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10 Favorite Cookout Side Dishes

When you think about firing up the grill, lots of main dishes come to mind—burgers, hot dogs, and ribs for starters. Clearly meat reigns supreme on the grill…but don’t forget that side dishes make the meal complete. When planning your next cookout, try these amazing side dishes. Some can go right on the grill, too!

1. Warm Cabbage Slaw

This warm, tasty slaw is actually made on the grill alongside your main dish. It’s a classic combo of cabbage, onion, and carrots. The coleslaw mixture comes together in the Rockcrok® Casserole placed on the grill and covered tightly with aluminum foil. This tender, vinegary slaw tastes amazing on top of grilled brats, hot dogs, or even piled high on top of burgers.

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Cabbage Slaw

2. Mexican Corn on the Cob

What could make corn on the cob better than salt and butter? Mayonnaise and cheese! To make this summery street food, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, lime juice, and cayenne pepper. Once you’ve boiled (or grilled!) your corn on the cob, spread the mayonnaise mixture onto each ear and roll them in a grated parmesan cheese (or cotija) and cilantro mixture. You’ll never go back to plain ol’ salt and butter again!

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Mexican Corn on the Cob

3. Beans ‘N Fixins

You can cook beans right on your grill with a Rockcrok®. Prep your grill for indirect cooking on medium heat. Then combine beans with your favorite flavors. Make your beans Tex-Mex flavored with chopped green chilies, chipotle-flavored with bell peppers, or barbecue flavored with BBQ seasonings and bacon.

Grill tip: When you use your Rockcrok® on the grill, cover the dish with heavy-duty aluminum foil.

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4. Creamy Potato Salad

Nothing says it’s time for a cookout quite like potato salad. Its cool, creamy, starchy goodness tastes awesome with smoky grilled meats. This tasty spin on the party staple features sugar snap peas, radishes, and green onions.

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Creamy Potato Salad

5. Calico Coleslaw

Add more color to your picnic table with this bright, vibrant coleslaw. It gets beautiful colors from red cabbage, julienned carrots, and strips of red and yellow peppers. It’s perfect for a party because you can prep your vegetables and dressing in advance and refrigerate them separately. To prevent the colorful vegetables from bleeding together, don’t add the dressing until just before you are ready to serve.

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6. Grilled Garlic Bread

This is genius. Who doesn’t love crusty bread as a side dish? It’s also excellent for soaking up all the extra BBQ sauce on your plate. Yum! It’s as simple as bread, melted butter, pressed garlic, and grill flames.

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Garlic Bread

7. Grilled Corn with Roasted Red Pepper Butter

Add a little color and flavor to the butter you slather on sweet grilled corn. Finely process roasted red peppers, shallots, parsley, and salt. Then add the mixture to your melted butter. Brush the corn with half the butter and pepper mixture. Once your corn is beautifully browned on the grill, brush with the rest of the butter mixture. Voilà!

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8. Italian Pesto Pasta Salad

A fresh pasta salad is a colorful standout at any cookout. And it’s surprisingly simple to make at home: it’s cooked pasta, diced salami, cucumber, olives, and mozzarella. Add more color and flavor by mixing in prepared pesto.

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9. Grilled “Baked” Potatoes with Chive Sour Cream

Baked potatoes are another familiar side dish at many barbecues. But why bother with the oven when the grill is already fired up? Brush your potatoes with oil and sprinkle on salt. You’ll want to start your potatoes early because they’ll take 35–40 minutes to get nice and tender.

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Grilled “Baked” Potatoes with Chive Sour Cream

10. Apple Cider Coleslaw

Here’s a great recipe that turns a store-bought cabbage slaw mix into a really tasty, extra-crunchy side dish. Add chopped red apples, celery, toasted almond slices, and a yummy cider vinegar dressing. This side dish is a must-have at any barbecue.

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