Patch's Favorite Grilling Recipes

It's the Fourth of July weekend, and the grilling is easy.

Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  It’s a day of patriotic parades, concerts, picnics, family reunions, fireworks, and barbecues, and a reason to fly the American flag.

If you don't have plans this Fourth of July weekend, don't fret. Patch is here and we have you covered for a perfect grilling weekend. The Fourth of July is a time to bring out your favorite grilled foods. So get creative and celebrate the holiday weekend with these delicious grilled dishes.  Impress your family and friends with these healthy and delicious recipes.

Please join Patch, as we celebrate the 4th of July with some very special and traditional summertime grilling fares.  Ladies and Gentlemen, start your grills, and let’s begin to barbeque!!

Barbeque Ribs:  To barbecue means to slow-cook meat at a low temperature for a long time over wood or charcoal. In America, barbecue (or BBQ) originated in the late 1800's during Western cattle drives. 

Blue Cheese Burgers make an easy July 4th treat.  The good thing is this recipe requires only minutes to prepare.  I was craving something different, something unique, I finally found it when a co-worker described a way of making burgers with crunched up potato chips, I was all ears. The chips are supposed to keep the meat moist when it cooks.  I only had salt and vinegar chips on hand.  Believe it or not the burgers were fantastic, and the flavor was incredible. Burger lovers will love these burgers.

Hot Rodster Dog dresses up your hot dogs for the kids with this creative and cool theme.  This recipe is an adaptation of a Kraft Food recipe.  I asked four people at work what their 3 top grilled foods were, and all said hot dogs.  The kids will love these.

Baked Beans are believed to be based on a Native American dish in which beans were cooked with fat and maple syrup. European settlers are thought to have adapted the recipe using pork and molasses.  I'm going to share my friend Annette’s recipe and it is my all time favorite baked beans recipe.  Hopefully it will become your favorite recipe as well.

Barbeque Ribs                                                                                   


  • 4 pounds pork baby back ribs, cut into serving-size pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons each salt, pepper, chili powder and ground cumin

Barbeque Sauce

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Par boil ribs for 30 minutes. Rub ribs with garlic. Combine ribs and soy sauce in a bowl and marinate for 40 minutes.

In a small saucepan, sauté onion in butter until tender. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook and stir until thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; set aside 3/4 cup. Brush ribs with some of the remaining sauce.  Grill, covered, over medium heat for 12 minutes, turning and basting with sauce. Serve with reserved sauce. Great served with corn on the cob.

Blue Cheese Burgers                                                                                      Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef or ground chuck (96% lean)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • Potato chips, crunched into very small pieces (1/8 cup per burger)
  • 4 ounces crumbled blue cheese (reduced-fat)
  • 4 leaves romaine lettuce
  • 2 tomotoes
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 soft rolls, split


In a medium bowl, mash together ground beef, pepper (to taste) and garlic. Divide ground beef into 4 equal portions and mix chips into each patty. Cook on hot grill to desired doneness, add cheese.  Grilled veggies or baked beans make excellent sides.  Add bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles to your burger and enjoy.

 Hot Rodster Dogs


  • 1 bun length Beef hot dog
  • 1 hot dog bun
  • 2 pretzel sticks
  • 4 Bread’N Butter Pickle Chips
  • 2 teaspoon ketchup, optional
  • 1 teaspoon mustard, optional


Grill hot dogs to desired doneness.  Place hot dog in bun.  Gently insert 1 pretzel stick, 1 inch from each end of bun, through both bun and hot dog for each tire axle, leaving both ends of each pretzel exposed.  Attach pickles to the ends for the wheels.  Use ketchup and mustard to add racing stripes.

Crowd-Pleasing Grilling Sides

Famous Baked Beans


  • 2 cans (28 oz) Bush's Vegetarian baked beans
  • 4  tablespoons molasses
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon mustard (any type)
  • 2 medium onions, chopped


Mix all ingredients. Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees.  Cook at 350 in oven for 1 hr. Cover for first 1/2 hour, and than uncover for second1/2 hour.  Cook in small deep pan to keep moist.

Happy Birthday America!!




Judy Lewis July 01, 2011 at 11:01 PM
wow!! you are certainly talented. I'm very proud of you!
Gail Smite July 03, 2011 at 03:50 AM
My family loves barbeque chicken on the grill..
Thanks Gail for your posting. I love BBQ chicken also.


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