BBQ Side Dishes

There are certain side dishes that are practically mandatory at a barbecue: corn on the cob, potato salad, pasta salad and baked beans to name a few. These classics pair perfectly with a slab of ribs or a big, meaty burger and instantly make you think of summer. But if you want to take your bbq side dishes a bit further, we have options for you too. Try our peach-and-fennel slaw for a crunchy, sweet twist on a salad or make these spicy charred fava bean pods to get smoky flavor. Food & Wine's guide has all the recipes you need.

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Using the Right Potato Is the Secret to a Great Potato Salad

It doesn't matter what you stir into the salad if the potatoes won't even hold together.

Grilled Baby Potato Salad

This modern take on potato salad forgoes mayo for a base of vinegar and olive oil. Justin Chapple also grills the potatoes to add a great smoky flavor before tossing them with quickly pickled red onions. But the best part is the playful salt-and-vinegar potato chip topping, which adds an addictive crunch. Slideshow: More Potato Salad Recipes 

Red Potato Salads

Red potato salad can be prepared dozens of ways, most often by tossing chopped, boiled potatoes with a dressing made from mayonnaise or vinegar. We love to add mustard seeds, grated cauliflower, smoky bacon and peppery arugula to mix up this classic picnic side dish. Baby red potatoes are our favorite kind to use for potato salad--they're super tender, and you don't even have to peel them...just nick off any bad spots before boiling. Whether you prefer a classic mayonnaise dressing or want to try something a little lighter (try olive oil and herbs), these potato salad recipes are perfect for everything from backyard barbecues to family dinners.

Barbecue Side Dishes

From roasted corn and red pepper salad to classic macaroni salad, here are Food & Wine's best barbecue side dishes.

Sautéed Collards and Cabbage with Gremolata

These crunchy sautéed greens from TV chef Carla Hall get big flavor from garlic, lemon and crushed red pepper. Slideshow: More Vegetarian Recipes 

Cumin-and-Chile-Braised Collard Green Stems

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This dish is a genius way to use up the stems of any hardy green. We used collard stems, but you could also use kale, chard or mustard stems. Slideshow: More Vegetarian Recipes 

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Sautéed Collard Greens with Pepperoni

Collards are often paired with bacon, but our new favorite twist is to flavor the greens with spicy pepperoni. Slideshow: Pizza Recipes 

Brazilian Collard Greens

If you think collards need to cook a long time to be tender, think again. Slice the greens paper thin and they'll be ready in just minutes. Slideshow: More Latin American Recipes