Killer Barbecue Side Dishes
So, you have your meats for barbecue selected and the drinks on ice. Wait, you think you’re done?
Sure, people are coming to see how good you are cooking them meats, but come on! We need some side dishes!
A killer barbecue side dishes can make or break a barbecue, well, not really. I’m sure that if you make the most mouthwatering ribs or slice-with-a-spoon steak, you’ll be forgiven for not having some sides. However, if you have some power-eaters that are going to be looking to make a cushioning landing for those awesome meats, then it might be good to add some barbecue side dishes.
Power Spuds - killer barbecue side dishes
This is a simple, but awesome and killer barbecue side dish. All you will need is some baby potatoes and a little love. Ok, you’ll need more than love, but it’s nice to say.
Put the baby spuds into a microwave safe dish and give them a zap. Usually around five to ten minutes depending on how many potatoes you are doing. You want them to be a bit soft, but not completely done.
In another dish, crush up some garlic, add some butter, and some fresh parsley. Zap that in the microwave until the butter is just melted. Mix together.
Once you have the grill fired up, put the spuds on the grill and give them a brush with the garlic butter. Once the potatoes are cooked through, and have a bit of char on the skins, take them off and slice them in half.
Brush the meat of the potatoes with the garlic butter and sprinkle some of your favorite grated cheese. Pop the potatoes back on the grill and close the top until that cheese is nice and melted. Drizzle a little more of the butter on top of them before serving and you have a killer barbecue side dish that goes great with any barbecue ribs or steak.
Chili Cheese Crusted Corn Cobs
It’s the quintuple-C’s baby! The prep for this one is dead simple, but the results are amazing. First, take some corn on the cob and place it in a sheet of aluminum foil. Add a little butter and roll up the corn in the foil.
Put the foiled corn onto the grill or resting rack of the barbecue and let it cook. While the corn is on the grill, mix some grated Parmesan and red chili flakes in a shallow dish.
When the corn is cooked and buttery, take it off the grill and out of the foil. Roll the corn, carefully and quickly as it’ll still be hot, in the chili cheese. Then when it has a good coating, place it back on the grill over an open flame or over hot coals. Let the cheese melt and get some good color. A slight char will bring out the sweetness of the corn and add a smokey flavor.
It won’t take long for the crust to form. Take it off the grill and serve it up. People will be talking about that corn cob for days. Or cursing your name when they go to the toilet next. Either way…it’s memorable.
Texas Dipping Toast - killer barbecue side dishes
I don’t know if this is actually from Texas or if they would get mad at me for giving them credit, but it’s what I know it as so that’s the damn name.
This one might be the simplest, but it’s my favorite. Melt some butter in a dish. Add some red chili flakes, chopped chives, and a touch of garlic powder. Mix that up and brush both sides of some thick cut bread with the butter.
Place the bread on the grill and toast until golden brown on both sides. Slice it up and serve it with hummus, nacho cheese, or a bean chili dip. It’ll go down a treat.
This toast also makes mind-blowing grilled cheese sandwiches and will work for burger buns as well.
So, there you go. Some killer barbecue side dishes that will take your barbecue from great to legendary.
Now, if you’ll excuse me. I NEED some Texas Toast in my life right now. FIRE UP THAT GRILL!