Classic Cookout Side Dishes

It's August.  School starts soon.  Labor Day is almost upon us.  Football preseason has begun.  Seems like summer is almost over, but there is still at least one more month of good cookout weather for most of the country and for many parts, there are still two, three or four months of good weather for weekend cookouts.  

Hot dogs and hamburgers, ribs and steaks, the delectable scent of grilled meat wafting through the neighborhood.  All are hallmarks of a successful cookout.  But what is steak without corn, brats without macaroni salad, burgers without watermelon?  The grilled meat may draw everyone to the cookout, but it's the side dishes that make the meal.

Vegetarian Baked Beans - photo by musicpb on flickr.  The recipe for these beans is also available on flickr.
Vegetarian Baked Beans - photo by musicpb on flickr. The recipe for these beans is also available on flickr.
A bowl of fresh salsa, surrounding by some of the ingredients used to make it.
A bowl of fresh salsa, surrounding by some of the ingredients used to make it.
Cole slaw is a classic barbecue side dish.
Cole slaw is a classic barbecue side dish.
Mama Shirley's old-fashioned corn bread.  The photo comes from MomsWhoThink.com on flickr and the recipe is also available there.
Mama Shirley's old-fashioned corn bread. The photo comes from MomsWhoThink.com on flickr and the recipe is also available there.
Corn on the cob, grilled in its own husk, makes a nutritious and delicious side dish.
Corn on the cob, grilled in its own husk, makes a nutritious and delicious side dish.
Deviled eggs, though usually an hors d'oeuvre, makes an easy side dish for cookouts.
Deviled eggs, though usually an hors d'oeuvre, makes an easy side dish for cookouts.
Melon salad brings all the juicy freshness of summer to a cookout.
Melon salad brings all the juicy freshness of summer to a cookout.

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liswilliams 6 years ago from South Africa

good wholesome food, making me hungry!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Okay, my mouth is watering now! thumbs up1


BenjaminB 6 years ago

Whens the cookout I'll bring the beer,lol!


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nifty@50 6 years ago

The side dish often lefts up the main dish to make a strong meal! This hub gives you plenty of great choices to pick from!


ShihShih 23 months ago

I made this for a BBQ yesterday a rammocendetion by a co-worker; and it was a hit. Everyone asked for the recipe. My husband thought it would be better with more cilantro and more pepper (he loves spicy food). And I did use half brown sugar and half regular sugar. Simply delicious! Oh, I served it with scoop corn chips!! h


Flavio 23 months ago

I found this recipe on pterniest last spring. I have made it several times. We LOVE it. It is delicious with grilled chicken breast, fish, and flank steak!! We have made it for guests and everyone always raves about it. Even my picky 3 and 6 yr olds clean their plates.

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