Maddy’s BBQ Menu Checklist

Every year I host an annual 4th of July party and BBQ. I am clearly a “foodie”, so my guests always eagerly await to see what dishes I will cook up because they know it will be delicious.  Read more about why I love Fourth of July so much, here. I spend time crafting the perfect menu for my group while also seeking items that are easy to prepare so that I am not distracted from my party and guests. I have some core staple dishes that always appear on my menu, as well as some new fun additions.

This is my 2016 Independence BBQ menu:

(*=Available from Maria’s)



  • Bottled Maria’s Water*
  • Canned San Pellegrino Sodas*
  • Watermelon Margarita Spritzers (based on Food & Wine Magazine’s recipe, but I substitute sugar for Agave)



Caprese Skewers


  • Caprese Skewers*
  • Spaghetti Pie*
  • Charcuterie & Cheese Board*
  • Carrots, Celery & Cucumbers Crudite with *Maria’s homemade ranch
  • Grilled Vegetables: cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, yellow and green zucchini, red bell pepper, carrots*


Italian Sausage on the Grill


  • Organic Strawberry and Arugala Salad with toffee walnuts*
  • Organic Roasted Yams
  • Rissotto Primavera (Cold)* (gluten free!)
  • Italian Sausage, Peppers, & Onions plated as Hot Dogs, view recipe here
  • Burger Bar:  lettuce, sauerkraut, salsa, avocado, red onion, beefsteak tomatoes, ketchup, *Maria’s homemade ranch, Dijon, Stone ground mustard, mayo, chicken burgers, turkey burgers, beef (short rib, brisket, chuck grind)
  • Cheese: Vermont Cheddar, Colby, Swiss



Piccolo Patriotic Desserts


  • Maria’s homemade brownies*
  • Maria’s homemade raspberry bars*
  • Maria’s homemade biscotti*
  • Maria’s homemade Piccolo Philadelphia cheesecake*
  • Maria’s homemade chocolate chip cookies*



Maddy, Owner of Maria’s & Daughter of Maria