NEW YORK (TheStreet) --On July 4, 2014 America will celebrate its 238th birthday, and that usually means barbecues in the backyard and enjoying an ice cold beer while laughing with friends and family, eagerly awaiting the smorgasbord of food coming off the grill.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, ribs, corn on the cob and a variety of other foods will be cooked by the millions over Independence Day weekend.
If you're hosting the annual event you've probably already begun looking for some unique recipes to help make your party extra special. Or perhaps you're heading to someone's house for some fun and don't want to arrive empty handed.
If you are looking for something delicious to add to your Fourth of July party you can pick from the following list of 10 dishes every barbecue should have:
10. Chocolate BBQ Sauce
If you're serving grilled chicken, or baby back ribs at your holiday party then you'll need a delicious BBQ sauce to go along with it. Try the Chocolate BBQ sauce recipe from the Hershey Resorts. This sauce is sweet and tangy, and tastes fabulous. After all, doesn't everything taste better by adding chocolate?
9. Jerk-Spiced Chicken Drumsticks with Mango Chutney
Our next dish comes from the Happiest Place on Earth, the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
You can bet the jerk-spiced chicken from the Caribbean Pavilion at EPCOT will be hot, spicy, and most importantly, absolutely delicious.
The garlic powder, dried thyme, black pepper, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper adds heat, while the sweetness from the mango chutney offers your palate a refreshing and cool balance.
If this recipe is a must have for your July 4th bash, you can find it here!
8. Smoked, Spice Rubbed, Texas-Style Brisket on Texas Toast
This next BBQ "must have" was created by Food Network star and celebrity chef, Bobby Flay. This dish is going to need some dedication as it takes 15 hours and 50 minutes from start to finish, and requires the use of a smoker.
If you are up for the challenge, your party guests will enjoy a flavorful and tender cut of meat that will have them calling you the Iron Chef.
Just follow the link if you want to add Bobby Flay's recipe to your menu!
7. Backyard Baby Back Ribs
These Food Network chefs really enjoy challenging the everyday cook: Alton Brown's recipe for baby back ribs takes a whopping 18 hours and 40 minute from start to finish.
But once you hear how he prepares his signature Spice Rub Number Nine, your mouth will be watering and guests will demand that these ribs be served at your party.
Ingredients for the spice rub include cayenne pepper, allspice, chili powder, and brown sugar. These pork ribs have the perfect balance of sweet and heat and would be a great addition to any backyard BBQ.
You can find the recipe here.
6. Grilled Salmon Tacos with Chipotle Lime Yogurt
Most BBQs exclusively serve meat as the signature dish of the day, but not everyone likes to eat meat.
For non-carnivores, try this recipe from BBCGoodFood.com. The garlic salt, and sugar rub on the salmon will give the fish a crispy skin adding some extra crunch to those grilled taco shells.
5. Miso-Marinated Grilled Summer Squash
Add some variety to your menu with a serving of delicious grilled summer squash from Ohmyveggies.com.
Even those who say they never eat vegetables will have a hard time passing up this Japanese-inspired recipe made with white miso, rice vinegar, and sugar.
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4. BBQ Chicken Mac n' Cheese Pizza
This recipe is sure to please all of the kids coming to the celebration this 4th of July, and it's easy to make.
All you need is pizza dough, prepared mac n' cheese and your favorite BBQ sauce. Why not add some of that chocolate sauce you made earlier and really make the kids' day with a chocolate, cheesy, barbecued pizza?
You can find the recipe at delish.com.
3. Bacon, Onion and Cheese Stuffed Burger
Hamburgers are a staple of almost every BBQ. Who wants to serve the same old boring patties year after year?
Try this recipe from Food Network chef Sunny Anderson. The dish takes only 35 minutes from start to finish, and uses garlic, hot sauce, cheddar cheese, and bacon to make a stuffing that turns regular beef burgers into a unique and savory BBQ must have.
2. Grilled Peach Melba
Is it time for dessert yet? Keep that BBQ going because these next two sweet treats are perfect for grilling.
The Grilled Peach Melba from MarthaStewart.com is a great way to end the day.
Grab a spoon and enjoy a scoop of ice cream, a sweet peach, and raspberry sauce while watching the fireworks explode in a fanfare of American pride.
1. Grilled Peanut Butter Banana S'mores
A barbecue just isn't a barbecue without S'mores. Try a new twist on this classic campfire treat by adding bananas and peanut butter cups.
The recipe from thepinkflour.com says to take a banana, cut it open and stuff it with marshmallows, graham crackers, and peanut butter cups. Then wrap it in foil and place it on the grill and you have another great way to end the day!