Warm weather always gets me thinking about barbecue food – grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks, smoked meats… the list goes on and on.
Of course, with any of your favorite barbecued meats, you have to serve up some killer sides to go alongside them. Baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni salad, pasta salad – these are a few of my favorite things!
Don’t have any go-to recipes for these traditional side dishes?
Slow Cooker Baked Beans
Baked beans are a staple of the outdoor cookout. I like to make mine in a slow cooker, so I don’t have to worry about keeping an eye on them.
Utlmtimate Loaded Potato Salad With Feta and Bacon
Tired of your ordinary potato salad?
Try this loaded version. Mix the lovely (and I do mean lovely) taste of bacon with a bit of feta and you have something that your guests will rave about.
Feel free to experiment with various cheeses or cheese blends, and make this recipe yours. This one is great to load up into your picnic basket for an outdoor excursion.
Make this delicious coleslaw for a colorful update of your typical coleslaw. With the addition of apple cider vinegar and mustard, it’s bursting with fresh, tangy flavors and an addictive crunch.
Tomato Pasta Salad
Who doesn’t like the taste of a caprese salad? This classic combo of mozzarella, basil, and tomato gets a fun barbecue side dish update as this pasta salad!
Ranch BLT Pasta Salad
The flavors of bacon, lettuce, and tomato are amazing! And ranch? It’s almost like bacon – great on everything.
Use any kind of pasta that you happen to have on hand – the particular variety really doesn’t matter, though I prefer using a corkscrew or elbow macaroni, or maybe some small shells, rather than a spaghetti type.
About Ashley Martell
Ashley has enjoyed creative writing since she was six years old, when she wrote her first short story. She majored in English literature at the University of Montevallo. After years of professional work, she is now a stay-at-home mom of three, who uses her craft to write about her life and adventures in and out of the kitchen.