Backyard BBQ Menu
Whether you are trying to decide on a dish to bring to a barbecue with friends, or you are hosting one yourself, planning out what to make for a BBQ can be a challenge. We have put together a menu with everything from starters and salads to mains and side dishes for the perfect barbecue that everyone will enjoy.
Eggplant Bruschetta is a fun low carb spin on traditional bruschetta that uses grilled slices of eggplant in place of bread! The eggplant is grilled until tender and then topped with a garlicky cream and chopped tomatoes. For a crowd pleasing make ahead appetizer this Creamy Chicken, Spinach & Artichoke Dip hits all of the marks. It can be made 2 days in advance and quickly warmed before serving.
When it comes to salads for a BBQ there 2 salads are not only real crowd pleasers, but they can both be made a day in advance. The Honey Mustard Carrot Salad is loaded with shredded carrots, tossed in a creamy honey mustard dressing and topped with crunchy sunflower seeds, shallots and parsley. The Creamy Cauliflower Faux-Tato Salad is a low carb spin on classic creamy potato salad. You can roast the cauliflower 2 days in advance and toss everything together day of.
Everyone needs a go-to coleslaw recipe and this one not only tastes good, but is also Paleo & Whole30. If you are looking for a real stand out salad, this Grilled Zucchini & Asparagus Salad is a showstopper! You can grill the veggies the morning of and toss everything before serving.
These aren’t your average Ribs, they are a great alternative to your basic BBQ ribs. They are marinated in a delicious lemon, garlic and herb sauce, baked in the oven until fall apart tender and then quickly grilled until charred on the edges. You can bake the ribs a day or 2 in advance and then grill before serving. Looking for something a bit more fancy? These Beef skewers include chunks of fig which a wonderful touch of sweetness. Assemble the skewers the day before to cut down on your day of prep.
These are ultimate burgers loaded with caramelized onions, a tangy special burger sauce and a flavor packed patty. For the Grilled Chicken with an Easy Spiced Marinade you can leave the chicken in the marinate for up to 3 days for maximum flavour and tender juicy meat.
Everyone loves a skewer! These are 2 fun ways to mix up your grill. The Jerk Chicken & Peach Skewers are incredibly flavourful and the spicy chicken is balanced well with the caramelized peaches. These Shrimp and Zucchini Ribbon Skewers are perfect for a BBQ! Ribbons of Zucchini are layered with shrimp, asparagus, seasoned with lemon & herbs and grilled.
These BBQ Cauliflower Steaks with Chimichurri are a great main dish to serve to Vegans or Vegetarians. The slices of cauliflower are grilled until tender and served with a zingy chimichurri sauce which you can prepare a day in advance. For a lighter side dish I love these Charred Asparagus that are tossed in vinaigrette and can be served warm or at room temperature.
Looking for easy veggie side dishes you can make on the grill? Both the Grilled Broccolini and Grilled Eggplant are easy to make side dishes that just require a few minutes on the barbecue to prepare.
This BBQ Fruit Salad is such a fun dessert to make. The fruit is grilled until juicy and tender and then tossed in a sticky cinnamon sauce. To save time chop all of the fruit in advance so that it’s all ready to be put on the grill. If you are looking for something refreshing, these Almond Butter Banana Popsicles require just a handful of ingredients and taste decadent but are actually Vegan and Paleo.
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