Here's my secret to being a backyard BBQ baller: I keep my sides, drinks, and desserts simple, but serve up 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 saucy ribs and dill pickle chicken, to cauliflower steaks and short ribs, here are 25 impressive mains for your end of summer 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.
- BBQ Ranch Chicken Bites
- Spicy Pineapple Chicken Packets
- Easy Jalapeño Grilled Chicken
- Fiona's Green Chicken
- Spicy Korean Grilled Chicken
- How To Cook a Crispy, Juicy Chicken on the Grill
- Dill Pickle Chicken
- Grilled Pesto Chicken Flatbreads
Pork and Beef Mains
Burgers and ribs are a fine place to start — especially when they have a little extra flare. You can also get a little more creative by using herb rubs, sauces, and flavor-packed marinades.
- How To Make Ribs in the Instant Pot
- Slow Cooker Peach Carnitas
- Mini Thai Pork Pitas
- How To Make the Juiciest Burger Patties
- Korean Bulgogi-Style Grilled Steak
- Beef Kofta with Tzatziki
- How To Make Great Ribs in the Oven
- Cilantro Lime Pork Chops
- Hawaiian Burgers with Grilled Pineapple
- Flank Steak Panzanella
- Slow Cooker Hawaiian Brisket Sandwiches
Cauliflower steaks, summery flatbreads, and skewered veggies with a tangy-sweet BBQ sauce are the showstoppers that will wow your veggie-loving friends.
- Grilled Eggplant Burgers with Halloumi Cheese
- Bryant Terry's Grilled Vegetable and Tofu Kebabs
- Grilled Chipotle-Lime Cauliflower Steaks
- Grilled Artichokes
- How To Make the Best Grilled Pizza
- Smoky Portobello Mushroom Cheeseburgers