30 BBQ Recipes for a Month of Great Cookouts

June: the month of no-school, no sweaters, and as little indoor cooking as possible. By the time August rolls around, we all get a little backyard-BBQ fatigue, but June sees us eager to throw just about everything in reach over the coals or into the smoker (and occasionally in the slow cooker). So here, while you’re still psyched about hanging around the patio with tongs, we give you 30 (that’s right, a whole month) great BBQ recipes.

1. Easy BBQ Baby-Back Pork Ribs

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This oven-to-grill method can be done in stages, so it’s pretty much no sweat. First, coat the ribs all over with a sweetly spiced rub, then roast them in the oven while you make a simple barbecue sauce. When you’re ready to serve, throw the ribs on the grill, and brush with sauce. Get our Easy BBQ Baby-Back Pork Ribs recipe.

2. BBQ Chicken Pizza

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Pizza topped with chicken and barbecue sauce is a tasty departure from a traditional tomato-sauce-and-cheese-topped pie. But smoked Gouda cheese, mozzarella, shredded chicken, slices of red onion, and an easy homemade sauce make this one of the best pizzas possible. Get our BBQ Chicken Pizza recipe.

3. Smoky-Sweet BBQ Beef Short Ribs

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Start with a sweet, spicy rub to coat the meat, and let it sit while you make the smoky chipotle barbecue sauce. Roast the ribs in the oven until the meat almost falls off the bone, then finish on the grill, slathering them with sauce until they’re slightly charred. Get our Smoky-Sweet BBQ Beef Short Ribs recipe.

4. Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket

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Rub the beef with a combination of chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, cayenne, and garlic, then slow-cook it in a sweet-savory sauce that includes smoky chipotle chiles. After 10 hours of gentle cooking, the meat can be sliced or shredded, tossed with the sauce, and stuffed into a sandwich. Get our Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket recipe.

5. Maple-Mustard BBQ Chicken

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Note the ease (and potential for a stay-cool kitchen) of this recipe, in which—unlike traditional barbecue sauces—no simmering on the stove is necessary. Just mix all the ingredients together and brush on the chicken as it cooks. Get our Maple-Mustard BBQ Chicken recipe.

6. Basic BBQ Chicken

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This is our summer go-to, and should become yours. After you’ve made it a few times you’ll have it pretty much memorized, ready to whip out at the drop of an impromptu backyard bet-together. Get our Basic BBQ Chicken recipe.

7. Shortcut BBQ Brisket

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“Crutching,” i.e. wrapping BBQ brisket midway through the cooking, hurries things up and helps keep the meat juicy. As if that weren’t enough, you can also inject your brisket to give it more flavor. Get our Shortcut BBQ Brisket recipe.

8. Mexican BBQ Chicken

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The marinade for this recipe (inspired by Mexico’s pollo al carbon, chickens marinated and cooked on huge charcoal grills) contains achiote paste, chopped cilantro, jalapeños, garlic, lime, and orange juice. Get our Mexican BBQ Chicken recipe.

9. BBQ Bacon Turkey Burgers

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Turkey burgers get a bold makeover, with smoky sauce, red onion, and soy, on buns with crispy bacon slices and bread-and-butter pickles. If you’re averse to bacon, feel free to leave it off—there’ll be plenty of flavor without it. Get our BBQ Bacon Turkey Burgers recipe.

10. Bourbon-Bacon BBQ Chicken

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Bacon slow-cooked with onions, spiked with a shot of bourbon, gives otherwise ordinary grilled chicken new life. Get our Bourbon-Bacon BBQ Chicken recipe.

11. Sweet Soy-Glazed BBQ Chicken

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This alternative to regular BBQ chicken has lots of Asian personality. Marinate the chicken in brown sugar, soy sauce, sake, and garlic, then whisk together a basting sauce that uses the same ingredients plus pineapple juice and vinegar. Get our Sweet Soy-Glazed BBQ Chicken recipe.

12. Adobo-Marinated BBQ Chicken

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This Mexican-style barbecued chicken recipe calls for soaked ancho and guajillo chiles, with cumin, ginger, and a little water, blended to make a smooth paste. Toss chicken in the marinade and refrigerate, or grill right away. Get our Adobo-Marinated BBQ Chicken recipe.

13. Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches

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Take a bone-in pot roast, some ketchup, brown sugar, garlic, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire, paprika, chili powder, and about 5 hours in the crockpot and you’ve got the fixings for some amazing sandwiches. Get our Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches recipe.

