Fourth of July is one of the most popular holidays because it’s a time to come together with family and friends, celebrate the spirit of independence, indulge in delicious foods and drinks and watch an amazing fireworks display. And unlike the winter holidays where there’s far more pressure to buy gifts, host formal dinners and accommodate extended family, 4th of July is far more relaxed.

However, just because the 4th is a more carefree holiday, your menu still plays a pivotal role in creating a memorable experience for both you and your guests. From juicy burgers to refreshing side dishes, here are some of the best recipes to save for this upcoming Independence Day in Tinton Falls NJ!

Classic All-American Burgers

No 4th of July celebration is complete without juicy, flame-grilled burgers. Keep it traditional with all-American favorites like beef burgers topped with melted cheese, crispy bacon, fresh lettuce, ripe tomatoes and tangy pickles. For a twist, consider adding homemade barbecue sauce or a spicy chipotle mayo, along with bakery fresh buns.

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Herb Butter

Celebrate summer's bounty with deliciously charred corn on the cob. Start by grilling the corn over medium-high heat until it's slightly charred and tender. While grilling, prepare a tasty herb butter by combining softened butter with minced garlic, chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley, thyme or cilantro), salt and pepper. Once the corn is ready, slather it generously with the herb butter.

Tangy Coleslaw with a Refreshing Twist

A vibrant and tangy coleslaw adds a refreshing element to your 4th of July spread. Opt for a twist on the classic recipe by incorporating ingredients like shredded cabbage, carrots and thinly sliced red onions. Toss the vegetables with a zesty dressing made from a combination of mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey and a hint of celery seed. This creamy and tangy coleslaw pairs perfectly with grilled meats.

Finger-Lickin’ Baby Back Ribs

There’s nothing better than sinking your teeth into tender, fall-off-the-bone ribs. Plan for about four to six ribs per person when serving pork baby back ribs. Cook the ribs bone-side down until they are tender and juicy, which is usually around two hours or so. Be sure to brush the ribs with a sweet and tangy sauce using honey, vinegar and a pinch of salt and pepper.

Juicy Barbecue Chicken Quarters

Another popular dish for a cookout or BBQ in Tinton Falls is chicken! While there are many ways to cook this versatile meat, the summer season definitely calls for juicy barbecue chicken straight off the grill! Chicken quarters are great for a crowd because they're easy to grill, inexpensive and packed with flavor. Plus, they pair great with potato salad, coleslaw and corn on the cob.

Red, White and Blueberry Trifle

End your festive meal on a sweet note with a patriotic red, white and blueberry trifle. Layer angel food cake cubes, whipped cream and a mixture of fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries in a glass trifle dish. Repeat the layers until the dish is filled, and top it off with an extra dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of fresh berries.

By giving some thought to your 4th of July menu, you can create a beautiful spread that your guests will love! And if you’re not up for cooking, consider catering your food from a local restaurant like La Rosa Chicken and Grill. We have all of your summer favorites, including ribs, chicken and corn! Have a safe and happy 4th in Tinton Falls!

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