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Talkin’ Barbecue: 2 of Nashville’s Best Recipes for Your 4th of July Celebration

Make no mistake: when it comes to 4th of July, Nashville does barbecue right.

So if you’re still using the “same old” recipes for your family celebrations, check out what we found. Today, our staffing service in Nashville TN has rounded up two local recipes to kick up your July 4th cookout.


Nashville BBQ Recipes for Fourth of July Celebrations

Steven Raichlen’s Nashville Sweet Barbecue Sauce

Recipe from Food.com

If you like your barbecue sauce sweet and tangy, this recipe is just for you. Make and refrigerate the sauce ahead of time, and then slather it on chicken or ribs when you’re ready to grill.


2 cups ketchup

1⁄2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

6 -8 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

2 tablespoons molasses

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 1⁄2 teaspoons liquid smoke

2 teaspoons dry mustard

1 teaspoon onion powder

1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a nonreactive saucepan. Whisk to mix.
  2. Let the sauce gradually come to a simmer over medium heat and simmer until thick and flavorful, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. If not serving the sauce immediately, let cool to room temperature, transfer to air tight jars, and refrigerate until serving.

Music City Pig Pals Tangy Barbecue Sauce

Recipe from Foodnetwork.com, courtesy of Lee and Bobbie McWright

Winner of the 1996 Tennessee State BBQ Championship, this Music City barbecue recipe is sure to please. Tangy, zesty and just a bit spicy, it’s perfect for chicken, beef or pork.


1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup light brown sugar

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons prepared mustard

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 cup water

1 tablespoon oil

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon red pepper, optional


  1. Mix all ingredients well in a saucepan.
  2. Simmer over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Pour into mason jars and refrigerate until ready to use.

Have a favorite 4th of July recipe? Tell us about it below! And from all of us at Wood Personnel, have a fun, safe and tasty 4th of July.