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Food for the Cabin: Easy Recipes to Make Ahead

You’re at the cabin or vacation rental, and you want to maximize your time enjoying sun and the beautiful outdoors. Here are some favorite, tried-and-true recipes you can easily prepare in advance. These cabin food ideas are meant to feed your family well, with minimal effort, so you can get back on the lake.

Food for the Cabin Recipes
Easy Recipes that are Perfect for the Cabin


  • Crack Breakfast Potato Casserole

    Assemble this hearty breakfast casserole the night before, cover, and pop it in the oven in the morning for a satisfying meal to start the day.

  • farmers casserole
    Farmer’s Breakfast Casserole

    Everyone’s favorite hot breakfast items come together in this breakfast casserole that hits the spot.

  • Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe

    Combine the dry ingredients well in advance, seal it up in a plastic zip bag, and you’ll have ready-made pancake mix to bring along.

  • Boiled Eggs sliced in half
    How to Boil and Peel Eggs Easily

    Don’t struggle with peeling eggs ever. You can easily boil and quickly peel a dozen eggs prior to the trip; seal and keep them cold for several days. You’ll have ready-to-eat eggs anytime at the cabin.

Main Dish

  • perfect smoky pulled pork
    Perfect, Smoky Pulled Pork (Slow Cooker)

    Make this delicious pulled pork at home, pack it up, and bring it to the cabin. This dish keeps well for days and is super easy to heat up and toss onto buns, for a heartwarming meal.

  • BBQ Pulled Chicken on buns
    BBQ Pulled Chicken

    If pork isn’t your thing, try this mouthwatering pulled chicken instead. It’s also freezer-friendly, so you can make it up to several weeks ahead and portion into freezer containers.

  • 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Meatballs

    With only 3 ingredients, you can easily whip these delightful meatballs up at the cabin. Or, make them in advance and bring them along, fully cooked. These finished meatballs keep well covered and chilled.

  • Grilled Chicken Thighs with Asian Marinade Sliced on white plate
    Grilled Chicken Thighs (with the Best Marinade)

    This is one of our favorite things to put on the grill, hands down. Combine uncooked chicken with marinade up to 2 days in advance. Bring it to your cabin in a plastic zip bag, and throw it on the grill for a meal your neighbors will be jealous of.

  • sloppy joes in bun with cheese and pickles
    Sloppy Joes Recipe

    This is our favorite sloppy joes recipe, as it’s big on flavor and super easy to make in advance. Just bring cooked sloppy joe filling in a sealed container, along with fresh buns and your preferred toppings, for a cabin meal the entire family will devour.

Side Dishes

Treats & Snacks

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