Thai Grilled Beef With Roasted Chile Sauce

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Jarrett Wrisley


Just because it's the Fourth doesn't mean you can't seek inspiration from abroad. Chiles and herbs enliven this flavorful grilled beef. View recipe here.
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Bleu Cheese Bacon Burgers

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If you can't cut loose with the bleu cheese/bacon/beef trifecta on a holiday, when can you? Feel free to indulge. View recipe here.
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Lamb Kebabs With Chutney and Chaat

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Beef is so mainstream, and it also has a huge carbon footprint. So mix things up—and stay green at the same time (you can still be red, white, and blue too)—with these kebabs. View recipe here.
Red, White, and Grill: A Fourth of July Barbecue
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Grilled Rabbit Confit

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Courtesy of Little, Brown


Give French-style confit an American twist by giving rabbit some time on the grill. As a bonus, you can start getting warmed up for Bastille Day! View recipe here.
Red, White, and Grill: A Fourth of July Barbecue
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Kale Salad With Pomegranate

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Have you eaten enough meat yet? Make sure to have some vegetables alongside all that rich food. Kale is an ideal antidote. View recipe here.
Red, White, and Grill: A Fourth of July Barbecue
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Homemade Relishes for Hot Dogs

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Relish: yet another food that is better when homemade (though, really, what isn't?). A little extra work will make you forget that standard green stuff. View recipe here.
Red, White, and Grill: A Fourth of July Barbecue
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Carrot and Beet Salad With Toasted Pepitas

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It depends on where you live, but there's a good chance carrots and beets are available at a farmers' market near you. Pick some up this Saturday for a farm-fresh side. View recipe here.
Red, White, and Grill: A Fourth of July Barbecue
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Sweet Potato Fries With Thyme, Parsley, and Garlic

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Think sweet potato fries are only good hot? Think again. Roasted with just a bit of oil and cooled to room temperature, they become a soft, mellow, flavorful side. View recipe here.
Red, White, and Grill: A Fourth of July Barbecue
This Independence Day, fire up the grill and pair your fireworks with tastier pyrotechnics.

Three Bitters Cocktail

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This unorthodox, intense cocktail—a mix of several bitter Italian liqueurs—will help round out your summery Fourth of July bar. Plus it doubles as a nice digestif. View recipe here.
Red, White, and Grill: A Fourth of July Barbecue
This Independence Day, fire up the grill and pair your fireworks with tastier pyrotechnics.