Our 21 Best Side Dishes for Ribs—Because Your BBQ Deserves It

Whether they’re dry rubbed or tossed in a sticky-sweet Kansas City-style sauce that leaves stains in unexpected places, baby back ribs instantly turn up the volume on your summer gathering. Pounds of ribs laid side by side is a sight to behold—and the …

Whether they're dry rubbed or tossed in a sticky-sweet Kansas City-style sauce that leaves stains in unexpected places, baby back ribs instantly turn up the volume on your summer gathering. Pounds of ribs laid side by side is a sight to behold—and the smell of them coming right off the grill or being pulled out of the oven guarantees that neighbors will walk over uninvited to say, "what's cooking?" But hey, the more the merrier, especially when it comes to such a crowd-friendly main course like ribs.

And while the meat is plenty filling on its own, a true barbecue feast will also feature an all-star lineup of side dishes like potato salad, coleslaw, grilled summer vegetables, baked beans, sautéed greens, and a whole lot more. Here are 21 of the best side dishes to serve with ribs all summer long.

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12 Best Grilling Tools to Stock Up for the Summer

If there was a noise that marked the start of summer, what would it be? Kids splashing in a pool, or maybe the crack of a bat at a baseball stadium? Personally, I think it would be the sizzle of meat on a grill—I can’t help but associate warm weather w…

If there was a noise that marked the start of summer, what would it be? Kids splashing in a pool, or maybe the crack of a bat at a baseball stadium? Personally, I think it would be the sizzle of meat on a grill—I can’t help but associate warm weather with endless evening cookouts, surrounded by my friends and family (aka my happy place).

To prepare for the beginning of grilling season and ensure you have all the necessary supplies to pull off an amazing backyard barbecue, you’ll want to stock up on the essentials: tools, accessories, and ingredients that’ll help you step up your grilling game. Here are some of my hands-down favorite grilling items that you’ll want to snag before the season gets into full swing (they start to sell out quickly once summer is here).

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Here’s How to Properly Shut Down a Grill After a Barbecue

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we’re sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.
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Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

Today: Shutting down a grill is just as important as starting it up.

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How to Make the Best Grilled Scallops

The best grilled scallops are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside—perfect to plunk on top of arugula salad, buttered spaghetti, creamy risotto, you name it, or served alongside everything from potato salad to charred corn. The worst gri…

The best grilled scallops are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside—perfect to plunk on top of arugula salad, buttered spaghetti, creamy risotto, you name it, or served alongside everything from potato salad to charred corn. The worst grilled scallops, meanwhile, are overcooked and rubbery and not at all what we want.

To help you reach Peak Scallop Perfection (it's out there!), we called in food writer and classically trained cook Christine Burns Rudalevige, who shares her top nine cooking tips below—plus, a ruby red grapefruit and chile glaze that the scallops totally love. (Psst: They also love an extra-cold rosé to go with.) And for even more A+ grilling recipes, tips, and tricks, check out our book Any Night Grilling by Paula Disbrowe. Now, fire up the grill and let's get started. 

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Champagne & Grilling Are a Match Made in Heaven

We’ve teamed up with G.H. Mumm—makers of outstanding Champagnes produced at Maison Mumm in the Champagne region of France since 1827—to celebrate their Grand Cordon Rosé with delicious food pairings ready for summer. Stock up for the season: Take 15% o…

We've teamed up with G.H. Mumm—makers of outstanding Champagnes produced at Maison Mumm in the Champagne region of France since 1827—to celebrate their Grand Cordon Rosé with delicious food pairings ready for summer. Stock up for the season: Take 15% off your order of 6 bottles or more with the code SUMMER15.


Beer and hard seltzers tend to get all of the love during grilling season, when the weather is just right for backyard barbecues, picnics, and all manner of sunny outdoor activities. And while my go-to beverage during these hotter months is sparkling, refreshingly crisp, and great with food, it doesn't fall under either of those categories.

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Our 30 Best Chicken Recipes for Grilling Season (It’s Here!)

Every corner of the world has a (delicious, delicious) take on grilled chicken, from Indonesia’s largest island to your local mall’s CPK. We’ve gathered our 30 favorite recipes with three ingredients or fourteen, dry rubs or wet marinades, whole birds or its parts, so forget armchair travel and let your barbecue take you places.


