What To Bring For A BBQ Potluck – Tips and Ideas

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There are many types of American BBQ and a potluck is one of them.

You have been invited to a BBQ potluck and now you are wondering what to bring.

If you went blank and have no idea what to bring you came to the right place. I have been there and done that.

I came up with a short list of things you can bring with you to any BBQ party you are invited to.

“Here are some ideas that are easy to make and are crowd pleasers.”

Macaroni Salad

If there is one dish that goes great with BBQ I think we can say Macaroni salad at the top of the list.

Ingredients for macaroni salad

  • Elbow macaroni
  • Boiled eggs
  • Celery
  • pickles
  • Sugar
  • Mustard

Cook the macaroni and let it cool. Mix all the ingredients and taste them. Add more things to your liking. Ready!

Potato Salad

This is another one of the winners that about everyone likes with their BBQ.

Ingredients for potato salad

I personally love to make my potato salad with Yukon gold potatoes.

  • Potatoes
  • Boiled eggs
  • Celery
  • Green onion
  • Mayonaise
  • Salt and pepper

Boil the potatoes for about 20 minutes until soft and tender.

Cut and slice all other ingredients and mix them with the boiled and cut potatoes.

Taste and add salt or pepper to your liking.

Fruit Salad

Many people like a fresh fruit salad with a plate full of BBQ food.

Ingredients for fruit salad

You can make it as hard or as simple as you can. I prefer to stick to the fruit that most people like to eat and not too many exotic fruits that people might not know.

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple
  • Bananas
  • Kiwi
  • Apples
  • Orange

I use the juices in the salad to make it last longer and to preserve that fruit.

More Things You Can Bring To A BBQ Potluck.

If you have no time to prepare anything or are not comfortable doing this there are some things you can bring that do not require more prepping than slicing.

  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Garlic bread
  • Chips
  • Ice cream

What if they tell you not to bring anything to the BBQ?

You know that most people that invite you to a BBQ do not expect you to bring anything.

But most of us will do it anyway. At least I do. So what can you bring?

  • Wine or beer
  • Flowers for the woman of the house
  • Dessert
  • Ice tea
  • Sodas

What always to bring to a BBQ

“There is one thing I always try to bring with me and that is a good mood.”

This might sound logical but sometimes you are not in a good mood or got things on your mind.

Try to leave these at home and have a good time. A BBQ is a great way of gathering with friends or neighbors and a good mood should be part of the party.

I know that this is just a limited list and that there are hundreds of other things you can bring to a potluck BBQ party.

I just try to give some easy-to-prepare options and a few that need no preparation at all for the ones who don’t have time.

All the ideas I gave you here are all to be considered good BBQ side dishes.

Eddie van Aken

Eddie van Aken has years of experience in running his full-service restaurant and with this came working with using and dealing with all types of kitchen equipment. With his experience, he can find all the pros and cons of grills and add them to the grill reviews he is doing. You can read more on the about page for Eddie van Aken

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