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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.

Smoky Beef 'n' Beans

Smoky Beef 'n' Beans

Smoky Beef 'n' Beans

Liquid Smoke gives a unique taste to this thick and hearty combination of beef and beans shared by Anita Curtis. "I serve it with a crisp salad to make a complete meal," notes the Camarillo, California cook.

Chipotle-Honey Grilled T-Bones

Chipotle-Honey Grilled T-Bones

Chipotle-Honey Grilled T-Bones

If you like to kick things up on the grill, this is the steak for you (or your man). My husband even makes this in a Dutch oven, and the meat just sizzles. —Donna Goutermont, Juneau, Alaska

At-Attention Grilled Chicken

At-Attention Grilled Chicken

At-Attention Grilled Chicken

After years of making this recipe, I have yet to find a better grilled chicken. The cooking technique makes it so juicy and tender, you won’t want to fix a whole chicken any other way.—Shirley Hodge, Bangor, Pennsylvania
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Rum-Glazed Ribs

Rum-Glazed Ribs

Rum-Glazed Ribs

This is not your usually barbecue sauce on the ribs. The tomato sauce is sweetened with honey and flavored with rum and everyone loves it. My husband likes to make them the day ahead. then just reheat them. This recipe is also good with the small ribs. I put them in a crock pot and serve them as an appetizer.—Barbara White, Katy, Texas

Big Daddy's BBQ Ribs

Big Daddy's BBQ Ribs

Big Daddy's BBQ Ribs

There's nothing left on the platter when I make these BBQ ribs for my co-workers. The spices and brown sugar make an excellent rub. —Eric Brzostek, East Islip, New York

Grilled Ribeyes with Herb Butter

Grilled Ribeyes with Herb Butter

Grilled Ribeyes with Herb Butter

I make this recipe for special occasions. The tantalizing fragrance of the herbs de Provence is unforgettable. The seasoning and herb butter goes well with filet mignon, T-bone and stead strips, too.

Chicken with Berry Wine Sauce

Chicken with Berry Wine Sauce

Chicken with Berry Wine Sauce

We like to use Little Red Dress brand merlot in this chicken recipe to bring out the flavor of the berries. —Elizabeth Wright, Raleigh, North Carolina

Heavenly Greek Tacos

Heavenly Greek Tacos

Heavenly Greek Tacos

The first time I made these, my fiance and I were in heaven! I don’t think I’ve ever said “mmm” so many times. —Meagan Jensen, Reno, Nevada

Sizzling Tex-Mex Fajitas

Sizzling Tex-Mex Fajitas

Sizzling Tex-Mex Fajitas

My family likes garlic, so I dreamed up this delicious marinade for our summer fajita dinners. The marinade needs eight hours to work its magic, but it’s even better if the steak marinates overnight. Try it on chicken breasts, too.—Karyn "Kiki" Power, Arlington, Texas

Linda's Best Marinated Chicken

Linda's Best Marinated Chicken

Linda's Best Marinated Chicken

I have been using this grilled chicken recipe since I was 12 years old. That's 40-plus years! It is so moist and delicious, it will melt in your mouth. —Linda Pace, Lees Summit, MO

Sweet Ginger Ribs

Sweet Ginger Ribs

Sweet Ginger Ribs

People ask what’s in the marinade of my glazed ribs with ginger, garlic and peach preserves. Now you know! Psst: It works on steaks and chicken, too. —Grace McKeone, Schenectady, New York
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