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What to do on July 4th

We've decided to have a 4th of July gathering wih people coming over anywhere from 2:00 pm until whenver that evening. I don't want to be a slave behind the the entire day as I'd like to talk to our guests so I've come up with a bbq plan that I can make ahead, but as I think about it, there's no way to make enough of anything to keep it going for the entire day as I watch my son go therough the pulled pork!

Here's the plan so far:
smoked pulled pork (I've already made 12 lbs.)
smoked brisket for sandwiches
curried chicken salad wraps or sliders
assorted salads and crudite
assorted sweets

Any suggestions. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Sounds like you have a good start. You can't go wrong with a meat and cheese tray and assorted breads or buns. If you go that route it helps to a have a fixins' tray (lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, etc.) to go with it. Also, cheese and crackers. And fresh fruit. Depending on how many guests you have the food can get expensive. Don't be afraid to ask your close friends and family to help contribute.

    1. That's a lot of meat, and a lot of fat. You need something acidic to cut that. You decide what. Cranberry sauce? Lemon sorbet? Something tomato heavy? But you need something to cut that, it'll complement your other items.

      Otherwise, yum!

      1. Sounds like we are on the same page. I don't want to do a lot of work, so I am making pulled brisket with bbq sauce, bbq chicken cutlets, and sausages with chimichurri sauce. Fresh veggies, potatoe salad, coleslaw. Fresh fruit. Neet an appetizer, no milk or cheese.TIA

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        1. re: paprkutr

          Appetizer: hummus on cucumber rounds, dusted with sumac. Melon balls wrapped with thin-sliced country ham (salty kind).

        2. List looks good to me...... as long as coleslaw is part of your "assorted salads" and it's placed right next to the pulled pork and rolls.

          1. Thanks all, I appreciate all of your suggestions, I guess what I'm asking though is what else can I serve that an be made ahead of time to cover the fact that I might be cooking for 100 people who will attend over the course of 6-7 hours (or more I guess).
            Thanks

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            1. re: jnk

              Baked beans and sliced watermelon as well as pulled pork will be on our menu.

              I think the length of time is part of the problem. For us, 2pm would be after lunch so I wouldn't put out the full meal until after 5pm. Consider 2-5pm to be one long happy hour with lighter refreshments like the crudities. Or, everything out at 2pm and then start winding down. If you think somebody would want something meaty toward then end, maybe have hot dogs and hamburgers as backup if you have someone who could be the grill master instead of you.