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What to take to a cook-out when you can't cook/bake

I just got invited last minute to a cook-out tomorrow. I have to work in the morning tomorrow, and I'm not a good cook/baker anyway. I want to make a good impression, so what should I bring?

by Anonymousreply 114July 7, 2024 9:04 PM

Pasta salad


A nice chip dip

by Anonymousreply 1July 5, 2024 10:29 PM

Fruit salad?

Gerg's horrendous macaroni salad, but only if you hate everyone there, including yourself.

by Anonymousreply 2July 5, 2024 10:36 PM

Good sausages - raw, for the barbecue. If you are flush, good steaks. Good melons. 3 bottles of good wine that goes with barbecue - but nothing too fancy - since it's a cook out. A lemon meringue pie or Boston cream pie, from a very good bakery.

by Anonymousreply 3July 5, 2024 10:39 PM

Soda. The cheap, generic stuff in the 2-liter bottles.

by Anonymousreply 4July 5, 2024 10:42 PM

If it's a gay cook-out, bring the chicken, for Greg's Easy and Delicious Method of Drilling Chicken

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by Anonymousreply 5July 5, 2024 10:42 PM

hash brownies

by Anonymousreply 6July 5, 2024 10:44 PM

Poppers and lube

by Anonymousreply 7July 5, 2024 10:45 PM

Just ask yourself, OP, what would Iola Boynton do?

by Anonymousreply 8July 5, 2024 10:48 PM

Tomato-watermelon panzanella with some parmesan shavings instead of feta. I would skip the onions too.

by Anonymousreply 9July 5, 2024 10:55 PM

Heineken or Corona beers in the bottle, at least a 12-pack.

by Anonymousreply 10July 5, 2024 11:00 PM

A portable blender to make Margaritas.

by Anonymousreply 11July 5, 2024 11:06 PM

party favors

by Anonymousreply 12July 5, 2024 11:10 PM

I knew some guys who never failed to show up with a salad that included edible flowers. They received genuine compliments and expressions of surprise every time even though everyone there had repeatedly seen and eaten that same thing.

by Anonymousreply 13July 5, 2024 11:12 PM

Ina Garten's Fresh Corn Salad - its addictive

by Anonymousreply 14July 5, 2024 11:15 PM

A bucket of KFC, a cooler full of ice, and 2 12 packs of canned sodas.

by Anonymousreply 15July 5, 2024 11:31 PM

Blunts and blonds.

by Anonymousreply 16July 5, 2024 11:33 PM

Ice cream - the good brand, not the Aldi brand. And plenty of it !

by Anonymousreply 17July 5, 2024 11:41 PM

Disposable cups. plates and cutlery.

by Anonymousreply 18July 5, 2024 11:42 PM

ice, homemade cookies, a yummy non mayonnaise asian slaw. You will be a hero and still on budget

by Anonymousreply 19July 5, 2024 11:43 PM

[quote]a yummy non mayonnaise asian slaw.

I'd be too worried that what I take might not be sufficiently yummy.

by Anonymousreply 20July 5, 2024 11:46 PM

A box of pastries or cookies from a great bakery.

by Anonymousreply 21July 5, 2024 11:52 PM

A carton of cigarettes?

by Anonymousreply 22July 5, 2024 11:53 PM

A Box of Joe and a a Box of 50 Munchkins from Dunkin.

by Anonymousreply 23July 5, 2024 11:54 PM

Some charcoal briquets?

by Anonymousreply 24July 5, 2024 11:55 PM

A bubble machine

by Anonymousreply 25July 5, 2024 11:56 PM

About a dozen of the hottest male escorts to pass around for dessert.

by Anonymousreply 26July 5, 2024 11:59 PM

a boner and a smile 😊

by Anonymousreply 27July 6, 2024 12:05 AM

Tidy up your hole and present it.

by Anonymousreply 28July 6, 2024 12:06 AM

Scented whoopie cushions

by Anonymousreply 29July 6, 2024 12:07 AM

Fruit salad is a good suggestion. You can even buy it premade, but put it in your own bowl and fancy it up with a handful of pomegranate seeds, a healthy drizzle of honey and then either a squeeze of lime juice and some chopped fresh mint or a splash of Grand Marnier and some orange zest and juice.

by Anonymousreply 30July 6, 2024 12:09 AM


Grocery store potato salad (get the one with the red top)

Paper plates and napkins

A quality bottle of wine.

