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26 Backyard BBQ Dishes

Schools are letting out and the weather is warming up. Flowers are blooming and my husband is starting to mow the grass much to his dismay. What does all this mean for me? It’s time for me to get planning some backyard BBQ’s. I love to host parties and it’s no secret that I want to go all out and have a little of everything there. Perhaps some could say I even go overboard, ok it’s pretty much a guarantee.

There is just something about the smell of hamburgers and steaks grilling on the grill while the children are playing that I can’t resist. I love the sound of the swing set being used while others are playing keep away on the slides. The laughter of adults and the variety of people that come a backyard BBQ and make new friends is what I love for, ok any party really. The more people involved the happier I am but for some having 50+ over is a little intimidating. Included below are some recipes that are meant for a smaller more intimate gathering as well, but know that if your looking to feed the whole neighborhood your shouldn’t have a problem finding something on the list.

This summer I know I will be hosting a couple backyard BBQ’s and attending even more, with this round-up of 26 backyard BBQ dishes I will be ready on a moments notice to bring what is needed to the BBQ.

Backyard BBQ Salad & Potato Dishes


9 Layered Salad is a stunning mix of colorful to be added to your backyard BBQ table.

Confetti Pasta is packed with flavor and color that will leave your guests wowed.

Melissa’s Mashed Potato Casserole combines the flavor of ranch and potatoes and I must say it can be hard to beat those two flavors at a backyard BBQ.

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are a twist to your normal stuffed potato recipe.

I love bacon and no backyard BBQ is complete to me without some so why not combine bacon and potatoes into a Cheddar Bacon Potato Bake.

Coleslaw is  a must for any backyard BBQ and this one from Confessions Of An Overworked Mom will not disappoint.

Don’t forget the classic Mustard Potato Salad to add a nice summer yellow color to your dinner spread.  No mayo to worry about spoiling in the heat.

Love this fun idea of a Sliced Baked Potato With Cheese.  Guests can pull pieces off as they want and not feel obligated to take a whole potato.

Backyard BBQ Main Dishes


Mouthwatering Brown Sugar Glazed Pork is a twist on the delicious ham flavors your bring to your Easter table but will leave your guests wanting more.

Slow Cooked Italian Roast Beef can be made in advance of your party and then warmed back up in your slow cooker for your guests to make their own sandwiches.

Stuffed Tomatoes can be filled with a variety of meat choices and are gluten free and refreshingly cool on a hot summer day.

Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are a fun finger food and they are a clean way to eat buffalo chicken leaving your guests happy but without the sticky messy orange fingers.

Fork Tender Swiss Steak adds a pop of color to your menu and can be made in large batches to serve a crowd.

When feeding a crowd this summer think of this Hamburger Pizza Sub Sandwich.

Mother’s Meatloaf Recipe is a comfort recipe that will have people talking at your backyard BBQ, plus it feeds a crowd easily.

Crock Pot Salsa & Cream Cheese mixture is the perfect addition for soft tacos or pita bread and can be made in advance and kept warm in your crock pot.

Another meal that is backyard BBQ friendly for the busy mom or dad letting your crock pot do the work, Chicken and Cheese can cook while your tending to other tasks.

Backyard BBQ Dessert Dishes

Cinnamon Sugar Biscuits are fun bite sized treats that kids and adults will love.  One package gets you 64 pieces so it doesn’t take much to feed a crowd.

Cookies are a must at a backyard BBQ. Cherry Almond Oatmeal are fun twist on the usual oatmeal raisin cookies.

No Bake Reese’s Bars will keep your kitchen cool and still have you prepared for the neighborhood backyard BBQ.

If your having a small gathering these Individual Cheesecakes are fun and customizable. Leave the tops empty and you can let your guests make their own flavors.

Every BBQ needs something fun for the kids and this Luck Of The Irish Crunch can be made with any color to fit the theme of your summer BBQ. Perfect finger food for after the meal when the kids are playing and the adults are socializing.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Bars are delicious and I have yet to ever have a complaint. Plus they are the perfect mix of summer ingredients with cool cream cheese.

Soda Pop Cupcakes will be a hot trend this summer again for their ease and delicious flavor, give these Rootbeer Float Cupcakes a try.

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies will look amazing on your BBQ tables this summer. They had a pop of color and no refrigeration needed.

Easy Peach Cobbler has less than 5 ingredients and served with a dollop of ice cream will leave your guests with happy thoughts and full tummies.




  • Jenny K

    These look yummy! We’re big fans of kebabs!

  • These look so great. We are always looking for new things to make for our cookouts.

  • mel

    Oh these recipes look more than amazing!!!

  • Kristyn

    wow so many great looking meals!! mmm im hungry now

  • Krista

    Yum! There are some amazing looking recipes on this list! Thanks!

  • Dawn

    Wow! That is a lot of good recipes to try out! I might try the chicken meatballs this weekend. Yum.

  • Jenna Wood

    Baked potatoes are at the top of my personal must have BBQ list.

  • Stacie @ Staying Me

    Those stuffed sweet potatoes sound wonderful! I’m planning on doing a lot of grilling/picnic meals this summer, I’m definitely using some of these recipes!

    • Brandy

      We tend to do a lot of summer parties as well and I can’t wait to give all of these recipes a try. Several of them are so new to me but I am sure will be a huge hit at all our parties.

  • Amber Edwards

    I think I’m in heaven! I love this collection! We love having Backyard BBQ’s! Thank you for including our Cream Cheese salsa chicken crock pot recipe! It is always a hit when we make it up for our friends and neighbors. đŸ™‚


    I think I would love the Mashed Potato Casserole

  • Bre Dale

    I would love to try several of these recipes! They all look so yummy and perfect for all the summer festivities coming up.

  • JADE OF Diva Fabulosa

    Thanks for sharing this list. This will be totally helpful for our upcoming weekend bbq.

  • Sandy a la Mode

    i am sooo excited about backyard bbqs for the summer!! i love bbqed food!

    Sandy a la Mode

  • Beth@ In Good Cents

    Thanks for including my recipe. This is a great list! I needed some ideas for the grill. We love to be outside as much as possible during the summer.

    • Brandy

      I struggle with thinking of different things to grill as well. I can do side dishes all day long but getting something on the grill is tough. My parents bought us a really nice grill for Christmas this year so my goal is to get some new recipes this summer and put them to the test.

  • Ellen Christian

    Thanks so much for sharing my recipe. Off to check out some of the others!