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Summertime means BBQs and outdoor parties, although really any time is a good time to BBQ here in Arizona. I have gathered my favorite and most delicious BBQ side dishes to wow your guests!

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A collage of different BBQ Side Dishes.

Add Variety to Your BBQ

One of my favorite ways to do a backyard BBQ is potluck style! Usually, we’ll take care of the main dish or meat that is being grilled and ask everyone else who’s coming to bring a side dish to share.

It takes the pressure off the host, and gives way for some variety in the meal spread! In fact, the different side dishes are often my favorite part of the BBQ. 😉

From my best-loved items to easy and healthy ones, I have something for everyone at your next BBQ or gathering. It doesn’t have to be difficult to be delicious. Enjoy these tasty outdoor-party-ready sides!!

Potato Salad with black olives in a white bowl.

BBQ Side Dish Tips

The right temperature. Whether hosting a backyard barbeque or having a cookout at the park, you are going to need to keep your dishes at the right temperature. 

  • Transporting food. An insulated cooler works well to transport hot or cold food. Use warm rice bags or hot water bottles to keep the food warm. Ice is the most common tool used to keep a cooler cool. You can also freeze water bottles and then drink them as they thaw. 
  • Serving warm food. If you have access to an outlet, using a crock pot will help keep food warm. Chafing dishes are another great tool. Of course, since the grill will be fired up you can also use the grill to heat up/keep food warm. 
  • Serving cold food. Don’t set out cold food until right before eating. To keep it cool, I like to fill a pan or bowl with ice cubes and place the tray/bowl of food on top of the ice. 
Baked Beans served as a side dish with corn on the cob and grapes.

Condiments and Toppings

Condiments are typically used on Burgers and hot dogs and can enhance so many other dishes as well. Some more popular condiments to provide include mustard, BBQ Sauce, mayo, ketchup, relish, sour cream, hot sauce, Ranch Dressing, Fry Sauce, or Honey Mustard.

Toppings can be used in all sorts of dishes including many types of sandwiches and burgers. I always like to have a tray of pickles, red onion, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and slices of cheese.

A really easy Summer Side Dish to serve is chips and salsa. They can serve both as an appetizer as well as a side for any meal.

You can go with traditional salsa like Homemade Salsa and Sweet Salsa Verde, or a savory vegetable salsa like Corn Salsa and Cucumber Salsa, or venture out and provide a fruity salsa such as Strawberry Salsa or Mango Salsa.

Bacon wrapped asparagus served on a white platter.

How much to plan for

Cookouts mean family and friends and that can be tricky to figure out how much you’re going to need. 

Whether you are serving BBQ Chicken or grilling up a cut of beef, any of these side dishes will be complimentary. When choosing what side dishes to serve try to provide dishes that aren’t too similar to one another.

First, decide how many different side dishes you want to serve. I have found that for less than 6 guests I’ll have 3-4 side dishes. I’ll add another side dish for every 5 more guests. 

Then, calculate how much of each dish you will need:

  • Pasta Salad: ½ – ¾ cup per person
  • Potato Salad: ⅔ cup per person
  • Baked Beans: ½ cup per person
  • Green Salads: 1 cup per person
  • Slaw: ½ cup per person
  • Fruit: 1 cup per person
  • Vegetables: ½ cup per person
  • Corn on the Cob: 1 ear per person

Best BBQ Sides

These Barbecue Sides are among some of our favorites. Whether you love classic potato salads or fruity Jello salad, there is something tasty to share!

Grilled Corn On The Cob

Using the grill is one of our new favorite ways to cook corn! Grilled corn on the cob will be your go-to side dish this summer.

1 Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipe

Side Dish Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipe
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Grilled Asparagus

Grilled asparagus is the best side dish alongside almost any dinner recipe! Sprinkled with salt, pepper, and a little parmesan cheese—this recipe is incredible!

2 Grilled Asparagus Recipe

Side Dish Grilled Asparagus Recipe
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Parmesan Crusted Zucchini

Delicious and healthy baked parmesan zucchini. These spears are crusted in Parmesan cheese and baked to perfection, making them a great side dish for any meal.

3 Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Recipe

Appetizer, Side Dish Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Recipe
Total Time: 16 minutes
4.94 from 15 votes
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Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Bacon wrapped asparagus is a smoky and savory side dish. It is crispy, delicious, and takes about 20 minutes to prepare!

