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Easy BBQ recipes perfect for the end of summer

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Summer's winding down, but that doesn't mean it's too late to make some yummy favorites. The next time the weather is bright and sunny, enlist your fam to make it a barbecue day. We've rounded up some easy bbq recipes that will make your end of summer extra delicious. Ask a parent to fire up the grill, oven or stovetop, and get ready for some memorable eats.

Hot dogs and cast-iron beans

Photo: Brian Woodcock/Country Living

This Western-inspired recipe will have you humming "Home On The Range" under a starry sky. It starts with firing up your grill and cooking beans in a cast-iron skillet. Once they're hot and ready, switch out the skillet for some hot dogs. You can even grill the buns if you want—no one's stopping you. Find the recipe here.

Honey BBQ chicken wings

Photo: Tasty Co

Who doesn' t love wings? The pandemic has definitely made me miss Wingstop—but luckily, there are plenty of recipes to recreate the barbecue deliciousness. This recipe is *all* about the spices. They add a depth of flavor that takes these wings from good to great. Learn how to make them here. They have a long cook time, but it's worth the wait.

BBQ chicken pizza

Photo: The Pioneer Woman/Ree Drummond

Take your pizza game to the next level with this flavorful recipe. After 'cueing the chicken and shredding it, sprinkle it on a homemade pizza for a dinner sure to get your fam asking for a second slice. The recipe also gives the deets on a side of spicy slaw to compliment the meal.

Chicken and black bean nachos

Photo: Brian Woodcock/Country Living

Alert: you can make nachos on the grill. All you have to do is roll everything into a neat foil pouch and throw it on the heat for around ten minutes. Top it off with a lime wedge and a sprinkle of cilantro for some extra flair. It's a quick way to get the classic ball-game snack—no baseball field required. Find out how to make it here.

Rachael Ray's BBQ chicken burgers

Photo: Rachael Ray

The Food Network queen has blessed us all with her thirty-minute recipe for BBQ chicken burgers. Cooked in a skillet, this recipe is perfect for non-grill owners who want to add more barbecue into their life. First, you make a flavorful base of veggies, seasonings and spices. Integrate some ground chicken, make four patties, and you're ready to cook your burgers. You can read the exact instructions here.

Grilled watermelon salad

Photo: Tia Mowry

We're rounding out our roundup (not sorry) with a vegetarian recipe. You didn't think grilling was just for meat, right? Make sure you give yourself time for this recipe—the first step requires *two* hours of yogurt chilling. If you needed any more reason to try this salad, the recipe was crafted by Sister, Sister star Tia Mowry. Find the recipe here.

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by Bailey Bujnosek | 8/30/2020
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