July 4th Dinner

These crowd-pleasing recipes include steaks, chicken, burgers, kabobs, chops and any main you'll need for your 4th of July feast.

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Smoky Garlic and Spice Chicken

A soy sauce-based marinade gives this moist, crispy chicken rich flavor. To make chicken satay, I vary the ingredients a bit and marinate the meat longer.—Tina Repak Mirilovich, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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Grilled Spiced Fish

Grilled Spiced Fish

Grilled Spiced Fish

These moist flaky fillets provide a welcome change of pace at summer cookouts. Chris McBee of Xenia, Ohio peppers a savory herb rub with cayenne, then works it into the fish. Even steak lovers will be smacking their lips.

Grilled Steak and Portobello Stacks

Grilled Steak and Portobello Stacks

Grilled Steak and Portobello Stacks

You don't need a special panini maker for these bistro-style sandwiches. They make take some time to prepare, but it's well worth it! —Judy Murphy, Coeur d' Alene, Idaho

Salmon with Citrus Salsa

Salmon with Citrus Salsa

Salmon with Citrus Salsa

"I make each meal from scratch, which results in a lot of hit-or-miss attempts, but this grilled salmon is a surefire winner!" confirms Nancy Shirvani of Terryville, Connecticut. "It makes a perfect light summer supper."
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One-For-All Marinated Beef

One-For-All Marinated Beef

One-For-All Marinated Beef

"I use this great marinade not just for beef, but for everything I grill-from pork chops to chicken," notes Sue Sauer of Deer River, Minnesota. "The marinade's main ingredient-orange juice- is both low in calories and a good tenderizer."

Special Seafood Kabobs

Special Seafood Kabobs

Special Seafood Kabobs

Grilling might become a year-round affair when you taste these scrumptious kabobs from Marie Rizzio of Interlochen, Michigan. This elegant entrée combines plump shrimp, tender swordfish and scallops with chunks of veggies and pineapple.

Santa Fe Chicken Heroes

Santa Fe Chicken Heroes

Santa Fe Chicken Heroes

My son, Jeffrey, discovered this recipe and shared it with me because he knows I'm also fond of easy and tasty meals from the grill. The Southwestern seasonings make the sandwiches spicy and very flavorful.

Glazed BBQ Ribs

Glazed BBQ Ribs

Glazed BBQ Ribs

Yes, these racks would taste wonderful hot off the grill, but you can really enjoy these sweet, fall-off-the-bone ribs any time of the year. The raspberry preserves give my BBQ (and now yours) that lil’ something extra! —Stephen Marino, Nutley, NJ

Barbecued Cola Chicken

Barbecued Cola Chicken

Barbecued Cola Chicken

My husband is a diabetic, so I'm always looking for great-tasting recipes that are low in sugar and carbohydrates. To reduce the sugar content of this recipe even further, I use diet cola.—Mildred Dieffenbach, Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania

Grilled Rubbed Pork

Grilled Rubbed Pork

Grilled Rubbed Pork

Susan Tuma of Faribault, Minnesota perks up pork tenderloin with an easy rub that's both sweet and spicy. "We make this dish all summer long, and I get loads of requests for the recipe because the meat is so moist and flavorful," Susan says. "The leftovers make great sandwiches, too."

Turkey Burgers with Blueberry BBQ Sauce

Turkey Burgers with Blueberry BBQ Sauce

Turkey Burgers with Blueberry BBQ Sauce

I concocted this entrée after researching the nutrition benefits of blueberries. The fruity sauce complements the poultry patties, and mushrooms and spinach add a gourmet garnish.—Lori Merrick, Danvers, Illinois

Tuna with Wasabi Sauce

Tuna  with Wasabi Sauce

Tuna with Wasabi Sauce

Wasabi mayonnaise can be found in the Asian section of your local supermarket. Wasabi, an Asian plant similar to horseradish, has a fiery flavor. Add some plain mayonnaise to make a milder sauce.
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