Independence Day BBQ Dinner and Drinks Menu: A Festive Feast


Welcome to our spectacular Independence Day BBQ party! This evening, we’ll celebrate with a menu inspired by classic American flavours and the spirit of the Fourth of July. From smoky grilled favourites to refreshing drinks and festive desserts, this menu is designed to create an unforgettable experience for your guests. Let’s fire up the grill and enjoy a patriotic feast!

Embracing the Spirit of Independence Day

Independence Day is all about celebrating freedom, family, and fun. The food and drinks should reflect the festive and patriotic spirit of the holiday. Think hearty BBQ dishes, fresh summer sides, and vibrant red, white, and blue desserts. This menu includes a variety of crowd-pleasing favourites that are perfect for a BBQ party.

Appetisers: Festive and Flavourful Starters

  1. Grilled Shrimp Skewers:
    • Ingredients: 1 lb large shrimp (peeled and deveined), 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 cloves garlic (minced), salt and pepper to taste, wooden skewers.
    • Instructions: Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. In a bowl, mix olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Toss shrimp in the mixture to coat. Thread shrimp onto skewers and grill for 2-3 minutes per side until pink and opaque.
  2. Patriotic Devilled Eggs:
    • Ingredients: 12 large eggs, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, salt and pepper to taste, paprika, blue food colouring.
    • Instructions: Hard boil the eggs, cool, and peel. Cut eggs in half lengthwise and remove yolks. Mash yolks with mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper. Divide the mixture into two bowls, adding blue food colouring to one. Pipe yolk mixtures back into egg whites, alternating colours, and sprinkle with paprika.

Main Courses: Classic BBQ Delights

  1. BBQ Ribs:
    • Ingredients: 2 racks pork ribs, 1 cup BBQ sauce, 2 tbsp brown sugar, 1 tbsp paprika, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp onion powder, salt and pepper to taste.
    • Instructions: Preheat the grill to medium heat. Mix brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Rub mixture onto ribs. Grill ribs over indirect heat for 1.5-2 hours, basting with BBQ sauce during the last 30 minutes.
  2. All-American Burgers:
    • Ingredients: 2 lbs ground beef, 1 small onion (finely chopped), 2 cloves garlic (minced), 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to taste, hamburger buns, assorted toppings (cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, mustard).
    • Instructions: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Mix ground beef, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Shape into patties. Grill for 4-5 minutes per side until cooked to the desired doneness. Serve on buns with assorted toppings.

Sides: Refreshing and Festive

  1. Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad:
    • Ingredients: 2 lbs small red potatoes (quartered), 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup sour cream, 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 small red onion (finely chopped), 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese, salt and pepper to taste, chopped chives for garnish.
    • Instructions: Boil potatoes until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Drain and cool. In a large bowl, mix mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar, mustard, red onion, blue cheese, salt, and pepper. Add potatoes and toss to coat. Garnish with chopped chives.
  2. Grilled Corn on the Cob:
    • Ingredients: 6 ears of corn, 4 tbsp butter (melted), 1 tsp paprika, salt and pepper to taste.
    • Instructions: Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Brush corn with melted butter and sprinkle with paprika, salt, and pepper. Grill for 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until charred and tender.

Desserts: Sweet Patriotic Treats

  1. Flag Cake:
    • Ingredients: 1 box white cake mix (plus ingredients needed for mix), 1 can vanilla frosting, fresh strawberries and fresh blueberries.
    • Instructions: Preheat oven and prepare cake mix according to package instructions. Bake in a 9x13 inch pan and let cool. Frost with vanilla frosting. Arrange strawberries and blueberries on top to create an American flag design.
  2. Firecracker Popsicles:
    • Ingredients: 1 cup red fruit juice (strawberry or cherry), 1 cup white fruit juice (lemonade or coconut water), 1 cup blue fruit juice (blueberry or grape), popsicle moulds.
    • Instructions: Pour red juice into popsicle moulds, filling one-third of each mould. Freeze for 1 hour. Add white juice and freeze for another hour. Finish with blue juice and freeze until solid.

Drinks: Refreshing and Festive Beverages

  1. Patriotic Punch:
    • Ingredients: 1 lit lemon-lime soda, 1 litre fruit punch, assorted fruit (oranges, strawberries, blueberries) and ice cubes.
    • Instructions: In a large punch bowl, combine lemon-lime soda and fruit punch. Add fruit and ice cubes. Serve chilled.
  2. Star-Spangled Sangria (Alcoholic Option):
    • Ingredients: 1 bottle white wine, 1/2 cup brandy, 1/4 cup triple sec, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 cup blueberries, 1 cup sliced strawberries, 1 cup pineapple chunks, 1-litre club soda.
    • Instructions: In a large pitcher, combine wine, brandy, triple sec, and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add blueberries, strawberries, and pineapple chunks. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Before serving, stir in club soda and serve over ice.
  3. Freedom Mojito (Alcoholic Option):
    • Ingredients: 1.5 oz white rum, 1 oz fresh lime juice, 2 tsp sugar, 8-10 fresh mint leaves, club soda, fresh blueberries and raspberries for garnish.
    • Instructions: In a glass, muddle mint leaves with sugar and lime juice. Fill the glass with ice, add rum, and top with club soda. Stir gently to combine. Garnish with fresh blueberries and raspberries.


An Independence Day BBQ party is a fantastic way to celebrate with friends and family. With this menu, you can create a festive and delicious experience that will delight your guests and make your party a memorable event. Enjoy the food, the drinks, and the patriotic atmosphere!


Can I prepare these dishes in advance? Yes, many of these items can be prepared ahead of time, allowing you to focus on hosting during the party.

Are there non-alcoholic options for Independence Day drinks? Absolutely! The Patriotic Punch is a refreshing non-alcoholic option perfect for guests of all ages. Many drinks can be made in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic ways!

How can I cater to dietary restrictions with a BBQ menu? Offer a variety of dishes, including vegetarian options like grilled corn and potato salad. Clearly label any potential allergens.

What's the best way to serve the food at an Independence Day BBQ? Buffet-style serving works well, allowing guests to sample a variety of foods and go back for more as they please.

How can I make the party more interactive with the food and drinks? To make the party more interactive, consider setting up food stations where guests can assemble their own burgers or decorate their own flag cake slices.