This Family-Friendly Barbecue Menu Makes Magic Happen

The season for outdoor parties and barbecues is here! Summer is just starting up and that means it's time to put your grill to good use! There is nothing more American than a backyard BBQ - that's why it's a classic. However, sometimes tradition needs to be shaken up a bit to keep it fresh.

This season, why not take a new spin on typical BBQ fare? Opt for homemade chips instead of store bought ones, take your burgers to the next level with unexpected toppings, and use dessert as a way to get some health food in. However you choose to mix and match your next cook out, it's guaranteed to make your meal a masterpiece.

Need some ideas to plan your menu? We have a few for you. If you want to add a certain regional spin to it, say you live in Texas and want to smoke brisket, or live in California and want to top everything with avocado, do your thing!

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Bowls of potato chips and salted nuts are a common site at any backyard BBQ, but why not step it up a notch? The extra effort is sure to get rave reviews when your family tastes the results.

Homemade Potato Chips with Sriracha BBQ Sauce

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How Sweet Eats

You would be hard pressed to find someone who didn't love the convenience of store-bought potato chips, but that is because they have never had these fresh, crispy, creations straight out of the oven.

The blue cheese and barbecue sauce combination really make this unforgettable. Get the recipe here.

Sweet Potato Chips

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A Beautiful Mess

Seriously easy and seriously good. Plus, you can play with colors and seasonings which will make this appetizer just as good to look at as it is to eat.

The low-carb craze still hasn't died down in America, and this is a great option for friends who are participating in Whole30 or otherwise. Get the recipe here.

Honey Roasted Nuts

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With a deep caramel flavor that is dusted with just a hint of sea salt, these nuts a delicious salty-sweet combination that will have you wondering if it's actually a healthy appetizer for your family. Hint: It is.

Get the recipe here.

Main Dish Masterpieces

Sure you could spend your afternoon smoking a brisket, a rack of hickory ribs, or pulled pork, and it would be delicious. But then again, you could also go for the tried and true, the fail-proof people pleaser: the all-American burger.

We know, you don't want your BBQ to be ranked second class just because you chose such a simple main course, so here are a few burger recipes sure to leave even the most high-class carnivore coming back for seconds.

Feel free to sub in grilled chicken breasts in place of the meat patty if you're looking to cut down on your red meat intake.

Bacon Brie Burger

Country Cleaver
Country Cleaver

Brie? Bacon? Brioche bun? And to think burgers aren't fancy. This one is so good that you will be dreaming about it.

Get the recipe here.

Tuscano Burger

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Country Cleaver

For those times when you can't decide between a burger and pizza. Loaded with Italian flavor, this one fits the bill for both.

Get the recipe here.

Cajun Burger

Neighborhood Food Blog
Neighborhood Food Blog

Spice up a classic and try this Cajun twist on a burger. Simple and delicious.

Get the recipe here.

Surefire Sides

Are you tired of potato salad and coleslaw as the only two sides that you see at BBQs? We don't blame you. So for your next family BBQ try something a little different to compliment your carefully crafted burgers.

These barbecue side dishes take home the win every single time.

Grilled Flat Breads

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Fresh baked bread is always a good choice. Especially when it can double as a hamburger bun should the need arise.

Get the recipe here.

Southern Baked Beans

Add a Pinch
Add a Pinch

Classic and easy, this is a perfect side dish for any meal and will quickly become a favorite.

The brown sugar really takes this recipe over the top and it'll quickly be a favorite. Get the recipe here.

Grilled Vegetables

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Think veggies are a boring side dish? Think again. With such variety available, their versatility is endless.

Here are some popular ways to grill your vegetables at a BBQ.

Delectable Desserts

Since the grill is already fired up, why not take advantage and throw some fruit on it for dessert?

It's a sweet solution to complete your meal that requires less work than whipping up a chocolate.

Grilled Peaches with Pecans

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All you have to do is slice the fruit in half, brush it with maple syrup, and lay it on the grill. Then step back and watch the magic happen.

Oh yeah, don't forget to put them on ice cream and sprinkle some toasted pecans on top of course.

Get the recipe here.

Grilled Pineapple with Cinnamon Honey Sauce

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A naturally sweet recipe, you are guaranteed to get your kids to eat their daily dose of fruit and fool them into thinking it's a decadent dessert at the same time.

Get the recipe here.

Don't Forget Drinks

No BBQ is complete without drinks - for both adults and children.

Go beyond your typical ice chest and instead opt for a mini-mocktail bar where guests can choose and design their own drinks. Offer juices, sparkling beverages, infused water, and maybe a little something for the adults.

Fish House Punch

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This punch recipe dates back to 1732. If it has lasted this long, you know that it must be good. The best part about it is that it can be made with or without alcohol so that everyone can enjoy!

To make it kid-friendly, substitute the rum for ginger ale and change the brandy to peach juice.

Get the recipe here.

This backyard barbecue menu is everything you need to make the most of your time outside.

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