BBQ Appetizers to Enjoy While the Grill Heats Up
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25 BBQ Appetizers to Enjoy While the Grill Heats Up

Written by Taktical Digital on July 10, 2024


When it comes to BBQs, the grill might be the star of the show, but let's not forget the mouthwatering BBQ appetizers that keep everyone satisfied while waiting for the main event.

Whether you're hosting a huge summer cookout or a cozy backyard gathering, having a variety of tasty BBQ appetizers will keep your guests happy and entertained while the grill heats up.

From classic finger foods to creative healthy bites, we’ve rounded up our favorite BBQ appetizer ideas that will impress the taste buds and set the stage for an unforgettable meal. There’s something for everyone on our list, from spicy to sweet, and unique to familiar, these appetizers for the BBQ not only keep everyone smiling but also ensure no one is too hungry by the time the main course is ready.

So, if you're looking to take your barbecue to the next level with some delicious starters, you've come to the right place. Get ready to explore a variety of flavors and textures that will make your BBQ appetizers a hit and keep your friends and family coming back for more. 


#1 Deviled Eggs

This classic BBQ appetizer is portable, easy to eat, and even easier to prepare. To make deviled eggs, simply boil eggs, peel and halve them, then mix the yolks with mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, salt, and pepper before spooning back into the egg whites and garnish with paprika or fresh herbs.


#2 Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

This barbecue appetizer offers a spicy, tangy flavor reminiscent of beloved buffalo wings but can be enjoyed by your vegetarian guests. To make, coat cauliflower florets in a batter of flour, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper, then bake or air-fry until crispy. Then, toss in buffalo sauce and serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing. 


#3 Chomps Stuffed Jalape√Īo Poppers

If you‚Äôre looking to bring some heat to your next summer BBQ, look no further than our fiery¬†Jalape√Īo Poppers. Packed with protein from¬†Chomp‚Äôs Jalape√Īo Beef Sticks, these spicy snacks make the best BBQ appetizer, offering a zesty kick that pairs perfectly with grilled favorites.


#4 Tomato Basil Bruschetta

This fresh and tangy BBQ appetizer is simple yet delicious and makes for a refreshing treat on a warm summer evening. To make tomato basil bruschetta, dice ripe tomatoes, and mix with minced garlic, fresh basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper, then spoon onto toasted baguette slices.


#5 Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach artichoke dip is classic, creamy, and flavorful while pairing well with fresh veggies or crunchy chips. Simply combine chopped spinach, artichoke hearts, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese in a baking dish, then bake until bubbly.


#6 Cucumber Bites

The best BBQ appetizers are sometimes the simplest. To make cucumber bites just slice cucumbers into rounds, top each with a dollop of herbed cream cheese, and garnish with fresh dill. 


#7 BBQ Chicken Wings

BBQ chicken wings are one of the most popular grill appetizers to kick off a fun and flavorful backyard gathering. To make juicy wings, simply marinate chicken wings in your favorite BBQ sauce and grill them until they're crispy and cooked through.


#8 Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

If you’re looking for BBQ appetizer ideas that are light and refreshing, Greek orzo pasta salad is the perfect choice. Packed with Mediterranean flavors this combination of orzo pasta, fresh vegetables, feta cheese, and a tangy vinaigrette is a refreshing and satisfying addition to any BBQ spread. 


#9 Chomps Stuffed Mushrooms

Chomps Stuffed Mushrooms make the perfect BBQ appetizer because they combine the savory flavors of Chomps Mini Beef Sticks with tender mushrooms, creating a delicious protein-packed bite to kick off your next backyard soirée.


#10 Hummus

When planning appetizers for a BBQ, serving hummus with a variety of fresh vegetable sticks and pita chips makes for a delicious and healthy option. Simply blend chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and voilà, you have homemade hummus perfect for BBQ appetizers!

For a colorful twist and a boost of antioxidants, try our beet hummus recipe for your next backyard party. 


#11 Smoky Black Bean Dip

This healthy and satisfying BBQ appetizer brings a little heat and a lot of flavor to your next party. To make, blend black beans with chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, lime juice, cilantro, cumin, and garlic, and serve with crispy tortilla chips or pita bread.


#12 Southwest Pasta Salad

Take your traditional pasta salad to the next level with these bold and zesty flavors. To make southwest pasta salad simply take fusilli pasta and mix it with black beans, corn, diced bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and avocado chunks, and toss it in a cilantro-lime dressing for a flavorful and hearty BBQ appetizer. 


