Favorite bbq food?

Francl27 Posts: 26,372 Member
We're hosting a party for Memorial Day week end, and I need to figure out some easy/tasty salads and desserts. We'll probably be around 20-25, and I know that 2 people are bringing a side and 2 people a dessert, but I don't know what/how much...

So far I'm thinking rice pudding (as it can be made the day before) and a fruit salad, but that's pretty much it... Suggestions?


  • peaceout_aly
    peaceout_aly Posts: 2,018 Member
    Ribs, BBQ chicken, pasta salad, "man" dip (Velveeta + Rotel + crumbled Jimmy Dean sausage), layered taco dip, the list goes on and on!
  • skinnyforhi
    skinnyforhi Posts: 340 Member
    Fun! I find that a flavorful corn salad is always a hit at BBQs. I'm super lazy about my corn salad, so I use the canned corn, which would work well for a group of your size. There's tons of easy corn salad recipes online but I usually end up adding chopped bell peppers, red onion, cilantro, and a lime vinaigrette. If you can find really good tomatoes, it's easy to arrange sliced tomato, mozzarella, and basil on a platter and drizzle with some EVOO and S&P for a simple and substantial side dish. If you're into slicing and dicing, cucumber, tomato, and red onion in a red wine vinaigrette is pretty healthy.

    For what it's worth, in my experience, nobody will eat a standard green vegetable salad at a BBQ (unless your party is all people from MFP :)).
  • jackslovely
    jackslovely Posts: 45 Member
    I love making baked potato salad. I take russet or yukon gold potatoes and lightly brush with olive oil, S&P and bake in the oven until the skins are nice and crispy and the centers done. Usually about an hour or so, then cut into cubes and add light sour cream and tiny bit of mayo, bacon, cheddar cheese, and top with chives. It is like eating heaven.
  • Need2Exerc1se
    Need2Exerc1se Posts: 13,576 Member
    Grilled fruit drizzled with chocolate or caramel is a tasty dessert for a bbq. Pineapple and peaches are my favorites. Or ice cream with a berry compote.

    For sides I typically go for grilled vegetables and/or some type of slaw or grain based salad with a vinaigrette dressing. I steer clear of mayo based salads when eating outside.
  • extra_medium
    extra_medium Posts: 1,525 Member
  • zdyb23456
    zdyb23456 Posts: 1,706 Member
    I make a bacon horseradish potato salad that is amazing. I use light mayo and no one is the wiser.

    Pasta salad with lots of fresh veggies is another easy dish that can be made in large quantities ahead of time.

    Baked beans. I just open a few cans of Bush's baked beans and warm in the oven.

    Desserts - brownies with ice cream is always a crowd pleaser and super easy (I like betty crocker supreme chocolate chunk.)

  • WinoGelato
    WinoGelato Posts: 13,455 Member
    edited May 2016
    Black bean and corn salad similar to the recipe posted above.
    Orzo salad with pine nuts, lemon vinaigrette, goat cheese, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers.
    Desserts I like cubed pound cake with either vanilla flavored cool whip frosting or sweetened marscapone and fresh berries, layered like a trifle, drizzle lemon curd on top. So delicious...
  • acheben
    acheben Posts: 476 Member
    I love this Mojito Fruit Salad and grilled corn or a corn salad is a great addition to a bbq.
  • JenHuedy
    JenHuedy Posts: 611 Member
    My go-tos are a broccoli salad or a bean/corn salsa/salad. Both don't have a specific recipe, and change depending on what's in the garden or on special at the grocery store. Very versatile. Just toss together and adjust to taste.

    Broccoli salad:
    1-2 lbs fresh broccoli and/or cauliflower florets
    1 red onion, sliced
    6 slices cooked bacon, chopped
    Big spoonful mayo of choice (light is fine)
    equal amount cider vinegar
    1-2 tablespoons sugar
    Salt/pepper to taste

    Whisk dressing ingredients together, toss with veggies/bacon. Done.

    Bean/Corn/Salsa/Salad stuff:
    Diced fresh tomates
    Diced sweet peppers of choice
    Can of black beans, drained & rinsed
    Can of pinto beans, drained & rinsed
    Can of whole kernal corn, drained & rinsed
    Big handful chopped cilantro
    Juice of 1-2 limes
    generous splash olive oil
    teaspoon or so cumin
    Salt & peper

    Whisk together lime, oil & seasoning. Toss with veggies. Enjoy with corn chips, alone as a salad, or dumped on top of about anything!
  • Moxie42
    Moxie42 Posts: 1,400 Member
    BBQ chicken! Corn on the cob. Grilled veggie kabobs.

    If you have time to spare, one thing that's fun to do is cut out the stem and inside part of a strawberry, fill it with whipped cream (or cool whip or whatever) and top it with a blueberry. OR a quicker option- skewers of strawberry, banana, and blueberries- with whipped cream on the side. Both are healthy, yummy, and patriotic for Memorial Day theme. Strawberry shortcake is another good one- I use angel food cake to make it lighter (and most people seem to prefer it!) The other good thing about fruit "treats" like these are if you end up with leftovers, it still fits a healthy lifestyle! I rarely have leftovers though :)

    Potato salad is always good- for July 4th and Memorial Day BBQs I use red, purple, and yellow potatoes to make a "red, white, and blue" potato salad.

    Hungrygirl and Skinnytaste both have great recipes too including a ton of options that are healthier versions of traditionally junky food. These go over GREAT when I have BBQs and parties.
  • Francl27
    Francl27 Posts: 26,372 Member
    Thanks for the ideas! I definitely got to check skinnytaste.

    I just hope it's not going to rain. Ugh.
  • ValerieMartini2Olives
    ValerieMartini2Olives Posts: 3,041 Member
    The one with the grill.

    And the sauce.
  • NaturalNancy
    NaturalNancy Posts: 1,093 Member
    Yes to a corn salad!
    Potato salad w mayo, mustard and pickle relish
    I love those sweet Hawaiian rolls
    Fruit Fluff salad w canned fruit, cool whip and a package of vanilla pudding.
  • LeslieB042812
    LeslieB042812 Posts: 1,799 Member
    acheben wrote: »
    I love this Mojito Fruit Salad and grilled corn or a corn salad is a great addition to a bbq.

    That looks delicious!!!! I have to try that.

    I agree with the poster that no one eats green salads (not even health conscious people) at parties. With that said, the other suggestions are great. Fruit salads, grilled fruit and veggies and caprese-style salads (tomato, mozzerella, vinegar & evoo) are all good options that are easy and people love. Here is my favorite guacamole recipe (also well-loved!):
    First, chop up onions (vidalia or red are best), soak generously in lime juice and set aside (this tremendously cuts their "bite" and is a good technique for other raw onion dishes, too). Carefully scoop the meat out from your avocados and gently blend them with a fork with chopped jalepeno, cilantro, tomatoes (squeeze the juice out so it doesn't get runny), the onion mixture and generous amounts of salt and pepper. The key is to not over work the avocados, less mashing=better guac! Nothing ruins guacamole more than a blender.....

    Another yummy treat (for the grownups) is to soak cut up or balled watermelon in flavored vodka (whipped cream vodka is delicious for this!).

    Here is another good fruit salad recipe (made up by me but inspired by ethnic fruit stands that serve salted chili mango):
    Mix tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, kiwi) with stone fruits (apples, peaches, plums) and toss in a mixture of lime, salt, chili peppers (as hot or mild as you like) and honey. Delicious!