If you’re planning your next cookout, these delicious BBQ recipe ideas are sure to be a big hit, and have your guest calling you the “Greatest Grill Champ of All Time.”
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What is it about food that’s cooked outside on the BBQ grill that tastes so much better than food cooked indoors in the kitchen? First of all, grilled food has crispiness and flavor that you just can’t find indoors. But also, there’s something primitive about cooking outside as our ancestors did.
After all, who can say they don’t just love the mixture of that distinctive charred flavor mixed with smokiness only a grill can deliver?
Thankfully, these BBQ recipes deliver unique flavors and are fun to cook!
1. Grilled Steak
There’s nothing like taking your first bite of a juicy steak that’s fresh off the grill. The caramelized crust of the outer layer combined with the tender inside sends our taste buds to seventh heaven!
The great thing about grilling steak is that you don’t have to overcomplicate things.
Once you’ve put together your seasoning mix, cooking a steak to perfection is pretty straightforward. The main thing you have to keep in mind is your temperature, and the time it takes to cook your meat, depending on the thickness of your steak and your desired pinkness.
Just don’t forget to include some tasty bbq side dishes like grilled brussels sprouts, pasta salad, or just a nice green leaf salad.
Toppings like fresh herbs, grilled cucumber, fresh avocado, and even grilled tomato.
2. Fall Off the Bone Ribs
This is a go-to dish for when you’ve got a lot of guests coming over.
Fall off the bone ribs almost melts right in your mouth. The tender meat mixed with your savory bbq sauce will make you want to do a happy dance!
The best thing is that this dish isn’t all that hard to make. Just bring together a few bbq side dishes like macaroni salad and pasta salad to compliment your meal, and you’re ready to deliver the feast of a lifetime!
Don’t forget the potato salad.
3. Grilled Steak Tacos
If you want to try something a little different with steak, grilled steak tacos are one of the best bbq dinner ideas.
Plus, you’ve got a lot of great options for things you can put inside your tortillas in addition to steaks, such as fresh avocado, fresh cilantro, fresh basil, lime juice, Mexican blended cheese, fresh tomato salsa, and much more!
4. Grilled S’mores Pizza
Who said the grill was only for meat, fruits, and veggies? There are tons of choices for bbq food ideas, and one of our favorites is grilled s’more’s pizza!
That’s right, you can recreate this campfire classic on your grill, and it’s super-easy.
This recipe uses Nutella, marshmallows, and graham crackers, creating a time machine of flavor that sends you back to your childhood!
5. Barbecued Burgers
When a massive, hot, and juicy barbecued burger sits on your plate, it almost feels like it’s daring you to try and eat it – of course, we always take the challenge!
Now, this is one of the best bbq recipes for burgers out there. It uses a few more ingredients, but trust us, it’s well worth it.
The mix, which includes minced onion, Worcestershire sauce, and dried oregano, will send your taste buds to the moon and back!
And don’t forget the cheese!
But don’t just take our word for it. Give it a shot.
6. Grilled Corn on the Cob
Once you’ve had grilled corn on the cob, it’s really tough to ever go back to boiled corn. No offense to boiled corn, but grilled corn wins hands down when it comes to fantastic flavor!
One of the keys to this recipe is grilling the fresh corn with the husk on. Believe it or not, this makes a world of difference.
For seasoning, you don’t need anything super fancy, just butter and salt. But, of course, you can always get creative with your special blend of fresh herbs and spices.
7. Cola Marinated Pork Ribs
If you’re looking for one of the best new bbq food ideas out there, then try cola marinated pork ribs. We know this sounds a little weird, but trust us, this flavor will lift quite a few eyebrows (in a good way).
These ribs are nice and tender and bursting with yummy flavors that will make you savor every bite. Throw in some macaroni salad, pasta salad, or potato salad for an amazing dining experience.
The key, of course, is the recipe’s unique cola marinade. Once you’ve adequately marinated the pork, the flavor will penetrate down to the bone.
8. Grilled Pork Chops with BBQ Rub
Grilled pork chops are always a crowd favorite. But when you add some sweet and tangy bbq rub, you may have yourself a situation, as your chops start disappearing off the platter!
It’s true. Everyone adores yummy, juicy pork chops straight from the grill.
This recipe combines savory and sweet flavors that will have you licking your fingers and looking for more!
For the sides, we usually go with baked potato, coleslaw, and macaroni salad.
9. Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Skewers
If you’re looking for the best bbq recipes that are also gluten-free and packed full of protein, then we’ve got something special for you.
Grilled chicken and pineapple skewers pair crispy, tender chicken with grilled pineapples’ sweet and bold flavor for a tropical storm of flavor.
Throw in some bbq side dishes like grilled vegetables, baked potato, and black bean salad, and now you’ve got yourself a party!
10. Grilled Brownies
Give your oven a well-earned day off and fire up your grill to make some moist, chewy, delicious chocolate brownies on your grill.
Add some whipped cream and strawberries, and you’ve got yourself a decadent treat you’ll dream about for years.
