As the season shifts from the warmth of summer to the gentle chill of fall, the barbecue scene in San Diego remains as vibrant as ever. While the aroma of grilled meats fills the air, it’s the classic BBQ sides that complement and elevate the meal. Here are seven must-have sides for your fall BBQ.
1. Baked beans
A hearty and flavorful dish, baked beans are a quintessential BBQ side. The CowgirQ menu introduces them as a staple, reflecting their importance in a BBQ spread. With a mix of sweetness, smokiness, and a hint of tang, baked beans can be customized with a range of flavors from smoky bacon to spicy jalapeños.
Coleslaw is a BBQ classic that offers a crisp and refreshing counterpart to the heavier BBQ meats. Whether you prefer a creamy or vinegar-based slaw, the crunch of fresh cabbage, carrots, and other veggies adds texture and flavor that can’t be beaten.
Grilled corn on the cob or buttery cornbread – both are fantastic choices. Corn complements the BBQ with its natural sweetness and versatile preparation methods. Charred kernels from the grill or the soft crumble of cornbread are sure to satisfy.
From garlic mashed potatoes to crispy potato salad, the options are endless. Potatoes act as a blank canvas, soaking up the flavors of herbs, spices, and sauces. A creamy potato salad or grilled potato wedges would make a delightful addition to your BBQ menu.
5. Mac and cheese
This creamy and cheesy delight, often accentuated with a golden-brown crust, is an absolute crowd-pleaser. Its rich flavors and comforting texture make it an indulgent side that pairs seamlessly with grilled meats.
Don’t forget the power of grilled vegetables. Zucchinis, bell peppers, asparagus, and mushrooms – when seasoned and charred on the grill – become irresistible sides that also offer a healthier dimension to the BBQ spread.
A light and refreshing salad can balance out the hearty BBQ flavors. Using fresh fall produce, like apples, pears, or even roasted butternut squash, you can create salads that embody the essence of the season.
While the meats might be the star of a San Diegoan BBQ, the sides are what make the meal complete. This fall, as you prep for your next BBQ, contact CowgirlQ to create a menu that will wow your guests and satisfy every palate.