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Ditch the bottle and make your own Alabama-style barbecue sauce for July Fourth

Make your July Fourth memorable with smoked chicken wings, cool cucumber and watermelon salad and grilled steak with chimichurri sauce.
/ Source: TODAY

Matt Abdoo, chef and owner of Pig Beach and Pig Bleecker barbecue restaurants in New York City, is sharing a few of his favorite cookout recipes that are perfect for a July Fourth barbecue. He shows us how to make spiced, smoked and charred chicken wings with Alabaman-style white barbecue sauce, grilled tri-tip steak with herb-filled chimichurri sauce and a lime-kissed cucumber and watermelon salad.

I love this recipe because it reminds me of my upstate New York roots of enjoying Buffalo wings, but with a barbecue twist that does not require a fryer.

I love grilled steak in the summer and this recipe with fresh, herbaceous chimichurri sauce is a great way to change it up.

I love this recipe because it is just a great light and summery side dish to brighten any backyard barbecue.

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