Texans are famous for throwing backyard barbecues for any and all kinds of occasions—or for no occasion at all. Everyone knows it’s hard to stray from the essential barbecue main courses: brisket, ribs and hamburgers or hotdogs are requisite. When it comes to the sides, however, you’ve got a lot more room for creativity. Here’s we’ve been chowing down on alongside all our favorite grilled meats this summer:
Bacon Ranch Slaw: Sure, you could always have just regular ol’ cole slaw, or you could add a little bit of bacon and ranch to the mix. This recipe brings a lot of flavor to the traditional cole slaw that’s become expected on any barbecue menu.
Homemade Pickles: You’d be surprised how easy it is to make your own pickles at home! Impress your friends and family with your home pickling skills at your end-of-summer barbecue.
Cilantro-Lime Watermelon: Refreshing watermelon is an absolute must for any barbecue. Take a fresh approach to plain watermelon by adding cilantro and lime before throwing some wedges on the grill for additional color and flavor.
Watermelon, Mâche, and Pecan Salad: If you would rather use your watermelon in a fresh-n-fruity salad, consider throwing in some pecans for a spin on two classic southern ingredients.
Barbecue Deviled Eggs: Texans can’t get enough of deviled eggs, especially at parties, and this recipe lends a smokier taste to the traditional style—perfect for a barbeque-themed bash.
Green Barbecue Sauce: This is a Tex-Mex twist on a classic favorite that resembles salsa verde. Pour it over lighter barbeque fare, like grilled shrimp, fish or chicken.
Grilled Blue Cheese-and-Bacon Potato Salad: Every barbecue in Texas has to have some sort of potato salad dish. This particular recipe incorporates blue cheese and bacon, which are southern favorites.