32 Easy Side Dishes for BBQ

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There are so many delicious sides for BBQ. Creamy dips, cold salads to fudgy brownies, this collection of some of the best BBQ side dishes is sure to have something for everyone.


If you need something for a summer cookout or to go with some leftover pulled pork, these easy side dishes are a great way to take your BBQ dinner to the next level.

Slaw Side Dishes for BBQ

1. Coleslaw

This amazing recipe is the perfect side dish for BBQ. Coleslaw is the classic companion to BBQ. Serve this creamy slaw as a side or on top of a sandwich.

2. Purple cabbage slaw

The best part of slaw as a side is that it can also be used to top your BBQ sandwich. This purple slaw adds crunch, flavor and beautiful color to your plate.

BBQ Side Dish Ideas for Salad

3. Corn salad

Sweet corn is combined with fresh herbs to make this fresh corn salad. Bursting with summer flavor, this salad is easy to make and is a delicious side dish.

4. Macaroni salad

Creamy macaroni salad is a classic recipe that is perfect to serve at family gatherings and get togethers.

This is an easy pasta salad that makes enough for a crowd and is always a huge hit.

5. Pea salad

This cold salad is made with simple ingredients. Crispy peas and combined with cheese, onion, and bacon. It’s all tossed with creamy sauce, slightly sweet mayonnaise based sauce.

6. Ambrosia salad

Another classic side dish, this ambrosia salad is made with Cool whip and sour cream combined with fruit like mandarin oranges, pineapple and cherries. This can be served as a side or a dessert.

7. Cucumber and Tomato Salad

This salad is made with fresh vegetables like red onion, cucumber, and tomato.

It’s a light and refreshing salad with color and crunch that can be served with alongside a variety of barbecue dishes.

8. Broccoli Salad

One of my favorite barbecue sides. This broccoli salad is filled with great ingredients that you might already have at home.

Crunchy broccoli is combined with crispy bacon, cheese and more. Tossed with a creamy, Miracle Whip dressing, this is a must make.

9. Strawberry Salad

Fresh salads are always a good option to serve as a side. This strawberry salad has a simple olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing and is loaded with fresh strawberries, pecans and blue cheese.

Warm BBQ Sides

10. Baked beans

This is one of the easy BBQ sides that is a must for most backyard gatherings. Delicious beans are a wonderful mix of sweet and savory. An easy recipe that can be made quick and easy.

11. Biscuits

Who doesn’t love a warm, buttery biscuit? Serve these Southern style buttermilk biscuits with a side of jelly or butter or try using it to make a BBQ sandwich.

12. Cornbread

Warm cornbread is a great alternative to biscuits or bread. This recipe uses a box of JIFFY mix to make a pan of yummy cornbread.

13. Mac and Cheese

Warm, cheesy, creamy, macaroni and cheese is the ultimate side dish for almost anything.

I think this is one of the best BBQ sides because it compliments the smoky barbecue flavor. This recipe uses elbow macaroni and a blend of cheeses to make one of the best baked mac and cheese recipes around.

14. Corn Casserole

Use JIFFY cornbread mix to make this easy corn casserole. This casserole is served warm and has a custard like texture.

Made with creamed corn, cornbread mix and a few other simple ingredients. The casserole has a slightly sweet, corn taste and is delicious served with a variety of main dishes.

15. Sour Dough Rolls

Sour dough rolls are a tasty alternative to biscuits. Soft and fluffy, these homemade rolls are a huge hit with your hungry crowd.

Potato BBQ Side Dishes

16. Sweet potato slices

Sweet potatoes are cut into slices and roasted in the oven or air fryer. Try topping with cinnamon or even maple syrup for a sweet side dish.

17. Sweet potato fries

Sweet potato fries make a great side dish to many meals, especially BBQ. The sweetness of the fries pairs well with the sweet and salty sauce.

These fries cook up crisp on the outside and tender on the inside with the help of an air fryer.

18. Classic Potato Salad

Creamy potato salad is another classic side that you can often find at potlucks and picnics.

This traditional recipe combines potatoes, hard boiled eggs, and a creamy dressing. It’s a family favorite and one of the best potato salad recipes I’ve had.

19. Potato wedges

Crispy garlic parmesan potato wedges are the perfect side. These wedges are baked, not fried but still nice and crispy.

You can easily change up the seasonings for different flavors.

20. French Fries

Everyone loves a good French fry! These can be made in the oven, fried, or in the air fryer. Seasoned to perfection, these fries are easy to make and so good!

Vegetable Sides for BBQ

21. Pickles

Have you tried making your own pickles? This recipe is an easy way to make delicious bread and butter pickles. Make a homemade pickle juice with sliced cucumbers in just 20 minutes of prep.

22. Roasted tomatoes

Juicy cherry tomatoes are roasted to perfection for a versatile side dish that can be used for many things.

Roast fresh tomatoes in a little olive oil, salt and pepper for a dish bursting with flavor.

Serve by themselves or on top of fresh pasta or bread.

23. Stuffed peppers

These peppers are one of the most popular things I serve at gatherings. They always fly off the serving plate.

Mini peppers are stuffed with a cream cheese mixture filled with cheese and bacon. Crunchy and creamy, you will want to make these again and again.

24. Southern Style Green Beans

Southern style beans are cooked with with flavorful seasonings and bacon to make the best beans ever. These simmer in a pot to bring all of the flavors together for a dish that can’t be missed.

25. Fried Corn

Use fresh corn, onion, and bacon to make this warm side dish. Corn is lightly cooked in bacon grease and butter for a rich dish.

26. Southern Style Greens

Similar to Southern green beans, these collard greens get a lot of flavor from being cooked with bacon. If you have never tried collard greens, now is the time.

This recipe brings out the flavor of this vegetable and is great to serve to family and friends.

27. Fried Green Tomatoes

Did you know that green tomatoes are just unripened tomatoes?

These fried green tomatoes are the perfect appetizer or side dish. Sliced tomatoes are lightly coated and fried to perfection. Serve with a side of ranch or your favorite creamy sauce.

More Easy Side Dishes for BBQ

28. Fruit Salad

This simple recipe is made with fresh ingredients like fresh fruit and a Greek yogurt dressing. A colorful dish that can be served as a side or a light dessert.

29. Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a staple at potlucks and family gatherings. This is a classic deviled egg recipe made with mayonnaise and mustard.

Use the recipe to make other yummy variations like using salmon or jalapenos.

30. Lemonade

If you need something to wash down these wonderful dishes, try this copycat Chick-Fil-A lemonade. Tart and sweet, this drink is so good to serve with a plate full of barbecue at your next summer party.

You can adjust the amount of sugar to your taste. This is also great poured and frozen in popsicle molds for a lemonade dessert.

BBQ Desserts

31. Strawberry Ice Cream

Cool, creamy, and fresh, this strawberry ice cream can be prepped in minutes and then frozen for an amazing dessert. This might not be a classic side dish, but it pairs perfectly with a BBQ meal.

32. Cosmic Brownies

No better way to finish off a BBQ than with fudgy chocolate cosmic brownies. These brownies are rich, chocolatey, and topped with colorful sprinkles.

More recipe ideas

Let me know if you use any of these delicious side dish recipes for your next cookout. Enjoy!

Bowl of coleslaw, peas, fries and corn.
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Sides for BBQ

By Heather
A collection of sides for BBQ. Everything from salads to brownies, this collection has something for everyone including this easy watermelon salad.
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • salt and pepper


  • Place watermelon, cucumber, cheese, lime juice and salt and pepper.
  • Lightly toss and serve cold.


Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 206mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 553IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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