Summer BBQ Potluck Ideas

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A BBQ potluck in the summertime is my absolute favorite!! There really is nothing better than amazing grilled food on a hot summer day and these recipes are no exception!!

Hot Dogs and hamburgers are no longer the stars of the show at a BBQ! These recipes are going to blow your mind with the crazy variety of options and amazing tastes. Start by trying out some of my tried and true favorites like THEE BEST Grilled Shrimp, Amazing Grilled Vegetables, and Brown Sugar Grilled Peaches!

Collage of grilled bbq food.

Summer BBQ Potluck

I don’t know about you guys but I love a good BBQ in the summer! It is so fun to get family and friends together, relax outdoors and grill up some delicious food! Sometimes it is hard to know what to grill, or what to bring as a side to a family potluck. This is where I come in! I’ve taken the time to figure out what is perfect to bring to a BBQ potluck! There are so many amazing things to grill and sides to take! You will never have to wonder what to have at your summer BBQ again!

My absolute favorite thing about a potluck, and a (summer BBQ potluck nonetheless!) is that I get to try SO many different foods! I know that we host a potluck so that we don’t have to do everything ourselves… But I really love to have them for the different recipes! I get giddy thinking of all the new stuff I go away wanting to try! These recipes that I have included in this round-up are the very best, tried, and true BBQ potluck recipes that you will ever try. There are sweet options, savory options, and some that are so juicy and delicious that you will be wishing that you could grill outside all year long!

Tips to Becoming Your Neighborhood Grill Master

We all know that person who is a wizard at grilling. Everything they cook on that grill turns to gold and you can’t help but drool over the way they get the meat so juicy and the vegetables so tender. Read through these few tips to help you grill and before you know it, that person will be YOU and your BBQ potluck will be the new talk of the town!

  • Clean: You always want to start with a clean grill. Use that metal scrub brush and make sure there isn’t a lingering of last nights meal!
  • Fewer flips: If you find that your food is sticking to the grill, don’t try and move it around. It will break and you will let out all of the juices. It’s best to flip less often. Your food will unstick itself when it’s ready to be flipped!
  • Let it rest: Just like when you cook meat inside, when you are done on the BBQ, let it rest! Take your meat off the grill and give it a few minutes to soak in all of those juices before you chow down on it!
  • How to know when it’s done: If you are unsure about whether or not your food is done, buy a meat thermometer! You can then just test your meat before you take it off the grill and be confident that it’s safe to eat. Chicken is done at 165 degrees, salmon, steak and pork are done at 145 degrees.
  • Don’t flatten the meat: I know that you want those perfectly shaped hamburgers but resist the temptation to flatten them out. It squeezes all of the juices out and makes them dry!

Grilled Key Lime Chicken

Grilled Key Lime Chicken is tender and juicy chicken marinated in key lime flavor and grilled to perfection on a skewer.  It is quick and easy to make and enjoy with your family on a warm summer night!
Ingredients: Soy Sauce, Honey, Vegetable Oil, Juice of 2 limes, minced garlic, chicken breasts, limes for garnish

Grilled Artichokes

Grilled Artichokes are one of the best grilled summer side dishes or appetizers! Serve them with your favorite aioli, lemon garlic butter, or even just mayo as a dipping sauce!
Ingredients: artichokes, water, Kosher salt, garlic cloves, smashed, lemon halves, olive oil, cloves garlic, minced, salt & pepper, to taste

Brown Sugar Grilled Peaches

Brown sugar grilled peaches are a summertime delight. Ripe peaches are lightly charred on the barbecue then sprinkled with a sweet spiced topping that transforms into a glaze. Perfect as a quick dessert or add it to a fresh salad. 
Ingredients: peaches, unsalted butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, ground ginger, kosher salt, ground nutmeg

Grilled Portobello Burgers

Grilled Portobello Burgers are delicious, meaty and savory marinated portobello mushrooms, grilled to perfection and stacked in a soft toasted bun!  Quick and easy to grill, these mushrooms are so impressive and will become a new family favorite!
Ingredients: Olive oil, Melted Butter, Garlic Cloves minced, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, honey, salt and pepper, portobello mushroom, hamburger buns, cheese, arugula, tomato, red onion, mayonnaise

