30 Delicious Backyard BBQ Side Dishes

posted by Andrea | 06/21/2011


BBQ’s are one of my favorite things about spring and summer. I absolutely LOVE eating outside {even with the bugs} and now that we have our farmhouse, I can see us hosting many, many BBQ’s over the next several years!

Now, obviously the main part of hosting a BBQ is the meat; but what about everything else?

In my opinion, it’s usually the side dished that can make or break your party. So if you’re struggling to come up with ideas for your BBQ menu…let me help!

Here are 30 of my favorite BBQ Side Dish ideas and recipes.


1. Homemade Ginger Ale

2. Strawberry lemonade — even if you make this from a mix, you still can’t go wrong with strawberry lemonade.

3. Traditional Margaritas — for those of us who aren’t pregnant!



4. Cheesy Garlic Bread — so SO delicious!

5. Homemade Buns and Rolls — I use this recipe but make hamburger and hot-dog shaped buns instead of bread loaves {you can also just use frozen bread dough!}


6. Coleslaw or Brocoslaw

7. Fresh fruit salad — use whatever is in season for a delicious BBQ treat

8. Pasta Salads — seriously, I can’t pick a favorite!

9. Spinach or lettuce salad — make your favorite one {I always like to add fruit to my salads}



10. Baked Potato Salad — you must try this recipe!

11. Cheesy Red Potatoes I guarantee no one will complain if you make too many of these

12. Loaded Potato Skins — do NOT click that link if you’re on a diet!

13. Sweet Potato Fries

14. Traditional French Fries — frozen are OK too!



15. Baked Beans — this recipe tastes like you made them from scratch!

16. Grilled Creamed Corn — simple and delicious!

17. Grilled or Roasted Asparagus — it is SO easy.

18. Grilled Kabobs — veggie, fruit, meat, or a mix, they are all a huge hit at BBQ’s

19. Jalapeno Poppers — not nearly as spicy as they sound 🙂

20. Sauteed Mushrooms — mushrooms + butter = delicious!

21. Onion Rings

22. Raw veggies and Dip — check out this super cute way to serve veggies and dip



23. Chips and Dip — I found a bunch of simple chip dip recipes over at AllRecipes.com

24. Chips and Salsa — I love the bright colors of this guacamole salsa salad.

25. Homemade Salad Dressing — a little more work, but they look and tastes amazing!

26. Roasted or Grilled Pineapple

27. Special Meat Marinades


28. Brownie Kabobs — you could go “patriotic” with this dessert too!

29. Lemon Pound Cake — very easy to eat with no utensils

30. Strawberry Short Cake — the essence of summer

What are YOUR favorite BBQ recipes??

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  2. Jennifer @ Mom Spotted


    Aww. Thanks for including my potatoes!


  3. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles


    That lemon pound cake and a few of those jalapenos would sure help me through today – yum! Thanks so much for including a couple of my recipes in your BBQ roundup – I appreciate it!


  4. Sherri @ The Kitchen Prescription


    Thanks for sharing my Kabob recipe. This is a great article. Certainly applicable to summer fun and eating. I love grilling and summer they go hand in hand.


  5. Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger)


    My daughter is obsessed with pickled jalapenos. Will have to try your jalapeno poppers. If for not other reason than that the name is so much fun to say! 🙂


  6. Shari Brooks


    my favorite is a version of coleslaw called the Venezuelan Coleslaw salad. Also, a nice tall pitcher of chilled sangria goes a long way and is always a welcomed addition. Check out these recipes and more at: http://www.myjudythefoodie.com

    happy cooking!


    Andrea Reply:

    Yum…sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing the link Shari!


  7. Lori


    Andrea, Thanks for a great blog and congrats to you and your hubby on your pregnancy! I have a question. Love the post on 30 BBQ sides, but my question is, with SO MANY cookbooks and web recipes, do you just stick with those 30 sides and rotate, or are you constantly looking for new recipes? I find the choices overwhelming and I am trying to “narrow down” my recipes to just my few favorites and choose from those. How do you handle this? Are you continuously looking for “better” recipes or when you need a fruit salad, do you just go with the one you have?

    Thanks for your time and love your blog!

    Lori M.


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Lori — and GREAT questions!

    I definitely do NOT always stick to one specific recipe forever and ever. I’m always looking to try new things and experiment. However, if I’m in a hurry or pressed for time, I usually resort back to my “tried and true” family favorites because I know they will turn out!

    Also, it might be worth mentioning that I obviously do NOT make all of these things for every BBQ we have. I try to keep the menu as simple as possible and usually have one potato dish, one salad, one veggie, one fruit, one dessert, and one extra.

    When we host BBQ’s we often provide the drinks, buns, side dishes, and paper products and then ask our guests to “bring their own meat”. This significantly cuts down on the cost and assure everyone will get what they want.

    Backyard BBQ’s should not be stressful. Just keep things simple, be organized, make a few delicious side dishes, and your party will be a success!


  8. Tara @ Unsophisticook


    Thanks for sharing my Guacamole Salad, Andrea! I see some other recipes I’m gonna have to try.


  9. Marci@OvercomingBusy


    I have been looking for some new side dishes to throw in the mix. We grill almost daily in the summer. These are great! Thanks for sharing!