An Amazing Make-Ahead BBQ Menu for Memorial Day and Beyond
Summer – that glorious season, filled with long hazy days and lingering evenings. It’s the perfect season to spend with friends and family over long barbecues, full of delicious and tasty food, sipping cooling refreshing drinks.
But have you got your menu ready? In case you haven’t, we’ve got some tantalizing suggestions for you that will ensure your Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and all those summer weekends in between, will be a resounding success!
Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwiches
You can make the pork filling for this smoked pulled pork sandwich in advance. Brining before smoking, adds a deep flavor and moisture to the pork shoulder, giving you succulent and flavorful meat. Place in between a soft bun and serve with your favorite BBQ sauce.
Grilled Garlic and Herb Chicken:
Grilled chicken is a BBQ staple that you simply cannot afford to do without. Marinated in olive oil with garlic, rosemary, sage, thyme and parsley, this chicken has a fresh herbaceous flavor, guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.
Coffee-Spice Rub Brisket
This brisket features a spicy coffee-based dry rub that adds a smoky, almost chocolatey flavor to the beef. Ancho chiles, cumin, and smoked paprika provide the spice, for a satisfying and utterly delicious BBQ main.
Classic Potato Salad
What would a summer BBQ be without the potato salad? It’s comfort food at its best and provides a lovely foil for beef, chicken or pork. Made in the old-fashioned way with eggs, celery, green onions, and sweet relish.
A vision in color, this popular side adds zest, and flavor to your menu. Two types of cabbage, apples, and carrots, provide sweetness and crunch, the perfect accompaniment to your main dishes.
Boston Baked Beans
Beans are a BBQ staple; you simply must have them. And these Boston Baked Beans are the best! They have a deep molasses flavor and lots of creamy goodness. You can make them ahead of time in your slow cooker (to save time) and simply reheat on the day of serving.
Watermelon-Mint Iced Tea
Incorporate this cool and refreshing sweet watermelon-mint iced tea into your summer menu, and you’re onto a winner. Full of natural fruity goodness, no added sugars and zesty fresh mint, it’s healthy too, and perfect for the kids. For the adults at the party, simply spike with white rum or vodka if desired, for a refreshing alcoholic drink. Happy days!
All American, Mixed-Berry, Cheese Cake
And finally, dessert! Everyone’s favorite part of the menu. End it in patriotic style with this no-bake, delicious, red, white, and blue berry cheesecake. It has a lovely raspberry and blueberry fruit topping (you can add strawberries too if you prefer), which contrasts beautifully with the creamy white cheesecake filling. Guaranteed to be a hit, and to end your day on a high.
The Make-Ahead Plan
1 – 2 DAYS BEFORE
- Make the smoked pulled pork for the sandwiches and refrigerate
- Make the Boston baked beans and refrigerate
- Make the coffee rub brisket and refrigerate
1 DAY BEFORE
- Puree the watermelon for the watermelon-mint tea.
- Make the mixed berry cheesecake filling and refrigerate.
THE MORNING OF:
- Make the classic potato salad and refrigerate.
- Make the rainbow coleslaw and refrigerate
- Mix the watermelon-mint iced tea and refrigerate.
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