A classic BBQ menu filled with traditional and southern favorites! Perfect for your next BBQ (backyard, summer, family, or even a party!) This menu includes grilled chicken kabobs, sides, and even dessert and I’ve included a full shopping list.

Planning a summer BBQ? You’ve come to the right place- I’ve got the ultimate summer BBQ menu with my favorite tried and true dishes that are always a hit! If that’s not enough- I’ve thrown my other favorite BBQ dishes at the end of the post.

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Chicken Kabobs

Chicken kebabs on bamboo skewers with yellow, red, and green bell pepper chunks and purple onion.
5 from 19 votes

Chicken Kabobs

My favorite Chicken Kabobs recipe requires just a few simple ingredients and is the most delicious summer dinner!
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5 stars

“These were delicious. Will make again soon.” Debra

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled corn ears on a baking sheet.
5 from 3 votes

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Nothing beats Grilled Corn on the Cob charred to smokey perfection right on the grill! It pairs well with any summer meal.
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5 stars

“So easy and yummy!” Jessica

Traditional Potato Salad

A white serving bowl filled with homemade classic Potato Salad, ready to serve.
4.99 from 896 votes

Classic Potato Salad

This Classic Potato Salad recipe is made with Yukon Gold potatoes, hard boiled eggs, and a creamy dressing. It is a family favorite, and a must-have at any BBQ!
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5 stars

“I’ve never had great luck with potato salad but I decided to give this one a try. It is the BEST! I served it at a friend’s and everyone loved it.” Trisha

Baked Beans

A pan of saucy homemade Baked Beans with bacon, ready to serve.
5 from 47 votes

Baked Beans

Ditch the can and make this homemade Baked Beans recipe! It's smokey, sweet, and absolutely incredible! They feed a crowd and everyone will be impressed you made them from scratch! They only take 15 minutes to prep and can even be made in advance.
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5 stars

“This recipe is fantastic. It is like the recipe my Mom used to make years ago for backyard picnics and barbecues. You will never want to go back to serving canned beans once you know how good this homemade recipe is.” Cindy

Sugar Cookie Bars

A sugar cookie bar with cream cheese frosting.
4.95 from 120 votes

Sugar Cookie Bars

Thick, soft and chewy Sugar Cookie Bars are everyones favorite, and so easy to make, without having to chill, roll or cut the dough.
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5 stars

“These are So Good and Easy! Needed a large dessert for a supper at church and tried the recipe for it. Will definitely be used many more times!” Gigi

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Corn salad made with grilled sweet corn, diced avocado, bell pepper and onion served in a wooden bowl with a spoon.
5 from 26 votes

Corn Salad

This fresh Corn Salad recipe features grilled corn tossed with onion, bell pepper, avocado and a simple homemade dressing. It's as delicious as it is appetizing and it's perfect for Summer potlucks and BBQ's.
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A bowl of watermelon salad with feta, blueberries and fresh basil in it.
4.88 from 16 votes

Watermelon Salad

This simple and delicious Watermelon Salad includes feta cheese, blueberries and fresh basil, with a hint of lime. Not only is it beautiful (and patriotic), it pairs with any meal!
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Cucumber Onion Salad served in a bowl.
5 from 91 votes

Cucumber Salad

This easy Cucumber Salad is a delicious combination of cool cucumber, sweet onion, and tangy marinade that can be made in advance and is perfect for any BBQ or Summer party!
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A serving bowl with macaroni salad in it and a wooden spoon on the side.
4.94 from 33 votes

Macaroni Salad

This easy, classic Macaroni Salad recipe has favorite add-ins like celery, onion, bell pepper and shredded carrot, tossed in a creamy mayo-based dressing.
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Broccoli salad with bacon, craisins, almonds and a creamy dressing, served in a wooden bowl with a hand towel in the background.
4.95 from 144 votes

Broccoli Salad

Everyone loves this easy Broccoli Salad recipe made with bacon, almonds, craisins and onion in a delicious creamy and tangy dressing. Serve it at a potluck or bbq or as a side dish for holiday dinner.
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A casserole dish of mac and cheese with bacon.
5 from 1 vote

Gourmet Baked Mac and Cheese

Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad is the perfect easy and healthy side dish for your summer BBQ! | tastesbetterfromscratch.com
4.91 from 106 votes

Tomato Cucumber Salad

Tomato Cucumber Salad garnished with red onion and fresh basil. One of our favorite fresh and healthy summer side dishes! 
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A bowl full of pesto pasta salad with farfalle noodles, red and yellow cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, cucumbers, tossed in pesto sauce.
5 from 125 votes

Pesto Pasta Salad

This easy Pesto Pasta Salad only requires 6 ingredients and a few minutes to prepare, made with pesto, tomatoes, mozzarella and any bite-size noodles. 
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A cast iron skillet with baked cornbread in it.
4.97 from 27 votes

Skillet Cornbread

This simple and delicious Southern Skillet Cornbread recipe is made with real corn, cornmeal, buttermilk, and basic pantry ingredients and baked in a cast iron skillet.
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A pitcher of homemade lemonade.
4.92 from 157 votes

Homemade Lemonade

The best fresh squeezed Lemonade recipe, made with just 3 ingredients! It's perfectly sweet and our favorite refreshing summer drink.
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