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Old 05-12-2008, 09:02 AM   #1
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Need idea for a BBQ side dish

So my brother is throwing a big BBQ this Saturday with LOTS of people. We each have to bring a dish. I don't want to do the typical pasta salad/fruit salad/potato salad routine, so any other ideas? Thanks!

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Old 05-12-2008, 09:13 AM   #2
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Bring the keg.
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Old 05-12-2008, 09:19 AM   #3
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Do you know who else is bringing food?

Baked beans, chili, nachos, chips and dip...
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no pasta salad at all or you just don't want to bring a run-of-the-mill salad?
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Bring the keg.

Hahaha...unfortunately it's BYOB.
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Old 05-12-2008, 09:26 AM   #6
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no pasta salad at all or you just don't want to bring a run-of-the-mill salad?
Well there are a few ppl who are already bringing pasta salad. I kinda wanna make something better than your typical picnic fare.
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Old 05-12-2008, 09:28 AM   #7
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The main attraction is...Beef, Pork, Chicken, Goat, Game, or maybe just Hamburgers and Hot dogs????? Other?
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Well it's technically a pasta salad but I really love this one for something different.

Recipes : Spinach Artichoke Pasta Salad : Food Network

My kids hate it so I never get to make it.
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Old 05-12-2008, 09:36 AM   #9
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The main attraction is...Beef, Pork, Chicken, Goat, Game, or maybe just Hamburgers and Hot dogs????? Other?
It'll be hamburgers/hot dogs, and bbq chicken. My brother will be making that, and the rest of us will be bringing the sides.
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Old 05-12-2008, 10:19 AM   #10
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How about some marinated grilled veggies? Cut bell peppers into quarters, onions into 1/2-inch thick slices, and zucchini into 1/4-1/2-inch thick planks. Marinate for at least an hour in a mixture of lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, minced thyme or rosemary, salt and pepper, then grill till soft and caramelized.
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How about mini grilled pizzas? Break small portions of store bought pizza dough into balls, flatten with your hand and brush both sides with olive oil. Grill them, directly over the coals, flipping so both sides cook without one side burning. When you flip it, put the grated cheese and fresh tomato slices on top. The heat from just being over the coals will melt the cheese.

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How about some marinated grilled veggies? Cut bell peppers into quarters, onions into 1/2-inch thick slices, and zucchini into 1/4-1/2-inch thick planks. Marinate for at least an hour in a mixture of lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, minced thyme or rosemary, salt and pepper, then grill till soft and caramelized.

That's a good idea but only halve the veggies or you'll be standing there for 2 hours trying to turn those little pieces. Grill large pieces (half works best) then cut to final size on a board.

Edit: Oh, and leave the root end intact on the onion.
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That's a good idea but only halve the veggies or you'll be standing there for 2 hours trying to turn those little pieces. Grill large pieces (half works best) then cut to final size on a board.

Edit: Oh, and leave the root end intact on the onion.
Good thoughts, Jeeks, thanks.

You can also put wooden skewers through the onion slices, to keep them from falling apart when you turn or remove them. Insert two skewers in parallel through two onion slices, about 1/3 and 2/3 of the way across the slices.
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So my brother is throwing a big BBQ this Saturday with LOTS of people. We each have to bring a dish. I don't want to do the typical pasta salad/fruit salad/potato salad routine, so any other ideas? Thanks!
Yo! Check it out!! Right here!!

Boil up some "Swimps" at your house...take them to the Q nice and cold...ready to peel and eat.... Just enough for an appy...not an 'all you can eat' deal.....take a little sauce along too...Spicy boiled swimps go good with BYOB, beer, and BBQ smoke!

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Home made potato chips

Baked beans .. add bacon and onions

Vanilla ice cream and a cake like dessert?
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my family does fresh ears of corn on the cob on the grill....it's very tasty and sweet. Just pull the husk back(don't pull it off though) and clean out the silk, then rub with butter and sprinkle with smoked paprika and/or cayenne pepper for a lilttle spice. Cover back up with the husks and wrap in foil. Add to the grill with your meat and let it smoke through for about 15 to 20 minutes....delish!
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my family does fresh ears of corn on the cob on the grill....it's very tasty and sweet. Just pull the husk back(don't pull it off though) and clean out the silk, then rub with butter and sprinkle with smoked paprika and/or cayenne pepper for a lilttle spice. Cover back up with the husks and wrap in foil. Add to the grill with your meat and let it smoke through for about 15 to 20 minutes....delish!
Along with ^^^^, I sprinkle some fresh parmesan and thyme on mine. Yum!
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Yo Chave....I'm sorry...I forgot to suggest you take a gallon (or two) of Margaritas..






Yum!!! Goes well with da swimps!!
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Yo Chave....I'm sorry...I forgot to suggest you take a gallon (or two) of Margaritas..






Yum!!! Goes well with da swimps!!
how about two!
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Along with ^^^^, I sprinkle some fresh parmesan and thyme on mine. Yum!

ooh I'm going to try that...sounds delish!
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