Say goodbye to boring chips and dip and take your BBQ to the next level. We’ve rounded up 25 easy and irresistible snacks that will keep your guests coming back for more. These tasty bites are the secret to an epic cookout.

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Spicy Seasoned Pretzels

Spicy seasoned pretzels in a black bowl with small bowl of guacamole on the side.
Spicy Seasoned Pretzels. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These spicy seasoned pretzels are a great BBQ snack. They’re easy to make and perfect for dipping in guac, salsa, or hummus. Their bold flavors will keep everyone reaching for more.
Get the Recipe: Spicy Seasoned Pretzels

Tomato Chips

Tomato chips stacked on a white surface.
Tomato Chips. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Turn tomatoes into crispy chips in minutes using your microwave. These make a fun snack that will be a hit at your BBQ, adding a fresh and unexpected twist.
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Melon Mozzarella Prosciutto Skewers

Melon skewers with mozzarella balls and prosciutto.
Melon Mozzarella Prosciutto Skewers. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Melon, prosciutto, and mozzarella sticks combine sweet cantaloupe, salty prosciutto, and fresh mozzarella cheese. These skewers are easy to prepare and make a refreshing summer appetizer.
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Grilled Hummus Berry Flatbread

Grilled hummus flatbread with fruit and corn.
Grilled Hummus Berry Flatbread. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This summer-inspired flatbread is topped with grilled corn and berries, then drizzled with a roasted garlic parsley pesto. It’s a perfect seasonal bite for summer weekends.
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Pineapple Habanero Salsa

Pineapple habanero salsa in a bowl.
Pineapple Habanero Salsa. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This pineapple habanero salsa is great with chips or as a topping for meat, fish, and tacos. It’s the perfect combination of sweet, spicy, and refreshing.
Get the Recipe: Pineapple Habanero Salsa

Plantain Chips

Plantain chips on a platter with salsa.
Plantain Chips. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Crispy baked plantain chips make the perfect crunchy snack and go great with any salsa. They’re easy to make and a crowd-pleaser at BBQs.
Get the Recipe: Plantain Chips

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar. Photo credit: The Urben Life.

This Texas Cowboy Caviar is fresh, flavorful, and simple to make. It’s the ultimate party food favorite, served with tortilla chips for a great side dish or appetizer.
Get the Recipe: Cowboy Caviar

Southern Succotash

Southern Succotash. Photo credit: The Urben Life.

This simple Southern Succotash is fresh and full of flavor. It’s a great veggie-filled side dish that will add a vibrant touch to your BBQ spread.
Get the Recipe: Southern Succotash

Blistered Shishito Peppers with Dipping Sauce

Blistered Shishito Peppers with Dipping Sauce. Photo credit: Pups with Chopsticks.

These blistered shishito peppers are easy and quick to make. They’re a great side dish or snack, served with a tangy and savory ponzu sauce.
Get the Recipe: Blistered Shishito Peppers with Dipping Sauce

Grilled Halloumi Cheese

Grilled Halloumi Cheese. Photo credit: Pups with Chopsticks.

Grilled halloumi cheese is perfect for BBQs. This recipe shows you how to grill halloumi perfectly for the best texture and flavor. Marinated halloumi adds a sweet and spicy kick.
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Quick and Easy Roasted Okra

Quick and Easy Roasted Okra. Photo credit: Pups with Chopsticks.

This roasted okra recipe balances the earthy flavor of okra with a sweet and savory glaze. The Xinjiang spice mix adds a kick of heat, making it a great BBQ side dish.
Get the Recipe: Quick and Easy Roasted Okra

Smoked Salmon Dip

Smoked Salmon Dip. Photo credit: Binky’s Culinary Carnival.

Smoked Salmon Dip takes less than ten minutes to assemble, making it perfect for a last-minute BBQ appetizer. It’s a great way to impress your guests with minimal effort.
Get the Recipe: Smoked Salmon Dip

Homemade Chunky Salsa with Fresh Tomato

Homemade Chunky Salsa with Fresh Tomato. Photo credit: Kim Schob.

This chunky garden fresh salsa uses all fresh ingredients and is great on top of tacos, burritos, and tortilla chips. Perfect for adding a fresh touch to your BBQ.
Get the Recipe: Homemade Chunky Salsa with Fresh Tomato

BBQ Cauliflower Wings

BBQ Cauliflower Wings. Photo credit: Vegan Huggs.

These BBQ Cauliflower Wings are baked to perfection with a crispy panko coating and a smoky-sweet barbecue sauce. Serve them as an appetizer, snack, or side dish. They’ll disappear fast!
Get the Recipe: BBQ Cauliflower Wings

Easy Taco Dip with Ground Beef

Easy Taco Dip with Ground Beef. Photo credit: Haute & Healthy Living.

Celebrate with this easy taco dip made with ground beef, cream cheese, cottage cheese, tomatoes, and green chiles. It’s a great appetizer for serving with veggies or tortilla chips.
Get the Recipe: Easy Taco Dip with Ground Beef

Easy Almond Flour Flatbread

Easy Almond Flour Flatbread. Photo credit: Beet of the Wild.

This almond flour flatbread is light, fluffy, and versatile. It’s a great addition to any BBQ, perfect for dipping or topping with your favorite spreads.
Get the Recipe: Easy Almond Flour Flatbread

Italian Hoagie Dip

Italian Hoagie Dip. Photo credit: Cheerful Cook.

Enjoy the classic Italian sub taste in this simple, crowd-friendly dip. It’s perfect for parties, game day, or a quick snack at your BBQ.
Get the Recipe: Italian Hoagie Dip

Healthy Apple Nachos

Healthy Apple Nachos. Photo credit: All Nutritious.

These healthy apple nachos are sweet and yummy, with a touch of coconut and chocolate. A quick snack for the whole family at your BBQ.
Get the Recipe: Healthy Apple Nachos

Little Smokies

Little Smokies. Photo credit: Vintage Kitchen.

These sweet and smoky appetizers are easy to prepare and cook in less than five minutes. They’re perfect for any gathering, making them a great pre-BBQ snack.
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Jalapeno Cheese Bites

Jalapeno Cheese Bites. Photo credit: The Savory Cipolla.

These mini Jalapeno Cheese Bites are perfect for any party. Filled with cream cheese, pepper jack cheese, corn, and topped with fresh jalapenos and cilantro, they’re a simple but addicting appetizer.
Get the Recipe: Jalapeno Cheese Bites

Cherry Tomato Salad

Cherry Tomato Salad. Photo credit: The Forked Spoon.

Made with fresh summer cherry tomatoes marinated in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh garlic, and herbs, this salad is light and flavorful. A perfect side dish for your BBQ.
Get the Recipe: Cherry Tomato Salad

High Protein Hummus

High Protein Hummus. Photo credit: A Sweet Alternative.

This creamy hummus is quick and easy to make. It’s a great way to boost your intake of plant-based protein while enjoying a tasty dip at your BBQ.
Get the Recipe: High Protein Hummus

Cajun Snack Mix

Cajun Snack Mix. Photo credit: The Cookin’ Chicks.

This Cajun Snack Mix is bold and spicy, perfect for serving at any BBQ. It’s a crowd favorite that everyone will love.
Get the Recipe: Cajun Snack Mix

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