Make this cookout season one to remember with these easy and delicious BBQ recipes.
From juicy brisket to tender ribs, I’ve got your whole menu covered.
30+ Best Backyard Barbecue Recipes
Who doesn’t love the charred flavor and smokiness of the grill?
I certainly can’t get enough. That’s why I love these barbecue recipes!
They’re everything you want for a backyard bash and more. I’m talking Texas pulled pork, honey barbecue chicken, mushroom burgers, and more.
I don’t know about you, but I’m starved. And I think I’ll make one of these BBQ recipes tonight!
1. BBQ Baked Beans
BBQ beans are incredibly hearty, tasty, and jam-packed with protein.
This dish is ideal for serving as a companion to any family dinner. But it’s extra special with barbecue food.
It’s a classic recipe that doesn’t need hours to prep. And it’s always a winner.
2. Grilled BBQ Chicken
When it comes to grilling, the yummiest meals are often the classic ones.
And this is as classic as it gets. Though it does switch things up a little.
While almost any cut of meat will work, I recommend drumsticks.
Juicy and crispy chicken drenched in barbecue sauce? Yes, please!
3. Grilled Pork Chops with BBQ Rub
Need a main course to go with those beans? You can’t go wrong here!
Because everyone loves yummy pork chops straight off the grill, right?
You’ll love the dry rub, which is a blend of brown sugar, pepper, paprika, garlic, onion, mustard, and cayenne.
Just be sure to move the chops over indirect heat once they’re seared.
4. BBQ Rub
The secret to an amazing barbecue is all in the spices. That’s why this barbecue dry rub is absolutely essential.
Between the paprika, garlic powder, sugar, and cayenne pepper, it’s lightly sweet with just the right amount of heat.
The flavors perfectly intertwine for the ultimate secret weapon.
Want to take it over the top? Add some coffee to the mix!
5. Barbecued Burgers
These barbecue burgers are perfectly caramelized with a crunchy exterior you’ll crave again and again.
I mean, as far as BBQ ideas go, you’ll never go wrong with burgers!
And these actually have a secret ingredient that guarantees perfection.
Ready for this? It’s instant oatmeal! Try it once, and you’ll never look back.
6. Marinated Pork Ribs
Looking for pork ribs dripping in juices with each bite? Then this recipe is for you!
These bad boys are loaded with yumminess and take barbequing to a whole new level.
The key to a mouth-watering dish is all in the marinade. And the more time the pork has in that marinade, the more flavor it’s able to suck in.
7. Honey BBQ Chicken Kabobs
These tender kabobs are loaded with a homemade sauce that’ll leave you begging for more.
Sweet and tangy, they’re packed with everything you want in juicy grilled meat.
They’re sweet and sticky and sure to please. But go ahead and add some Sriracha if you like it spicy!
8. BBQ Pork (Char Siu)
Out of all the barbecue recipes on the list, this pork might be my favorite.
That’s because it can be made all year round and is super simple to make.
Based on a traditional Chinese style recipe, it’s pork perfection in every mouthful.
9. BBQ Chicken Sandwich
This fun barbecue chicken sandwich only takes 30 minutes to make and is surprisingly inexpensive.
Paired with a rich and creamy coleslaw, this combination is a heavenly match!
The meat is so yummy, you can totally enjoy it on its own or add it to wraps or salads.
10. Fall Off the Bone Ribs
This is one of my signature dishes for whenever I have a large group of people coming over.
Fall-of-the-bone ribs are just that! The meat literally melts off the bone when cooked to perfection.
It’s sure to impress and isn’t too difficult to make, either. In fact, you’ll even have time to whip up a few tasty sides!
11. Beer Can Chicken
It’s time to amaze your family and friends with this quirky beer can chicken recipe.
With a simple dry rub and a full can of beer, you’ve got yourself a meal.
This recipe is a total crowd-pleaser since it feeds a ton of people. Let this puppy grill on the barbecue while you entertain your guests!
12. Marinated BBQ Grilled Vegetables
Looking for a scrumptious side dish? How about fresh grilled veggies?
This recipe calls for zucchini, mushroom, eggplant, bell peppers, asparagus, and red onion. And you’ll only add the marinade after they come off the grill.
Speaking of, there’s no need to grill these over indirect heat. They cook in a flash, and you want that char to make them extra tasty!
13. Grilled Pineapple Barbecue Chicken
Nothing screams summer more than this delicious grilled pineapple barbecue chicken recipe.
Grilling pineapple draws out the natural sugars, making it even more sweet and tangy.
It’s the kind of sweet and savory dinner the whole family will love. So make extra!
14. Texas Pulled Pork
Barbecue without the grill? That’s this pulled pork for you!
Of course, you can totally make pulled pork in a smoker or barbecue. But if it’s rainy, just grab your slow cooker or Dutch oven to get the party started!
Serve this classic recipe with plenty of BBQ sauce and crunchy slaw. Yum!
