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Summer BBQ Ideas

Summer has officially started, and that can only mean one thing – outdoor gatherings with friends and family! If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next big cookout, then you’ve come to the right place. From delectable sides and salads to dessert, we’ve got everything you need to make your next BBQ a hit!

Make it a Potluck


When it comes to summer BBQs, having a potluck style is often the best solution. While it may be more work to coordinate, it is a great way to ensure you have something to please everyone without breaking the bank. To make it easier for your guests, create a signup sheet or form before the event with a list of items you need for the potluck. Have each guest signup for an item they will bring, such as an appetizer, side dish, main course, or dessert. This way you can ensure you have a variety of dishes.

A potluck BBQ is also an easy way to show your friends and family how much you appreciate their participation. A fun way to do this is to create a theme for the potluck and provide some recipes or cooking tips for inspiration. Whether it’s tropical-inspired or a Texas-style barbeque, adding a theme is a great way to liven up your summer BBQ.

Corn on the Cob

Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob is a classic summer side dish that's perfect for any barbecue. All you need are some ears of corn, butter, your favorite spices, and some tinfoil.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with tinfoil. In a bowl, mix your butter, spices, and a pinch of salt together. Take each ear of corn and spread the butter liberally over them. Place the corn on the baking sheet.

Bake the corn on the cob for 25-30 minutes. When the corn is done, spread a little bit more butter on top, sprinkle with your favorite seasoning, and serve.

Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad

Watermelon salad is a light and refreshing addition to any summer BBQ spread. Fresh watermelon, feta, mint, and a tangy dressing come together for a flavorful, summery treat that your guests won't be able to get enough of.

To make a watermelon salad, start by cubing fresh watermelon and adding it to a large bowl. To the same bowl, add feta cheese, sliced red onion, torn mint leaves, and thinly sliced jalapeno if desired.

Mix a simple vinaigrette with olive oil, lemon juice, honey, and salt and pepper in a separate bowl. Pour the dressing over the watermelon mixture and combine everything together. Transfer to a serving bowl and you’re done!

Grilled Peaches with Honey

Grilled Peaches

Nothing says summer like grilled peaches. You can find peaches almost everywhere during the summer months and they make the perfect base for a sweet and flavorful dessert. Grilling brings out the natural sweetness and juiciness of the peaches and drizzling with a little honey just takes it to the next level.

To make grilled peaches with honey, start by preheating your charcoal or gas grill to medium-high heat. Cut your peaches in half and remove the pit. Brush the peaches with a bit of olive oil, and then place them cut-side down on the grill. Grill for 2-3 minutes until the peaches are lightly charred, and then remove them from the heat.

Place grilled peaches on a plate and drizzle with honey. If desired, you can also top it with a scoop of ice cream or yogurt. Serve your grilled peaches with honey warm and enjoy!