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40 Tasty BBQ Ideas Perfect For Any Barbecue And Cookout

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These BBQ recipes are ideal for your next backyard barbecue! It’s time to fire up the grill and start cooking. Who doesn’t enjoy the charred flavor of the grill combined with the smokiness of the meat?

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While a couple of these recipes can be made in the kitchen, the majority of them require the use of a grill. Everything from Texas pulled pork to honey BBQ chicken kabobs will leave you wanting more.

Don’t bother slaving away in the kitchen. Simply gather your family and friends in the backyard and begin cooking! It’s time to enjoy the weather and eat these delectable recipes.

SIMPLE BBQ IDEAS

1. GRILLED BBQ CHICKEN

Best Grilled Chicken
Best Grilled Chicken

When it comes to grilling, the best recipes are often the most traditional. We can all agree that chicken can become monotonous, but this delectable recipe changes things up. While almost any cut of chicken will suffice, I recommend drumsticks.

2. BBQ BURGERS

Best Easy Grilled Burgers
Best Easy Grilled Burgers

These BBQ burgers have a perfectly caramelized interior and a crunchy exterior. While this recipe does necessitate a few extra ingredients, it is well worth it. You’ll be surprised to learn that the secret ingredient in this recipe is instant oatmeal.

3. MARINATED PORK RIBS

Marinated Baby Back Ribs Recipe
Marinated Baby Back Ribs

Looking for pork ribs that drip with juice with every bite? Then this is the recipe for you! These bad boys are brimming with flavor and take barbecuing to a whole new level. The marinade is everything when it comes to creating a delectable dish. The longer the pork is marinated, the more flavor it can absorb.

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4. HONEY BBQ CHICKEN KABOBS

Honey Chicken Kabobs Recipe
Honey Chicken Kabobs Recipe

These tender kabobs are drenched in sauce and will leave you wanting more. This dish is both sweet and tangy, and it contains everything you could want. Who knew combining honey and barbecue sauce could completely transform chicken?

5. BBQ PORK (CHAR SIU)

Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)
Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)

This BBQ pork recipe may be my favorite of all the recipes on the list. This is due to the fact that it can be made all year round and is extremely simple to prepare. This BBQ pork is based on a traditional Chinese recipe that has been passed down through generations.

6. BBQ CHICKEN SANDWICH

Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

This tasty BBQ chicken sandwich takes only 30 minutes to prepare and is surprisingly inexpensive. This dish is a match made in heaven when paired with a rich and creamy coleslaw.

BBQ MEAT IDEAS

7. GRILLED STEAK

Perfectly Grilled Steak Recipe
Perfectly Grilled Steak Recipe

A classic steak is the best dish to grill, and we can all agree on that. Why over complicate things when the best things in life are often the simplest? Cooking steak will be a breeze once you’ve perfected your signature spice blend. Check out this recipe to learn how to cook like a pro.

8. BBQ PULLED PORK

BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe
BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe

Pulled pork is an excellent recipe for feeding a large group at a summer barbecue. Ours come in soft buns with crunchy coleslaw, and we’ve included instructions for making this recipe in a slow cooker.

9. COLA MARINATED PORK RIBS

Cola Marinated Pork Ribs
Cola Marinated Pork Ribs

Try cola marinated pork ribs if you’re looking for one of the best new bbq food ideas. We know it sounds strange, but trust us when we say that this flavor will raise quite a few eyebrows (in a good way).

10. GRILLED PORK CHOPS WITH BBQ RUB

Grilled Pork Chops with BBQ Rub
Grilled Pork Chops with BBQ Rub

Grilled pork chops are a crowd pleaser. However, if you add some sweet and tangy bbq rub, you may find yourself in a situation where your chops start disappearing off the platter! That is correct. Everyone loves tender, juicy pork chops hot off the grill.

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11. STEAK KABOBS

Steak Kabob
Steak Kabob

There are steak kabob recipes, and then there is the ultimate steak kabob recipe, which is about a million floors above them. When you bite into the tender, flavorful, juicy chunks of meat accompanied by generously seasoned grilled veggies like cherry tomatoes, you’ll swear these kabobs descended from heaven.

12. LEMONGRASS BEEF SKEWERS

Lemongrass Beef Skewers
Lemongrass Beef Skewers

These lemongrass beef skewers are tender, juicy, and flavorful. Sugar, lemongrass, ginger, soy sauce, fish sauce, chili garlic sauce, and salt are used to make the marinade. It’s a simple recipe, but the flavors are incredible!

BBQ DINNER IDEAS FOR FAMILY

13. BEER CAN CHICKEN

Beer Can Chicken
Beer Can Chicken

It’s time to astound your family and friends with this unusual beer can chicken recipe. You can make a meal out of a simple spice rub and a full can of beer. Just don’t forget about the chicken. This recipe is a crowd-pleaser because it feeds a large number of people.

