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Fourth of July Grilling Ideas

The team here at GrillJunkie has fired up the grills and is pumped to share a few Fourth of July Grilling Ideas! What better way to celebrate America’s Independence Day than with some Grilled Bread with Zucchini, Ricotta and Basil, some incredible Candied Bacon, a Grilled Coffee-Coriander Strip Steaks topped off with an epic Grilled Peach Dessert?!

Let’s get started with our Fourth of July Grilling Ideas with an appetizer inspired by Sara Quessenberry of

Fourth of July Grilling Ideas : Appetizer 1

Grilled Bread With Zucchini, Ricotta, and Basil


• 4 1/2-inch-thick slices country bread
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 4 small zucchini (about 2 pounds), thinly sliced lengthwise

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• 1 cup fresh basil, leaves torn
• 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
• Pinch of kosher salt
• 1 cup fresh ricotta


1. Heat grill to medium-high. Brush the bread with 1 tablespoon of the oil and grill until golden and crisp, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to plates.
2. Grill the zucchini until tender and slightly charred, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
3. Toss the zucchini in a large bowl with the basil, red pepper, ½ teaspoon salt, and remaining tablespoon of oil.
4. Top the bread with the zucchini and ricotta.

Fourth of July Grilling Ideas: Appetizer 2

candied bacon mother's day grillingCandied Bacon

Bacon for breakfast is good but candied bacon is even better, especially when you add the smoky flavor of the grill to the mix.


1 pound bacon
1/4 cup honey
¼ teaspoon. chipotle powder (optional)
1/2 cup brown sugar


Prepare grill for medium-high heat grilling. Place bacon strip on the grill grate, drizzle honey over the top of the bacon slices and sprinkle liberally with brown sugar. Close the grill and allow the bacon to cook until crisp, approximately 15-20 minutes. Remove the bacon using a spatula as the honey and brown sugar mixture will be extremely hot. Allow the bacon to cool completely before serving.

Fourth of July Grilling Ideas: Main Meal

Grilled Coffee-Coriander Strip Steaks

CoffeeGrillRubWhat would Independence Day be without a perfectly grilled steak? Here’s one of our favorite recipes, inspired by Clint Cantwell, one that incorporates ground coffee to really up the flavor profile of the steak. To really take it over the top, place the grilled steaks on a tablespoon of butter as soon as they come off the grill. You won’t be disappointed!

We encourage you to read this great article entitled “31 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Steak“. We believe it will fire you up!


4 New York strip steaks, about 1½ inches thick
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
Coffee-Coriander Steak Rub

Ingredients for the Coffee-Coriander Steak Rub

2 tablespoons ground coffee
3 tablespoons smoked paprika
1½ tablespoons coriander seeds, lightly toasted and ground
½ teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
2 tablespoons kosher salt


Coffee-Coriander Steak Rub

Mix all the rub ingredients together and set aside.

Grilling the Steaks:

Remove the steaks from the refrigerator and allow them to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat a grill to high, placing the majority of the coals and a couple (optional) fist-sized wood chunks in the center of the grill to create a cool zone on the outer edges.

Once the steaks have come to room temperature, coat all sides with the olive oil; then season generously with the coffee-coriander rub. Place the steaks in the center of the grill, cover, and cook for 3 minutes. Flip and grill, covered, for another 3 minutes. Flip and cook each side for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, until they reach your desired level of doneness (145° to 150°F for medium-rare and 150° to 160°F for medium according to the USDA. Remember, however, that the meat will rise in temperature as much as 10 degrees as it rests). Remove from the grill and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes so that the juices have time to redistribute and don’t end up all over your serving platter or cutting board.

Fourth of July Grilling Ideas : Dessert

Cayenne Grilled Peaches

grilled peaches bbqdragon.comWhen it comes to “manning” the grill, few do it better than Melissa Cookston, owner of the South’s hottest restaurant group, Memphis Barbecue Co. and author of the newly released BBQ and grilling cookbook Smokin’ in the Boys Room. For Melissa, the 4th of July gets sizzling with a perfectly grilled rib-eye and smoked Vidalia onions (the recipe for which can be found in her book) and ends with one of her favorite desserts, grilled cayenne peaches.


4 peaches
3 Tablespoons light brown sugar
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Teaspoon cayenne
Whipped cream for serving


Prepare a hot grill.

Cut the peaches in half and remove the pits.

In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, vanilla, and cayenne. Place the peach halves in a baking dish cut side up and spoon the sugar mixture over the peaches. Allow to sit for 20 minutes or until the sugar dissolves.

Place the peaches on the grill skin side down and cook for about 3 minutes or until they develop some char and the sugar is slightly set.

Turn over and grill for 1 minute, then quarter turn them to develop a nice diamond-shaped grill mark. Remove, place on serving plates, and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.


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Comments ( 2 )

  1. Replygrill365

    A perfect 3 course meal: two great appetizers, a delicious, juicy steak, topped off with a grilled dessert! What a country - go USA! Happy 4th! Enjoy

    • ReplyGrill Junkie Staff

      Thank you grill365! Send us some pics if you try some of the recipes. Have a sizzling 4th of July.

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