Budget Friendly Foods to Cook at a Cookout
Summer is almost here and chances are you’ve already cooked a few meals on the grill. If you want to have a cookout with your friends or extended family, you don’t have to spend a fortune. There are a number of delicious budget-friendly foods to cook at a cookout.
1. Hot Dogs
The most obvious food that everyone reaches for is hot dogs. Hot dogs are easy, affordable, and a cookout favorite. If you’re feeding a large crowd, this is a great option. Best of all, it’s something that kids love. Make sure to have lots of condiments on hand so that everyone can create their favorite hot dog.
Like hotdogs burgers are a classic. If you don’t want to have just a plain ole burger you could make burger sliders or use sides to make it a little fancier.
Chicken legs, wings, and thighs are cheap and easy to cook. Buy some barBecue sauce and you’re all set! If you start looking for deals before your cookout you will likely find sauce on sale. Plus make sure you check your meat department weekly for deals on chicken.
People never think to make pizza on the grill, but it’s such a people pleaser. You can make your own dough ahead of time, you can use thawed dough from your grocer’s freezer, or even purchase dough from your favorite pizza place. All you need to do is shape the dough and place on the grill. Cover and cook until golden brown on the first side. Flip and top with your favorite ingredients. You can make small personalized pizzas that guests can top with their favorite toppings.
You can check this Pinterest board out for inspiration for your pizza on the grill.
6. Corn on the Cob
A great side dish is grilled corn on the cob. The key is to add loads of flavor. Peel back the husks, but don’t remove them. Remove all the silk and spread softened butter and your favorite spices on the corn. Pull the husks back around the corn and place on the grill, turning occasionally. The husks will lock in the great flavor and the butter and spices will make the corn amazing.
7. Vegetable Kabobs
Another great side dish is vegetable kabobs. Gather all your favorite seasonal vegetables and cut into bite-sized pieces. Toss the vegetables with Italian dressing and place in the refrigerator until time to grill. Skewer the vegetables on skewers that you have soaked in water and grill until the desired texture is achieved.
You can have baked beans, Cole slaw, and potato salad. Sides are a great way to stretch your budget, but also have a filling meal. You don’t have to stick to generic sides; you could try this recipe from Cooking Classy to spice up your coleslaw, or this recipe from Swanky recipes to spice up your potato salad. Classics don’t have to be classics. Dress them up and make something new while staying on a budget
Don’t just serve water or sodas. Turn your sweet tea into a delicious peach.You could turn your lemonade into a delicious watermelon lemonade using this recipe from cooking classy.
Last, but not least, what would a cookout be without a great dessert? You can grill pineapple, peaches, plums, and even mango. Top with ice cream and fresh berries and that’s it. It’s a delicious dessert that everyone is going to love.
A cookout doesn’t have to be expensive or boring. You can make a delicious meal with great side dishes and an amazing dessert without breaking the bank.