National Barbecue Month: Best BBQ Side Dishes

May is National Barbecue Month! With the weather getting warmer, it’s a great time to indulge in delicious barbecue and side dishes outside on a nice day. Barbecue is a classic food that is perfect for kicking off summer. Although we have to continue to practice social distancing, you can still enjoy a delicious outdoor meal while doing so. Need some inspiration for your next barbecue? Check out our ideas for some of the best BBQ side dishes.

Corn Salad

Looking for a lighter, healthier dish to balance out your barbecue? This recipe by Delish for Corn Salad is easy to make and the perfect summer dish. With no cooking involved, you can whip this it up in no time. The rich flavors of red onion and feta combined with tomatoes, basil, and corn makes this dish so tasty.

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Grilled Veggies with Honey-Thyme Vinaigrette

Take your vegetables to the next level with this recipe by Good Housekeeping. Not only does the honey-thyme vinaigrette enhance the flavor, but so does the power of the grill! Crisp peppers, eggplant, squash, zucchini, and asparagus come together to form a delectable BBQ side dish.

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Anchor Steam Mac and Cheese

Is it really a barbecue without mac and cheese? While the boxed macaroni is simple to make, you won’t want to miss out on this mouthwatering recipe by Country Living. Mac and cheese with a twist, this recipe requires Anchor Steam beer, garlic, cayenne pepper, dijon mustard, and a combination of cheeses for a special flavor. You’ll never go back to boxed mac and cheese after you try this recipe!

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Grilled Potato SaladIt’s no secret that potato salad is a classic side dish for barbecues. But, have you ever tried it grilled? This unique recipe by Southern Living takes the flavor up a notch. The delicious tangy, creamy flavor combined with the crispy, grilled flavor of the potatoes makes this recipe both unique and absolutely delicious.

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Rainbow Coleslaw

You can’t eat barbecue without coleslaw! This recipe for Rainbow Coleslaw by Olive is sweet a delicious. Using natural yogurt and a hint of cream, you will create a light, creamy coleslaw dish. Eat it on the side or put it on a barbecue sandwich–no matter how you eat it, it will surely be a hit!

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These BBQ side dishes will complete your outdoor meal. Just in time for summer, now you have a reason to whip up some tasty barbecue and sides to enjoy with your family. Interested in more recipes? Check out our blog, National Picnic Day: Perfect Picnic Foods.

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