It’s summer, and it’s time for pool parties, afternoons at the lake, and backyard BBQ parties! While most of us are masters at firing up the grill for hamburgers and hot dogs, every once in a while we might want to try out a new recipe or two. There are all sorts of ways to spice up your backyard party with exciting new recipes that offer everything from veggie dishes to Tex-Mex inspired creations in addition to traditional BBQ favorites.
1. Grilled Green Bean Salad with Cucumbers and Dill
Although we typically think of BBQ as primarily featuring meat, grilled veggies make a tasty appetizer or side dish. This tasty recipe allows you to utilize veggies straight from the farmer’s market or your own backyard! You’ll need a grill basket for this recipe, and the recipe serves four. Your guests will definitely want seconds of this zesty dish!]
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3. BBQ Chicken and Apple Bread Pudding
Looking for something sweet AND salty to add to the menu? This recipe combines the best of both worlds for a creative summer dish. Throw in a twist of tartness and you’ve got the perfect dish in this recipe.
4. Curried Pork and Orange Kabobs
One of my absolutely favorite backyard BBQ dishes is the shish kabob. There are so many variations of what you can do with veggies, meat, and peppers that no kabob will ever be exactly alike. Plus, you can get creative with your kabob recipe and add other veggies or even fruit, if you choose. This recipe features pork, yellow and orange peppers, and even an orange! Prep time for the kabob is under thirty minutes, and these make the perfect appetizer for your BBQ party!
5. Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce
A backyard BBQ just isn’t a real BBQ without the perfect grilling sauce, right? This homemade BBQ sauce allows you to make your meats as spicy or as sweet as you’d like. This recipe yields about one and a half cups of sauce, but you can double the recipe to store for later use.
6. Barbecued Burgers
A summertime backyard party simply wouldn’t be a proper BBQ without grilled burgers, right? This recipe uses a special sauce that can go on any type of meat, but will especially set your grilled burgers apart. The special sauce is a blend of both sweet and tart flavors that accent the flavor of both the grill and the meat itself.
7. Kansas City-Style Ribs
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Another staple of the traditional summertime grilling party is ribs. This recipe for ribs call for a particular cut of meat as well as a combination of sweet and tangy ingredients in the rub.
8. Grilled Marinated Steaks
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You just can’t beat the taste of a grilled steak, when it’s done right, that is! The secret to a great steak on the grill is not just the fire or even the cut of the meat itself – the key to a great steak lies in its marinade. This particular recipe calls for an overnight soak in a tangy yet sweet marinade before going over a charcoal fire.
9. Can-Can Chicken
Remember the popular beer can grilled chicken recipe from not so long ago? This variation on that recipe serves up juicy and flavorful chicken plus a very easy clean-up! You will need to prepare for extended prep time; this recipe requires the chicken to sit in the fridge covered in a rub for about an hour. Plus, you’ll need to let the chicken sit for about fifteen minutes once it is cooked.
10. Quick Barbecued Beans
Another ever-popular side dish during the summer grilling season is barbequed or baked beans. Grab a sturdy tin (disposable) pan and some aluminum foil as well as your ingredients, and this dish adds easy clean-up to the list of reasons why your backyard BBQ needs baked beans.
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