Things to Bring to a BBQ

people gathered around bbq

The summer season means grilling season. If you are not hosting, you may wonder what things you can bring to capitalize on the food, friends, and fun activities! Luckily for you, there is no rulebook, but if you are unsure, here are a few surefire people-pleasing accompanies you could bring.

Meat-the main event

The most important part of a successful BBQ is perfectly grilled meat. Often the host will supply the meat, but the more, the merrier when it comes to delicious food.

Meat is often the main meal component, and without perfectly cooked, delicious meat, your summer outing could leave a sour taste.

Contrary to what some believe, beef is not the only viable meat for grilling. Some meat types that can be cooked and eaten are lamb, pork, chicken, turkey.

Sides, Sides, Sides

While the meat is essential, you can steal the show with the right side dishes! Nobody wants a summer meal without sides, and you can never have too many accompanying dishes. From sweet to savory and everywhere in between, having a wide variety of side dishes readily available is a must. Every type of meat can be complemented by several sides that will surely round out your cuisine.

  • Some classic sides include:
  • Corn on the cob
  • Baked beans
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Coleslaw
  • Potato salad
  • Macaroni and cheese


What is the point of savory food without a sweet treat afterward (or before)?

  • When it comes to dessert, the options are endless:
  • Fruit salad
  • Ice-cream
  • Brownies
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Fruit cobbler

Desserts can add an extra element to a deliciously grilled meal, from cold and icy options like ice cream to fudgy chocolate delicacies like brownies, chocolate cake, or pudding. There is a desert out there that is perfect to follow any summer meal.


When it comes to a BBQ, the possibilities for activities are endless! Try setting up a game of cornhole or horseshoes for some friendly competition, or bring out some classic board games to play while the food is cooking. For the kids, bubbles and sidewalk chalk are always a hit. And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, you could even organize a scavenger hunt or a water balloon fight. The key is to have a variety of activities to keep everyone entertained and having fun. With the right mix of food and fun, a BBQ is sure to be a memorable event for all. Check out our recipes for more ideas!