10 Dishes to Make Ahead for Your Fourth of July Barbecue

Plan ahead and enjoy time with your guests
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You'll love these perfect Fourth of July recipes.

The Fourth of July features fireworks, cookouts, and lots of outdoor activities. It’s also one of the best times to host your friends for some casual fun under the sun. Taking shortcuts is not the key to effortless entertaining. It’s all in the planning — and by planning, we mean making a delicious menu ahead of time.

Best Fourth of July Recipes

Hosting a Fourth of July celebration can be exhausting, but only if you fail to plan. The majority of your time shouldn’t be spent in the kitchen on the day of your fête — it should be spent sharing jovial moments with friends and enjoying the summertime atmosphere. There would be no point in hosting if you didn’t get to relish the festive food and drinks with your guests.

Planning ahead will give you time to take care of any mishaps that may occur — you should never let your guests see you panic. So start your grocery list and hit the market. These tasty and easy recipes will make your Fourth of July party the talk among your social circle. It’s up to you to make it good — and own it.

Barbecue Baked Beans

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Barbecue baked beans are a summer cookout must-have. Their sweet and smoky flavor pairs well with grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, and steak.

Dry Rubbed Porterhouse Pork Chops with Steakhouse Butter


Prepare a simple compound butter and the dry rub for these pork chops a few days in advance so you can whip up a steakhouse-quality meal at the drop of a hat.