My favorite part of summertime is definitely the barbecues. There’s nothing quite like a tasty steak or some marinated chicken fresh off the grill. Who wants to eat a piece of meat without any sides though (or maybe you don’t eat meat at all)? Well, I’ve gathered up a few recipes for my favorite side dishes at any barbecue. Keep all your guests happy and coming back for seconds!
How about we start with a classic? Baked beans! Who doesn’t love baked beans and who doesn’t love an easy recipe? This recipe is so easy in fact, you’ll have it done in 30-minutes and don’t even need to turn on the oven. It’s as simple as sautéing some onions on the stove, mixing in the rest of your ingredients, and letting it simmer for about 20-minutes. The best part is you can use all natural ingredients!
Fresh Summer Salad
There’s nothing more refreshing than fruits and veggies during those hot summer days. A fresh summer salad will pair perfectly with any sort of hearty meat that you’re chomping down on. All you’ll need is some watermelon, avocado, grape fruit, figs, and fresh mint—mix with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil and a little balsamic vinegar and you’re good to go! There’s really no reason to turn on the oven during those hot summer days when you can be outside enjoying the sun.
Super Healthy Slaw
Whether you treat it as a side dish or throw it right on your pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw is great for any barbecue. This all natural vegan coleslaw recipe is made completely from scratch with no vegan mayo in sight. The addition of raisins gives it that sweet, chewy taste while the sunflower seeds give it a subtle crunch. It’s a tasty dish no matter how you eat it.
Jalapeño-Cheddar Cornbread Biscuits
If you want to sweat off a few pounds before the bbq, go ahead and fire up the oven and bake these flaky jalapeño-cheddar cornbread biscuits. This recipe brings together the buttery-taste of biscuits with the texture of cornbread, and it’s a wonderful combination to say the least. Pull them apart for a meat sandwich or just munch a few down on their own. You’ll definitely be satisfied.
Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese
Finally, rounding out the list is my all time favorite dish, slow cooker mac and cheese. It’s one of my main go-to’s at any barbecue joint and I’m always devastated when it’s not an option at a cookout. A pretty simple recipe, just boil some elbow macaroni, mix your other ingredients on the stove, then combine in the crockpot and let it sit on low for about an hour and a half. You’ll be everyone’s favorite guest walking in with a crockpot full of this creamy mac and cheese.
What’s your go-to side dish at a barbecue? What’s your favorite dish to make? Let us know!