Two Options for Delicious BBQ Side Dishes

Two Options for Delicious BBQ Side Dishes

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Ahhhhh Summer – the season of BBQ’s; there may be no better way to end a day spent at the pool or out on a hike. Fortunately, planning a BBQ is relatively easy, even for a large group or family reunion – you just have to have the right dishes. Here, you’ll find two simple, go-to recipes for BBQ side dishes. These side dishes are easily paired with any main dish you may choose to whip up at your next family BBQ.


Recipe #1 Baked Beans

During the summer months, baked beans are a family staple at our house. My mom brings them to every family BBQ and they are always a huge hit among adults AND kids. Here is our tried-and-true family recipe. The best part? This recipe can easily be made ON vacation! You just need a stove, a pot, a can opener, and something to stir it all together. If you are staying at a resort like Coral Springs, you should have a kitchen stocked with the cooking utensils you need.

Baked Beans:

1 15 oz. can Garbanzo beans
1 15 oz. can red kidney beans
1 15 oz. can white beans
1 15 oz. can pork and beans (optional to choose larger can for larger group)
1½ cups chopped onion
1½ cups chopped celery
1½ cups chopped green bell pepper
1 cup ketchup
½ tsp Worcestershire sauce (optional)
½ tsp garlic salt
1½ cups brown sugar
chopped bacon on top (amount is optional)


Combine all of the ingredients above and bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours in an oven-safe baking dish (BEST option) OR cook in a pot on the stove on a low heat for 1-2 hours (stir every 5-10 minutes and check as you cook until dish is done to your liking)


Recipe #2 Caesar Salad

As much as I love baked beans, sometimes you need something lighter to pair with your burger or hot dog. That’s why I love putting together a delicious, light caesar salad. Here is my go-to recipe. It serves approximately 6.

Caesar Salad:

3 heads of Romaine lettuce
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 cups croutons (store-bought of you can make your own)

salad dressing


You can find a Caesar dressing at almost any grocery store (easy option if you are travelling). I recommend the Newman’s Own or Litehouse brands.

make your own

However, I think that homemade Caesar dressing is tastier and healthier. If at home, you may already have these ingredients on hand.

6 cloves of garlic mashed and minced
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
½ cup olive oil
Pepper (preferably fresh-ground)
Lemon juice


Combine garlic, mustard, vinegar and two pinches of salt in a blender or mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Add mayonnaise and blend together until thick (a few minutes). Slowly, pour olive oil while blending/mixing. Be sure to scrape the blender/bowl to incorporate all of the ingredients. Season with salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste.

(courtesy of the Food Network)

NOTE: Most caesar dressing recipes include anchovy fillets. This ingredient is an authentic and traditional part of the dressing, though it can be discarded if you do not have it on hand, are vegetarian, or do not want to make the purchase while on vacation. Just be sure to find a recipe like the one above that will work without the anchovies. If you prefer to include anchovies, take a look at recipes here, here, and here for variations.

So, here you have two simple recipes that pack a lot of flavor without breaking the bank. Baked beans and a caesar salad are both crowd pleasers that will have your entire party licking their lips for more.

Live Well, Travel Better

Weston Sill

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