THEE BEST Grilled Shrimp

The BEST Grilled Shrimp is the perfect weeknight meal because it is super quick, full of flavor, and so easy to make!  Everyone will absolutely love and devour it!!
Ingredients: jumbo shrimp, salt and pepper, olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic cloves minced, Italian seasoning, lemon juice, soy sauce, dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce

Grilled Steak Faijtas

These Grilled Steak Fajitas are the perfect departure from burgers and hot dogs for simmer grilling. Marinated in the morning, throw on the grill with a medley of bell peppers and onions, and serve in charred tortillas with all your favorite fixings.
Ingredients: flank steak, limes, olive oil , garlic cloves,, chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper (optional), salt, , paprika , bell peppers, , onion, , flour tortillas, Sour Cream , Guacamole , Avocado Slices, Tomatoes , Extra Sour Cream

Grilled Honey Buffalo Chicken Wings

Grilled Honey Buffalo Chicken Wings are perfectly tender and juicy on the inside with a crispy skin on the outside that is drenched in a sweet and spicy honey buffalo sauce.  The flavors are so irresistible you will not be able to stop eating them!
Ingredients: wings, salt and pepper, buffalo sauce like Franks Red Hot Sauce, honey, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce

Grilled Honey Balsamic Portobello Mushrooms

Grilled Honey Balsamic Portobello Mushrooms have deep sweet and savory flavors and a substantial hearty texture that stands up perfectly to your grill!  Amazing as a grilled dinner or an appetizer, you will love the way this unique ingredient livens up your summer menu!
Ingredients: Olive oil, Melted Butter, Garlic Cloves, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, honey, salt and pepper, portobello mushrooms

Grilled Citrus Salmon with Pineapple Salsa

This grilled citrus salmon is tender and flaky with a sweet and savory pineapple salsa garnished on top. Grilled to perfection in a delicious marinade that make this salmon tender and juicy with every bite! 
Ingredients: orange juice, lemon juice, lime juice, orange marmalade, garlic cloves minced, Soy Sauce, brown sugar, Cornstarch, Water, Reynolds Wrap® Non-Stick Aluminum Foil, salmon filet, Recipe for Pineapple Salsa, Sliced orange

Grilled BBQ Chicken

This grilled BBQ chicken is simple to make tender chicken coated in sweet barbecue flavor that comes through in every bite!  You will be making this weekly after you see what a huge hit it is!
Ingredients: chicken breast, Homemade BBQ sauce, BBQ Sauce Reserve
Grilled vegetable kabobs served on a platter

Grilled Vegetable Kabobs

Grilled Vegetable Kebobs take a few minutes to put together and are the perfect way to celebrate summer veggies!
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Melted Butter, minced Garlic, dried Parsley, dried Basil, Paprika, Pepper, Lime Juice, Salt, Corn on the Cob, Red Bell Pepper, Mushrooms, Cherry Tomatoes, Zucchini
close-up of grilled corn

Easy Grilled Corn

Grilled Corn is a family favorite! It's so easy to make this incredibly delicious side dish that you'll have on repeat all summer long.
Ingredients: corn, olive oil

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

Grilled Honey Mustard chicken is tender and juicy grilled chicken covered in a sweet and tangy sauce with a punch of spice.  It is simple to prepare and so flavorful.  The fresh and perfectly balanced flavors of the honey mustard will be a staple in your summer BBQ plans!
Ingredients: of any whole grain mustard, of honey, Juice of ½ a lemon, garlic clove, paprika, salt, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, boneless

Grilled Cod

This Grilled Cajun Garlic Butter Cod is the only recipe you will need this summer! The cod is tender and juicy and the flavor is spicy and buttery, it's insanely delicious!
Ingredients: cod filet, salt and pepper, butter, olive oil, Cajun Seasoning, garlic minced

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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