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10 Awesome Fourth of July Recipes for Wild Game, Sides, & More

Secret Life of a Chef's Wife

How do you celebrate Independence Day?

For us, nothing beats a backyard BBQ with plenty of food, family, friends, and fireworks. If you still need some awesome Fourth of July recipes, we’ve got you covered!

Here’s our list of top 10 favorite recipes for everything from grilled game meats to boozy drinks.

1. BBQ Alligator

BBQ Alligator
YouTube

This video by the BBQ Pit Boys gives step-by-step instruction on how to prepare and grill a five-foot alligator.

They stuffed it with crawfish and Andouille cornbread and served it with fried oysters and crawfish tails on a Po-Boy sandwich.

2. Grilled Venison

Grilled Venison
YouTube

Chef Graham Brown is one of New Zealand’s most internationally respected chefs. In this video, he demonstrates an easy way to grill the perfect venison steak.

3. Simple Grilled Game Bird

Splendid Table

Replace your plain old chicken with dove, quail, snipe, or pigeon. This simple, tasty recipe lets the flavor of the bird really shine through.

4. Grilled Salmon & Grilled Pizza

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YouTube

Tired of the usual grilling fare? A thick salmon steak holds up to the heat of the grill, and all you need is a little salt to season it. You can also try a grilled pizza topped with your favorite game meats.

5. Veggie Skewers

Martha Stewart

Grab your favorite fresh vegetables and a few skewers. This recipe even has a tip on how to get restaurant-worthy crosshatch marks.

6. BBQ Beans

Serious Eats

If you don’t have time to wait around for hours while your beans cook, use this quick BBQ bean recipe. It combines ordinary canned beans with a killer homemade sauce for an amazing side dish.

7. Boozy Punch

Food Republic

Backyard parties always need a variety of cool, refreshing drinks. This boozy punch incorporates fresh lemon juice, rum, and peach liqueur. Add lots of ice to water it down slightly and keep it cool.

8. Watermelon Keg

Watermelon Keg

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with an ice-cold watermelon drink. You can use any type of carbonated drink to add fizz, and alcohol is always optional!

9. Patriotic Berry Pie

Secret Life of a Chef’s Wife

This cool summer pie combines berries and banana cream for the perfect Fourth of July dessert. Use homemade whipped cream and fresh berries to create a patriotic flag design.

10. Chocolate Chip Cookie S’mores

Smores
Cooking Classy

These aren’t your ordinary backyard s’mores! Take your campfire dessert skills up a few hundred levels with these delicious, made-from-scratch treats.

Have a happy Fourth of July!

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10 Awesome Fourth of July Recipes for Wild Game, Sides, & More