12 Barbecue Sides to Wow Your Guests at Your Memorial Day Cookout Slideshow
May 25, 2017
Make your entire party feast incredible
12 Barbecue Sides to Wow Your Guests
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.
Beer and Bacon Sauerkraut
In our humble opinion, no sausage is complete without a healthy side of sauerkraut. Jessica Formicola of Savory Experiments packs tons of flavor into her sauerkraut with two always-welcome additions: bacon and beer.
Crockpot Bourbon Baked Beans With Bacon
These flavor-packed baked beans from 2 Cookin’ Mamas are “easy, healthy, and chock full of bacon, veggies, molasses, and spices.” You can’t get mad at that.
Cucumber Radish Salad With Yogurt
Mint and dill are such beautiful, fresh herbs, and Coley Cooks uses them flawlessly in this light, healthy vegetable salad. Eat this with grilled chicken for a plate of food you can feel great about this summer.
Grilled Wild Rice Kale Salad
According to Girls Can Grill, this salad with fresh kale, creamy goat cheese, and spicy harissa walnuts has something in it for every party guest. The best part? It’s all made on the grill!
Honey Mustard Green Beans With Pecans
You just have to have something green on your plate to counteract all the hearty salads, big cuts of meat, and ice cream you’ll be eating during cookout season. Little Chef, Big Appetite’s green beans have a hint of honey mustard flavor, helping to make them very welcome at the picnic table.
Pesto Pasta Salad With Peas and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Mission: Food has discovered the secret to a fresh, delicious pasta salad: peas. “Sweet peas and sun-dried tomatoes are great additions to this less-traditional spin on pasta salad. Not only do they both add a burst of color, but they are a perfect pair flavor-wise,” she writes.
Spicy Grilled Mushrooms
These Asian-inspired mushrooms from Souflee Bombay require just four ingredients that you surely already have on hand. They can be served as a side or work as an earthy, spicy topping for your backyard burgers.
Spinach Bacon Mac and Cheese
Savory, salty, cheesy, gooey, and everything else delicious. My Sweet Mission knows no barbecue is complete without the classic mac and cheese.
Tomato Feta Pasta Salad
Every plate filled with grilled food needs a hearty scoop of pasta salad to complete it. The Hungry Hutch’s Mediterranean-inspired salad is tangy, salty, and the perfect light accompaniment to hearty grilled meats.