14. HOMEMADE BBQ LAMB DONER KEBAB

Homemade doner kebabs
Homemade BBQ Lamb Doner Kebabs

Make your own version of the takeout classic and serve it with a variety of toppings and condiments. Even those who aren’t fans of doner kebabs will enjoy this.

15. GRILLED STEAK TACOS

Grilled Steak Tacos Recipe
Grilled Steak Tacos Recipe

Grilled steak tacos are one of the best bbq dinner ideas if you want to try something new with steak. In addition to steaks, you have a lot of great options for things to put inside your tortillas, such as fresh avocado, fresh cilantro, fresh basil, lime juice, Mexican blended cheese, fresh tomato salsa, and much more!

16. GRILLED PINEAPPLE BBQ CHICKEN

Grilled Pineapple Barbecue Chicken
Grilled Pineapple Barbecue Chicken

Can’t make it to Hawaii this year? Why not bring Hawaii to you with this delicious tropical recipe? Although there are only a few ingredients in grilled pineapple barbecue chicken, the results speak for themselves! This dish is best served with a cold pasta salad and a baked potato.

17. MARINATED GRILLED SALMON

Best Grilled Salmon Recipe
Best Grilled Marinated Salmon

It’s difficult to beat mouthwatering marinated grilled salmon as a heart-healthy alternative to beef and pork! The best part about this recipe is how simple it is to prepare. Salmon, unlike other fish, is extremely simple to cook due to the skin on the bottom and the thickness of the fish meat.

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18. GRILLED CORN ON THE COB

Grilled Corn on the Cob
Grilled Corn on the Cob

Bid farewell to boiling corn and hello to grilling it on your grill. While a traditional butter and salt rub can be used to finish the dish, I recommend going the extra mile and getting creative. This recipe includes some fantastic seasoning suggestions that you must try!

19. GRILLED PEPPERS

Grilled Peppers
Grilled Peppers

Rather than throwing out those rotting peppers, grill them up! These tasty grilled peppers go well on top of a sandwich, in fajitas, or as a side dish. While you can grill any vegetable, peppers have a unique sweetness that cannot be matched.

20. BBQ BAKED BEANS

Barbeque Baked Beans Recipe
Barbeque Baked Beans Recipe

When we think of the best baked bean recipes, we often think of slow cookers that can take several hours to cook. But what if you don’t have that much time and your barbecue is a last-minute affair?

21. LOADED BAKED POTATOES

Grilled Baked Potatoes Recipes
Grilled Baked Potatoes

Loaded baked potatoes, while a simple dish, are one of the BBQ side dishes that can easily stand on their own by simply adding your favorite cut-up BBQ meat, such as pulled pork.

22. SAUSAGE ROLLS

Sausage Rolls
Sausage Rolls

This dish is popular among Brits, and it’s easy to see why. Sausage rolls are buttery, puffy, crispy pastries filled with delicious pork sausage meat. These rolls are far superior to any pigs in a blanket recipe you’ve tried; one bite will convert you. Serve it with your pasta salad.

23. BISQUICK CORNBREAD RECIPE

Easy Corn Bread Recipe
Easy Corn Bread Recipe

Okay, cornbread is another dish you might not expect to find at a BBQ, but trust us when we say you won’t want to live without it once you’ve had it with your favorite BBQ entrée!

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24. JALAPENO POPPER GRILLED CORN SALAD

Corn Jalapeno Salad
Corn Jalapeno Salad

Are you looking for a new way to spice up your grill? Serve grilled corn salad with jalapeno poppers. To make this dish, combine freshly grilled summer corn with sour cream, cream cheese, jalapenos, and bacon, to name a few ingredients.

EASY BBQ IDEAS FOR A CROWD

25. HONEY GLAZED CHICKEN WINGS

Honey Glazed Chicken Wings Recipe
Honey Glazed Chicken Wings

Following that is another delectable chicken dish. While these may not sound like the most exciting dishes to serve, they are a sure crowd pleaser and simple to prepare in large quantities. When it comes to chicken, we recommend cooking it in the oven first to ensure that it is thoroughly cooked – after all, no one wants to give their guests food poisoning!

26. GRILLED SHRIMP SKEWERS

Garlic Grilled Shrimp Skewers
Garlic Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Again, super simple to prepare for large groups, but they look great and will be a hit with those who prefer to avoid meat. These smaller skewers from Sous Chef are ideal for serving as canapes or as a side dish to a larger dish.

