There’s no better day to bask in the sun and show some patriotic pride than Independence Day. Throw a 4th of July bash in style at a local park—or right in your backyard. Here’s our three-step plan for throwing a grill party decked out in red, white and blue.
Get the right grill.
Getting the right grill for the job is priority one. A portable, lightweight number with the maximum grate size is what you should be hunting. The Aussie Walk-A-Bout Charcoal Grill is one winner for an outdoor throw-down. We liked that it folds flat so that you can wheel it in and out with ease. Also, the wheels are sturdy enough to take on off-road terrain to the perfect spot. The festive red top added a splash of color that definitely fit the theme.
The lightweight but tough Brinkmann Barrel Charcoal Smoker is also a solid choice for a sizeable outdoor party. The temperature gauge and adjustable damper allowed us to get the heat just right for juicy beef kebabs. (Steal this marinade recipe: Apple butter, rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper.)
If you are having your picnic at the park, check out the grilling policy ahead of time: Some locations do not allow charcoal, so you may need to opt for an electric grill. (Also, check out where charcoal disposal is located before you get going.) Check out the Brinkmann Portable Propane Gas Grill for an easy set up. The porcelain-coated grate make for an easy exit as well, since food won’t stick to the grates.