You don’t have to only eat red, white, and blue foods on Independence Day. (Does anyone actually like flag cakes or are they just for the ‘gram?) In our opinion, the best 4th of July food is simple and summery. We’re talking hot dogs, BBQ, ice cream—but not just any of those 4th of July foods, the best of the best. It’s America’s birthday, after all. And the best way we know how to honor this great country of ours is with a truly superb vegan hot dog or a sublime popsicle. We’ve taste tested all the best 4th of July foods and drinks and now we’re sharing them all with you.
The 4th of July might be America’s birthday but it’s also National Hot Dog Day, which is equally as important, if you ask us. Find the best hot dogs to grill up, steam, boil, or eat straight from the package (they’re pre-cooked, right?).
Vegans and vegetarians should be allowed to celebrate National Hot Dog Day, too. We found the best plant-based dogs that even meat-eaters will love.
As if hot dogs weren’t meaty enough, we found the best hot dog chili to slop onto your tube meat. America! We love to top our meat with meat.
There are all sorts of BBQ sauce styles and all sorts of opinions about which style is the best. We’re equal opportunity BBQ sauce enjoyers here at Sporked, as long as it tastes great.
Corn is an essential summer food—grilled or steamed or boiled. To take it over the top, slather it in the best butter and top it with one of these out-of-the-box seasonings.
Set up the ultimate chip table with this lineup of the best chips to serve at a cookout—from BBQ to spicy.
Whether you’re a mix-in freak or a vanilla purist, we have taste tested and determined all of the best ice cream you can buy.
Looking for an on-the-go treat? Here are the best cold and creamy desserts to snag, from Klondike Bars to mochi ice cream.
We don’t do a lot of actual cooking here at Sporked but even we can handle these super-simple popsicle recipes.
If you’ve never had a grilled mini pound cake slice from Entenmann’s, do yourself a favor and try it this Fourth. We’re talking fireworks in your mouth.
I believe if you are over 21 you are required by law to hold a beer in one hand when you’re manning the grill on Independence Day. Make sure it’s a good one that won’t weigh you down.
And even if you don’t do booze, we have the best non-alcoholic beer for you.
Not into beer? Try a spiked version of that all-American beverage, lemonade. There are better choices out there than when you last had a hard lemonade in college. (And if you’re looking for booze-free lemonade, we can recommend a few of those, too.)
You’re going to host a BBQ, you’ll need more than just food. This checklist will help.
And if you’re skipping the BBQ and just heading to the coast or to a lake, you’ll still need snacks. We’ve got you covered.