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26 Best Barbecue Side Dishes

26 Best Barbecue Side Dishes. Now grown to 35 year round tasty recipes! Cornbread, potato salads, baked beans & beyond to make your next backyard BBQ special.

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26 Best Barbecue Side Dishes

Who doesn’t need more great recipes for barbecue side dishes? Whether it’s Pulled Pork, Smoked Brisket, Ribs, Chicken or Steak, you’ve got your main dishes sorted for the big summer barbecue. But what to serve with it?

As with most times of the year, when I post recipes for main dishes, I get the same question.Inevitably, the questions start coming in asking, “What do you serve with that?”

Summer barbecue season is no different. However, one of the things I love about anything grilled or slow smoked from the backyard BBQ, is that there are so many different options to serve as side dishes.

Barbecue side dishes make all the difference.

In fact, in my opinion, what distinguishes a great barbecue party form a mediocre one is the selection of delicious side dishes. The dishes that accompany the delicious grilled and smoked meats are so important too.

Well, I suppose there is one thing needed in order to leave a lasting impression.  Naturally, a really fantastic dessert is essential too, like my Ultimate Strawberries & Cream Cake.

So, since we are in the middle of barbecue season, I thought I’d put together a selection of the most popular sides from Rock Recipes. Also, I have added a few personal favourites to help elevate your next barbecue.

No doubt, it will be one your friends will talk about and ask for the recipes.

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2020 Update!

Lots of new side dishes added, plus BONUS RECIPE for the kids now added at the end of the list!

PLUS…my latest Deviled Egg Potato Salad has beed added. It was so popular that I added a link at the bottom for that recipe too. We’re now up to 26 recipes in this collection!

Like this barbecue side dishes recipe collection?

Find plenty more BBQ inspiration in our huge category of Barbecue and Grilling recipes.

Bonus recipe! Our newly updated recipe for an old favourite! Molasses & Bacon Baked Beans!

Old Fashioned Molasses and Bacon Baked Beans square cropped featured image of baked beans served in a green dish.

Old Fashioned Molasses and Bacon Baked Beans.

Honey Lemon Vinaigrette on Peach Bacon Salad

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Honey Lemon Vinaigrette on Peach Bacon Salad.

Alfredo Mac and Cheese

Alfredo Mac and Cheese

Alfredo Mac and Cheese

Bacon Brown Sugar Baked Beans

Bacon Brown Sugar Baked Beans

Bacon Brown Sugar Baked Beans

Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes

Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes on cream coloured plate

Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes

The Best Easy Corn Bread

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The Best Easy Cornbread Recipe.

Bacon Potato Salad with Sweet Mustard Dressing

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Bacon Potato Salad with Sweet Mustard Dressing

These super simple, super quick  Yogurt Flatbreads turn any BBQ main dish into amazing wraps.

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Yogurt Flatbreads

Bacon Mac and Cheese

Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Salad with Creamy Dijon Dressing and Garlic Herb Butter Croutons

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BLT Salad with Creamy Dijon Dressing

White Barbecue Sauce – An Alabama Favorite

White Barbecue Sauce being poured over a plate of smoked chicken.

White Barbecue Sauce on smoked chicken

The Barbecue Side Dishes keep coming.

Red Cabbage Coleslaw

Red Cabbage Coleslaw with corn & golden raisins.

Red Cabbage Coleslaw with corn & golden raisins.

Refrigerator Pickles 

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Montreal Steak Spice Refrigerator Pickles

Garlic Butter Biscuits

Garlic Butter Biscuits - light, tender biscuits with garlic butter baked right in.

Garlic Butter Biscuits

Southwestern Chipotle Lime Pasta Salad

Southwestern Chipotle Lime Pasta Salad

Southwestern Chipotle Lime Pasta Salad

Tomato Cucumber Salad with Chickpeas & Mint

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Tomato Cucumber Salad with Chickpeas & Mint.

Lemon Tzatziki Potato Salad

Lemon Tzatziki Potato Salad Lemon Tzatziki Potato Salad

Lemon Tzatziki Potato Salad

Barbecue Spice Roasted Potato Nuggets

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Barbecue Spice Roasted Potato Nuggets

Mango Sesame Coleslaw

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Mango Sesame Coleslaw.

Copycat Kraft Macaroni Salad

Copycat Kraft Macaroni Salad

Copycat Kraft Macaroni Salad

Corn Flour Biscuits with Maple Butter

Corn Flour Biscuits on a white plate with maple butter in the background

Corn Flour Biscuits with Maple Butter.

Warm Grilled Potato Salad with Lemon and Oregano

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Warm Grilled Potato Salad with Lemon and Oregano.

Lemon Shrimp Pasta Salad

Lemon Shrimp Pasta Salad

Lemon Shrimp Pasta Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad in a clear glass serving dish on a wooden table

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad.

Lemon Chive Grilled Corn Salad

Grilled Corn Salad with Apples, Lemon and Chives

Grilled Corn Salad with Apples, Lemon and Chives

Crispy Baked Wedge Fries

Crispy Baked Wedge Fries

Crispy Baked Wedge Fries

Creamy Bacon Parmesan Potatoes

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Creamy Bacon Parmesan Potatoes

Lemon Waldorf Potato Salad

Lemon Waldorf Potato Salad in a single serving green dish

Lemon Waldorf Potato Salad

 Strawberry Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese & Easy Honey Dijon Dressing

Strawberry Spinach Salad close up photo of finished salad on a white plate

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese & Honey Dijon Dressing

Radicchio Almond Caesar Salad

Caesar Dressing on Radicchio Almond Caesar Salad

Caesar Dressing on Radicchio Almond Caesar Salad

Deviled Egg Potato Salad

Deviled Egg Potato Salad

Deviled Egg Potato Salad

Red Onion Jam

Red Onion Jam

Red Onion Jam

Lemon Mint Orzo Salad

Lemon Mint Orzo Salad

Lemon Mint Orzo Salad

Chickpea Salad with Quinoa Lemon and Ginger

Chickpea Salad with Quinoa Lemon and Ginger

Chickpea Salad with Quinoa Lemon and Ginger

Chili Lime Shrimp Pasta Salad

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Penne Pasta Salad with Shrimp Chili & Lime.

BONUS RECIPE! Quick and Easy Stovetop Mac ‘n Cheese

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Quick and Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese.

Originally published July 2015

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