BBQ Appetizers

Every summertime potluck and outdoor party needs appetizers! This collection of BBQ Appetizers has all the options you’ll need to accompany your grilled main courses.

More Collections: Finger Food Appetizers, Party Appetizers, Cold Appetizers

A collage of BBQ Appetizer recipes

Appetizers are Made for BBQ’s!

Appetizers are perfect for serving at so many occasions, especially the iconic BBQ! Dips are always an easy and popular go-to, but try mixing it up with some of our favorites whether they be BBQ flavored or fried!

To me, BBQ parties are synonymous with simplicity. No fancy menu here, just our favorite tried and true recipes. This includes delicious and simple appetizers. A couple of things to consider are:

  • Will you be transporting the food to another location?
  • How feasible is it to keep them at the right temperature?
  • How many different appetizer dishes will you need?
Bacon wrapped asparagus skewers served as a BBQ appetizer

Tips for Serving Appetizers at BBQ’s

If you’re hosting a backyard BBQ, then you don’t need to worry so much about transporting foods. However, if you plan to meet at a park or are bringing appetizers over to a friend’s house, then you’ll need to figure out the best way to get your food there. 

Coolers are great for transporting both warm and cold foods. Just be sure to have a separate cooler for each type.

  • Warm Cooler: Wrap warm food in aluminum foil. Place hot rice bags or hot water bottles in the cooler to help maintain heat. Fill extra space with towels to help insulate the food. Try not to open the lid.
  • Cold Cooler: The most traditional way is to use ice bags. The ice can then be used to cool down drinks or placed in other trays to keep food cool once they are set out. I also like to freeze water bottles to put in the cooler, then when they melt you can drink them. 

Keeping the food at the right temperature

Of course, you will still need to keep the food at the perfect temperature after you begin serving it.

  • Warm: Crock Pots are great if you have access to an outlet. Chafing dishes are another great way to keep food warm. 
  • Cold: You can fill a pan with ice cubes and place the trays of food on top. If the food is being served in a bowl, then place ice cubes at the bottom of a larger bowl and nestle a smaller bowl, with the food, inside.

How many appetizers to plan for

I have never been to an appetizer-only BBQ. Since you’ll be eating a hardy dinner with yummy sides you only need to serve enough appetizers to wet the appetites of the guests.

  • For 10 or fewer guests offer 2-3 different types of appetizers. Add another dish for every 5-8 more people.
  • Since you will be serving dinner, plan a total of 3-5 appetizers per person. 
  • Chips and Salsa: Plan 1 qt salsa and 1 pound of chips for every 10 people.

Bacon wrapped smokies served as a BBQ appetizer

Best BBQ Appetizers

These are some of the appetizers that we have on rotation for every BBQ we have!

Appetizer Grilled Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Recipe
This Recipe Is Inspired By One Of Our Favorite Disneyland Foods – Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Skewers From Bengal Barbecue! These Skewers Only Require 4 Ingredients And Take Less Than 10 Minutes On The Grill! 
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Appetizer Buffalo Wings Recipe
Crispy tender chicken wings tossed in the most wonderful buffalo sauce! The best party appetizer for a crowd!
5 from 9 votes
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Appetizer Grape Jelly Meatball Recipe
Delicious 3-ingredient Grape Jelly Meatballs. They take just minutes to prep and are the perfect dinner or appetizer for any party or get together.
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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Appetizer Parmesan Crusted Potato Skins Recipe
This easy potato skin appetizer is loaded with bacon & cheese and crusted with parmesan, making it the best potato skins ever!
Total Time: 1 hour 4 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Appetizer Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies Recipe
Bacon wrapped little smokies sprinkled with brown sugar, and baked to perfection. These bacon wrapped weenies are the ultimate appetizer for any party, and always the first to disappear!
Total Time: 37 minutes
5 from 48 votes
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Appetizer Bacon Wrapped Dates Recipe
Sweet and savory bacon wrapped dates make a tasty appetizer. The contrasting flavors combine for the perfect bite!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Appetizer Spinach Artichoke Cups Recipe
Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Cups are simple to make, and packed full of delicious spinach and cheese flavor! They are baked to perfection.
Total Time: 22 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Appetizer Buffalo Chicken Taquitos Recipe
Serve these Buffalo Chicken Taquitos as an easy dinner idea, or as an appetizer at your next party or get together. 
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Appetizer Spinach Dip Bites Recipe
Spinach Dip Bites are crunchy, bite-size treats are cheesy and buttery, making them a great appetizer. They are a hit every time!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.73 from 29 votes
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Main Course Ham and Cheese Sliders Recipe
Everyone loves these Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders because they’re easy, cheesy and addicting! They don’t take long to make, and are perfect for any get together—always a crowd pleaser!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 28 votes
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Pineapple salsa appetizer in a serving bowl

Spruce up your Salsa

Classic Red Salsa is always a hit, but it’s also fun to provide salsa with a twist:

