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Whether you’re planning on keeping things low key at home or going all out, here are some simple recipes to help make your life easy this 4th of July:

BBQ Ribs


4 pounds Pork baby back ribs

1 cup Barbecue Sauce


1 Cut ribs into 2-rib sections.

2 Place in Dutch oven or large saucepan. Add enough water to completely cover ribs; cover with lid. Bring to boil; simmer on medium-low heat 20 min. Drain.

3. heat grill to medium heat. Grill ribs 10 min. or until done, turning occasionally and brushing generously with barbecue sauce.

4th of July must have items

Home Made Potato Salad

Recipe Ingredients:

8 large baking potatoes.

1/2 white or yellow onion (optional)

4 large eggs

1 tsp salt

2/3 cup mayonaise

8 oz sweet relish

sprinkle paprika

Boil the potatoes until they are done but not overcooked

Boil the eggs over medium high heat until hard boiled.

Allow the potatoes and eggs to cool.

Peel the potatoes and then slice into chunks.

Peel and slice the egg into 1/2 inch pieces.

Chop the onion into very small pieces.

Stir all ingredients gently except for the paprika.

After all ingredients are well mixed, pour into a bowl.

Add the parika across the top.

Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

BBQ Chicken

Serves 4

Prep time: 5 Minutes

Total Time: 35 Minutes


vegetable oil, for grates

2 tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons chili powder

coarse salt & ground pepper

1 chicken (about 3 pounds) cut into 10 pieces

2 cups Barbecue Sauce

1. Heat grill to medium. Lightly oil grates. In a small bowl, combine paprika, chili powder, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; sprinkle spice rub all over chicken. Reserve 1 cup barbecue sauce in small bowl for serving. Keep remaining sauce in another bowl for basting.

2. Grill chicken, turning often, until cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes (if browning too quickly, move to cooler part of grill). During final 5 minutes of cooking, baste chicken with barbecue sauce. Serve chicken with reserved sauce.

Simple yet satisfying burgers

This extremely simple recipe is good for beef burgers, turkey burgers, and most likely any other kind of burger you come up with.


Burgers, beef, turkey, or chicken

1/4 cup Teriyaki Sauce

2 tablespoons Onion Powder

2 tablespoons Garlic Powder

Marinate 4 burgers in the Teriyaki sauce, onion powder, and garlic powder for 15 minutes. Don’t worry about exact measurements here, you just want to make sure that both sides of the burgers are well coated and nicely saturated. Grill or cook until desired level of preparedness is done. This is a very simple recipe but kicks up the taste of a plain burger to a very satisfying level.

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