15 Backyard BBQ Recipes

What better way to celebrate the start of the summer season than with friends and family at a backyard BBQ! This list of 15 Backyard BBQ Recipes includes both familiar favorites as well as some ingenious variations that will get you excited to get outdoors again and bite down on some seriously delicious food. 

You’ll find inspiration for appetizers, sides, mains and desserts in this list, helping you to get those summer party vibes started with ease! 

Instant Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip

Kicking off this delicious list of backyard BBQ recipes is an Instant Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip! This classic crowd pleaser offers a healthy dose of vegetables but with enough cheesy goodness that even the kids won’t turn it down. Serve it alongside some crusty bread or crispy tortilla chips to get your summer cookout started!

Air Fryer Crab Rangoon

Air Fryer Crab Rangoons are my very own version of a much-loved American-Chinese appetizer or party snack from The Rockstar Mommy! These crunchy bite-size snacks are addictively moreish as well as being a much healthier and less messy method of cooking. 

Sweet Chilli Tortellini BBQ Skewers

Enjoying your pasta on skewers adds an interesting side dish to your backyard cookout compared to the standard pasta salad bowl! It’s also a great way to entice kids to eat their veggies, adding a fun spin to the meal.

Grilled Rosemary Potato Packets

The aroma of freshly grilled veggies with herbs certainly places these Grilled Rosemary Potato Packets high up on my list of what to cook at a backyard BBQ. Simply wrap your sliced potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper and fresh rosemary in a foil packet and grill away!

Mexican Street Corn

Mexican Street Corn (or, Elotes Mexicanos) gives corn on the cob a serious upgrade! It’s coated in creamy mayo, cheese, chili and lime, which can be assembled with grilled or boiled corn.   Corn on the cob is such an easy way to bulk up any meal, making it a favorite for this summer when entertaining friends or family around the grill. 

Classic Italian Pasta Salad

Nothing beats a classic side dish for backyard BBQ and this Classic Italian Pasta Salad is a flavorful example of such a dish. Serve it freshly made or make it ahead of time and chilled to reduce your prep work on the day. 

Classic Creamy Coleslaw

Another classic side dish is this Classic Creamy Coleslaw. With only 10 ingredients required, it’s a must-make that can be used throughout the week with other meals if you happen to have any leftovers. 

Ground Beef Kebabs

Ground Beef Kebabs are a cheap and easy meaty option that you can cook on the grill or in the oven any time of the year. They’re also a tasty alternative to beef cubed kebabs and are great served alongside your favorite dipping sauce. 

Blue Cheese Burgers

This list wouldn’t be complete without a recipe for juicy hamburgers. If you love blue cheese then these blue cheese stuffed burgers are going to get you excited to dust off the outdoor grill! Add your favorite burger toppings, grab those soft store bought burger rolls and serve with a helping of fries. 

Cider Honey Chicken Skewers With Sweet Mustard Sauce

These Honey Chicken Skewers are moist and tender from marinating in a sweet and savory apple cider and mustard sauce, then completed with a homemade honey mustard dipping sauce!  Since you’ll need to have marinated your chicken beforehand, this is a great recipe to make a day ahead of your summer gatherings.   

BBQ Ribs (In The Oven Then Grill Recipe)

My mouth always starts to water when I hear that ribs are on the menu! To get these ribs super succulent and falling off the bones, add them first to the oven and then finish them off on the grill for a delicious char grill.  

Grilled Shrimp Skewers

These Grilled Shrimp Skewers can be ready for you to enjoy in just 16 minutes, especially since there’s no marianting involved.  Serve your juicy charred shrimp with an avocado salad or use them to make some shrimp tacos if you’re in the mood for a seafood-inspired grill-out!

Grilled Peaches Recipe With Mascarpone & Honey

Wow your guests at your next backyard BBQ with these Grilled Peaches Recipe for dessert! The peaches pair well with honey mascarpone and fresh thyme for a refreshing way to end off the meal, although there’s nothing stopping you from serving them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream too! 

Lemonade Popsicles

Keep things cool on a hot summer’s day with these homemade lemonade popsicles. Kids love them and they’re ridiculously easy to make ahead of time for outdoor socials. 

Apple Snickers Salad

This Apple Snickers Salad is another favorite of mine from The Rockstar Mommy! Ditch the typical fruit salad and add chunks of chopped snickers bars to a bowl of juicy apples, smothered in butterscotch pudding mix and whipped topping. Super quick and easy to whip up. 

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