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What to bring to a BBQ?

So, they'll be serving standard BBQ fare...burgers, dogs, bbq chicken,green salad. I want to bring something great. I asked what they needed and they said "whatever."
I'd prefer to bring a side or appetizer rather than desert, but I'm flexible. Preferably something without dairy.
Anyone have a great idea or recipe?

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  1. how about some home made pickles.

    1. An awesome coleslaw! Or that broccoli salad with bacon! or great appetizer of mini kabobs with fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, basil leaf. My latest panzanella salad is becoming a hit. There are many versions. Or a nice homemade salsa with apples or diced fruit - I recently used apples and a necterine (with red onion, tomatoes, jalapeno, calantro, lemon/lime juice, etc.) preceeded to eat the whole bowl. I like the fruity hot salsa.

      Have fun.

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      1. re: lexpatti

        We made this coleslaw from the Thrill of the Grill last weekend. Best coleslaw I have ever eaten. Really. Maybe it was the organic cabbage. http://bbq.netrelief.com/recipes/tide...

        1. re: Romanmk

          I've been having a blast with coleslaw this summer, every which way. My favorite (and others love it too) is a Weight Watchers that has turkey in it and tomatoes and bacon (turkey), cabbage mix - dressing is mayo, dijon must, vinegar, sugar (splenda). But someone mentioned an epicurious super slaw that looks fantatstic too.

          1. re: lexpatti

            Yep...here's the recipe...we totally devoured it...as suggested by a few reviewers, I did add some heat to it by finely chopping some jalapenos but that's totally up to you.

            http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

      2. Homemade baked beans, with bacon.

        I had the best pasta at a bbq a few weeks ago- thick pasta tubes (I would have used a smaller but still substantial noodle), fava beans, french feta, lots of olive oil and basil, salt and pepper. Tasted even better the next day.

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        1. re: JalamaMama

          I agree with the baked (bbq) beans idea.

          I can furnish you with a great recipe if you like.

          DT

          1. re: Davwud

            The baked beans are a great idea...but if someone is already bringing them, then maybe Super Slaw from Epicurious, totally delicious and different, no mayo in it at all.

        2. Peaches to be grilled. Make a balsamic honey glaze.

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          1. re: sarah galvin

            You can do the same with pineapple too. Cinnamon is good for that.

            Serve over vanilla ice cream.

            DT

          2. I recently brought to a potluck a nectarine salad that was well received:

            recipe is from Thrill of the Grill:

            Nectarine-Red Onion Relish

            1 Red Bell Pepper, in thin strips
            6 ripe but firm Nectarines, peeled and sliced
            1 medium Red onion, in thin slices
            1 tsp minced Garlic
            1/2 c julienned Basil
            1/4 c Red Wine Vinegar
            1/4 c Orange Juice
            2 Tbsp Lime Juice
            1/4 c Olive Oil
            Salt and Pepper

            Combine all and toss gently in a larger-than-you-think-you-need (for tossing capabilities) non-reactive bowl. Keep covered and refrigerated for up to two weeks.

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            1. a case of beer, or a good bottle of tequila.

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                  1. re: MattInNJ

                    Yes, I am totally with this way of thinking! If I was told to bring 'whatever', I would tend to think of the liquid variety of whatevers first! A big, fat Blush (or two), a case of the local honey beer, maybe a sangria!

                1. A few from Epicurious...

                  I love this olive-artichoke tapenade served with pita chips. If you make it, use marinated artichokes and add extra olives.

                  http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                  I've never made this Orzo with Artichokes and Pine Nuts, but it sounds good and can be served at room temperature.

                  http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                  I also really like this Mango Salsa...

                  http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                  1. sangria... lots of sangria :)