Best Grilled Chicken Recipes

Thighs

1. Halfsies Chicken

The winner of our Best Hands-Off Recipe contest, Halfsies Chicken’s recipe is pretty much in its title: 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 tablespoon salt, 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne slathered over 2 pounds boneless skinless thighs (four halves make 2!). Leave it to rest for 10 to 20 hours before grilling. I’ve made this recipe so many times—in a grill pan, skillet, or the oven—and guess what? You can eyeball the ingredients and it will still be bonkers.

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Every corner of the world has a (delicious, delicious) take on grilled chicken, from Indonesia’s largest island to your local mall’s CPK. We’ve gathered our 30 favorite recipes with three ingredients or fourteen, dry rubs or wet marinades, whole birds or its parts, so forget armchair travel and let your barbecue take you places.


Best Grilled Chicken Recipes

Thighs

1. Halfsies Chicken

The winner of our Best Hands-Off Recipe contest, Halfsies Chicken’s recipe is pretty much in its title: 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 tablespoon salt, 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne slathered over 2 pounds boneless skinless thighs (four halves make 2!). Leave it to rest for 10 to 20 hours before grilling. I’ve made this recipe so many times—in a grill pan, skillet, or the oven—and guess what? You can eyeball the ingredients and it will still be bonkers.

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33 Genius Grilling Recipes for Smarter, Better Cookouts

It’s official now: we’ve hit the season where all we want to do is cook and eat (and swim and cannonball) outside. And—nothing against burgers and steaks—but with so much summer still stretched out ahead, we could use a few more genius…

It's official now: we've hit the season where all we want to do is cook and eat (and swim and cannonball) outside. And—nothing against burgers and steaks—but with so much summer still stretched out ahead, we could use a few more genius ways to work our grills. 

On the grill, we can cook entire dinners, and anything from whole beasts (within reason) to quick skewered bits. Our grill will make stars of the parts of vegetables you'd normally throw out. And don't forget, the charcoal sort will give us not just smoke and a hot grate, but coals to cook in down below. Here are 33 Genius grilling recipes to help you get friendly with fire. 

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Wait—Have We Been Grilling Burgers All Wrong?

There is perhaps no dish more quintessentially American than the hamburger. Like most other foods, its creator and origin are up for debate, yet the hamburger is, without a doubt, solidly stitched into the fabric of everything that is Americana.

Sure,…

There is perhaps no dish more quintessentially American than the hamburger. Like most other foods, its creator and origin are up for debate, yet the hamburger is, without a doubt, solidly stitched into the fabric of everything that is Americana.

Sure, there are bad burgers out there. And dare I say, they are still satisfying. Great burgers, though? They can be prophetic.

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9 BBQ Sauce Brands Ready for Chicken, Ribs, Tofu, You Name It

Nothing gets me craving sticky barbecue sauce-coated chicken thighs or pulled pork like a warm evening. There’s just something about the heat—maybe it’s the near-constant earthy aroma of other grills at work—that screams “slather everything in barbecue…

Nothing gets me craving sticky barbecue sauce-coated chicken thighs or pulled pork like a warm evening. There’s just something about the heat—maybe it’s the near-constant earthy aroma of other grills at work—that screams "slather everything in barbecue sauce"! Apparently, other food writers and chefs think so too, so I asked some to tell me about their favorites. Whether you’re into a vinegar- or mustard-forward, tomato- or mayonnaise-based sauce, you’re bound to find a new favorite in this list.

Here are 9 killer barbecue sauces, recommended by food writers and chefs.

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Meet the Legendary Couple Behind Mississippi’s Best BBQ Ribs

Cook, author, and musician, Matt R. Moore, wears a lot of hats. Most recently, he’s been leaning into his role of “adventurer”: For his newest cookbook, Serial Griller: Grillmaster Secrets for Flame-Cooked Perfection, Matt traveled across the U.S. to t…

Cook, author, and musician, Matt R. Moore, wears a lot of hats. Most recently, he's been leaning into his role of "adventurer": For his newest cookbook, Serial Griller: Grillmaster Secrets for Flame-Cooked Perfection, Matt traveled across the U.S. to talk to chefs and grilling experts all over—who shared their delicious signature recipes and riveting stories. Below, an excerpt from the book telling one such story: that of Hoover's Grocery & Laundry, helmed by owners Sylvester and Mary, and their legendary three-down ribs.


The Delta. There is, perhaps, no place in our country more misunderstood, mythic, and luring. Built primarily on the wrong side of history, most Americans have either shunned the area entirely or, most likely, forgotten its existence altogether. It is isolated. It is complicated. But it is beautiful.

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