Friday, May 22, 2009

Great Barbecue Side Dishes - Some on the Grill - Some to Make Ahead

Grilled Corn on the Cob - It's hard to beat corn on the grill. There are various ways to do grilled corn. I share two of the easiest - one in the husks and one in tin foil.

Want to get a little fancier with the corn - Wrap it in bacon or try Grilled Cheese Corn.

There are different ways to cook potatoes on the grill. Since they are hard root vegetables, they can be a little trickier.

Grilled Hash Browns are super easy, because you just use frozen hash browns. OK. Not gourmet. But, these are favorites with my boys.

Potato Hobo Packs are another easy option.

If you have fresh potatoes, then try my recipe for Potatoes on the Grill Grate. The secret is in parboiling and in the sauce - of course.

Have some summer squash? Try Grilled Zucchini Kabobs. Any kind of summer squash will work, so if you have yellow squash, that's fine too.

Grilled Portabello Mushrooms are really good too. They can be the main or a side dish, and if you have vegetarian friends, they'll be glad you grilled something they can eat.

Don't forget about onions. Grilled onions are really yummy, and you can cook them several ways.

What's a cook out without barbecue baked beans? Those can be heated on a grill side burner or right on the grates if you have an older pan or buy a throwaway pan. But, they can also be baked inside and served.

Here are some of our favorite baked bean recipes:

Hamburger Baked Beans

Bacon Baked Beans

Jack Daniels and Coke Baked Beans

Cold side dishes offer a nice contrast with grilled food. They can also be made early in the day or night before, so that you're not run ragged during your cook out.

My favorite potato salad has an Italian dressing wash, but I also love the old fashioned potato salad my Grandma made.

Some other family favorite cold side dishes include:

Grandma's Cold Broccoli Salad

Easy Pasta Salad

Black Eyed Pea Salad

Fresh vegetables with on of the dips from my vegetable dip collection always goes over well and is healthy. Or, serve chunks of fresh fruit and try out one of the fruit dips from my Fabulous Fruit Dip Collection.

Most breads can be heated on the grill. We wrap loaves of bread with butter or get the pre-cooked rolls in the aluminum pans and cover those with tin foil. Another favorite is to grill Texas Toast right on the grates. The slices turn out pretty with grill stripes and pick up that nice smoky flavor.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why limit yourself to warming bread on the grill? I have a post on my blog showing how to bake bread on a charcoal smoker. Home and Garden Welcome Blog I'm sure it would work well on a gas grill, as well! Enjoy!