11. Grilled Peppers
If you’ve got peppers lying around your fridge that are about to go bad, don’t throw them out. Grill them up!
Delicious grilled bell peppers are the perfect topping for any meat dish, such as pasta salad, sandwiches, steaks, chicken, grilled fish, and especially fajitas. Or, you can have them as one of your bbq side dishes.
The thing we love about grilled bell peppers is the combination of smoky flavor and sweetness that you just can’t beat with a stick!
12. Grilled Pineapple Barbecue Chicken
Can’t go to Hawaii this year? Why not bring Hawaii to you with this incredible, tropical recipe?
Grilled pineapple barbecue chicken only has a few ingredients, but the results speak for themselves!
This meal pairs well with a cold pasta salad and baked potato.
Close your eyes and imagine yourself on a gorgeous sandy beach as you bite into juicy, tender chicken mixed with sweet pineapples. Aloha!
13. BBQ Pork (Char Siu)
There’s no question that bbq pork is considered among grill royalty, but have you tried Char Siu?
This Chinese bbq pork recipe is super-easy to make and tastes incredible.
Based on a traditional Chinese recipe, Char Siu has been a staple in China for centuries.
While you can improvise a bit with your own ingredients, we recommend keeping it simple for a truly authentic experience.
Our favorite bbq side dish with this meal is potato salad, but grilled watermelon salad is also amazing.
We like making sandwiches with some butter-toasted buns and slaw.
14. Balsamic Glazed Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers
Looking to cut back on meat but still want a delicious bbq burger? Well, why not try making balsamic glazed grilled portobello mushroom burgers instead?
Even meat-lovers will savor this delectable dish, or you can serve the mushrooms by themselves as one of your bbq side dishes.
And try sprinkling one some pepper jack cheese.
Just make sure you marinate your mushrooms beforehand so that they can soak up more flavor.
15. Grilled Banana Split
If you’ve not tried grilled bananas, then you’re missing out on something special. This is by far one of the best dessert barbecue recipes out there.
While you may be used to pealing raw bananas for a healthy snack, these delicious yellow fruits have a whole other side you’ve never seen.
You can top these babies with anything you want, but our favorite is ice cream with some caramel and chocolate drizzle.
16. Marinated Grilled Salmon
For a heart-healthy alternative to beef and pork, it’s hard to beat mouthwatering marinated grilled salmon!
The best thing about this recipe is that it’s so easy to make.
Unlike other fish, salmon is extremely easy to cook because of the skin on the bottom and the thickness of the fish meat.
Add yourself some brown sugar, lemon zest, and soy sauce, and you’ve got a healthy and delicious meal that goes well with any grilled vegetable and sweet potato.
17. Marinated BBQ Grilled Vegetables
Need another meat-less alternative, or are you looking for the perfect complement to your meat dish? Well, marinated bbq grilled vegetables are your solution!
This recipe uses carrots, red bell peppers, mushrooms, squash, onion, and asparagus. However, you can also throw in other veggies like tomato, cucumber, brussels sprouts, and potato, or switch them out. We love using eggplant.
For your marinade, you’ll need ingredients such as lemon juice, olive oil, and seasoning that you likely already have in your cabinet.
18. BBQ Baked Beans
Who said you could only make bbq baked beans in the oven? Not only are beans tasty, but they’re also hearty and chalked full of healthy protein.
These beans also make an excellent topping for hot dogs and burgers!
19. BBQ Chicken Sandwich
It seems every fast food joint and restaurant these days claims to have “the best chicken sandwich ever.” But, you can save time, money, and gas by making your own at home.
The recipe for this delicious bbq chicken sandwich includes ingredients like thick-cut bacon, onions, Colby jack cheese, and your favorite bbq sauce.
You can also add some slaw for an out-of-this-world culinary experience!
This fantastic sandwich will make you laugh at any chicken sandwich commercial.
20. Brown Sugar and Honey Grilled Pineapple
For a delicious, fruity dessert, you can’t go wrong with brown sugar and honey-grilled pineapple.
This dish pairs very well with fish and chicken, but some folks love it on their burgers too!
Now, if you can’t get your hands on fresh pineapple, don’t worry. Canned pineapples work just as well!
Try some in your broccoli salad for a tasty surprise.
21. BBQ Chicken Salad
Are you getting a bit bored with potato salad? For something different, try this BBQ chicken salad recipe. This dish is a unique spin on those $15 chipotle bowls you find at many restaurants, only it’s a fraction of the price and tastes much better!
This salad has big, juicy chunks of all-white chicken breast meat, is loaded with veggies, cheese, and is topped with savory green chili ranch dressing and bbq sauce!
You can also upgrade your salad experience with some grilled cucumber for even more bbq flavor!
Be sure to leave yourself a good tip.
22. Grilled BBQ Chicken
When it comes time to fire up the grill, you can’t go wrong with the classics.
Everyone can agree that plain old chicken can be a bit “blah,” but this incredible grilled BBQ chicken recipe spices things up!
Now, while any chicken cut should work with this recipe, we’ve found that drumsticks really pack in the flavor.
