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11 Crowd-Pleasing Dishes Just in Time for a Summer Barbecue (PHOTOS)

Food & Party Liz Alterman May 18, 2015

Memorial Day bbq

We wait all winter for barbecue season to officially begin, and it's finally here! Memorial Day weekend is the first of many upcoming summer weekends, in which to blow the cover off that grill with some amazing meals and just-as-special side dishes.

And don't forget dessert (as if we ever could!). We've rounded-up simple, sweet, and savory recipes that will please guests of all ages this upcoming holiday weekend. 

Many are so patriotic you'll want to serve them again this Fourth of July.

What's your favorite dish to serve at a barbecue?


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3Pepper Jack Stuffed Doritos Burger

How amazing does this sound: Pepper Jack Stuffed Doritos Burgers? Yes, we said Doritos, everyone's favorite Nacho Cheese chip! You can almost taste it, can't you? Created by Heather of Heather Likes Food, this crunchy-salty burger will have our guests begging for more and trying to figure out the secret ingredients!

5Loaded Bacon Potato Salad

Hello, Loaded Bacon Potato Salad -- you had us at bacon! Nikki at This Is My Key West says this is one of her most popular recipes. Complete with chives and cheddar cheese, we can definitely see why!

6BBQ Chicken Kabobs

Raw bacon is in the marinade, giving these BBQ Chicken Kebabs, created by Melanie at Fabulessly Frugal a nice smoky flavor. And who doesn't love the convenience of a dish that calls for no cutlery?

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9Orzo Pasta Salad

Orzo Pasta Salad is a great side dish to serve in case you have some non-meat-lovers in the mix. This little rice-shaped pasta isn't overly filling either, so you'll have plenty of room for dessert. Julia of A Cedar Spoon adds tons of fresh veggies and a hint of mint.

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