I think it’s in bad taste to bring hard liquor unless you are really close with the hosts.

by Anonymousreply 31July 6, 2024 12:12 AM

Op I might add. Is this some type of “potluck” cookout. Most people don’t expect people to bring cooked food to a coookout even if they ask u to bring something. They mean beer or drinks.

by Anonymousreply 32July 6, 2024 12:13 AM

brinking paper plates and napkins is "impressive"? It's rude. The host has at least figured out the eating utensils for such an affair, even though it's a pot luck.

by Anonymousreply 33July 6, 2024 12:14 AM

What potato salad has a red top, r31? I think r15 is as close to what I'm thinking. I'm getting there too late to bring paper products and utensils, so that's out. I really need something very, very easy, but I don't want it to look easy, if that makes any sense

by Anonymousreply 34July 6, 2024 12:17 AM

Brownies from a mix with adjustments - use butter instead of oil. Add semi-sweet chocolate chips. Use milk instead of water. Add vanilla extract.

by Anonymousreply 35July 6, 2024 12:18 AM

If someone brought some KFC chicken to my cookout I would read them to filth and then reprimand them for not going to Popeyes. WTF would u bring that fuckery to my house for. Unless you brought a tray full of KFC biscuits.

by Anonymousreply 36July 6, 2024 12:23 AM

R34 Resers.

by Anonymousreply 37July 6, 2024 12:24 AM

Op do you live in a major city. You really don’t have to nuke this. Buy a 12 pack of craft beer and some guacamole.

by Anonymousreply 38July 6, 2024 12:25 AM

Mrs. Moe Howard's Tuna Casserole Surprise is always a huge hit at Nana's cul-de-sac parties.

by Anonymousreply 39July 6, 2024 12:29 AM

Relish tray: pickles and/or sliced cucumbers, sliced cheese assortment, celery, olives, cherry tomatoes, onion, crackers, dip, etc. No cooking.

by Anonymousreply 40July 6, 2024 12:57 AM

Any of above & a bag of ice.

by Anonymousreply 41July 6, 2024 12:57 AM

Spirits, ice, and a frothy attitude.

by Anonymousreply 42July 6, 2024 1:03 AM

Take a kitty cat. Tell the host you know how much they love cats, so you bought him one as a host gift.

by Anonymousreply 43July 6, 2024 1:03 AM

Tortilla chips and salsa.

by Anonymousreply 44July 6, 2024 1:06 AM

Something from a good bakery. I like what someone else suggested, a Boston Cream Pie.

by Anonymousreply 45July 6, 2024 1:09 AM

You can probably grab a sheet cake which says "Happy July 4th" at WalMart for half-price, or even 75% off by tomorrow. So a $25 sheet cake (WalMart's Low Low Price) will cost you about $10. Go for it !

by Anonymousreply 46July 6, 2024 1:13 AM

Water balloons.

by Anonymousreply 47July 6, 2024 1:14 AM

[quote] Good sausages - raw, for the barbecue.

I bring good sausages - raw, for the host (and hostess, if necessary).

by Anonymousreply 48July 6, 2024 1:15 AM

Bring drugs and lollies OP. Make sure there's enough for everyone though!

by Anonymousreply 49July 6, 2024 1:16 AM

Nuts, bananas and, R33, I don’t think paper products or cups are insulting at all. If I were host, I would appreciate the backup and replenishing my stock.

by Anonymousreply 50July 6, 2024 1:28 AM

Nice ice (like from Sonic) and nice cannabis infused sodas and seltzers.

by Anonymousreply 51July 6, 2024 1:28 AM


by Anonymousreply 52July 6, 2024 1:37 AM

Alice B. Toklas brownies !

by Anonymousreply 53July 6, 2024 1:51 AM

[quote] What to take to a cook-out when you can't cook/bake

Weed, in every form imaginable and lots and lots of alcohol.

by Anonymousreply 54July 6, 2024 1:52 AM

Chocolate covered strawberries

by Anonymousreply 55July 6, 2024 1:55 AM

Tabitha Stephens : Can Granmama have a cookie?

