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9 new barbecue classics you absolutely need to taste

Sometimes, some of this barbecue food can get a little old, especially at the end of summer. Instead of making the same thing as your neighbors, surprise everyone with these twists on classic dishes.

The burgers, the hot dogs, and just the smell of that grill is enough to make my mouth water right now. Sometimes, some of this barbecue food can get a little old, especially at the end of summer. When your basic barbecue cuisine has left you a little less satisfied than you would have hoped, try out these recipes to spice up your life and your taste buds.

1. Sweet-Hot Baby Back Ribs

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You’re probably going to have a lot of ribs and barbecue sauce this summer. We love both of those things and we love that classic combo, but it’s time to spice it up. Hot and sweet baby back ribs are just the twist you need in your classic ribs recipe to satisfy your hunger and curiosity. With ginger, lime, and crushed red pepper as the main ingredients, the blended hot and sweet flavors will leave you wanting more!

2. Pineapple Grilled Chicken

I don’t know about you, but I love chicken, and I love to see it (and eat it) at barbecues. In the summertime, my sweet tooth goes a little wild, and I want some sugar not only my desserts but my entrees too. Soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and ginger add that summertime sweetness to your chicken in ways that you’ve never loved so much.

3. Stuffed Hot Dogs

I love ketchup and mustard as much as the next person, even some sauerkraut, relish, or chili on occasion. The hot dog is one of the original summer barbecue foods, but this recipe will introduce you to hot dogs like you’ve never seen before. Corn, cilantro, pinto beans, and salsa are always at barbecues in one form or another, but now they’ll be on top of your hot dog!

4. Grilled Zucchini Boats

Grilled vegetables are one of the relatively healthy things we eat at summer barbecues, but just because they’re vegetables, doesn’t mean they have to be boring! The best thing about these zucchini boats is that the zucchini holds everything inside, so you’re practically eating a vegetable hot dog. These zucchini boats will add spice to your life with olives, bacon, cheese, basil, tomato, and more.

5. Tangy Apple Coleslaw

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The most interesting thing about this slaw is that it’s not all mayo in between those fine pieces of cabbage—some of it is sour cream. The sour cream adds a thickness to the mixture along with sweet and tangy flavors with sugar, honest, black pepper, and mustard. Lastly, the apples, and there you have it! You’re perfectly unique slaw for that hot summer day.

6. Spicy Horseradish Macaroni Salad

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Sometimes at a barbecue, you can’t cool down even under an umbrella. The sweltering heat this summer can make hot foods a little less desirable despite your ice-cold beverage. Fear not! This great chilled dish of macaroni salad has all your wants and desires in one bowl. Horseradish can be a little strong sometimes, but its bold flavor is mellowed out by the mayo and sour cream. Lemon juice, oregano, peas, and peperoncini will come together to add that extra flavor kick.

7.  Cheesy Chili Mac and Cheese

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So now that you’re not putting chili on your hot dogs, you can put it in your mac and cheese! Everything is perfect about this mac and cheese, from the cumin to the chili powder to the brown sugar and (don’t forget) the cheese! The turkey adds protein to the mix, which you’ll need with all the running around and fun everyone will be having.

8. Fried Dill Pickles

Of course, you’ll have pickles! This summer, turn your pickles into less of condiments and more of sides. For me, I always think frying things is a really difficult process, but this recipe makes it easy. Just cover these babies in some cornmeal, salt, pepper, and garlic powder and plop ’em in the oven. For some extra fun, try out these flavored mayos for some dip to go with them.

9. Chickpea Corn Salad

Instead of that boring corn on the cob, you can make another cold salad that satisfies you or your guests. You can make this salad in 20 minutes total, which will go perfectly with your main courses. Tomatoes, olive oil, dijon mustard, and apple cider vinegar – this combo does sound a bit odd, but I’m sure it will surprise and delight everyone.