Summertime BBQ: 24 Side Dishes to Celebrate More Sunshine
We all love the taste of sizzling steak fresh off the grill or chicken wings with a rich marinade. However, if we were to be honest about the difference between a good BBQ dinner and a great one, it would be BBQ side dishes. Now that we have an extra hour a day, thanks to daylight saving time, we can focus more on these BBQ side dishes.
Below we highlight 24 of our favorite aspects to make any meal mouth-watering.
24 Best BBQ Side Dish Ideas
#1 Corn on the Cob
If you’re looking for some easy BBQ side dishes, look no further. Corn on the cob is a great addition to any meal and can be roasted in its shell. Just make sure you have enough butter ready to spread. Wondering how to cook corn on kamado grills? Look no further, we’ve got you covered.
#2 Baked Potatoes
These are always a hit with sizzling steak and an easy side dish for any BBQ feast.
Pro tip: Prepare a topping bar with meat and vegetarian options for added flavor and kick-ass customization.
#3 Mashed Potatoes
Nothing beats a plate of smooth, fluffy, delicious mashed potatoes. don’t you agree? Sidebar: We personally think mashed potatoes are one of the best side dishes for BBQ chicken.
#4 Caesar Salad
Who doesn’t love a traditional barbecue that can be paired with many different entrees? Well, with a Caesar salad, you’re in luck. This is another dish on our list that is considered a great side dish for Kicking Grey BBQ Chicken. For the best Caesar salad, be sure to buy crisp lettuce and a delicious dressing (preferably homemade).
#5 Seasoned Baked Potatoes
These may not be as popular as some other potato options, but that doesn’t mean they’re less delicious. This cheesy side dish is perfect with roasted ham. It’s also a great side dish with BBQ ribs.
#6 Caprese Salad
This light Mediterranean salad with mozzarella, tomatoes, and a dash of balsamic is loved by just about everyone.
Pro tip: Your Caprese salad will taste even better if you lightly toast the tomatoes before adding them to the salad.
#7 Roasted Zucchini and Zucchini
Zucchini and squash are our favorite late summer side dishes. Every year, we sign up for a vegetable share at a local farm and we always receive a ton of squash. Of course, if you roast it with a dash of oregano, you’ll like it even more.
While cornbread may not be as healthy as some of the other options on this list, it’s undeniably delicious. Plus, if you have any gluten-free friends, there are plenty of gluten-free cornbread recipes out there that you can make for them.
As a kid, coleslaw was an absolute must for our family barbecue. We tend to like creamy salads. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve expanded and tried some tangy salad options. Coleslaw is a delicious low-carb BBQ side dish with many different recipes to try.
#10 Baked Beans
Baked beans are always a smart choice for any barbecue. Personally, we like to pair baked beans with a hot dog or brat. There are so many great baked bean recipes out there, but our favorite always has bacon for extra flavor!
#11 Potato Salad
Potato salad is another great potato side dish that can be paired with a main course. One of the great things about potato salad is that you can prepare it ahead of time, saving you the hassle and hassle of the day.
#12 Green Beans
These summer classics are our kids’ favorite veggies. They especially like the ones picked from the plants in our own backyard. In our opinion, the key to delicious green beans is butter — a lot. We also like to add jalapenos to our chili sauce.
#13 Pasta Salad
Pasta salads represent a global barbecue staple. You can use any pasta shape you like for the salad, but we usually make our pasta with pasta in the shape of a macaroni, then add diced ham and some fresh peas. Add some fresh vegetables to add a refreshing crunch to the savory meal.
#14 Bacon and Pea Salad
This classic grill is easier to make than you might think. All you need to do is toss together some fresh peas, diced cheese (we think cheddar is best), and some bacon and whipped cream dressing. delicious.
#15 Baking Powder Cookies
Baking powder cookies aren’t the easiest side dish to make, but they’re one of the most delicious and sure to please both child and adult guests at your barbecue. Experimentation is the key to unlocking great grilling results – so if you haven’t tried these yet, we encourage you to try them out and expand your grill master repertoire.
Everyone, well, pretty much everyone, loves the crispy pickles with their BBQ burgers. A trip to the grocery store will tell you how many pickles are available. If you’re particularly ambitious, you can also make your own kimchi.
#17 Ambrosia Fruit Salad
Summer is great for many things, but one of the best things about summer is all the fresh fruit that is available and in season. This fruit can be eaten on its own or used to make a delicious and delicious fruit salad. If you don’t have fresh fruit, you can easily substitute frozen or canned substitutes.
#18 Sweet Potato Fries
This traditional Southern BBQ side dish is the most popular and is served all over the country. However, if you want to watch what you eat, sweet potatoes contain more nutrients than conventional potatoes.
Pro tip: Everyone loves options when grilling. Put these next to traditional fries and watch how many people choose sweet potato fries versus classic fries. The results may surprise you!
#19 Grilled Vegetable Skewers
These vegetable skewers require some pre-planning, but we believe grilled vegetable skewers are definitely worth the effort. You can use any of your favorite vegetables on these kebabs. We really enjoyed the roasted sweet onions and bell peppers.
#20 Guacamole and Chips
Guacamole is an absolute BBQ favorite, suitable for kids and adults alike. Although it is relatively high in calories, it is also rich in fat and nutrients. You can also choose chips that fit various dietary restrictions.
#21 Buffalo Chicken Dip
Since we’re the subject of dips as BBQ side dishes, we can’t forget how awesome the buffalo chicken dip actually is. The main ingredient in this dip is chicken, and of course cream cheese and blue cheese. Considering using your Kick Ash Basket to cook the chicken to perfection, you really can’t go wrong here.
#22 Garlic Bread
You can make this loaf in the oven, but we prefer to perfect this loaf on our outdoor grill. Butter the bread before placing it on the grill and make sure to add some garlic cloves to taste.
#23 Apple Pie
Is BBQ complete without dessert? There are hundreds of delicious desserts to choose from, but what could be more American than apple pie? Personally, we vote that apple pie should always be served in la mode.
#24 Root Beer Float
This is one of my personal favorites. For the best floats, be sure to choose high-quality vanilla ice cream and a great chilled root beer. Great for kids, but also for adults… Root beer floats are a wonderful treat for everyone.