Endora : They're not by chance from an Alice B. Toklas recipe?

Phyllis Stephens : They're my recipe.

Endora : Then I think I'll pass.

( Funniest four lines in TV sitcom history. )

by Anonymousreply 56July 6, 2024 1:56 AM

I don't understand the suggestions for Boston cream pie for a summer cook-out.

by Anonymousreply 57July 6, 2024 2:14 AM

R57, do you know it's a cake?

by Anonymousreply 58July 6, 2024 2:21 AM

Then bring a fruit tart, r57. Something nice from a good bakery. You decide.

by Anonymousreply 59July 6, 2024 2:29 AM

R58, yeah, I know it's a cake, with a layer of soft custard.

by Anonymousreply 60July 6, 2024 2:29 AM

Pick up a couple of bottles of Prosecco and call it a day.

Have fun and don't stress.

by Anonymousreply 61July 6, 2024 2:34 AM

Boston Cream Pie is more of a fall / winter dessert. It's a heavy cake. Not great for a summer cook-out.

by Anonymousreply 62July 6, 2024 2:36 AM

Fruit salad as R2 and R30 suggest is a pretty bullet proof suggestion. Every time I've seen a bowl of fruit salad at an event people descend on it like a pack of starving vultures and I have to join the fray if I'm to get my share. Fresh, healthy, tasty and easy to make, even get the canned stuff and fancy it up good like R30 says.

Hell if you bring a big bowl of fruit salad and you're at least passable looking I'd reward you with a blowjob

by Anonymousreply 63July 6, 2024 2:37 AM

An undecorated white sheet cake and a bucket of store brand "frozen dairy dessert". Vanilla, of course.

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by Anonymousreply 64July 6, 2024 3:23 AM

What is frozen dairy dessert?

by Anonymousreply 65July 6, 2024 3:28 AM

R65: Really cheap ice cream. The kind that doesn't exactly melt because of all the gums.

by Anonymousreply 66July 6, 2024 3:31 AM

[quote]brinking paper plates and napkins is "impressive"? It's rude. The host has at least figured out the eating utensils for such an affair, even though it's a pot luck.

I assume that this suggestion was made with the understanding that the person volunteering to bring these items would let the hosts known beforehand.

by Anonymousreply 67July 6, 2024 3:55 AM

Rum balls.

by Anonymousreply 68July 6, 2024 1:49 PM

Pork tartare with a mayonnaise dipping sauce

by Anonymousreply 69July 6, 2024 1:50 PM


by Anonymousreply 70July 6, 2024 2:04 PM

A couple of jugs of Simply Lemonade.

by Anonymousreply 71July 6, 2024 2:06 PM

"what would Iola Boynton do?"

She'd learn how to spell her last name correctly, you nitwit.

by Anonymousreply 72July 6, 2024 2:20 PM

Baked potatoes and the fixins...

by Anonymousreply 73July 6, 2024 2:28 PM

Apparently, brown bed linens always make a nice gift to the host.

by Anonymousreply 74July 6, 2024 2:36 PM

Scented lube. Everyone will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

by Anonymousreply 75July 6, 2024 2:42 PM

OP please DO NOT forget all these people have allergies and gluten intolerance, make sure you accommodate their needs or there could trouble, and half the children are on the spectrum, so learn all and each of their TRIGGER words so they don't freak out and have a crisis.

by Anonymousreply 76July 6, 2024 4:47 PM

Staying home would be the most thoughtful gift, OP.

by Anonymousreply 77July 6, 2024 4:49 PM


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by Anonymousreply 78July 6, 2024 4:54 PM

Carrot raisin salad!

by Anonymousreply 79July 6, 2024 5:33 PM

I’ve never tried it, but some people swear by Resers original potato salad, the brand with the red top.

by Anonymousreply 80July 6, 2024 5:36 PM


by Anonymousreply 81July 6, 2024 5:36 PM

What cheapskates are saying "12-pack" of beer? It's a case, or pick something else!

