30 Delicious Backyard BBQ Side Dishes

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

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