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Don’t get us wrong—come barbecue season, we’re all about the burgers, franks, and steaks. But let’s not forget about those all-important sides. From gooey mac and cheese and crunchy slaw to fresh salads and baked beans, here are 21 mouthwatering BBQ side dishes that will kick your summer cookout up a notch this grilling season.

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Grilled Corn with Spicy Aioli

Butter is good, but Sriracha-flavored aioli is better.

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Strawberry Arugula Salad with Basil and Black Rice

So pretty. So easy. And oh-so-tasty. 

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Grilled Cheese Crostini

Charred bread topped with melted cheese and tangy balsamic-marinated strawberries? Oh, you fancy.

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Apple Bacon Coleslaw with a Crunch

Ditch the mayo for a lighter take on this classic BBQ side dish. 

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Rainbow Vegetable Kabobs

Grill your way to five a day with these colorful skewers.

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Jalapeño-Avocado Mac and Cheese

Two of our favorite things combined for a new take on a barbecue classic.

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Bourbon Peach BBQ Baked Beans

Sticky, sweet, smoky perfection.

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Caprese Salad with Grilled Zucchini

Bursting with summer flavors (it doesn’t look too shabby, either).

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Chilled Cucumber Salad

Lettuce, schmettuce. This refreshing and leaf-free salad has only five ingredients.

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Avocado Deviled Eggs

Awesome bites to feed a crowd.

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Jicama Mango Slaw with Orange and Lime

Hard to pronounce (hee-kah-muh), easy to eat.

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Parmesan Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Your burger is crying out for these crispy spuds.

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Corn and Summer Squash Grain Salad

'Tis the season for summer vegetables, so make sure these guys get a spot on your barbecue table.

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Honey Jalapeño Corn Bread Drop Biscuits

Regular corn bread? Yawn. These buttery biscuits are the perfect combo of sweet and spicy.

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Avocado Potato Salad

Sayonara, mayo.

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Grilled Mango Salsa

It’s just as delicious with chips as it is piled on top of chicken or fish. 

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Sugar Snap Pea and Bacon Salad

Because bacon makes everything better.

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Roasted Asparagus With Basil and Pistachios

So fresh and so crunchy. 

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Blueberry and Broccoli Pasta Salad

Drizzled with lemon buttermilk dressing. Oh, yeah.

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Grilled Watermelon and Feta Skewers 

Fact: Everything tastes better when it’s on a stick, and these barbecued bites are no exception.

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Loaded Baked Potato Chips

There’s no “wrong” way to serve a potato, but these roasted spuds topped with bacon, cheese, sour cream and chives are pretty damn tasty.

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