Fourth of July wouldn’t be complete without American staples like ribs, coleslaw, corn on the cob, and fruit cobbler. This year I turned to Pinterest for inspiration and new cooking methods for some of my favorite holiday weekend foods. Here are some simple recipes of my own to try, I think you’ll like them as much as I do.
- 2-3 lbs Pork Ribs, St. Louis Style and hand-trimmed
- 1/2 jar of your favorite BBQ sauce. For this recipe, I prefer a smokey classic like Salt Lick, but you can use any favorite sauce you like
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Smother ribs with half the sauce and place in a baking dish.
- Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
- Turn the heat to 350 degrees and uncover the ribs.
- Slather the rest of the sauce on both sides and bake, uncovered for about 2 hours.
- At this point, they will be ready, but for additional smokey flavor, place on a hot, covered grill for 20 more minutes, or place in the smoker, covered for 20 minutes.
My Favorite Mexican Corn
- 4 ears of corn
- Softened Butter
- Sea Salt
- 1 tbsp Mexican taco seasoning (I also like using just Cumin in a pinch, it’s smokey and so flavorful)
- Grated Cotija Cheese
- 1 green onion, sliced thin
- Brush the corn with butter on all sides, then sprinkle sea salt and taco seasoning on all sides.
- Place in a baking dish and grate or crumble Cotija cheese, enough for a light sprinkling.
- Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes (you can also place these on the grill, without the cheese, then sprinkle it on top at the end).
- Remove from oven and garnish with green onion slices.
Fruit Cobbler with Cereal Crust
- 4 cups of fresh strawberries, trimmed and sliced
- 1 cup cherries, pitted and sliced in half
- 1 cup of blueberries or blackberries
- 1/2 cup fairly packed brown sugar, divided
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups Shredded Wheat cereal
- 1/4 cup (half a stick) of melted, unsalted butter
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, add the fruit, half of the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and lemon juice, and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Place the Shredded Wheat bites into a large Ziplock bag and seal. Pound lightly with a rolling pin until completely crushed.
- In a separate mixing bowl, combine the melted butter and brown sugar and stir until dissolved. Add the Shredded Wheat and toss.
- Place the fruit in an engrossed baking dish, cover with the shredded wheat mixture, and bake, uncovered for 45 minutes or until fruit is bubbling and the top is golden.
- Can be served hot or at room temperature.
And just because they are so cute, I cut brownies with a star cookie cutter and decorated them with red, white, and blue frosting! Hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July with your family and friends!