9 Festive Appetizers for Your 4th of July Barbecue

These tasty appetizers will have your barbecue sizzlin’

These tasty appetizers will have your barbecue sizzlin’.

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Some say it’s not about how you start — it’s how you finish. But it’s a different story when it comes to hosting a barbecue. The beginning of your barbecue sets the tone of your guests’ experiences. With the Fourth of July approaching, kick off your barbecue celebration with a bang.

9 Festive Appetizers for Your 4th of July Barbecue

As guests pour in, let the first taste you give them be a darn good one. Make a few of your favorite summer appetizers — give them options. You’re hosting a barbecue, so most of your main dishes are make-ahead friendly, but don’t forget you can do the same with some of your appetizers. From slow-cooker appetizers to festive, easy-to-create guacamole dips, you’re sure to have your guests craving more.

Some of the best summery appetizers to consider are skewers, because they add color to your appetizer tray and offer lots of room for customization. Check out our recipe for vegetable skewers before, or try one of the other eight we found. Beautify your outdoor dining space, fire up the grill, make cocktails for a crowd, and celebrate America’s birthday.

Apricot Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Slow Cook Adventures

Most of us love to nosh no matter what diet we’re on, but light party snack options can be few and far between. On top of having fewer calories, these apricot chicken lettuce wraps are easy to make with the help of a slow cooker. Boom: a simple and refreshing appetizer.

Grilled Vegetable Skewers with Pesto Vinaigrette

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These colorful grilled skewers are festive and fun. They’re low in calories and perfect for your Fourth of July barbecue.