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Nat'l Barbecue Month: BBQ Party Side Dishes

No barbecue party is complete without side dishes that go well with slow-cooked, tender, juicy meat. Below are some of the yummiest side dishes that would make your barbecue party a huge success!

Courtesy: Barbecue Party Ideas

Tonia of The Gunny Sack has a great recipe for Apple Mango Salsa which she originally paired with Chicken over rice. With its fresh and fruity versatility, this salsa would easily go well with other kinds of barbecued meats.

Apple Mango Salsa from The Gunny Sack
1 green apple, cubed
1 mango, cubed
¼ cup onion, diced
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
Salsa Dressing:
¼ cup zesty italian dressing
¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon orange juice concentrate
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon fresh garlic, minced

Apple Mango Salsa. Courtesy: The Gunny Sack

Another staple side dish when it comes to barbecue parties or picnics is corn on the cob. This version from Grill Girl is extra flavorful with hints of coconut and lime.

Grilled Corn With Coconut Lime Butter and Pepper Jack Cheese from Grill Girl
Ingredients: (serves 2)
2 ears of corn
2 oz grated pepper jack cheese
Coconut Lime Butter:
One stick of butter, softened
Juice of 2 limes
zest of 2 limes
1 tblsp grated coconut
sea salt

Grilled Corn With Coconut Lime Butter and Pepper Jack Cheese. Courtesy: Grill Girl

Roasted vegetables also give a fresh bite to a barbecue meal. This flavorful ensemble from Averie Cooks is quite simple to make but is loaded with tongue-tingling tastes.

Lemon Rosemary Coconut Oil Roasted Vegetables from Averie Cooks
2 cups baby carrots or trimmed carrots
1 cup Brussels sprouts, halved
1 cup green beans, trimmed
1 cup broccoli florets
about 4 tablespoons coconut oil, divided; melted or softened
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
juice of half of one lemon
salt and pepper, to taste

Lemon Rosemary Coconut Oil Roasted Vegetables. Courtesy: Averie Cooks

Who doesn't love a nice bun to soak up all that barbecue juices and hold up that tender meat? Kitchen Joy Blog teaches us how to make homemade burger buns from scratch that may need a little bit of elbow grease, but is definitely worth all the effort!

Homemade Hamburger Buns from Kitchen Joy Blog
2 tablespoons warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons (1 envelope) active dry yeast
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 cups whole milk, at room temperature
1 large egg, at room temperature
2 1/4 cups bread flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
cooking spray (for oiling bowl)
Egg wash (1 additional egg + 1 teaspoon water)
Sesame seeds

Homemade Hamburger Buns.Courtesy: Kitchen Joy Blog

TIP: Use a silicone baking mat when baking buns or roasting vegetables in the oven to make it easier to take them off the baking sheet.

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Homemade Hamburger Buns.Courtesy: Kitchen Joy Blog

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