Q: My wife and I are expecting our first child, and we've decided to throw a gender-reveal BBQ I've dubbed, "Baby Q." We don't want to spend a lot of time grilling or cooking during the party. What BBQ foods would be easy to prepare ahead of time or cook slowly?
Sent by Eric
Editor: What fun! A good many barbecue foods can be made well ahead of time: grain salads, potato salads, cornbread, baked beans, and sheet cakes for dessert. For the main course, you could pre-shape hamburgers and have a friend grill them to order. You could also make our oven-baked ribs and then warm them in a low oven just before serving.
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Readers, what are your ideas of festive, make-ahead dishes for this gender-reveal BBQ?
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