No great barbecue is complete without a set of great sides! From the traditional saucy baked beans to potato and pasta salads to a fantastic grilled pizza, these BBQ side dishes are all top-notch options. So whether you’re hosting the cookout or are a guest at someone else’s, you can’t go wrong with these essential recipes.
Perfect for the traditionalist, this easy coleslaw requires just a few ingredients, including a simple mayo and cider vinegar dressing. Use it for topping pulled pork sandwiches and fish tacos. There are many variations to add color and flavor. Besides simply using a green cabbage, you could add some red or purple cabbage for interest. Red bell pepper can be sliced thinly and you can shred some carrots as additions. You can adjust the salt and black pepper to your taste as well.
Classic Macaroni Salad
Whether you are going to a backyard barbecue or just looking to make a good side dish or snack, macaroni salad is a classic. This macaroni salad is made with hard-boiled eggs, chopped vegetables, and a distinctively seasoned mayonnaise dressing. It is fairly easy to throw together this meal, and it is a definite crowd-pleaser. Bring it to your next party and watch it disappear.
French Fries on the Grill
Everyone loves French fries, which make a perfect pairing for juicy hamburgers and veggie burgers at your backyard BBQ. This recipe starts with placing frozen fries into foil packets on the grill and combining them with bacon, American cheese, and chives before serving. It’s also important to use frozen fries. Freshly cut potatoes will not achieve the crispiness you’re looking for on the grill.
Miso Barbecue Eggplant
Miso adds a deep nutty flavor to Japanese eggplant in this gourmet BBQ recipe. The slices are brushed with a mixture of the paste, sake, red wine, sugar, and mayonnaise, then they’re grilled until tender and topped with sesame seeds for serving. Feel free to embellish with spices and other flavors, including serving with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, a dollop of pesto, a spoonful of romesco, or a scattering of crumbled feta cheese and make this simple technique a recipe of your own.
Air Fryer Onion Rings
Crispy, crunchy onion rings are addictive, and this air fryer version lacks the guilt of deep frying. Make a bunch and serve them alongside barbecue sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, and more. Serve the onion rings with your favorite dipping sauces for a delicious and healthy appetizer, side, or snack.
Grilled Corn Salad
Grilling corn adds texture and brings out a smoky flavor in the naturally sweet vegetable. Here, the kernels are combined with fresh mint and cilantro, chopped tomatoes, red onion, and optional avocado and cheese, in a summer salad that is a little bit spicy and overall very tasty.
The next time you’re planning on firing up the grill for dinner, make sure you plan to include some delicious side dishes in your spread. It doesn’t matter if you’re serving barbecue chicken, beef, or a combination of all—any one of these sides will pair perfectly.