25 Creative Main Dishes for a Crowd-Pleasing BBQ

25 Creative Main Dishes for a Crowd-Pleasing BBQ

Meghan Splawn
Aug 1, 2017

Here's my secret for being a backyard BBQ baller: I keep my side, drinks, and desserts simple, but serve up on the biggest, most impressive main dishes I can muster. Ribs, whole artichokes, or even a big ol' turkey are sure to wow your guests.

From teriyaki pork tenderloin, dill pickle chicken, cauliflower steaks, and short ribs, here 25 impressive mains for your next BBQ that will feed a crowd and then some.

Chicken and Turkey Mains

Grilled chicken and wings are classic BBQ fare, but this lineup shows you how to serve up something a little more unexpected, yet still totally delicious and perfect for BBQ season. And when you want to really impress your guests, a spatchcocked turkey on the grill will do it every time.

Pork and Beef Mains

Burgers are ribs are a fine place to start, especially when they have a little extra flare. You can also a little more creative by using herb rubs, sauces, and flavor-packed marinades.

Vegetarian Mains

Cauliflower steaks, summery flatbreads, and kebabs with a tangy-sweet BBQ sauce are the show-stoppers that will wow your veggie-loving friends.

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