Great bbq sides for this dish include baked potato, coleslaw, macaroni, and green bean salad.
23. Steak Kabobs
There are steak kabob recipes, then about a million floors above them sit the ultimate steak kabob recipe.
You’ll think these kabobs descended from heaven as you bite into the tender, flavorful, juicy chunks of meat accompanied by generously seasoned grilled veggies like cherry tomatoes.
Now, for this recipe, you’ll want to go with ribeye cuts for that rich, beefy flavor, and be sure to wet your bamboo skewers well before putting them on the grill to prevent flare-ups.
We love having a nice, fresh salad with this meal,
24. Grilled Fruit Skewers with Passion Fruit Sauce
Hey now, we can’t just let the meats and veggies have all the fun, can we? These delectable grilled fruit skewers make for a perfect meal or dessert.
You’ve got fruits like mango, papaya, strawberries, and pineapple all being grilled to perfection while your passion fruit sauce (made with Greek yogurt) takes this sweet skewer to a brand new world!
You can also make an amazing fruit salad with this recipe!
25. Honey Bacon BBQ Chicken Kabobs
Bringing up the rear of our delicious kabob train are these sensational honey bacon bbq chicken kabobs.
Now, folks. This recipe had us at “bacon,” but there’s so much more! You’ve got tender, sweet, and tangy bbq chicken and perfectly grilled bell peppers all caught up between crispy bacon.
Expect lots of spectators watching you when you put these superstars on the fire!
Recommended sides include corn salad, pasta salad, macaroni salad, and baked beans.
26. Beer Can Chicken
Folks in Louisiana love their beer can chicken, and now you can find out what all the fuss is about with this incredible recipe!
All you need is a fresh can of beer and an easy-to-make spice rub, and you’ve got yourself a legendary meal. Oh, yeah. Don’t forget the chicken.
We love this meal with a side of grilled veggies, cole slaw, and potato salad.
Just let this bad boy cook on the grill while you and your guests entertain yourselves – maybe with the remaining five beers?
27. Texas Pulled Pork
Texans are known for being pretty laid back about most things, but there are a few you don’t mess around with -like pulled pork.
This Texas pulled pork recipe is Texan approved and is guaranteed to be a sure-fire hit!
Some of our favorite sides to this dish are pasta salad, baked beans, and coleslaw.
However, for this recipe, you won’t use a grill. Instead, you’ll need your Dutch oven or slow cooker.
Just grab some buns or bread, onions, and barbecue sauce, and you’re ready to ride! Yeehaw!
28. Homemade BBQ Rub
It’s no secret that the secret to incredible bbq is the different spices that produce the bold, mouthwatering flavors we love.
This is why it’s essential to have a great bbq rub before firing up the grill.
We love this rub because it gives you lots of bold spices like garlic powder, brown sugar, smoked paprika, and of course, cayenne pepper.
When combined, these spices unleash a flavor sensation folks will never forget!
Try some on your grilled pineapple and watermelon, and thank us later.
29. Grilled Zucchini and Squash
Some of our favorite veggies to grill are zucchini and squash. These veggies are made to soak up flavor, and when you season and put them on a hot grill – magic happens.
The spices used in this recipe are nothing too fancy, just some olive oil, dried parsley, garlic powder, and salt. But the flavor is anything but ordinary!
And there’s nothing wrong with sprinkling some of your favorite cheese on just for kicks.
30. Fancy Grilled Hot Dogs
Okay, we’ve all had some pretty terribly burnt and essential hot dogs in our lifetimes. Of course, it’s really tough to mess up grilling hot dogs, and no matter how they look, they usually taste fantastic.
But, if you want to step up from your standard condiments, this fancy grilled hot dog recipe will turn your plain jane hot dogs into a work of art!
You can use ingredients like fresh avocado, tomato, bacon, coleslaw, macaroni and cheese, and feta, just to name a few.
You’ll never think of hot dogs the same. We guarantee it!
31. Grilled Pork Banh Mi
If you’re on the hunt for new delicious bbq ideas that will hit your guests out of leftfield, then you need to try this grilled pork banh mi recipe.
This classic Vietnamese sandwich is jam-packed with yummy ingredients that make for one seriously tasty meal.
But, of course, the bbq pork still remains the true MVP as it’s overflowing with flavor.
This sandwich is also great with coleslaw.
And no court on earth would convict you for adding bacon, just saying.
Just, whip together some sweet and spicy sauce, and you’re ready to eat!
And take a look at the video below for more mouth-watering bbq ideas.
Our 30+ BEST Easy BBQ Recipes (+Grilled Steak)
- 1 2- inch thick ribeye or New York strip steak
- 1 Tbsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 Tbsp. coarse black pepper
- 2 tsp. cornstarch
- Mix cornstarch and seasoning together.
- Dry steak with paper towels, then apply the dry mixture.
- Grill at the highest temperature 6-7 minutes on each side.
- Let it rest for 5-7 minutes.
Organize all the required ingredients.
Enjoy the food.
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