4 Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Recipe

Appetizer, Side Dish Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Recipe
Total Time: 22 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls are so soft they melt in your mouth!! They are huge, buttery, and SO good!

5 Texas Roadhouse Rolls Recipe

Bread Texas Roadhouse Rolls Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Baked Beans

This homemade baked beans recipe is a must-have at all of our BBQ’s.  It’s such a simple and easy recipe, requires only FIVE ingredients, and cooks in the crock pot. 

6 Baked Beans Recipe

Side Dish Baked Beans Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
4.98 from 41 votes
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Favorite Broccoli Salad

This sunny broccoli salad is a simple, tasty and hearty broccoli salad served with bacon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and mixed with a delicious, homemade mayonnaise-vinegar based dressing that is perfect for BBQs and get togethers.

7 Broccoli Salad Recipe

Salad Broccoli Salad Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
4.98 from 72 votes
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Homemade Biscuits

Flaky, buttery homemade biscuits that are to die for. These delicious biscuits are not only simple and soft, but make the perfect side dish for any meal.

8 Homemade Biscuits Recipe

Side Dish Homemade Biscuits Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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Homemade Potato Salad

Our all-time favorite potato salad – it’s simple, flavorful and filled with chunks of potatoes, eggs and olives! It’s the perfect addition to any BBQ or picnic and is so creamy and tasty, it will wow everyone who tries it.

9 Potato Salad Recipe

Salad Potato Salad Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 28 votes
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Macaroni Salad

A simple, creamy macaroni salad loaded with pasta, peas and ham. It’s perfect for parties, family dinners, and potlucks!

10 Macaroni Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Macaroni Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.97 from 91 votes
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Homemade French Fries

The effort is worth it for these perfect homemade fast-food-style French fries. They are crispy, salty perfection!!

11 French Fries Recipe

Side Dish French Fries Recipe
5 from 9 votes
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Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad

Strawberry jello pretzel salad is the ultimate combination of sweet and salty. This classic treat is always a crowd pleaser!!

12 Pretzel Salad Recipe

Dessert Pretzel Salad Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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These go-to sides are not only yummy but are SO easy! They whip up in a flash, and many can be made ahead of time!

Easy Fruit Salad

A fresh fruit salad that makes the perfect side dish to any meal! Colorful, healthy, delicious, and filled with all your favorite fruits!

13 Easy Fruit Salad Recipe

Side Dish Easy Fruit Salad Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
5 from 40 votes
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Best Way To Cut A Watermelon

Is there anything better than a ripe juicy watermelon? Learn how to cut a watermelon into cubes efficiently and easily with our tips!

14 How to Cut a Watermelon

Side Dish How to Cut a Watermelon
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 25 votes
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Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad

Tomato cucumber avocado salad – a simple, delicious and quick salad perfect for dinner or for BBQs and get togethers. So many great flavors!

15 Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad Recipe

Salad Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Boiling Corn On The Cob

Boiling corn on the cob is a cinch! You will love this juicy corn on the cob to put on the side of any summer meal.

16 How to Boil Corn on the Cob Recipe

Side Dish How to Boil Corn on the Cob Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Fruit Kabobs

Colorful fruit kabobs are the best appetizer or side for any occasion! Load up your favorite fruits and get snacking.

17 Fruit Kabobs Recipe

Side Dish Fruit Kabobs Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Pea Salad

Pea salad is made with a creamy mayo dressing, bacon, cheese, and bright pops of peas. It only requires a handful of ingredients and is easy to make!

18 Pea Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Pea Salad Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Easy Pasta Salad

Easy and delicious Italian pasta salad recipe that includes Rotini pasta, olives, tomatoes, pepperoni, and cheese in Italian dressing! It takes minutes to make and is perfect for any get together including BBQs and holidays.

19 Pasta Salad Recipe

Side Dish Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
5 from 194 votes
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Layered Pasta Salad

A dish that is appealing to both your taste buds and your eyes! This beautiful layered pasta salad is filled with your favorite ingredients including pasta, chicken, peas, lettuce, celery, and more.

20 Layered Pasta Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Layered Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Caprese Kabobs

Simple, quick and delicious caprese kabobs take minutes to throw together and are perfect for any party or get together.

