Millions of Americans celebrated Fourth of July by shooting off illegal fireworks, getting wasted off Bud, and eating a ton of food. Unfortunately, some of that food—horrifying platters of burnt chicken wings, melted Jello salad, and all types of shiny, pale meat—made it on to Instagram. Because after your tenth beer, it’s easy to mistake that inedible #struggleplate for Instagram gold.

Check out some of the most awesomely disgusting #struggleplates of July 4, 2015.


Nothing says “America” like bacon-wrapped hot dogs and a vaporizer

Turns out charred meat may increase the risk of cancer


“Inmates be rioting for this shit”?… Doubt it

Someone threw up Blackberry BBQ Sauce all over your sammie

Braised chicken and blackberry BBQ sauce. #howisummer #bbq #fourthofjuly

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Banana ice cream or diarrhea? You decide


The Founding Fathers would not be proud

Happy 4th everyone! #forthofjuly #jello #alwaysroomfordessert #homemade #homemadewhipcreamisthebest #captainamerica @marisas_man

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The Struggle is strong with this one

#Yummy! #StuffedMushrooms #Bbqing #Bbq #FoodPorn #GoodFood #ThisGirlLikesToEat

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“Pretzel” and “Jello” don’t belong in the same Instagram caption

Patriotic Pretzel Jello #HappyFourthofJuly #America #jello

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That’s not what the American flag looks like #awkward

It ain’t Thanksgiving, fam


#NailedIt