Even though a barbecue seems like a laid back affair, more often than not, a lot of planning goes into it. Whether you are planning your first barbecue or you are an old pro, having a barbecue menu plan can be useful. Knowing a few classic barbecue foods will help you get a shopping list together, or you can start telling people what they can bring.
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The heart of the barbecue menu is the food that comes off the grill. Traditionally, barbecue meat is slow cooked over indirect heat. Popular meat choices would include pork shoulder, ribs, brisket and chicken. That said, fish, steak, sausage, hamburgers and hot dogs are also popular barbecue menu choices, although some are not slow cooked.
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Salads are commonly made as sides on a barbecue menu. Potato salad is likely the most popular, but coleslaw, macaroni salad and pasta salad are also common favourites. Other common barbecue side salads would include fruit salad, garden salad, cucumber salad and bean salad.
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Grilled vegetables are also a popular choice for most barbecue menus, corn on the cob is a popular choice. Baked beans are also a favourite menu item. Both can be cooked on or off the grill. Like barbecue meats, baked beans tend to be most flavourful when they are slow cooked.
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Most traditional barbecue menus have some type of bread or roll. Cornbread is probably the most commonly served as a side. Dinner rolls are served at some barbecues in place of, or as an alternative to cornbread.