21 Caprese Kabobs Recipe

Appetizer Caprese Kabobs Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Easy Coleslaw

This quick and easy coleslaw makes the perfect side dish for any picnic or BBQ. It takes just minutes to put this classic coleslaw recipe together, and it can easily be customized with the spices and flavors you love most.

22 Easy Coleslaw Recipe

Side Dish Easy Coleslaw Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 23 votes
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Easy Yeast Rolls

These easy yeast rolls can be made in under an hour with just 4 ingredients! With how quick and simple they are, they will become your new go-to dinner rolls.

23 Easy Yeast Roll Recipe

Bread Easy Yeast Roll Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes
4.91 from 21 votes
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Round off any great party spread with a few healthy sides! These perfect options do not skimp on flavor either. With this list, you are sure to have a little something for everyone.

Veggie Cup Appetizers

Quick and easy veggie cup appetizers – filled with dressing and veggies, this mess-free snack is great for so many occasions.

24 Veggie Cups Recipe

Appetizer Veggie Cups Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Baked Zucchini Fries

These baked zucchini sticks are crusted and baked in panko, parmesan cheese, oregano, and basil. Zucchini fries are healthy AND delicious!

25 Zucchini Fries Recipe

Side Dish Zucchini Fries Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 25 votes
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Roasted Green Beans

Roasted green beans are the easiest and most delicious healthy side dish that goes perfect with any dinner. Plus, they’re quick and great for holiday meals too.

26 Roasted Green Beans Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Green Beans Recipe
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Roasted Tomatoes

Juicy roasted tomatoes are the yummiest and easiest appetizer or side dish. Roasting them (with a little olive oil, basil and parmesan) brings out every delicious flavor!

27 Roasted Tomatoes Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Tomatoes Recipe
Total Time: 22 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Arugula Salad

Fresh arugula salad is loaded with healthy greens, juicy tomatoes, and parmesan shavings with pine nuts and creamy avocado on top!

28 Arugula Salad Recipe

Main Course, Salad, Side Dish Arugula Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Cucumber Salad

Fresh, vibrant cucumber tomato salad is a simple salad perfect for summer. The cucumbers provide a refreshing crunch and fresh herbs, a bright flavor. It’s a quick side for any meal!

29 Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe

Salad Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Summer Corn Salad

This summer corn salad is a light, flavorful salad filled with corn, tomatoes, feta, basil and cucumber. It’s so simple and quick that it’s perfect for get togethers and BBQs.

30 Summer Corn Salad Recipe

Salad Summer Corn Salad Recipe
Total Time: 7 minutes
4.99 from 87 votes
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Broccoli Slaw

Broccoli slaw is layered with green onions, oriental ramen noodles, peanuts, and sunflower seeds in a delicious dressing!

31 Broccoli Slaw Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Broccoli Slaw Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Herb Roasted Potatoes

Easy lemon herb roasted potatoes – A yummy side dish!! Golden potatoes in lemon juice, olive oil, and lots of seasonings!!

32 Herb Roasted Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Herb Roasted Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad

Easy & fresh mozzarella pasta salad is light, delicious and flavorful. This simply dressed salad is a new favorite!!

33 Mozzarella Pasta Salad Recipe

Salad Mozzarella Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Asparagus Salad

Filled with mozzarella cheese, and cherry tomatoes, seasoned with basil, and covered in a light balsamic vinaigrette, this asparagus salad is bursting with flavor! Best of all, it comes together in less than 10 minutes!

34 Asparagus Salad Recipe

Salad Asparagus Salad Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Best Sides for your BBQ

We hope you enjoy this list of delicious sides to serve at your next BBQ or potluck. They are all tried and true recipes that are as tasty as they are easy to make!

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  1. this post was super helpful! especially the section on how much to plan for, that gave me so much information that I didnt know that I needed! thank you so much for sharing

  2. I love that you included a few veggie sides. It’s always nice to have a few options for vegetarians or when you just want a healthy option to balance everything!

  3. I am such a fan of side dishes, I’d much rather had various side dishes over a main course! I can’t wait to try these!

  4. Honestly the sides are usually my favorite part of BBQ’s. I have to give a shout out to your Baked Beans. They have become a must have item.

  5. Mostly everything that I love about summertime is the food! These classics are the best for barbecues and any holiday. You will not be disappointed.

  6. I am so excited for all the summer bbq’s! We love all your side dish recipes. We use your asparagus, corn, & zucchini recipes all the time!