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Are you planning to host a barbecue party this summer? While the main dishes tend to get most of the attention during a summer cookout, side dishes are responsible for making the entire meal shine. In this post, we’ve compiled a list of the best traditional and nontraditional sides that make a good pairing for barbecue.

  1. Roasted Mexican street corn

Mexican street corn is unlike any other corn. Whether baked or grilled, it makes the perfect summer barbecue party side and comes with an awesome garlicky-lime cream sauce. It doesn’t matter if you’ve tried elote before or if it’s your first time; this recipe will blow your taste buds away.

  1. Macaroni salad

Macaroni salad is a classic side to throw together with your barbecue. You can pair this delicious pasta with simple items like pepper, cheese, celery and tomatoes, or load it with chopped veggies and hard-boiled eggs in a creamy, sweet, tangy dressing. Either way, it is easy to make and fills your guests to the fullest.

  1. Baked potatoes

Baked potatoes are a humble but excellent dish for a cookout. The potatoes are heated for around 45 to 60 minutes on high heat to ensure they’re fluffy inside. The mouth-watering crisp skin that appears right after a quick basting with olive oil will be a crowd pleaser.

  1. Coleslaw

Coleslaw is one of the must-have side dishes for barbecue this summer. Not only does it go with all types of grilled meat, whether chicken or burger, but it also has a creamy and colorful appearance suitable for summer parties. The recipe is also easy to make for a large group of people, making it an appealing choice for a party.

  1. Baked beans

Baked beans topped with bacon have the perfect sweet and savory flavor, so it’s no wonder this is one of the most commonly prepared side dishes at potlucks and get-togethers. The recipe is easy to make and complements any meat prepared at a barbecue party.

Get everything you need for your next party from The Farmer’s Daughter Market

For a small crowd, visit our restaurant for easy dining and grab-and-go meat, sides and desserts from our Dinner Bell Takery. For a larger party, give us a call at 405.598.2683 to discuss our catering services!