15. Grilled Steak
Beef is a little expensive. But it’ll never taste better than after a spin on the grill.
I mean, just look at that thing! Who could resist?
It looks like something off the Food Networks. And luckily, it tastes like it too!
16. Grilled Mushroom Burgers
Need a vegetarian dinner option? You can’t beat meaty mushroom burgers!
This recipe is so scrumptious, I guarantee even meat lovers will enjoy it!
Be sure to marinate the mushrooms to give them a little bit more flavor. And go nuts with the toppings!
17. Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Skewers
This gluten-free and protein-packed recipe is ideal for hot summer days by the pool.
The crispiness of the meat paired with the fruitiness of the pineapples is a fantastic combination.
Add some grilled veggies on the side, and you’re good to go.
Brisket is such a stunning cut of meat. But it’s easy to overdo it.
Luckily, this recipe is foolproof and delivers some of the most tender and moist meat you’ll ever try.
Like most barbecue recipes, it starts with a dry rub. From there, it needs about three hours on the heat. So plan ahead for this one!
19. Grilled Corn on the Cob
Say goodbye to boiling corn and hello to grilling it.
Finish it with butter and salt, or go all out with spices and extras!
I like it with Tajin. And you can easily make Mexican street corn with cotija cheese. Yum!
20. Grilled Peppers
These yummy grilled peppers are ideal on top of a sandwich, in fajitas, or served on the side of that brisket recipe above.
Keep them in big chunks and put them right on the grills, or use a grilling basket.
Either way, you’ll love ’em!
21. Marinated Grilled Salmon
I’m obsessed with grilling salmon during the warm summer months.
It’s basically the closest I can get to the ocean, right in my backyard.
The marinade for this dish is made of soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and olive oil.
So simple but oh-so-good!
22. Grilled Zucchini
If your backyard is anything like mine during the summer, then it’s overgrowing with zucchini!
Before you go crazy, this recipe is here to save the day!
This Middle Eastern dish is loaded with za’atar, garlic, and lemon for a phenomenal dish.
Don’t forget to drizzle a homemade yogurt sauce on top to finish things off.
23. Grilled Steak Tacos
If you’re getting tired of plain old beef, then it’s time to try some delicious steak tacos!
This dish is ideal for making when you have guests coming over since it’s completely customizable.
24. BBQ Chicken Salad
This barbecue chicken salad is loaded with a ton of different veggies and toppings for a healthy summer meal.
It’s a spin on those Chipotle bowls we all adore.
And it’ll leave you questioning how you ever spent $15 on something you can make at a fraction of the price!
25. Steak Kabobs
Kabobs might just be one of the best things to make during the summer since they’re super simple and equally delicious.
Make sure to load your stick up with veggies to get a mouth-watering dish!
26. Grilled Bananas
My mouth is already watering just thinking about these grilled bananas.
Once you finish grilling hot dogs and burgers, it’s time to move on to dessert.
Load these bananas up with maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg for a flavor that is out of his world.
Top with vanilla ice cream, and enjoy!
27. Grilled S’mores Pizza
This fun and creative recipe takes grilling to a whole new level of yum.
Instead of making s’mores over a campfire, make them into a pizza on the grill!
Loaded with Nutella, Graham Crackers, and marshmallows, you’re in for a treat!
28. Grilled Brownies
You can totally make this recipe in the oven if you prefer.
But it sure is a show-stopper on a grill.
Pair the warm, fudgy brownies with strawberries and whipping cream for an absolute delight.
29. Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple
These brown sugar glazed pineapples are an essential dish for any summer dinner.
If you don’t have any fresh pineapples on hand, don’t sweat it! You can use canned pineapples for the same great taste.
30. Grilled Fruit Skewers
Forget meat and veggie skewers! These grilled fruit skewers are on a whole new level.
Finish them with maple syrup and vanilla yogurt, and you’ll become addicted!
31. Crazy Amazing (and easy) BBQ Short Ribs
I go a little gaga for short ribs. And these babies are no exception.
Thick, meaty, and melt-in-your-mouth tender, they’re about as good as grilled meat gets.
Slather them in plenty of homemade sauce and serve them with cornbread to mop up the juices.
32. Coffee Rubbed Homemade Burgers
Remember I mentioned adding coffee to your dry rub? Well, here’s a recipe just for that.
And trust me, these coffee rubbed burgers are sure to be the talk of your next party.
You’ll even make a stunning homemade sauce with ketchup, Dr Pepper, apple cider vinegar, ancho chili powder, and brewed coffee.
That alone is worth bookmarking!
33. Baja Style Mexican Hot Dogs
How insanely good do these Mexican hot dogs look?
Between the charred sausages, spicy aioli, and fresh cucumber salsa, they’re impossible to resist.
Top them with avocado slices, a squeeze of lime juice, and fresh cilantro. Wow!
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