With warm weather finally on the horizon, it’s time to start getting ready for the summer season. Pool parties, picnics, and cookouts are right around the corner, but no one wants to arrive to the party empty handed. Check out our top 23 ideas on what to bring to a cookout below, and soak up an entire summer’s worth of mouthwatering recipe ideas all perfect for your next get together.


Not quite sure what to bring to a cookout you’ve got coming up yet? Keep it simple, and provide one of the obvious staples of any great barbecue — the meat. Don’t feel like you have to provide for the entire party though, especially if it’s a large gathering. Just make sure you coordinate with the host and other guests to make sure everything is accounted for ahead of time.

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If the main course is already accounted for by the host, odds are you can pitch in by bringing an appetizer to your next cookout. These dishes never go to waste, and the endless options make it easy to get creative in the kitchen no matter your skill level.

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Side Dishes

You can never have too many side dishes, can you? In fact, all the salads, casseroles, and more at cookouts are part of what make this time of the year so tasty. A few bites of everyone’s favorite dishes to pass make for a winning summer meal.

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You know the saying…it’s not a party if there’s not cake. While our specialty lies in the earlier courses, we still know a delicious looking dessert when we see one. Check out some of our favorites below, and consider bringing one of these sweet treats to your next summer outing. You won’t be disappointed!

What’s your favorite food to bring to a cookout?