Deviled Eggs -- Boil the eggs a couple of days ahead, and they'll be ready to prepare when you need them -- and be sure to make lots of them.
Red White and Blue Sweet Summer Salad -- A pretty salad made with strawberries, blueberries, and Feta cheese to get all the patriotic colors in one bowl.
Southern Baked Beans -- A great staple at any barbecue, and these can be made in the crock pot.
Jalapeño Potato Salad -- I love, love this potato salad. Some of the ingredients are similar to other potato salads, but the cumin and jalapeños set this one apart.
Baby Back Ribs -- My brother-in-law's recipe, and he knows what he's doing with ribs. The dry rub can be applied the night before, then popped in the oven for a slow cook the next day. These have never failed me.
Margarita Pie -- I like a cool dessert for summer. This pie can be made in advance and refrigerated until needed, and it makes a perfect ending to a spicy meal.
Now display some flags, stack the paper plates, and remember to ice down the drinks, the Fourth is almost here.