Anyway, OP, go shop. You know how to shop, right? Just put your hands together and take out your card.

by Anonymousreply 82July 6, 2024 5:59 PM

Whatever you do, not NOT bring anything that Gerg ever suggested or gave a recipe for.

by Anonymousreply 83July 6, 2024 6:03 PM

Every time I see this thread title I automatically read it as "When to take your cock out". What does that say about me? LOL

by Anonymousreply 84July 6, 2024 8:15 PM

R84 filthy mind or perhaps need glasses or both

by Anonymousreply 85July 6, 2024 8:23 PM
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by Anonymousreply 86July 6, 2024 9:17 PM

[quote]What to take to a cook-out when you can't cook/bake

A man.

by Anonymousreply 87July 6, 2024 9:24 PM

Phallic-shaped shish-kabob spears.

by Anonymousreply 88July 6, 2024 9:29 PM

A live buffalo and a nasty poodle.

by Anonymousreply 89July 6, 2024 9:39 PM

Dorothy Lynch Homestyle Salad Dressing

by Anonymousreply 90July 6, 2024 9:44 PM


by Anonymousreply 91July 6, 2024 9:49 PM

Milk bones minis

by Anonymousreply 92July 6, 2024 10:11 PM

OP here:

Took some people's advice. Brought (made) brownies, but dressed them up with cookie dough, or "brookies." Stopped at a nice bakery and grabbed some red velvet macaroons. Also brought different kinds of soft drinks and Gatorade in single serve bottles.

by Anonymousreply 93July 7, 2024 12:39 AM

[quote] and Gatorade in single serve bottles.

You must have been inspired by the “preparing for a colonoscopy” thread.

by Anonymousreply 94July 7, 2024 1:23 AM


by Anonymousreply 95July 7, 2024 2:01 AM

R94, y'know, it's entirely possible reading that thread made me then think of Gatorade when I was considering what drinks to bring. I don't ever drink Gatorade, and I guess I won't until I can't use Cologuard anymore.

by Anonymousreply 96July 7, 2024 2:15 AM

Swing by your grocery store and buy a big tub of potato salad to add to the pile.

by Anonymousreply 97July 7, 2024 2:21 AM

God no, r97, it's the potato salad that 𝙖𝙡𝙬𝙖𝙮𝙨 gets the blame.

by Anonymousreply 98July 7, 2024 3:13 AM

Usually the potato salad is the cause of everyone getting the runs because its sits outside for hours. The shits ensue.

by Anonymousreply 99July 7, 2024 3:37 AM

R99. How ghetto. You must put potato salad on ice or leave in the fridge.

by Anonymousreply 100July 7, 2024 3:46 AM

Death comes in the form of potato salad uninvited.

by Anonymousreply 101July 7, 2024 4:38 AM

Potato Salad: the silent killer

by Anonymousreply 102July 7, 2024 5:52 AM

Would it be trashy to bring a huge amount in edibles? OP's friends might appreciate that.

by Anonymousreply 103July 7, 2024 6:26 AM

I took this to a cookout/pool party this week and it was a big hit.

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by Anonymousreply 104July 7, 2024 6:46 AM

Did you really pit those cherries like that?

by Anonymousreply 105July 7, 2024 7:39 AM

UK here.

I always make a big batch of kachumber salad, a big pot of coconut dal, and Indian breads. Really easy, vegan, and always go down well.

by Anonymousreply 106July 7, 2024 10:09 AM


by Anonymousreply 107July 7, 2024 12:55 PM

[quote]What to take to a cook-out when you can't cook/bake

A large tote bag.

by Anonymousreply 108July 7, 2024 12:58 PM


by Anonymousreply 109July 7, 2024 2:04 PM

Toilet tissue - extra plush

by Anonymousreply 110July 7, 2024 3:14 PM

R105, yep, I bought a cherry pitter and pitted and sliced them. That’s the only part that took a lot of time. Making that salad required several bowls, a cutting board, measuring cup and spoons, and four utensils. For me, that’s cooking!

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by Anonymousreply 112July 7, 2024 7:49 PM

Great paperplates / napkins

by Anonymousreply 113July 7, 2024 8:48 PM

Gavin Newsom’s itchy nipple.

by Anonymousreply 114July 7, 2024 9:04 PM
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