27. STEAK FAJITAS

Steak Fajitas Recipe
Steak Fajitas Recipe

All you’ll need for this one are a few rib-eye steaks and some accompanying tortillas, as well as any other tasty fillings you’d like to serve your guests. Seal the steaks in a pan with your preferred marinade before grilling them to your liking for an unmistakable charcoal flavor.

28. SWEET & STICKY BBQ SALMON

Grilled Salmon Recipe
Grilled Salmon Recipe

Returning to a tasty fish dish that may not immediately come to mind when thinking of BBQ food but is nonetheless delicious. We guarantee that seafood lovers will gravitate toward this dish first, as it is deliciously tender and flavorful.

29. BABY BACK PORK RIBS

Grilled Baby Back Ribs
Grilled Baby Back Ribs

We needed to finish on a high note, and baby back pork ribs were the only viable option. A rack of ribs for your guests to dig into will fit the bill perfectly if you want to deliver a real show stopper.

BBQ IDEAS FOR PARTY

30. GRILLED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM STEAK

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms
Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Steaks are ideal for both indoor and outdoor grilling. It’s a simple recipe that takes less than 30 minutes to complete. Simply marinate, grill, and serve!

31. SMOKED RIBEYE ROAST

Smoked Rib Roast Recipe
Smoked Rib Roast

A quick and easy ribeye roast recipe that you can make any day of the week. This smoked ribeye roast is perfectly seasoned, with a juicy and tender interior and a smoky caramelized crust on the outside.

32. BACON WRAPPED BBQ FATTY

Smoked Bacon Wrapped BBQ Fatty
Smoked Bacon Wrapped BBQ Fatty

This smoked bacon wrapped BBQ fatty recipe will be the highlight of your weekend grilling. Crispy bacon, ground pork, homemade mac and cheese, BBQ sauce…this recipe is simple to make and delicious to eat!

33. GRILLED GROUND BEEF KEBABS

Grilled Ground Beef Kebabs
Grilled Ground Beef Kebabs

These Ground Beef Kebabs are incredibly simple to make, whether you’re grilling them for a summer barbecue or baking them in the oven all year. They’re made with a few inexpensive ingredients that you probably already have on hand, but they’ll be the hit of your next potluck or dinner party!

34. GRILLED FAJITAS BURGERS

Fajita Burgers
Fajita Burgers

All of the peppers, onions, Mexican spices, and creamy guacamole you love in fajitas packed into one gloriously, delectably satisfying burger recipe! And, because this is THK, you know we have make-ahead tips, so dinner will be a breeze!

SUMMER BBQ IDEAS

35. SAUSAGE AND GRILLED SHRIMP KABOBS

Sausage and Grilled Kabobs
Sausage and Grilled Kabobs

These sausages and Grilled Shrimp Kabobs are flavorful and quick to make! They are the ideal way to make dinner on the grill when you are short on time, but they are also elegant enough to serve at your next barbecue!

36. FIREBALL WHISKEY GLAZED CHICKEN

Fireball Whiskey Glazed Chicken
Fireball Whiskey Glazed Chicken

This stuff is insanely delicious! You can make the Fireball Whiskey Glaze ahead of time and reheat it briefly before adding it to the chicken.

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37. CHICKEN SATAY WITH EASY THAI PEANUT SAUCE

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

This Thai chicken satay recipe marinated chopped chicken for maximum flavor before threading it onto grill skewers and slathering it with spicy Thai peanut sauce.

38. BACON BOURBON BARBECUE CHICKEN SKEWERS

BBQ Bourbon Chicken
BBQ Bourbon Chicken

With tender chunks of spice-rubbed chicken breast, smoky bacon, and crisp red onion, these Barbecued Chicken Skewers are out of this world. They’re grilled to perfection before being charred with a simple Bourbon Barbecue Sauce.

39. CAJUN PRAWNS

Best Cajun Shrimp
Best Cajun Shrimp

These Cajun Prawns are the ideal summer grilling dish. I like to serve these with lots of salads as a delicious, protein-rich addition to a summer feast. They’re great for the whole family and can be completely customized with your favorite spice blend or even a homemade one.

40. GRILLED BBQ TOFU SKEWERS

Grilled Barbecue Tofu Skewers - Sweet Simple Vegan
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Look no further if you’re looking for a good vegan grilling recipe! Grilled Barbecue Tofu Skewers with 2 Ingredients are ideal for summer cookouts. It’s so simple to make, ready in 20 minutes, and so delicious!

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Grilled BBQ Tofu Skewers Recipe (BBQ Ideas)


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  • Author: Hazel Roddy
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These grilled tofu skewers are a delicious and simple weekday dinner thanks to an easy barbecue marinade. Light the grill and serve with your favorite summer vegetables!


