We asked some of our top chefs on Thumbtack to provide some delicious and easy recipes for your 4th of July BBQ. From rubs to sides, we’ve got you covered.
Recipe from Gianna Ianos of Divadish Kitchens.
Here’s an easy marinade for pork, fish or beef.
1/4- 1/3 cup of Olive oil
2-3 tbsps. of King’s Rub
1/4- 1/3 cup of Lemon Juice, or Wine, or Beer
- Mix ingredients, brush on meat, and let sit for at least 1 hour before cooking to give it the best taste.
- Add more of mixture while cooking your meat.
Tip: If you like the traditional BBQ you can use Sweet Baby Ray’s Sauce and thin it down with the same above ingredients and change your recipe all over again.
Grilled Steaks/Carne Asada
Recipe re-printed with permission of the author, Andrea Lawson Gray, from Celebraciones Mexicanas: History, Traditions and Recipes.
Nothing says BBQ like a great Carne Asada. Barbecue flavor is determined by marinade (adobo), the sauce (salsa), and the charcoal over which your steak is cooked. For real Mexican wood-smoked flavor, use mesquite or oak charcoal.
Ingredients (Serves 4-6)
2 lbs. flank steak
¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
2 tbsp Maggi Seasoning
Juice of 3 lemons
2 sprigs chopped cilantro
2 garlic cloves
¼ piece of white onion
8 oz beer
2 lbs flank steak
Combine all ingredients but the meat in a blender and mix until smooth. Place meat in a
glass bowl, pour mixture over the meat, and drench every steak in the sauce. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest in refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight. Place steaks on a hot griddle or grill and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, depending on how you prefer your meat done.
Cheesy Corn Bake
Recipe from Dana Liljequist of Lily Pad Catering
3 cups Mixed Cheese, shredded (example – Cheddar, Gouda, and Cream Cheese)
3/4 cup 2% Milk
1/2 cup Jalapenos, chopped
1/2 lb Bacon, cooked and chopped
3/4 lb Corn Kernels, preferably fresh
- In a double boiler (mixing bowl over pot of boiling water), melt mixed cheeses and
1/2 the milk to start. Stir constantly to prevent scorching, adding more milk as needed, until thickened, smooth and bubbly. You may not need all of the milk.
- Stir in jalapenos, bacon, and corn.
- Transfer mixture to a casserole dish.
- Bake at 350°F for 1 hour.
Grilled Pineapples with a Brown Sugar Cinnamon Glaze
Recipe from Holli Taylor of DelishNOLA Catering
Fruit over ice cream is the perfect dessert to round out a BBQ menu, especially for the 4th of July.
1 fresh pineapple
1/2 stick of butter
1/2 brown sugar
Vanilla bean ice cream
- Mix together a half stick of room temperature butter, 1/2 cup of brown sugar and cinnamon powder to taste.
- Cut a fresh Pineapple into long steaks or thick circles and marinate in the sweet butter mixture for 10 minutes
- Place on either a charcoal or gas pit and grill for 4 mins on each side or until the grill marks appear. (The butter in the marinade will help with any sticking)
- Baste the pineapples with the rest of the marinade between turning. Then, take off the grill and toss them over some vanilla bean ice cream!
Tip: Grill the pineapples before the other main dishes and slide in a warming oven while the rest of the BBQ chicken, ribs and such grills up! It saves time on cleaning the grill from any debris left over by the previous dishes. Try with skewered strawberries, peach halves, and even watermelon.