Summer Side Dishes: 3 BBQ Sides

August 16, 2022

Meat tends to get all the glory at a barbecue, and rightfully so, but that doesn't mean you have to have boring summer side dishes. We cleaned up three classic BBQ sides now worthy of more space on your plate. 

Three BBQ side dishes next to grilled chicken on a white plate

Mexican Street Corn (Esquites) Recipe

Celebrate the last hurrah of the season with this classic seasonal dish. Esquites are the off-the-cob version of elotes and pairs perfectly with our Parchment Packet BBQ Chicken Fajitas recipe.

A side serving of Mexican Street Corn on a white plate with a lime wedgeIngredients:


  1. Drizzle Avocado Oil in a cast iron pan on medium-high heat
  2. Add corn and stir frequently until corn starts to blacken
  3. Put corn in bowl and add remaining ingredients
  4. Combine throughly until corn is evenly coated and enjoy


Easy Keto Coleslaw Recipe

Coleslaw is usually the first thing to go at a barbecue when you're looking to cut back on processed junk. But when you use Primal Kitchen Mayo with high-quality ingredients, you can confidently say "more, please!" Pair it with our Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwich and you've got a flavorful, cleaned up classic.

Coleslaw side in a small side dish in front of a jar of Primal Kitchen MayoIngredients:

  • 4 cups coleslaw mix
  • 1/3 cup of Primal Kitchen Mayo
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Natural Sweetener (such as powdered monkfruit)
  • 1 Tbsp Celery Seed
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until coleslaw mix is evenly coated with mayo mixture.
  2. Serve and enjoy!


Baked Beans Recipe

Get ready to tuck in that napkin and savor this easy, potluck friendly, cast iron baked beans recipe. Pair it with our BBQ Baby Back Ribs recipe for a rich and flavorful meal everyone will devour. A pair made in summer cookout heaven.

A side of baked beans in a small cast iron dish



  1. Preheat grill or oven to 325℉
  2. Cut up bacon into pieces and place in a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir
  4. Cook on the grill or in the oven for 45 minutes at 325℉


Need ideas to pair with these summer side dishes? Try one of these BBQ recipes:

Looking for more BBQ side dish recipe ideas? Look no further:

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