Inspired by all of my childhood barbecue favorites, this 4th of July potluck is a pure taste of summer. Featuring hot dogs, all the salads, cookies, and more, the only thing missing is a big pitcher of lemonade and a cooler full of cold beer.
Let’s be honest, no holiday is complete without the food and drink, so here’s your guide to the best Fourth of July potluck that’s summery, satisfying, and no sweat to make or clean up.
For this holiday party, I decided to gather all of my family’s Midwestern summer potluck favorites into one big spread (just like how we prefer to tailgate).
Make one or make all, but whatever you do, don’t miss the fireworks…or the Cowboy Cookies!
This is the definitive way to cook up a batch of Wisconsin Beer Brats, using a par-cooking method and your favorite bottle of beer. They’re easy to cook up ahead of time, then all you have to do is brown them on the grill when the coals are hot.
Serve them in a BYOB (build your own brat) format alongside bowls with all the fixings: spicy hot mustard, ketchup, sauerkraut, hot peppers, and grilled onions.
Wisconsin Beer Brats
It's not summer or tailgate season without beer brats. If you like the flavor of caramelized onions, then you'll love this easy 4-ingredient grilled brat recipe.
Super-summery, chilled, and loaded with crunchy, colorful vegetables, this antipasto-style salad is an ideal side dish for any 4th of July entree. It’s mayo-free for outdoor, warm weather gatherings; instead, I suggest dressing it up with Italian vinaigrette and lots of Parmesan cheese.
Easy Cold Pasta Salad
This easy Cold Pasta Salad has broccoli, bell peppers, zesty Italian dressing and Parmesan cheese. It's simple and always a favorite!
This delicious and colorful California Pasta Salad is always a hit as part of a party menu. Make this easy pasta salad recipe up to a day ahead if you like; the flavors only get better as it marinates.
If you have 10 minutes, you have plenty of time to make Easy Taco Dip, the best ever layered Mexican dip that's loaded with your favorite toppings and perfect for parties. Break open a bag of corn chips and get your next fiesta started!
Like a monster cookie dressed up for the occasion, I recreated my oat- and nut-studded Cowboy Cookies with red, white, and blue M&Ms. This Independence Day dessert idea is crowd-pleasing for kids and adults alike. Optional but highly recommended upgrade: Assemble ice cream sandwiches with two Cowboy Cookies surrounding a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Cowboy Cookies have a fantastic chew from oatmeal and coconut plus whatever mix-ins you choose. Try my classic combination of chocolate chips and walnuts!
A legendary dessert that’s plated up at pig roasts throughout the South, Pig Pickin’ Cake, aka Pig Cake, is as fluffy, fruity, and fabulous as it gets. And good news—this sunshiny orange and pineapple cake is the easiest thing in the world to make.