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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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This combines the hearty, spicy flavors of my beloved slow cooker short ribs with my all-time favorite comfort food: fries and gravy. With a little prep in the morning, it's just about ready when I come home from work (plus, the kitchen smells amazing!). —Erin DeWitt, Long Beach, California
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Grilled Pork with Avocado Salsa

Grilled Pork with Avocado Salsa

Grilled Pork with Avocado Salsa

I love the zesty taste of this moist grilled tenderloin. The cumin, avocado and jalapeno give it Southwestern flair. It's an easy, elegant way to prepare pork. —Josephine Devereaux Piro, Easton, Pennsylvania.

Mardi Gras Beef

Mardi Gras Beef

Mardi Gras Beef

Mardi Gras Beef, shared by Lucy Meyring of Walden, Colorado, tastes great right from the grill, which also speeds cleanup. The seasoning and vegetables give the beef a wonderful summertime twist.

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.
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Turkey Pepper Kabobs

Turkey Pepper Kabobs

Turkey Pepper Kabobs

This is a summertime favorite at our house. While the turkey is a nice change of pace and goes great with the sweet basting sauce and pineapple, the recipe also works well with chunks of chicken. —Traci Goodman of Paducah, Kentucky

Chicken with Citrus Chimichurri Sauce

Chicken with Citrus Chimichurri Sauce

Chicken with Citrus Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri is a green sauce from South America that goes with grilled meats. My citrus version brightens up grilled chicken, which gets its juiciness from brining. —Tyffanie Perez, Springville, Utah

Fiesta Ribeye Steaks

Fiesta Ribeye Steaks

Fiesta Ribeye Steaks

"This is a great recipe for grilling out or for camping trips," notes Jodee Harding of Granville, Ohio. "Adapt it for indoors by cooking the steaks in a skillet and heating the tortillas in a warm oven."

Lemon-Ginger Barbecued Ribs

Lemon-Ginger Barbecued Ribs

Lemon-Ginger Barbecued Ribs

Although my husband does most of the cooking for us, the kitchen is all mine on weekends! I was inspired to make this recipe for a family member who's allergic to tomatoes.

Peppered Flank Steak

Peppered Flank Steak

Peppered Flank Steak

My mother passed down this recipe to me, and I use it often to make fajitas. The lemon juice and soy sauce give it some zing.

Grilled Stuffed Salmon

Grilled Stuffed Salmon

Grilled Stuffed Salmon

"For years, my husband worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-so I've prepared fish all kinds of different ways. This variation of stuffed salmon gets high marks from my family." —Cathie Beard, Philomath, Oregon

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."

Peachy Pork Ribs

Peachy Pork Ribs

Peachy Pork Ribs

These meaty ribs are great picnic fare. First bake them to make them tender, then simply finish them off on the grill with a fruity basting sauce.—Tom Arnold, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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