(Closed) Food ideas for informal backyard BBQ

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 3
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Corn on the cob, baked potatoes (or baked sweet potatoes), and mac & cheese would be tasty.

Post # 4
1884 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@emviamama:  I LOVE a good roasted pig- that is gonna be delicious! Cornbread goes good with roasted pig & can also be made ahead of time…. regular green salad/salad bar…. second the mac & chs, corn on the cob…. I would do a potato salad over baked potato’s because I’m pretty familiar with my recipe & it can also be made ahead of time…. 

Post # 5
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’d stick mostly with things that can be made ahead of time and don’t need to be heated, so pasta salad as you mentioned, potato salad, either a green salad with dressings on the side or somethine hardier than can be pre-dressed like a kale salad, rolls, chips and dips, etc. It’s pretty easy to do BBQ-style meats for a large group, but hot sides present much more of a hurdle IMO.

Post # 6
1441 posts
Bumble bee

Corn bread


you may want to have a variety of sauces


pies / cobblers


  Cole slaw


deviled eggs


potato salad


Jalapeno poppers

some version of a cucumber salad… I’m thinking cucumbers, onions, vinegar, sugar plus/minus a bit of cream




Post # 7
2639 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Do you have any vegetarian guests? BBQs aren’t always veggie friendly- Mac and cheese makes for a great side/veggie meal. Fruit salad.

Post # 8
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Do you have vegetarians or anyone who doesn’t eat pork? If so, you may have a mac and cheese (which can be prepared ahead). 

Other sides:

  • Green or Caesar salad
  • Grilled vegetables (squash, zucchini, eggplant)
  • Rolls
  • Corn on the cob
  • Pasta salad
  • Cheese and crackers for nibbling?


Post # 10
92 posts
Worker bee

If you make any type of salad with a mayonnaise base (potato salad, macaroni salad, even deviled eggs) make sure you have a way to keep them cold or they are put away right away. If it’s hot enough in summer they can spoil quickly and make people sick! 

Oil based salads are a much safer option (pasta salad, couscous and roasted veggies with lemon or balsamic)

Post # 11
2737 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Sounds delicious!!

At our BBQ reception, we had pulled pork, brisket, grilled corn/tomatoes/spices, baked beans, coleslaw, mac ‘n cheese, and cornbread salad. And cake!

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