I’m all about grilling and chilling in the summertime. A relaxing summer evening consists of a good drink, a succulent steak (Grilled on the BBQ, of course!) and swatting away any attacking mosquitoes (What? I’m just trying to be realistic.)
I grew up watching my dad work his magic on the BBQ. I remember my eyes burning from the smoke and him telling me to be careful but I would stick by his side anyhow. I was always so amazed with what he could do to marinated meats. It also gave me an excuse to spend quality time with him – I was so used to spending summer days playing with my neighborhood friends that I was seldom home.
I adore side-dishes. I’m not one of those people who can just eat one thing during a meal (I even need a side with my pasta). I guess my palette constantly craves a variety of flavors. I decided to round up some of the best side-dishes I found so that you can get inspired to host your own BBQ party.
I even found a few recipes that could be done well in advanced with the help of your slow-cooker:
Slow Cooker BBQ Beans (callmepc.com)
Crockpot Baked Beans With Bacon (bakingbeauty.net)
Of course, who doesn’t love a potato salad with their grilled meats?
Tangy Jalapeno Potato Salad (thebakingfairy.net)
Spicy BBQ Wings and Cheesy Ranch Potato Salad (allshecooks.com)
Famous Potato Salad (callmepc.com)
Cheesy Bacon Potato Salad (annsentitledlife.com)
I discovered some really unique side-dishes that I would never have thought of serving during a BBQ (but totally will now!)
Mac and Cheez Bites With Ritz and Coca-Cola (thebakingfairy.net)
Irish Nachos (bakingbeauty.net)
Green Bean and Almond Rice Pilaf (honeyandlime.co)
If any of you are fans of pasta salads – boy, did I find some great recipes for you.
Easy Pasta Salad (rockmtnbliss.com)
Garden Fresh Pasta Salad (myorganizedchaos.net)
Easy Penne Pasta Salad (wannabite.com)
Basically, I just want to make all of these right now in one shot. Everything just seems so creamy and delicious. I am so excited for summer BBQ season to really take off.
Classic Green Bean Casserole (allshecooks.com)
BLT Pasta Salad Avocado Dressing (thebakingfairy.net)
Bacon Broccoli Salad (bakingbeauty.net)
Creamy Dill Cucumber Salad (cincyshopper.com)
Hawaiian Macaroni Salad (cincyshopper.com)
Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe (annsentitledlife.com)
Okay, okay… I couldn’t let my sweet tooth feel left behind. Of course I needed something to satisfy my sweet cravings.
Fruit Salad With Brown Sugar Glaze (swankyrecipes.com)