Your Fourth of July weekend guide to grilling, eating and drinking

Here are the best tips for summer grilling favorites. (Dreamstime)

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Have you really experienced Fourth of July weekend if you haven't grilled out? Get ready for your barbecue with these recipes, tips and products.

Grilling recipes, tips and books to read

Food writer Mark Bittman's latest book, "How to Grill Everything," provides tips and recipes for grilling, including how not to overcook chicken and the best way to grill fish.

Female chefs in Atlanta are bosses behind the grill, and give their top tips for upping your grill game (you meat will stick to the grill no longer!)

You might be a grilling expert, but there's always room for improvement -- here are four things you might be doing wrong behind the grill and how to fix them.

Love your Big Green Egg? The company is headquartered here, and shares tips and recipes for getting the perfectly Big Green Egg-prepared food.

Try something a little different with these recipes for grilled skewers, spiedini and shawarma or barbecue with a decidedly Korean flair.

Looking for more books and recipes to up your grill game? Check out these barbecue tomes from well-known chefs here and here.

More grilling, products to buy

Take your grilling game to the next level with these three products.

A biodegradable grill, lump charcoal and dairy-free desserts will make your holiday sing.

From the perfect fish fry mix to premium meats delivered to your door, these are the products that'll keep your Fourth of July on track.

What to make if it rains

It's always a good idea to have a Plan B in case rain makes grilling outside too difficult.

Ditch the grill and get acquainted with your:

ExploreCast iron
ExploreInstant Pot
ExploreSlow cooker
ExploreRimmed baking sheet
ExplorePanini press
Mary Mac's Potato Salad/ AJC file photoL

Credit: Yvonne Zusel

Credit: Yvonne Zusel

Can't-miss side dishes, desserts

Elevate your grilled meats with recipes from metro Atlanta restaurants:

Marlow's Tavern Smoked Trout Dip

ExploreS&S Cafeteria Mac and Cheese
ExploreCentury House Tavern Collard Greens
ExploreMary Mac's Tea Room Potato Salad
ExploreDaddy's Country Kitchen Cole Slaw
ExploreKing of Pops Strawberry Pop
ExploreSouthern Kitchen Classic Caramel Cake
ExploreMake your own North Georgia apple pie
Cutwater Spirits carries four, low-ABV canned cocktails available at Tower Wine & Spirits. Photo: Beth McKibben

Credit: Beth McKibben

Credit: Beth McKibben

What to drink

Stay hydrated with these cocktails...

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ExploreLearn to make the El Diablo from The Pinewood
ExploreMix up the ginger lemonade mocktail from Wahoo Grill


Explore7 metro Atlanta shops offering curbside pickup for beer, wine and liquor
ExploreTry these six spring-to-summer sippers
ExploreTry a crisp, Mexican lager
ExploreTry this locally-made pale ale

...and wines

Explore10 canned wines to try right now
ExploreTry rosé every which way

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