Hillary Eaton

Originally appeared on Refinery29

6 BBQ Hacks For An Epic 4th Of July

Independence Day is just around the corner — the time of the year where we get to let loose, enjoy some fireworks, don our best red, white, and blue duds, and celebrate our country’s birthday in the most American way we know how: a good ol’ fashioned BBQ! What we don’tsuggest for this weekend? Spending more time than absolutely necessary in the kitchen.

Whether you’re planning on hosting a group of friends, or just want to whip up some deliciously ‘merican munchies for you and your S.O., we’ve tapped two of our favorite L.A. food bloggers for easy recipes.

Ahead, Adrianna Adarme of A Cozy Kitchenand Julie Lee of Julie’s Kitchen have created a mouth-watering menu that can be prepped the night before and assembled in minutes. Think: Instagram-worthy drinks that can be mixed in no time, a side dish recipe that put chips and dip to shame, and a no-bake dessert you can make a day in advance.