Best Complementary Catered BBQ Side Dishes for Summer

With summer at our doorsteps, it’s that time of year where BBQ lovers are firing up their grills. At the same time, outdoor activities are picking up with several events being held, such as weddings, family gatherings, pool parties etc., most of which probably have some sort of BBQ and/or catering involved. For those in search of more than just catered cooked meats this summer, don’t you think it’s time the BBQ side dishes were the main attraction?

Being a ‘cue lover doesn’t stop at drooling over delicious smoked meats. People crave new mouth watering meats and dishes all the time. They’re constantly on the lookout for new barbecue meals or ways to complement their already tasty ‘cue. When you love barbecue this much, it’s difficult not to want more and more and more styles of BBQ or their respective perfectly paired side dishes. Here is a list of some of the best complementary catered BBQ side dishes for summer.

  1. Sweet and Spicy Coleslaw

Whether you’re performing the catering or not, this first side dish is so simple to make.  It only takes 15 minutes to prepare and will pair nicely with just about any BBQ main course. On top of it being easy, it’s also very affordable. You need green cabbage, carrots, onions, mayonnaise, mustard, apple cider vinegar, sugar, black pepper and salt, all of which are cheap to purchase. Find the full recipe and instructions here.

  1. BBQ Deviled Eggs

Another easy and affordable BBQ side dish great for catering. Preparation is pretty minimal (around 30-40 minutes) and you only need eggs, mayonnaise, small amount of smoked pork, Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, hot sauce and a garnish of paprika. They’re great hors d’oeuvres for any occasion. Make sure to check out the full recipe.

  1. Bacon, Cheddar & Chive Biscuits

These biscuits are an insanely delicious side dish for any catered barbecue. They only take 20 minutes to prep and 20 to bake. All you need is some bacon, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, butter, cheddar, chives and buttermilk. Here’s the full recipe and directions if you’re craving something flaky and delicious.

  1. Jalapeno Cornbread

Nothing says southern style cooking like cornbread and there’s no better barbecue complement than jalapeno cornbread. This tasty side dish will give any main BBQ meal a bang for its buck. It only takes about 30-40 minutes to make, too. You’ll need flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, buttermilk, eggs, butter and of course jalapenos. Click here for the deets on its baking instructions.

  1. Watermelon, Mache and Pecan Salad

Finally, a catered BBQ side dish that’s perfect for the hot summer months to come. This salad provides a nice cool, crunch to any hot dish on your plate. With minimal ingredients and a quick prep time, you’re catered event will thoroughly enjoy the Watermelon, Mache and Pecan salad. You’ll need pecans, watermelon, pepper jelly vinaigrette, some Gorgonzola cheese and about 25 minutes to prepare it. For instructions on how to prepare this savory side salad, click here.

  1. Creamy Corn Hush Puppies

What better way to celebrate barbecue than with creamy corn hush puppies. These bad boys are a tasty treat to complement your ‘cue. Granted, they do take longer to prepare than the other dishes, but you and your party will be pleased and feel spoiled. For directions and a full list of ingredients, check out the cooking instructions.

  1. Corn Mashed Potatoes

Continuing the corn craze, Corn Mashed Potatoes are a great side dish to cater at any BBQ event. Although they’re probably the most time consuming to make, I’m willing to bet this corn crazed dish will disappear in no time. You need potatoes, salt, butter, onions, garlic, corn, pepper and heavy cream. Check out the full instructions and ingredients.

Sammy Jo is a writer for Lutz’s BBQ, a barbecue catering restaurant in Columbia and Jefferson City, Mo. Visit their website for more information on Lutz’s catering.


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