12 Barbecue Sides to Wow Your Guests at Your Summer Cookout

Make your entire party feast incredible

This Watermelon Sashimi is a little sweet, a little spicy, and totally gorgeous.

When it comes to planning a summer party menu, some things just come naturally. You’re going to serve cheeseburgers, hot dogs, maybe some ribs. You’ll have the beer flowing and sangria sitting in a pitcher. But there’s one other pesky thing to plan: the side dishes.

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Sure, you can just serve the same German potato salad or green salad, but nothing about those dishes really, truly pops. At the end of the day, you want your entire spread to be wow-worthy, not just your world-famous barbecue chicken.

To help you to become the star of your weekend barbecues, we reached out to our Culinary Content Network of food bloggers to see what their favorite barbecue sides happen to be. From a beer-and-bacon-soaked coleslaw that’s to die for to unique variations on classics like pasta salad and potato salad to an Instagram-worthy watermelon sashimi, these dishes may just outshine those burgers and hot dogs.