21 BBQ Side Dishes That Are Better Than the Main Event
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.
Grilled Corn with Spicy Aioli
Butter is good, but Sriracha-flavored aioli is better.
Strawberry Arugula Salad with Basil and Black Rice
So pretty. So easy. And oh-so-tasty.
Grilled Cheese Crostini
Charred bread topped with melted cheese and tangy balsamic-marinated strawberries? Oh, you fancy.
Apple Bacon Coleslaw with a Crunch
Ditch the mayo for a lighter take on this classic BBQ side dish.
Rainbow Vegetable Kabobs
Grill your way to five a day with these colorful skewers.
Caprese Salad with Grilled Zucchini
Bursting with summer flavors (it doesn’t look too shabby, either).
Chilled Cucumber Salad
Lettuce, schmettuce. This refreshing and leaf-free salad has only five ingredients.
Avocado Deviled Eggs
Awesome bites to feed a crowd.
Jicama Mango Slaw with Orange and Lime
Hard to pronounce (hee-kah-muh), easy to eat.
Parmesan Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Your burger is crying out for these crispy spuds.
Honey Jalapeño Corn Bread Drop Biscuits
Regular corn bread? Yawn. These buttery biscuits are the perfect combo of sweet and spicy.
Grilled Mango Salsa
It’s just as delicious with chips as it is piled on top of chicken or fish.
Sugar Snap Pea and Bacon Salad
Because bacon makes everything better.
Blueberry and Broccoli Pasta Salad
Drizzled with lemon buttermilk dressing. Oh, yeah.
Grilled Watermelon and Feta Skewers
Fact: Everything tastes better when it’s on a stick, and these barbecued bites are no exception.
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.