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30 Best Summer BBQ Recipes

30 Best Summer BBQ Recipes

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Summer is just around the corner and it’s time to fire up the grill and get outside for some summer fun.  Pool parties, picnics, and summer barbeques all have three things in common – foodfunfamily & friends.  Guess what?  As far as recipes go, we’ve got you covered with the 30 Best Summer BBQ Recipes, all from our Chapter Two Collective creators.   

 

(Feature photo includes photos by Susan Williams, Nicky Omohundro, Michelle Marine, and Julie Cohn)

 

Summer BBQ Ideas

I love summertime, don’t you?  It’s the perfect excuse to get together with family and friends to play games, swim in the pool, and enjoy the great weather.  Do you have your summer BBQ party game plan ready, with ideas for the menu, decorations, games, and even a music playlist?  Along with the incredible recipes featured below, here are a few tips to make your summer BBQ or picnic a success.

 

  • Plan the menu in advance, so you are not scrambling to the grocery store at the last minute. 
  • Go potluck.  Have everyone bring a dish so there is a bit less work.
  • Set the food out buffet-style so people can graze, but keep food inside if it is warm out. 
  • Use clean clay pots to hold utensils and napkins for your buffet table. 
  • A small bouquet of summer flowers adds a nice touch to the buffet table.  
  • Set out a few lawn games such as croquet, horseshoes, and badminton.  
  • Go old-fashioned and set up the backyard sprinkler or Slip-n-Slide!
  • Pre-grill meats before guests arrive, then re-heat so you have more time to socialize. 
  • Make leave food, especially salads with mayonnaise out too long or it will spoil.  
  • Have suntan lotion handy to prevent burns.  
  • Make sure you have some seating in the shade, as some people cannot handle too much sun.
  • Keep the tunes light, fun, and vintage (Beach Boys anyone?) 
  • Water balloons are always a hit (see what I did there?) at a BBQ, especially when it’s hot out!
  • Make certain you have a few non-alcoholic drink options (including water) for the kids and designated drivers. 
  • Have a designated watcher (who is not drinking) by the pool to keep kids safe from drowning.  
  • Set out a few citronella candles out to keep mosquitos away.
  • Using sparklers? Take a few plastic (solo) cups and poke a hole in the bottom, then push the bottom of the sparkler through the hole, so kids can hold the sparkler and protect their hands.
  • #1 Tip?  Have fun, it’s summer!    

 

Best Summer BBQ Recipes

Delicious recipes from appetizers to dessert to celebrate summer in style!

1

Cream Cheese & Parmesan Asparagus Spears Recipe

Photo Credit: Michelle Marine

Asparagus is in season!

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2

Grilled Nachos Recipe - Made on a Grill or over the Campfire

Photo Credit: Diana Hansen

Easy appetizer on the grill!

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3

Cornell-Brooks BBQ Chicken {An Upstate New York Favorite}

Photo Credit: Julie Cohn

New York's secret to good BBQ is now yours too!

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4

Rob's Awesome Asian Turkey Burgers

Photo Credit: Karen Dawkins

A twist on the traditional burger

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5

Slap Yo’ Mama Butt Rub

Photo Credit: Susan Williams

We don't advocate violence against your mother, but this stuff is good!

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6

Crock Pot Ribs and Beans

Photo Credit: Nicky Omohundro

BBQ in your crockpot!

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7

Mediterranean Spicy Lamb Burgers

Photo Credit: Jana Seitzer

Spicy and delish!

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8

Grilled Ribs with Bodacious Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

Photo Credit: Susan Williams

Ribs are perfect for summer barbeques!

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9

How to Have A Successful Brazilian Barbecue at Home

Photo Credit: Karyn Locke

A Brazilian barbeque is all about the meat!

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10

Kefta Kebabs Recipe - Perfect Allergy Friendly Weeknight Dinner

Photo Credit: Michelle Price

Gluten-free kabobs!

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11

Watermelon Mojito Wedges

Photo Credit: www.thatsusanwilliams.com

Watermelon is the perfect summer food!

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12

Mom's Potato Salad Recipe with Egg

Photo Credit: Nicky Omohundro

Nothing beats moms!

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13

Reunion Food: Southern Shoe Peg Corn Salad

Photo Credit: Leigh Hines

Sweet summer corn in a salad!

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14

Asian Cold Vermicelli Noodle Salad Recipe

Photo Credit: Brenda Tolentino

Refreshing cold noodle salad!

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15

Easy No-Mayo Pasta Salad Recipe for a Crowd #recipes

Photo Credit: Leigh Hines

A crowd favorite!

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16

Copycat Recipe for Rudy's Coleslaw

Photo Credit: Nicky Omohundro

Delicious and pretty!

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17

Easy Instant Pot Baked Beans: No Soak Recipe for Perfect Sweet and Smoky Beans

Photo Credit: Michelle Price

Instant Pot baked beans!

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18

Mediterranean Fruit Salad

Photo Credit: Julie Cohn

Tangy and refreshing!

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19

Simple Grilled Baby Bok Choy Recipe

Photo Credit: Michelle Price

Bok Choy grilled? Yum!

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20

Savor Summer with a Southern Tomato Pie

Photo Credit: Leigh Hines

A savory pie!

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21

Homemade Pickles: Bread and Butter Style with a Simple Recipe

Photo Credit: Michelle Price

Crunchy and sweet!

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22

S'mores Nachos Camping Recipe Made Over the Campfire

Photo Credit: Diana Hansen

You can't have a BBQ without smores!

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23

Fresh Fruit Waffle Cones Make an Easy Summer Fruit Snack

Photo Credit: Michelle Marine

Fruit in a cone? Perfect!

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24

Grilled Honey Balsamic Strawberry Sundaes

Photo Credit: Julie Cohn

Grilled fruit is delish!

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25

My Great-Great Grandma's From Scratch Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Photo Credit: Michelle Marine

Plump and juicy strawberries in a homemade shortcake!

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26

How to Make Homemade Blueberry Pie Recipe

Photo Credit: Susan Williams

As American as blueberry pie!

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27

Raspberry Razzle Jello Salad

Photo Credit: Julie Cohn

Tangy and sweet jello salad!

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28

Honey Sweetened Watermelon Limeade

Photo Credit: Nicky Omohundro

Tangy and sweet limeade!

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29

Family-Friendly Berry Sangria

Photo Credit: Jamie Italiane Decubellis

A non-alcoholic sangria the whole family can enjoy!

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30

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Photo Credit: Julie Cohn

Strawberries and lemons together!

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