With Summer upon us, we asked several of our fellow food bloggers for their best examples of BBQ menu ideas for a crowd. And boy did we get some awesome feedback. We have taken the best of the best summer cookout recipes and presented them in one giant roundup blog.
Summer is my favorite time of year for many reasons. The warm weather, shorts and t-shirts, swimming, and vacations to name a few but summer cookouts have to be at the top of that list.
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When we were creating this list of BBQ menu ideas for a crowd, I thought about how short the summer season actually is. If I had my way, summer would last forever. Maybe I should just pack the family up and move to Hawaii.
In the meantime, we plan on enjoying what’s left of the season. I plan on grilling as long as the weather permits. If you’re like me, you’ll want to try some of these amazing BBQ menu ideas. Enjoy!
BBQ CHICKEN IDEAS/ Poultry
Chicken and waffles are usually associated with breakfast food that you would find at The Wafflehouse, IHOP, or Denny’s. The marinated chicken is a perfect grilled meat idea for your next summer BBQ cookout.
If you’re looking for inspiration and grill party ideas, look no further. These apricot sesame chicken skewers will have your guests singing your praises. The grilled asparagus makes an excellent bbq sides item selection as well.
If you’re asking yourself what to cook on the grill, perhaps you might try your hand at these scrumptious Thai grilled chicken breasts. Your guest will love this sweet and spicy grilled meat idea. Cooked in Thai Sweet Chili Sauce and includes lemongrass.
Fun grilling ideas do not have to be complicated. This beer basted BBQ chicken recipe uses butter, beer, rosemary and garlic sauce to produce awesome flavors that will please any grill master.
If you’re like me, you love spicy chicken. Great summer recipes like this one use minimal ingredients but pack a mighty punch flavor profile. Mix it up a little at your next BBQ!
Good summer recipes like grilled chicken caprese with balsamic sauce are easy to prepare and ooze with flavor. This classic Italian dish can be ready to serve in under 30 minutes.
I love chicken and I love beer. This juicy beer can chicken recipe is a perfect blend of both.
Teriyaki chicken that are also gluten free. Its a win-win for the health conscience folks.
Mango lime grilled chicken is an easy outdoor grill recipe that will become a favorite with you and the entire family. Utilizing moist boneless chicken thigh meat, mango, lime, brown sugar, and s
Many grill masters have perfect their beer can chicken recipes but what about Cornish hens. If you’re looking for outdoor barbecue ideas, look no further.
BBQ BEEF IDEAS
Here is another unique creation for those seeking summer BBQ recipes. It’s a gourmet burger that incorporates Gouda grits cakes and Budweiser’s Premium
BBQ Sauce. Call me intrigued!
If you’ve never had Carne Asada, you’re missing out! The amazing marinade takes advantage of freshly squeezed orange, lime and lemon juices with cilantro, garlic and jalapeño for a unique and juicy flavor profile. Easy outdoor grill recipes like this one will please even the pickiest of eaters.
Quick grilling ideas like steak kabobs are perfect for your next outdoor party. Not only are they delicious but they’re also perfect finger food that your guest can indulge in while partaking in good conversation.
The best BBQ dishes always involve juicy steak. This grill flank steak is every meat eaters dream come true.
Summer BBQ recipes do not have to be unhealthy. If you are health conscience, you may opt for this balsamic steak salad. The flavors and rich and robust and still have that wonderful grill taste.
As indicated by the name, these flank steaks with chilaquiles are marinaded in Dr. Pepper. This Mexican inspired dish uses white wine vinegar, minced garlic, brown sugar, spicy brown mustard, and a host of other blend of spices and flavors.
BBQ PORK IDEAS
If you’re looking for amazing outdoor BBQ ideas, look no further than this St. Louis BBQ pork steaks recipe. Utilizing the pork butt cut of meat, these slow-cooked tasty steaks will melt in your mouth.
BBQ SEAFOOD IDEAS
If you love seafood and you also love Mexican food, why not combine elements of both for a unique and robust fusion of flavors? Easy grilled dinners like this can be made to feed the whole family or large crowds.
If you love shrimp, these chili lime shrimp will be one of your new favorite dishes to prepare. Enjoy fun summer recipes at your next BBQ.
Easy outdoor grill recipes like grilled shrimp scampi can taste better than any dish you pay high prices for in a restaurant. Using just a handful of ingredients such as zest of lemon, dry white wine, Old Bay seasoning, and freshly chopped parsley, rosemary, and thyme goes a long way.
BBQ LAMB IDEAS
I am one of those people who is infatuated with grilled lamb recipes. Great summer recipes like this one will offer your party guest something new. Some of the ingredients include Greek yogurt, , t
VEGGIE BBQ IDEAS
Great summer recipes start with delicious burgers. Not only is this red pepper & cheese bean burgers recipe oozing with flavor but it’s also a great healthy vegan alternative to traditional hamburgers.
Another wonderful vegan recipe that doesn’t skimp on flavor. If you’re looking for fun summer recipes with a healthy twist, look no further. In addition to juicey nectarine, quinoa, and buckwheat, this recipe also incorporates red pepper, cucumber, dried cherries, and pistachio nuts. Can you say, “yum?”
I love the unique taste of eggplant but I have to admit that I never though of grilling it. If you’re an eggplant fan, you’ll want to give this a try.
What BBQ themed summer party is complete without delicious buttery corn on the cob?
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to traditional summer BBQ recipes, this recipe is for you. This patriotic salad includes watermelon, goat cheese, and blueberries for the red, white, and blue.
BBQ SNACK IDEAS
Is there anyone who doesn’t enjoy a perfectly grilled chicken kabob? Good bbq ideas start with quality ingredients. The olive oil, garlic, and rosemary provides a tasty outer coating.
Most grillers have vast knowledge of beef, pork, and poultry recipes but forget that items like pizza can also be prepared on a grill. The best part of this recipe is the dough can be prepared in only 15 minutes.
Who doesn’t love watermelon? When I saw that this watermelon dish was grilled, I was salivating at the thought.
If you are looking for unique grill party ideas, consider adding this to the list.
If you’re a chimichurri sauce fan like I am, you won’t want to miss it over these delicious grilled shrimp. BBQ grilling isn’t just beef, pork, or poultry. These seafood treats provide easy bbq ideas for a crowd of people at your next summer cookout.
If you’re looking for easy BBQ ideas for a crowd, do not forget to include the potato salad or your guest will come after you with torches and pitchforks. Use and instant pot and it will be ready in minutes.
Shrimp is one of those perfect finger foods. The tails provide a perfect handle. The green tahini sauce is made with a perfect blend of parsley, cilantro, lemon, and jalapeno flavors. Shrimp skewers make perfect BBQ menu ideas for a crowd
SUMMER COOKOUT DESSERTS
Grilling isn’t all for the meat lovers. Desserts like grilled pound cake with limoncello bananas can be amazingly fun summer recipes that your family and guests will love.
If you love grilling kabobs, you will want to try these juicy grilled fruit kabobs.
SUMMER DRINK IDEAS
Cool off this summer with this amazing grilled watermelon habanero margarita that is out of site.
No list of fun summer recipes would be complete without a refreshing tall glass of ice cold lemonade.
36 Best BBQ Menu Ideas For A Crowd: Summer Cookout Recipes