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Great Recipes for the 4th of July

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Serving Up Fantastic Rib Recipes, Tender and Juicy Grilled Chicken, Pulled Pork, Potato Salads, Refreshing Slaws, and Tempting Desserts

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My Vidalia Onion BBQ Sauce is a SUMMER GO-TO. I’ve got a great story about it! A few summers ago Mama made a batch and told me how much she loved it. I asked her where she got the recipe and she replied, “the internet.” I took a look and it was my recipe and she didn’t even know it. Isn’t that hilarious! We love it and I know you will, too. You can find my Vidalia Onion BBQ Sauce recipe perfect for any cookout in Eating Well Magazine.

What’s a cookout without ribs?


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Apple Cider Grilled Chicken is one of our family’s favorite recipes all summer long. It’s a good idea to have a selection of meats on the 4th of July. My favorite combo is this great grilled chicken recipe and BBQ ribs.

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I Like Big Butts

Ready to take it to another level this 4th of July? Slide on over to my Pulled Pork recipe on the Big Green Egg. (And, here’s my How-To on CNN.)

#DoYouKnow why a butt is called a butt when it’s from the shoulder, not the rear of the pig? A butt is defined as a unit of volume equal to two hogsheads, roughly the equivalent of 126 US gallons. What on earth is a hogshead, much less a butt? A hogshead was used to hold tobacco, liquor, beer, flour, sugar, molasses, and other products. During colonial days, New England butchers would often take less prized cuts of pork and pack them into “butt” barrels for storage and transport. This particular shoulder cut became known around the country as a New England specialty, and hence it became the “Boston butt!”

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Not one, not two, but three Potato Salad Recipes for your 4th of July festivities! 

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What about Deviled Eggs? Who doesn’t like deviled eggs? These are a must-have for  4th of July cookouts!

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Need some Slaw and Order for your Independence Day fun?  I’ve got Cucumber SaladSummer Fruit Desserts on

Dessert can be as simple as chilled watermelon — oh so good! But, who doesn’t like cobbler? Take a look at my Infinitely Adaptable Cobbler recipe in WaPo Food – peach, blueberry, blackberry, gluten free, and even dairy free! This cobbler can be whatever you want it to be.

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Need another idea for dessert? You can’t go wrong with this Upside Down Peach Cake from Secrets of the Southern Table

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Need something other than Sweet Tea? Check out my Blueberry Lemonade. You can spice it up with a little vodka, too. 😉

Thanks so much for reading. Happy 4th of July. I hope you and yours are stay safe! Have a wonderful week.

Bon Appétit Y’all! 

Virginia Willis


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Virginia Willis

Georgia-born French-trained chef Virginia Willis has foraged for berries in the Alaskan wilderness, harvested capers in the shadow of a smoldering volcano in Sicily, and executed the food styling for a Super Bowl commercial seen by over 160 million people. Virginia is a Beard award-winning cookbook author, chef, content creator, and motivational speaker. She has lost 65# and kept it off for more than 3 years. Because of her own health journey, she is a cheerleader for others seeking to make lifestyle changes to feel healthier and happier. Her experience inspired her to launch “Good and Good for You” a lifestyle brand rooted in culinary that shares health and wellness content through digital channels; public speaking; and print media. Fans love her approachable spirit and friendly down-to-earth style. For more information visit

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Kathy OC

    I think there may be a problem with the 5 rib link?

  2. Patricia J Belt

    The recipes for Ribs will not open – why??? Can I find the recipes elsewhere?

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