoker does almost all the work for you, which frees you up to do the more important “work” like hanging out, sipping an ice cold beer, and belting out the lyrics to “Born in the USA.” While you’re at it…it might be time to upgrade those grill tools of yours. Take a peek at our badass toolsets.

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The side dish: Team USA Fruit Salad

And for your side dish, enter the Team USA Fruit Salad. It just looks patriotic. I addition to looking pretty on your table and probably patriotic paper plate, this salad is super easy to make, and the slightly acidic/slightly sweet flavors are the perfect combo to pair with those killer ribs you’ve been munching on. And because it’s a free country, we give you the choice to pick whatever seasonal fruits tickle your fancy.

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The other side: Fancy French Fries

Speaking of fancy…we know it’s in the name, but these fries are actually significantly easier than the traditional shoestring variety—and did we mention they’re super tasty? It seems weirdly appropriate to have a French food on our July 4th menu, given their role in our independence. (If you need a refresher on why the French have something to do with Independence Day, do yourself a favor and brush up on your history.) Pro tip: Turn on Disney+ and watch Hamilton. Hint: The character Lafayette has something to do with it.

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The dessert: Old Glory Pie

Ok so it’s more of a fruit tart than a pie…But name aside, it’s hard to get more patriotic with food than a tart that looks like the American flag. It certainly helps that it’s mighty delicious. (It’s hard to say no to anything with marscapone.) 

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So there you have it! A little sweet, a little salty, and just the right amount of BBQ. It’s a meal that hits all the bases and celebrates this country through food. Sounds like our kind of holiday.

Here’s wishing everyone a safe and yummy 4th! Cheers!

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