Appetizer Peach Salsa Recipe
Fresh peach salsa is delicious with chips, on top of fish or pork, or spooned over tacos! You’ll love the flavor combinations in this recipe!
5 from 14 votes
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Appetizer Salsa Verde Recipe
Sweet Salsa Verde – a delicious salsa recipe that is sweet and takes just minutes to make. Ingredients include tomatillos, jalapenos, sugar, & cilantro.
Total Time: 6 minutes
4.97 from 26 votes
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Appetizer Strawberry Salsa Recipe
You can’t go a summer without eating this sweet and spicy strawberry salsa! The flavors are so unique. Grab some cinnamon and sugar chips or your favorite tortilla chips and dig in!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Appetizer Black Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe
Black Bean and Corn Salsa – one of our favorite dips and appetizers. Everyone loves this salsa filled with tomatoes, avocados, corn and black beans!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Appetizer Cucumber Salsa Recipe
Crisp and light cucumber salsa is delicious with tortilla chips or on top of tacos. It is best when freshly made and chilled.
5 from 7 votes
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Appetizer Mango Salsa Recipe
This sweet and savory Mango Salsa is perfect with chips or any Mexican meal. It’s filled with sweet pineapple, cilantro, mangoes, onion, cilantro and jalapenos making it full of flavor and simple to make.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Appetizer Tomatillo Salsa Recipe
Easy tomatillo salsa is spicy and delicious! It's great with tortilla chips or as a sauce on top of your favorite Mexican dishes!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Appetizer Corn Salsa Recipe
Savory corn salsa has a little kick of spice! There are so many yummy uses for this delicious and simple salsa.
5 from 12 votes
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Appetizer Pineapple Salsa Recipe
Sweet and spicy pineapple salsa that you won’t be able to stop snacking on. Eat it with your favorite tortilla chips and share with friends and family!
5 from 6 votes
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BBQ pineapple meatballs served on toothpicks as an appetizer

BBQ Flavored Appetizers

There’s nothing wrong in including BBQ-flavored appetizers at your BBQ. Here are some of our favs that have that sweet and tangy flavor.

Appetizer, Bread Barbecue Chicken French Bread Recipe
Delicious Barbecue Chicken French Bread is loaded with chicken, cilantro, cheese, avocados and ranch dressing. It is a quick & easy FAV!
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Appetizer Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites Recipe
BBQ Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites are simple, quick , and delicious. Chicken smothered in barbecue sauce and wrapped in bacon make for a popular appetizer at any gathering!
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Appetizer, Main Course Honey BBQ Wings Recipe
Delicious homemade boneless chicken wings, double breaded, baked to a crispy perfection, then smothered in sweet and tangy honey bbq sauce. This Boneless Honey BBQ Wings recipe makes for the perfect game day appetizer, or weekend dinner item! 
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
4.58 from 7 votes
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Main Course BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe
With barbecue sauce, mozzarella cheese, chicken, bacon, and cilantro, this Barbecue Chicken Pizza will be a new family favorite. Best of all, it’s made in less than 20 minutes!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Appetizer Barbecue Pineapple Meatballs recipe
Easy Barbecue Pineapple Meatballs are perfect as an appetizer for parties and get togethers or a delicious side dish for dinner.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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A charcuterie board with crackers, fruits, and vegetables served as an appetizer

Cold BBQ appetizers

Don’t forget to change it up with the appetizers and bring a cold one. Here are some of the most popular cold appetizers on our site:

Appetizer Greek Cucumber Cups Recipe
Simple Greek Cucumber Cups are a light and delicious appetizer that whips up in minutes. They are a perfect low calorie snack!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.67 from 3 votes
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Dessert Yogurt Fruit Dip Recipe
Cream cheese, cool whip, vanilla yogurt, and vanilla pudding mix blended together to make this amazing Vanilla Yogurt Fruit dip for your favorite fruit!
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.91 from 10 votes
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Dessert Caramel Apple Dip recipe
The creamiest and most delicious Caramel Apple Dip you’ll ever find. Just a few ingredients are required, but dark brown sugar and sweetened condensed milk make this recipe out of this world and a crowd pleaser at any get together.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Appetizer Caprese Kabobs Recipe
Simple, quick and delicious Caprese Kabobs take minutes to throw together and are perfect for any party or get together.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Appetizer Fiesta Pinwheels Recipe
Fiesta pinwheels are bite-size tortilla rolls filled with a spiced cream cheese mixture. They are a party in your mouth!
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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chocolate chip dip in bowl
Dessert Chocolate Chip Dip Recipe
Chocolate Chip Dip is a simple dessert dip filled with mini chocolate chips that tastes like cookie dough! It's perfectly dippable.
Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Appetizer Bruschetta Caprese Recipe
Toasted bread rounds are topped with a mixture of juicy tomatoes, ripe avocado, and fresh mozzarella to make this Bruschetta Caprese.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Appetizer Best Charcuterie Board
We all love to graze during holidays and parties, and what better way to do it than with a Charcuterie board?! Customize with all your favorite meats, cheeses, crackers, veggies, fruits and dips!
5 from 7 votes
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cream cheese marshmallow fruit dip on platter with strawberry on top with other fruits around it
Dessert, Snack Cream Cheese Fruit Dip Recipe
This Cheesecake Fruit Dip is one of the best fruit dip recipes you will ever try! It takes just 5 simple ingredients – cream cheese, vanilla, sugar, marshmallow fluff, and cool whip – and ALWAYS vanishes in minutes! Definitely a crowd favorite!
Total Time: 7 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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Appetizer Deviled Egg Recipe
Nothing better than a smooth deviled egg appetizer! You’ll be surprised with how easy these are to make. Tons of flavor, super delicious and perfect for parties and holidays.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 21 votes
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