I’ve assembled all of my best summertime bbq side dishes in one place to make your family meals, and your entertaining needs, easier and more delicious than ever.
From cold pasta salads to the hot side dishes that everyone craves, I’ve got something for everyone in this amazing collection of bbq sides.
So, fire up the grill and gather your people, because we’ve got some serious eating to do!!
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Everyone loves a bbq! Whether you’re hosting a party, feeding your family, or bringing a bbq side dish to a pot-luck, these recipes are sure to please everyone.
How important are side dishes at a party or BBQ?
I don’t know about you, but I’m all about the sides when it comes to filling my plate at a BBQ.
Sure, I love a good bbq protein too, but without the sides, it wouldn’t be a party (IMO).
What are some of the best proteins for pairing with these BBQ side dishes?
Where to begin? I’m sure I’ll wind up missing out on many of them, but here are the first few that come to mind.
- Pulled Pork
- Hot Dogs
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How many BBQ side dishes should I serve at a party or gathering?
I like to serve at least 3.
Usually one decadent, creamy side, and at least 2 healthier salad-type sides.
Of course, if you’re serving a large crowd, it’s always a good idea to pull out all the stops and line the table with even more.
After all, everyone loves a good side dish, and if you’re serving vegetarians, the sides will be the thing they’ll be filling up on.
What type of occasions are these sides good for?
- Patriotic Parties
- Birthday Parties
- Casual Weddings
- Family Dinner
- Pool Parties
- Family Reunions
- Work Functions
- Block Parties
- The list is endless…
What is a standard serving size for a typical side dish?
I guess that answer will vary from person to person, but a good rule of thumb would probably be between a ¼ – a ½ cup of each side per person.
Of course, that is dependant on many variables, but in my mind, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and have too much food than not enough.
Can the following BBQ side dishes be made in advance?
In most cases, YES!
Should any of these recipes I’ve listed in the following roundup not yet have that information within the post, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with your questions. I’m always happy to get back with you ASAP with an answer.
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And now, without further ado, here are some of my favorite Kudos Kitchen BBQ side dishes that I do hope you will make your own;
French Onion Mac and Cheese
Ever wish you could make a mac and cheese recipe that you’d become famous for? You know, the one your friends and family would consider your signature dish? Look no further. My famous French Onion Mac and Cheese has got your name written ALL over it, and I’m happily handing it to you so you can become the BBQ side dish star at your local block party! You’re welcome!
Best Easy Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower Casserole with Peas
Mashed cauliflower is mixed with cream cheese, butter, cream, garlic and horseradish sauce for an extra zip of flavor! Even if you’re not a huge cauliflower fan, I hope you’ll give this recipe for Easy Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower Casserole try because I believe it will make you a cauliflower convert.
German Potato Salad - Kudos Kitchen Style
This potato salad can be served at room temperature, cold, or I think it’s best slightly warmed through to bring out all the flavors. Also, for optimal flavor, and if you can, I suggest making it in advance (up to 8 hours) so all the flavors have a chance to marry and come together as one.
Crunchy Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Vegetable Tots
If your kids are finicky about eating veggies, try serving them these Crunchy Creamy Broccoli Cauliflower Vegetable Tots with their favorite dipping sauce. It could be a game changer!
Surprise Chilled Orzo Pasta Salad with Sweet Corn & Blueberries
Surprise Chilled Orzo Pasta Salad with Sweet Corn & Blueberries may be a little unexpected, but after your first bite, you’ll keep coming back for more!
Avocado, Blueberry and Wild Rice Side Dish
You’re right. Avocado, Blueberry and Wild Rice may seem like at odd combination at first…until you try it.The creaminess of the avocado mixes beautifully well with the sweet tartness of the blueberries and the wild rice adds a nice bite and nuttiness. Finish it all off with some chopped cilantro and you have a summertime salad that is like no other.
Fiesta Brown Rice and Beans
Today I have a super quick and easy side dish for you that comes together in a flash using instant brown rice, canned kidney beans, frozen corn and canned tomatoes. Roughly 10 minutes from stovetop to table and you’ll have all the flavors of a Mexican fiesta… pronto!
Healthy Rubbed Kale Salad with Fresh Berries
This kale salad with berries is a deliciously healthy side dish that takes only minutes to prepare. It’s chock full of Mother Nature’s healthiest ingredients and then topped with a homemade vinaigrette which has just the right amount of tang to compliment the hearty kale.
