3 Backyard BBQ Menus

Ashlee Redger
Test Kitchen Chef
Savory Spice Shop

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3 Backyard BBQ Menus

In August of 2015, Mike (Savory Spice founder and owner) embarked on a 43-day Chasing Barbecue journey to discover the flavors of 6 major barbecue regions in the United States. As Memorial Day approaches and days get warmer, we’re starting to crave those pit flavors that he detailed in his road journals. We thought it was time to revisit a few of our faves and bring you three special menus for your summer backyard BBQ get-togethers. (Pictured above: Smoked Chicken with Alabama White BBQ Sauce and Smoky Hills Stovetop Mac 'n Cheese)

Alabama & Georgia

BBQ Chicken & Rib Tray

The flavors of Alabama and Georgia pair up to create a plate that shares the spotlight equally between the meats and the sides. For your Southern BBQ meal, we recommend:

Hot & Fast Spare Ribs

Get pit-style flavor straight off the grill. Serve with Woody’s Sweet & Tangy Barbecue Sauce which is spiked with one of our favorite Southern inspired seasonings, Georgia Peach Spice, for the perfect pairing with pork ribs.

Smoked Chicken

If you have a smoker, this traditional main dish is amazingly flavorful and easy to pair with sides. It’s especially delicious with our small batch version of the region’s best known barbecue sauce, Alabama White.

Southern Style Turnip Greens

It’s easy to eat your greens with this slow cooked recipe with ham seasoned with our Wash Park All-Purpose Seasoning blend.

Cajun Fried Okra

These crispy treats add a little spice to the sweet smokiness of any great barbecue plate.

Smoky Hills Stovetop Mac’n Cheese

A classic with added smoky flavor from our Smoky Hills Cheese Powder and Smoked Spanish Sweet Paprika.

Peach Crumble Pie

Drawing inspiration from “The Peach State” means delicious summer desserts like this tasty dessert featuring our Georgia Peach Spice.

North & South Carolina

Carolina Pork Plate

The Carolinas are famous for their barbecue pork…especially the whole hog tradition. If you prefer not to cook a whole pig at a time though, great barbecue is still totally possible! Here are a few recipes to serve it up, Carolina-style:

Carolina Chopped and Pulled Pork

Use 'Cue Glue, Carolina High Country BBQ Rub, and a pork shoulder for this star of the BBQ plate. Serve doused with either our Southern Gold or Hot Pepper Vinegar Barbecue Sauce to make the meal even more traditional.

Tangy Tomato Slaw

Inspired by North Carolina red slaw, this recipe is made with ketchup instead of mayo for the dressing base. We flavor ours with Table Mt. All-Purpose Seasoning, Celery Seeds, Celery Salt, and Cajun Cayenne Hot Sauce. It tastes a bit like a Bloody Mary!

Carolina Hush Puppies

These are sure to cause lots of “oohs and aahs.” Serve with a dish of Honey Butter for a sweet and savory crispy bite.

Bacon & Carrot Collard Greens

Every plate needs vegetables, in this case, cooked with bacon! These are such a classic, how can you not serve them?

Blueberry Chai Chess Pie
& Bourbon, Honey & Molasses Sweet Potato Pie

These are so good, we highly recommend making both for dessert, cause two pies are always better than one.

Kansas City

Burnt Ends Plate

A city that sits right on state borders has found its own identity in its signature barbecue dishes. KC BBQ almost always features a sweet and deeply flavored dark barbecue sauce like our KC-inspired Midwestern Sweet. Make a gallon of sweet tea to serve with these regional favorites:

Burnt Ends

The magical outcome of a well-rubbed and smoked brisket, these are a true BBQ treat. To get the best bark on the brisket, slather on our ‘Cue Glue before adding your favorite BBQ rub. Make sure to let this one rest for super tender meat.

Cinnamon Apple Baked Beans

This sweet spin on a classic BBQ side brings has the flavor of apple pie filling thanks to the addition of Spiced Vanilla Bean Sugar.

Smoked Pulled Pork

A crowd-favorite at any BBQ joint, you can make your own with the 3-2-1 cooking method using the smoker, oven, and grill. Don’t have a smoker? Slow Cooker Smoky Chipotle Pulled Pork is a set-it-and-forget recipe seasoned with Chipotle Chiles and root beer for a built-in sauce.

Quick Pickled Onions

Add bright acidity to the rich meats of KC ‘cue and give a splash of beautiful red color to make your barbecue even more appealing (if that’s even possible).


These three menus are just the tip of the iceberg. Visit our Chasing BBQ page for more regional recipes and spices, as well as tips from pit masters. Excited about barbecue season? Keep your eye out for some super exciting news about Savory sauces this summer!

Do you have a barbecue recipe you love that uses Savory Spice products? Submit your recipes to our test kitchen so we can share them with our Savory friends and family.


Comments on this Article

(guest), on May 01, 2018

Bring on summer! Red potato salad made with mayo and a packet of Spice 'N Easy Horseradish Dill Dip & Spread, and coleslaw made with Alabama White Barbecue Sauce, celery seeds and Smoked Spanish Sweet Paprika ;-P

(guest), on May 20, 2018

Wow,!!! This sounds so good. !!!!

Janet (registered user) on May 20, 2018

Great article Ashlee!!!!

(guest), on May 20, 2018

Yummie~ the Bourbon, Honey & Molasses Sweet Potato Pie is my FAVORITE to bring to backyard picnics. I bake up a big 9x13 dish and cut it into squares ;-P

(guest), on May 20, 2018

Everything sounds delicious

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