#13 Grilled Beef Kabobs

Packed with protein and a delicious smoky flavor, these grilled appetizers made with Chomps Italian Beef Sticks are sure to be a hit at your next BBQ gathering. Our Grilled Beef Kabobs are made with a variety of colorful vegetables, are packed with protein, and take less than 15 minutes to make.


#14 Mango Habanero Salsa

Looking to add a refreshing kick to your next spread? Mango habanero salsa is a delightful mix of sweet and spicy that pairs perfectly with chips and grilled meats. Just dice mangoes, habanero peppers, red onion, and cilantro, add a squeeze of lime juice and a touch of salt for a fun and zesty BBQ snack. 


#15 Mediterranean Chicken Skewers

Mediterranean Chicken Skewers offer a satisfying and protein-packed start to any outdoor gathering. To make, simply marinate chicken cubes in a mixture of yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, and Mediterranean spices, then grill until cooked through and serve with a side of tzatziki sauce. 


#16 Loaded Potato Skins

Crispy potato skins filled with savory Chomps Original Meat Sticks, melted cheese, and creamy sour cream provide a satisfying and protein-rich BBQ appetizer that your guests will love. To make, hollow out baked potato halves, fill with mashed potatoes mixed with chopped Chomps Meat Sticks and cheese, then bake until cheese melts and tops are crispy. 


#17 Watermelon, Arugula, and Prosciutto Salad

This sweet, salty, and peppery salad is the perfect starter for your next backyard BBQ. Simply toss baby arugula leaves with cubed watermelon, thinly sliced red onion, crispy prosciutto slices, and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, and then drizzle with a balsamic reduction.


#18 Shrimp Ceviche

For creative BBQ appetizer ideas, consider chilled shrimp ceviche, the perfect start for those warm summer nights. To make, marinate cooked shrimp in lime juice with diced tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, cilantro, and jalape√Īo.¬†


#19 BBQ Chicken Flatbread

BBQ chicken flatbread is the perfect blend of everything you crave at a cookout-tender chicken with smoky BBQ flavor, gooey melted cheese, and a crunchy crust. Spread flatbread with BBQ sauce, then top with shredded cooked chicken, red onion slices, mozzarella cheese, and cilantro, and bake until the cheese is melted.


#20 Caprese Pasta Salad

This pasta salad combines the classic flavors of Caprese salad with pasta for a colorful BBQ appetizer that is sure to please. Simply mix Rotini pasta with cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls, and basil leaves, and drizzle with a balsamic glaze and olive oil for a delightful barbecue appetizer that's brimming with the flavors of summer.


#21 Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Everyone will love the rich, savory flavor of crispy bacon with the natural sweetness of dates. Plus, they’re easy to make, deliciously addictive, and always a hit BBQ snack. Simply stuff dates with goat cheese, wrap with half a slice of bacon, secure with a toothpick, and bake until the bacon is crispy. 


#22 Baked Brie with Honey and Almonds

Looking to add a touch of elegance to your next outdoor gathering? Just wrap a wheel of Brie cheese in puff pastry, drizzle with honey, and sprinkle with sliced almonds, and bake until golden. This mouthwatering BBQ appetizer can be served with your favorite crackers or bread.


#23 Chomps Cheese Balls

Cheese balls are always a crowd-pleaser with their creamy, cheesy goodness. Take finely chopped Chomps Meat Sticks and mix them with cream cheese, shredded cheddar, and herbs. Shape the mixture into a ball, roll it in chopped nuts or herbs, and chill before serving with crackers for a flavorful and protein-packed BBQ snack.


#24 Smoked Salmon Dip

The creamy texture and smoky, salty taste make smoked salmon dip a standout dish that pairs beautifully with crackers, bread, and a variety of veggies. To make, mix flaked smoked salmon with cream cheese, dill, lemon zest, and capers.


#25 Vegetable and Tofu Spring Rolls

This light and refreshing BBQ appetizer is packed with crisp vegetables and savory tofu, offering a healthy and satisfying option that your guests will devour. Wrap fresh vegetables, tofu strips, and vermicelli noodles in rice paper wrappers, then serve with a side of hoisin or peanut dipping sauce. 


The Bottom Line

From classic appetizers for a BBQ like tangy BBQ chicken wings to creative BBQ appetizer ideas like bacon-wrapped dates, there's something for everyone to enjoy. These delicious starters not only spark the appetite but also set the perfect tone for a fun and flavorful backyard barbecue event.

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