Kickoff to Cookout Season {Side Dishes}

Back again for our second post officially kicking off cookout season.

My friend Sarah noted yesterday that I properly differentiated a cookout from a BBQ in my little series. I found myself laughing when she pointed this out, but really? Some people confuse the two! Or think they're the same?

By Southern definition, a cookout refers to a party or gathering where a meal is cooked and eaten outdoors. On the other hand, a BBQ references a party or gathering where meat (typically ribs, pork, or other meat) is cooked low and slow and a special BBQ rub and/or sauce is used to spice things up.

I've just recently learned that many people refer to these gatherings in the same manner and sometimes switched which is just wild to me. I guess, in the South, you're just born with a Cookout and BBQ etiquette flowing through your veins. It's one of those odd traditions we Southerners hold dear to our hearts.

The biggest difference, in my opinion, between the two is that BBQ will take all day to prepare. Someone will tend to the meat all day and usually the gathering will be a bit longer as such. But a Cookout? It's that gathering you can both dress up or throw together in the last few hours of the afternoon. Call a few friends, throw some burgers and hotdogs on the grill and you're set.

Cookout, BBQ, Fiesta? Whatever you're celebration, these recipes will all prove to be family favorites. Once the guests arrive no one cares what you've titled the gathering so long as there's good food, friends and drinks to go around!

I hope you'll visit the featured recipes and give them a try! 

Baked Potato Salad via Will Cook for Smiles

Deviled Eggs via Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen

Broccoli Salad via The Country Cook

Kick Ace Pasta Salad via The View From 510

Southern Baked Beans from Paula Dean

Miss the first post of this series? Catch the best of appetizer ideas here, and tomorrow come back for the best of burgers!

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