Let’s Face It – Independence Day is About the Food

Happy Independence Day to all of my U.S. followers!  To everyone else – Happy Wednesday.  Unless you’re British, then you get nothing.  You know what you did…

Yes, you do.  Don’t lie to my face like I can’t see you.

I think that gif is your prime minister or something, Brits.  Just kidding.  I know it’s Paul McCartney–and he looks pretty good for someone who died in 1966.

Anyhoozles, today, since we’re all busy in the U.S. patting our own backs and licking our own…undercarriage…I thought I’d share some of my favorite “July 4th” recipes.  And, for those that aren’t aware (*cough* Brits *cough*), Independence Day is on a day that is always 2 degrees shy of Hell, so it’s all about a cookout/barbecue.  A person hosts at their house and provides the main dish (meats–usually grilled, smoked or slow-roasted) and all of the guests bring the side dishes and drinks.  Grilled meats, fresh side dishes, dessert–and a touch of the hooch–and you have a party to tide you over until it’s time for the fireworks.  So, these recipes reflect that.  Enjoy!

Main Coursesya’ know, MEAT.

Should Be Illegal Oven BBQ Ribs

Sweet & Spicy Italian BBQ Grilled Chicken

Pulled Pork

Texas Oven-Roasted Beef Brisket

Sauces’cause you need some extra flavor on that MEAT!

Best Ever Homemade BBQ Sauce

Stubb’s Original BBQ Sauce (it’s what we do in Texas when we’re feeling lazy)

Side Dishes – vegetable like substances.

Wedge Salad on a Stick

Healthy Creamy Cucumber Salad

Best Potato Salad

Dessert – You need something to settle your stomach, right?

Best Ever Apple Pie

Ree Drummond’s Pecan Pie

Non-Alcoholic Drinks – In case there are children present.  They’re well-known teetotalers.

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Cucumber Limeade Party Punch

Alcoholic Drinks – For the adults–and true Americans.

Electric Shark

JELL-O Firecrackers – how cute are these???


Okay, folks.  Enjoy your Independence Day–“ooooh and aaaah” over the fireworks.  Enjoy your friends and family.  Enjoy any time off from work.  But if you drink–DO. NOT. DRIVE.  Have fun…but be responsible!  And if you are actually British–I have a gift for you:

Oops.  Dropped it.

Just kidding.  You’d always be welcome at my cookout!  Love to all!


Until next time…



  1. Allen, I live about an hour south of you and I can be there in — how about an hour? Oh, right. Damn. I forgot, I have other places I have to be today! Everything sounds delicious and lots of fun, though! And your comment about 2 degrees shy of hell is fantastic and so true! As always, you’ve come through when I’ve needed a good laugh! Y’all have a wonderful celebration today (even without me!) Stay safe and keep cool — especially Coot-Coot!


    P.S. Watch out for strangers knocking at your door asking to use the toilet!

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