14. Tangy Bourbon BBQ Chicken

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This sauce starts with a tomato base, then adds bourbon, dark brown sugar, molasses (for sweetness), and chili powder (for a little bit of heat). After about 30 minutes of simmering, it’s ready to brush on chicken on the grill. Get our Tangy Bourbon BBQ Chicken recipe.

15. Grilled Chicken with Nectarine BBQ Sauce

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This fruity twist on standard barbecue sauce is great with pork tenderloin or chops, or slathered on grilled chicken. Nectarines cook down with onions, ketchup, brown sugar, and chipotles. Get our Grilled Chicken with Nectarine BBQ Sauce recipe.

16. Smoked BBQ Baby Back Ribs

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If you don’t have a smoked, turn your kettle grill into an impromptu one for these classic ribs, rubbed with sugar and spices. Get our Smoked BBQ Baby Back Ribs recipe.

17. Hickory Smoked Chicken

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Hickory chips provide sweet smoke agreeable to chicken. Use a backyard smoker, if you’re lucky enough to have one, or improvise with a kettle grill. Get our Hickory Smoked Chicken recipe.

18. White BBQ Sauce

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Mayo-based BBQ sauces are traditional in Alabama. This one’s great with smoked chicken, or as a super-tasty dressing for chicken salad. Get our White BBQ Sauce recipe.

19. Basic BBQ Sauce

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Why buy sauce when you can easily make your own? In just 45 minutes, you can turn ketchup, brown sugar, garlic, cider vinegar, Worcestershire, and a few spices into something memorable. Get our Basic BBQ Sauce recipe.

20. Chipotle-Nectarine BBQ Sauce

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There are few things better than ripe summer stone fruit. Here, sweet and tangy nectarines meet chipotle chiles in a sauce with seasonal bite. Get our Chipotle-Nectarine BBQ Sauce recipe.

21. Bourbon-Bacon BBQ Sauce

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Play around with the ingredients: a little more bourbon, a tad less vinegar, different spices, or ditch the sugar for agave, honey, or maple syrup. This is great on ribs, but has almost endless uses. Get our Bourbon-Bacon BBQ Sauce recipe.

22. BBQ Pumpkin Seeds

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If BBQ potato chips are hard to resist, these spiced nuts are impossible to put down. They’re best warm form the oven. Get our BBQ Pumpkin Seeds recipe.

23. Big-Time BBQ Rub

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Use this well-rounded, all-purpose rub on a wide variety of grilled and smoked meats. Make up a big batch and store in an airtight container to last through the summer. Get our Big-Time BBQ Rub recipe.

24. BBQ Chicken and Coleslaw Potato Skins

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Roast chicken, homemade BBQ sauce, and coleslw meet up in crisp, delicious potato skins—perfect for a party or summer potluck Get our BBQ Chicken and Coleslaw Potato Skins recipe.

25. Grilled Nectarine Crumble

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The flavor of ripe nectarines intensifies on the barbecue. Top them with buttery pecan-and-brown-sugar crumble topping and brush with honeyed brandy and you’ve got the most intriguingly sophisticated dessert ever to grace a backyard BBQ. Get our Grilled Nectarine Crumble recipe.

26. Corn-Husk Grilled Halibut with Charred Corn Salsa

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Fish wrapped in fresh corn husks steams on the barbecue. It’s perfect accompaniment? Grilled corn kernels with charred jalapeños, red onion, lime, and cilantro. Get our Corn-Husk Grilled Halibut with Charred Corn Salsa recipe.

27. Maple-Mustard BBQ Salmon

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Grilling is the best way to cook salmon, and this sweet-tangy glaze of maple syrup and mustard complements its flavot. Making the sauce right on the grill means you don’t even have to fire up the stove. Get our Maple-Mustard BBQ Salmon recipe.

28. Grilled Sweet Corn

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Take it outside—to the barbecue. Grilling corn brings out a complex sweetness, enhanced by notes of caramelization and sear. Get our Grilled Sweet Corn recipe.

29. BBQ Pizza Dough

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Tossing fresh dough on the barbecue is a revelation—it’s as close as most of us will ever get at home to approaching that chewy, slightly charred crust of Neapolitan fame. Get our BBQ Pizza Dough recipe.

30. Grilled Lime Pound Cake

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A great way to end a summer BBQ: with thick grilled slices of lime-infused pound cake. Top with homemade Raspberry-Kirsch Sorbet and toasted coconut. Get our Grilled Lime Pound Cake recipe.

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