Great American Barbecue

Hi everyone! Have you ever found yourself needing a little inspiration for what to prepare for a summer get-together or backyard barbecue? Well, you are in for such a treat today because I’ve teamed up with a great crew of bloggers to bring you all that and more! Check it out!

Welcome to the Great American Barbecue, where we have everything you need from drinks to dessert for the perfect BBQ!

The Great American Barbecue - Everything You Need from Drinks to Dessert for the Perfect BBQ

The Great American Barbecue is a virtual potluck hosted by 13 fabulous bloggers to bring you wonderful picnic recipes and ideas. We’ve taken all the work out of planning the Great American Barbecue for you and your friends including drinks, appetizers, meats to grill, side dishes and desserts. Each blogger brought a different recipe or idea as their “dish to pass”. We even included an easy DIY utensil caddy and a fun outdoor activity for the kids. If that’s not enough, we’re also giving away a $130 Amazon Gift Card at the end of the party so one lucky winner can buy any remaining supplies he or she needs to throw the perfect backyard bash!

Refreshing Drinks to Welcome Your Guests

Whether your guests arrive from across town, out of town or from the house next door, the first thing a good host always does is offer them a cool, refreshing beverage.

Make Ahead Lemon Berry Slush - One Krieger Chick
Make Ahead Frozen Lemon Berry Slush {adult and kid versions}

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Ariean from One Krieger Chick

Ariean from One Krieger Chick

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Fresh Fruit Ice Cubes - Oh My! Creative

Fresh Fruit Ice Cubes

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Susan from Oh My! Creative

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Get the Party Started with Appetizers

With a beverage in hand, your guests will need something to munch on while the main dish is cooking on the grill.

Bruschetta with Whipped Feta and Grilled Crostini - This Silly Girl's Life

Bruschetta with Whipped Feta and Grilled Crostini

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Dana from This Silly Girl's Life

Dana from This Silly Girl’s Life

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Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia - The Grant Life

Rosemary Parmesan Focaccia

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Kelley from The Grant Life

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The Main Event – Fresh from the Grill

What would a barbecue be if you didn’t have meat to throw on the grill? For the Great American Barbecue, we’ve got two fabulous options for you!

Fall Off the Bone BBQ Ribs - Handmade in the Heartland

Fall Off the Bone BBQ Ribs

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Angela from Handmade in the Heartland

Angela from Handmade in the Heartland

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Chipotle Lime Chicken Skewers with Avocado Ranch - Color Me Meg

Chipotle Lime Chicken Skewers with Avocado Ranch

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Meg from Color Me Meg

Meg from Color Me Meg

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Perfect Potluck Side Dishes

A barbecue always needs a few great side dishes to accompany the main meal. We’ve got pasta, potatoes and a green salad all ready for the making!

Easy Macaroni Salad: Classic Summer Potluck Recipe - Kenarry.com

Easy Macaroni Salad

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Carrie from Kenarry: Ideas for the Home

Carrie from Kenarry: Ideas for the Home

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Best Strawberry Spinach Salad from Play. Party. Pin.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

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Britni from Play. Party. Pin.

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Grilled Twice Baked Potatoes from The Best Blog Recipes

Grilled Twice Baked Potatoes

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Shauna from The Best Blog Recipes

Shauna from The Best Blog Recipes

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Delicious Crowd-Pleasing Desserts

How many of you head straight for the dessert table when you get to a barbecue? With desserts like these, it’s easy to see why.

Oreo White Chocolate Chip Cookies from Belle of the Kitchen

Oreo White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Ashlyn from Belle of the Kitchen

Ashlyn from Belle of the Kitchen

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Strawberry Lemonade Bars from Made to Be a Momma

Strawberry Lemonade Bars

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Katie from Made to Be a Momma

Katie from Made to Be a Momma

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Serving Your Guests in Style

Once you’ve got the food prepared and set up along your buffet, you’ll need to make the silverware easily accessible for your guests. Here’s an easy way to do that with something you already have on hand!

Upcycled Utensil Caddy from View from the Fridge

Upcycled Utensil Caddy

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Katie from View from the Fridge

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A Fun Activity for the Kids

No detail has been spared as we planned the perfect barbecue for you. We even have a fun game for the kids that’s easy to make!

Tin Can Toss Game from Crafts by Courtney

DIY Kids Tin Can Toss Game

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Courtney from Crafts by Courtney

Courtney from Crafts by Courtney

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Enter to Win an Amazon Gift Card

We’ve tried to think of everything from drinks to desserts for the perfect Great American Barbecue, but now’s your chance to win a $130 Amazon gift card so you can buy all the supplies you need.

The Great American Barbecue - Everything You Need from Drinks to Dessert for the Perfect BBQ

Giveaway Rules:The prize has been sponsored by the hosts of the Great American Barbecue. No purchase necessary. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM ET on September 2, 2014. All entrants must provide a valid e-mail address and be 18 years old. The giveaway is open worldwide. One lucky winner will be randomly chosen from among the entrants and notified via e-mail. The winner has 48 hours to respond via e-mail to claim the prize or another winner will be selected. The $130 Amazon gift card will be issued via e-mail by Carrie at Kenarry: Ideas for the Home. The hosts and their immediate family members are not eligible to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Please read the complete terms and conditions on the Rafflecopter form. If you have any questions, please contact Carrie at ideas at kenarry dot com before entering the giveaway. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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What’s your favorite dish or activity to bring to a backyard barbecue?

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Comments

  1. Brandy says

    I am always told to bring 2 dishes. My Maple Bacon baked beans, and Potato Salad. I guess they are my favorite things to bring.

    • Ashlyn says

      Ooo your Maple Bacon baked beans sound amazing, Brandy! I love maple in just about anything. And potato salad is always a perfect choice. :)

    • Ashlyn says

      Lindsay, I LOVE cheesy hashbrown potato casserole! It’s my favorite thing to get from Cracker Barrel. ;) I bet your homemade version is amazing!

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