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Summer BBQ menu essentials

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The perfect summer BBQ menu

It's summertime. Bring on the pool parties, lazy naps in the hammock and impromptu barbecues. Go ahead and invite the gang over to enjoy these crowd-pleasing BBQ dishes.

Summer nectarine salad with fresh basil dressing

Summer nectarine salad with fresh basil dressing

Inspired by the flavors of summer, this salad is a real crowd pleaser. Shop the farmers market for fresh juicy nectarines and seasonal greens.

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Dr Pepper barbecue beans

Dr. Pepper barbecue sauce recipe

What's a summer barbecue without a side of baked beans? This version is made with a tangy Dr Pepper barbecue sauce that can also be used on chicken or beef.

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Giant barbecue bacon burger

Giant barbecue bacon burger

Big, beefy and delicious, this giant bacon cheeseburger means business.

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Cheesy grilled bruschetta chicken

Simple grilled chicken gets amped up with classic bruschetta flavors and a slice of gooey mozzarella cheese.

This cheesy bruschetta chicken recipe brings together all your favorite Italian flavors into one mouthwatering dish.

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Marinated ribs

Korean pork ribs

Fire up the grill. It's rib time. Click through for our favorite marinated pork and beef rib recipes.

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Crispy baked potato chips

Homemade potato chips

Forget the store-bought chips and go all out with these homemade baked potato chips.

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Grilled sweet potato salad

 Grilled sweet potato salad

Sweet potatoes never tasted so good.

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No mayo coleslaw with ramen noodles

Crunchy coleslaw with ramen noodles

Keep it light with this mayo-free cole slaw. Crunchy ramen noodles add texture and flavor.

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Green beans and potato salad with herbs

Green beans and potato salad with herbs | SheKnows

Add a classic potato salad to your BBQ spread. This recipe includes crisp green beans and fresh, flavorful dill.

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Homemade ice cream sandwiches

Chocolate cookie salted caramel ice cream sandwich

Make chocolate cookie and salted caramel ice cream sandwiches ahead of time, then serve them straight out of the freezer.

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Now that you have all the best insider secrets for a killer Fourth of July cookout, don't forget to pick up some Open Nature Meat from Safeway to finish off your perfect Independence Day.

This post was sponsored by Safeway.

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