7 Easy Side Dishes for Your Next Potluck Barbecue


Posted By: Richard Wachtel
Published: November 5, 2017

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When you want to spend time with your family members and friends, hosting a barbecue is an excellent way of getting outside and enjoying good food when the weather is warm. You can opt for a potluck that will allow everyone to contribute to the dishes that are served. When you want to host a variety of food, there are a few easy side dishes to consider putting on the menu.

1. Potato Salad

Potato salad is a traditional side dish that is hearty and easy to make. Use fresh herbs with a touch of white wine vinegar for a bit of tang that will make it more flavorful. Your guests will come back for seconds (and possibly thirds) thanks to the deliciousness of the added twist to this classic meal.

2. Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is a dish beloved by both children and adults. If you want to mix it up a bit, though, add a few bacon bits for more flavor and crunch. Use pepperjack cheese for a spice, and then add a heavy cream for plenty of texture. While the kids might be unimpressed (you can do a more basic version for them), the adults will love it.

3. Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are the perfect finger food to serve when you’re making your rounds at a barbecue. They only require a handful of ingredients too. Piping the egg yolk into each slice will create a decorative side dish that looks appealing on the platter.

4. Cornbread

Cornbread is filling and can be made in bulk to ensure that your guests don’t leave hungry. Add whole corn in the bread for extra texture. Mixing in maple syrup will add a touch of sweetness that will be a hit with barbecued ribs.

5. Coleslaw

Coleslaw is refreshing and easy. Start by shredding cabbage and carrots, and then add in mayonnaise and white wine vinegar. It’s a light salad dish that pairs well with any barbecue.

6. Baked Beans

Baked beans are easy to make in the crockpot and can be cooked with molasses and ketchup for plenty of flavor. As an extra for the adults, you can also serve some beer, since baked beans pair perfectly with that. You can even switch it out for non-alcoholic beer if you’re worried about the safety of your guests post-potluck.

7. Grilled Corn

Grilled corn is both a favorite and a classic for any summer barbecue. Spruce it up by adding cilantro and lime juice to surprise your guests.

Hosting the perfect barbecue requires a wide variety of food served for your guests. With the right side dishes, like those above, you can make your potluck barbecue a memorable event, allowing everyone to indulge in classic recipes with a few nice and new twists.


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