Crowd Pleasing Creamy Golden Dijon Potato Salad
This Crowd-Pleasing Creamy Golden Dijon Potato Salad will be the first thing to disappear from the picnic table this summer. It’s cool, creamy and refreshing with just the right amount of tang from the Dijon, and the right amount of crunch to balance all that creaminess. It’s got it all! That’s why it’s a real crowd pleaser!
Pickled Golden Beets and Onions
I chose to use the golden beet variety over the red beet variety for this recipe because they’re cleaner to work with they and won’t stain your hands and cutting boards with all that lovely ruby colored juice. Plus I thought they’d be a nice contrast with the red onions, and luckily my grocery store sells both varieties. However, if you prefer the red beets over the golden, by all means, use the red…I’ll never know
Fresh Tomato Tart with Zucchini & Thyme Infused Caramelized Onions
I’m not sure which part of this Fresh Tomato Tart I love the best! Is it the slices of garden fresh tomatoes and zucchini, the crunchy cornflake crust, or the layer of thyme-infused caramelized onions?
Roasted Baby Potatoes with Garlic & Fresh Herbs
Roasted Baby Potatoes with Garlic & Fresh Herbs are creamy in the center, and brown and crispy on the outside. Pair all that deliciousness with a dipping sauce made of mustard, horseradish, and mayonnaise and you have the perfect side dish, or even a fun and unusual party appetizer!! YUM!!
Creamy Homemade Dill Pickle Potato Salad with Bacon
Boring old potato salad gets an upgrade with dill pickles, shallots, bacon, and smoked paprika in this recipe for Creamy Dill Pickle Potato Salad.
Grandma's Springtime Asparagus with Seasoned Breadcrumbs
This method of serving asparagus is near and dear to my heart because it’s the way my grandmother used to make it, and it’s the way my dad likes his asparagus served best! That said, I put my own tiny spin to this dish of Grandma’s Springtime Asparagus with Seasoned Breadcrumbs, and I hope she would approve.
Creamy Avocado Hollandaise Sauce Over Oven Roasted Asparagus
Upgrade your oven roasted asparagus with this easy to make thick and Creamy Avocado Hollandaise Sauce. Your taste buds will thank you!
Fried Corn With Bacon And Peppers
Fresh corn is chopped right off the cob and sauteed together with diced sweet and pungent red and green bell peppers. You get all the summertime freshness of everyone’s favorite veggie, corn on the cob, but none of the stick between your teeth, somebody hand me a toothpick, annoyance of biting those little golden kernels directly off the cob. Add in the sauteed bacon and you have yourself an amazing side dish that will thrill the masses.
Healthy Sautéed Creamed Spinach & Strawberry Side Dish with Pistachios
This Keto Creamed Spinach Casserole is a super easy low-carb side dish that is a perfect accompaniment to any main course entree. Or, it can be the main course itself if you’re living a vegetarian lifestyle.
Authentic German Spaetzle Casserole with Cheese & Crispy Onions
Buttered German egg dumplings (spaetzle) are layered in a casserole dish along with shredded Gruyere cheese and crispy, crunchy onions to bring you this delicious recipe for Layered German Spaetzle Casserole with Cheese & Crispy Onions.
Sweet And Cheesy Onion Casserole
If you’re an onion lover, this one’s for you! This dish is one that always receives compliments, even from people who claim they don’t enjoy onions. It is a perfect accompaniment to any meat and has been gracing our holiday table for many, many years now. Cheesy and comforting. What more can you ask for?
Deliciously Cheesy Baked Fennel Onion Gratin Recipe
Fennel Onion Gratin is a deliciously cheesy side dish that is wonderfully flavorful and simple to make. It’s the perfect accompaniment to any main course, or it can become the main course all on its own.
Incredibly Easy & Cheesy Garlic Monkey Bread Kudos Kitchen Style
This Incredibly Easy & Cheesy Garlic Monkey Bread bakes in a springform pan and takes advantage of canned biscuits, making for a very delicious presentation which anyone can make.
Best Ever Chef's Salad with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing
A chef’s salad isn’t something only to be eaten at restaurants. You can easily make this Best Ever Chef’s Salad with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing at home with all the great add-ins and flavor you love!
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