April 12, 2024


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Vote for your favorite cookout food

The Fourth of July is a time for festivities, friends, family, fireworks and — perhaps most importantly — food. It’s the Thanksgiving of summer. The smokiest time of year. The grill’s time to shine.

When we think of big backyard cookouts for Independence Day, we picture everything barbecue — from meaty mains like pulled pork and ribs to sunny sides like coleslaw and corn on the cob.

But which dish is the king of the grill?

Enter TODAY’s 4th of July BBQ Bracket, which fired up Tuesday with the Smoky Sixteen. After a tight battle between hot dogs and ribs (which Savannah, who is adamantly Team Hot Dog, called “saucy bones”), we made it to the Edible Eight, then the Fiery Four (in which potato salad overtook ribs in a surprise upset), and now we’re onto the Final Course.

Vote for your favorite cookout food, here:

Voted? Now it’s time to get grilling:

Sunny Anderson's Ultimate Burger Bar
Grilled Za'atar Chicken with Garlic Yogurt and Cilantro

Ryan Liebe for The New York Times

Grilled Vegetable Salad

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Guy Fieri's Creamy Coleslaw

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Grilled Italian Sausage with Peppers and Cannellini Beans


Bobby Flay's Grilled Pork Chops with Jalapeño Pesto

Bobby Flay

Grilled Corn with Garlic, Basil and Cheese

Steven Randazzo

Tuna Macaroni Salad

Zach Pagano / TODAY

Siri's Beer-Soaked Hot Dogs

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

Natalie Morales' Easy Grilled Chimichurri Soy Steak

Alanna Hale / At Home with Natalie: Simple Recipes for Healthy Living from My Family’s Kitchen to Yours

Grilled Chicken, Vegetable and Pineapple Kebabs

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

Smoked Pork Shoulder

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Grilled Chicken Wings with Alabama White Sauce

Nathan Congleton / TODAY

Kansas City Baked Beans

Courtesy Phil Johnson

Sunny Anderson's Easy Potato and Bacon Salad

Courtesy Sunny Anderson