Ingredients

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  • 14 oz extra firm tofu, drained and pressed
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce or tamari (we used low sodium)
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 23 teaspoon sriracha
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tbsp dried mustard
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • Optional: ½ teaspoon turmeric

Instructions

  1. Remove the tofu from its box and thoroughly drain it. Allow to air dry. Cut the tofu block in half widthwise. Wrap both sides in a clean towel or several sheets of paper towel, and place something heavy on top, such as a cookbook or two. Press for at least 30 minutes, but no more than an hour. If the towel becomes too wet, replace it with a dry one halfway through.
  2. To prepare the tofu for the skewers, cut each block into thirds lengthwise. Then, cut each length into thirds to get nine equal-sized blocks (18 total).
  3. Meanwhile, combine all marinade ingredients in a mixing bowl.Toss the tofu cubes with 14 of the marinade mixture and set on skewers. Preheat the grill to medium and set the skewers on it. While grilling, brush the skewers with extra marinade on all sides once or twice.
  4. Grill for a few minutes on each side, or until slightly browned and done to preference. Serve with additional barbecue sauce.

Notes

Leave off the sriracha and/or chili powder for a less spicy (kid-friendly) version.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4 servings
  • Calories: 1531kcal
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 1224mg
  • Fat: 83g
  • Saturated Fat: 11g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 54g
  • Fiber: 19g
  • Protein: 142g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most popular BBQ food?

Watermelon is the most popular BBQ food in the United States, according to our research. The refreshing treat is too sweet to pass up, and it’s a simple addition to any barbecue menu. Meanwhile, ribs come in second, followed by hamburgers. Fifth place is shared by grilled chicken, pulled pork, and kebabs.

What do you need for a BBQ party?

Checklist of BBQ Essentials:
Foil made of aluminum
Apron.
BBQ Grilling Cooking Gloves – for temperatures up to 932°F.
Napkins.
Bottle Opener Made of Heavy-Duty Stainless Steel.
Charcoal + environmentally friendly starter + matches
Set of BBQ Grilling Tools. Spatula, locking tongs, and fork made of stainless steel.
Onion.

What can I grill besides burgers?

8 Yummy Grilling Recipes That Aren’t Burgers:
Guacamole on the grill.
Salad with Grilled Watermelon
Sweet Potato Fries with Chipotle Lime Grilling.
Kebabs of grilled strawberry shortcake.
Pears grilled with a cinnamon drizzle
Bites of grilled polenta
Salad with grilled romaine and corn.
Tuna Skewers with Salsa Verde Grilled.

What are two dishes that are traditionally Bbqed?

Lamb kebabs, also known as shish kebabs, are the most common, but chicken kebabs, veggie kebabs, and steak kebabs are also popular.

How do you BBQ on a budget?

6 Summer BBQ Money-Saving Tips:
Don’t splurge on expensive meats.
To supplement the food, use less expensive vegetables and sides.
Make your own sides, while you’re at it.
Solicit contributions from your guests.
When the food is done, turn off the grill.

What is the best meat for a BBQ?

Best Beef Steaks for Grilling:
Chuck Eye Steak (Delmonico) A less expensive alternative to Rib Eye Steak.
Steak with Ranch Dressing Affordably priced, slim, and adaptable.
Steak with a flat iron. Excellent for grilling because it is extremely tender, well-marbled, and flavorful.
Tenderloin Tenderloin Tenderloin Tenderloin (Filet Mignon)
Steak Strip.
Steak Porterhouse.
Steak with T-Bone.
Beef, ground

What do you cook first on a BBQ?

Putting on meat when the grill is hot will result in scorched outsides and raw insides. Aside from steaks or quick-cooking chops, everything else (such as sausages and chicken drumsticks) is best grilled after the flames have died down and the embers have turned white.

What do you serve at a backyard BBQ?

The Aspects
Coleslaw.
Salad with potatoes
Salad with pasta.
Cobs of corn
Summer Fruits: Watermelon, Berries, and Others
Prepared Vegetables for Dipping
Tortilla chips or potato chips
Tortillas, Pitas, or Dinner Rolls

What is typical BBQ food?

Burgers (and don’t limit yourself to beef; chicken, lamb, and veggie options are all delicious) Hot dog rolls and burger buns (try brioche buns for a street-food feel) Meat / Fish Skewers: make them with prawns, chicken, or chorizo chunks.

What is the easiest meat to grill?

Grilled beef is delicious. Ground beef can be formed into hamburger patties, which are quick and simple to cook on the grill. Any type of beef steak can be cooked on the grill. The classic grilling steaks are rib eyes and T-bones, but almost any beef cut with the word “steak” can be grilled.

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