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12 Grilling Recipes to Try During National Barbecue Month

Closeup of a standup propane grill's cooking grates with grilled food on them and a hand with tongs turning some of the food over.

Who’s ready to fire up the grill? May is National Barbecue Month, so it’s a great time to make sure your grill is in good, working order, research some recipes, dust off your tongs and get cooking! At Blue Rhino, we never need an excuse to grill, so National Barbecue Month is just one more reason to do what we love. It’s our favorite month of the year!

Now is a great time to plan your next barbecue with family and friends. Before you get started, be sure to pick up a fresh Blue Rhino. You never want to run out of propane in the middle of a big party! Blue Rhino is here to help you cross one thing off your “to do” list. You can save time by using our Home Delivery service, which is available in several markets across the country. Or, you can use our Propane Finder to find a retailer near you.


Start Off Strong

You want your meal to have a big impact from beginning to end. That’s why it’s important to start off strong. Get the celebration started with these delicious appetizers. They’re great for mingling because you can grab a bite, walk around, chat with your friends and family, and just enjoy each other’s company. If you have a lot of guests coming to your party, you’ll want to grill up a few different options to be sure you’re serving something everyone will enjoy.


BBQ Cherry Cola Chicken Legs

Grilled chicken legs on a yellow plate, sitting on wood table.

First, check out our BBQ Cherry Cola Chicken Legs. You might be thinking, “Chicken legs? As an appetizer?” But don’t worry, these perfectly portable tasty treats are a great way to your meal. With only three ingredients, they’re simple to make and offer sweet, spicy, tangy flavor that can’t be beat.


Cheesy Brisket Bites

Four cheesy brisket bites on a white rectangle plate, on a wood cutting board, with a fresh Blue Rhino propane tank and stand up propane grill in the background.

Cheesy Brisket Bites are another hearty appetizer that’s sure to please. Crispy cheddar cheese mixes perfectly with the melt-in-your-mouth flavor of smoked brisket. Fresh cilantro and pickled red onion add brightness to the dish.


Homemade Brisket & Cheese Croissants

Finished Homemade Brisket & Cheese Croissants

Speaking of brisket, you can also make these Homemade Brisket & Cheese Croissants. These flaky, buttery appetizers are best right off the grill – with a few minutes to cool, of course. They’re just begging to be pulled apart and eaten one ooey, gooey, cheesy piece at a time.


The Main Course

As amazing as those recipes sound, don’t let your guests fill up on appetizers. They’ll spoil their appetite for the main course! We’ve got plenty of recipes to choose from.

Southern BBQ Sundae

Finished sundae in a mason jar on a wood cutting board, sitting on a black table with a fresh Blue Rhino propane tank and standup propane grill in the background.

First, check out this recipe for a Southern BBQ Sundae, courtesy of our partners at Operation BBQ Relief. No, it’s not a dessert. Instead, it’s your favorite parts of a great, homecooked, barbecued meal all served together in a Mason jar! This recipe has it all – pulled pork, grilled cornbread, baked beans, even bacon! Think layers upon layers of your favorite flavors all wrapped into one. Grab a fork and dig in, no plate needed.


BBQ Turkey Pizza

Top view of a grilled pizza with a slice being removed, sitting on a wood cutting board.

BBQ Turkey Pizza is a fresh take on an old favorite. This pizza crisps up in no time on a pizza stone set over the grill’s grates. Shredded turkey, barbecue sauce, red onion, and green belle pepper all mingle together to create and unique and flavorful pie.


Double Smoky Ribs with Bacon-Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Grilled pork rib on a grill's cooking grid.

There are ribs, and then there are Double Smoky Ribs with Bacon-Bourbon BBQ Sauce. Is your mouth watering yet? This recipe has it all. A hint of sweetness comes from peach preserves, molasses, and sugar. A little heat comes from cayenne pepper, chili sauce, spicy brown mustard, and hot pepper sauce. And the smoky flavor? That comes from smoked paprika, bacon, and of course, bourbon. Smoke the ribs over apple or hickory wood chips and you’ve got flavor perfection.


Don’t Forget the Sides!

Some would argue that side dishes are their own stars of the show at any gathering. National Barbecue Month is no exception. Try any – or all – of these delectable dishes at your next big dinner.

BBQ Slaw

Coleslaw sitting in a gray plate on a red and white tablecloth.

Let’s start with BBQ Slaw. This recipe requires little-to-no prep work because it calls for a pre-chopped bag of slaw mix. The tart, sweet, and savory sauce combines apple cider vinegar and barbecue sauce for a well-balanced dish. Red onion slivers add a bit of bite to this fresh side dish.


BBQ Baked Potato

Baked potato split open, topped with brisket, cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, green onions on a white plate.

The potato may be the unsung hero of the kitchen – or the grill. It can take so many forms. It can be mashed, fried, smashed, sliced, or shredded. It can even be baked whole, like the potatoes in this BBQ Baked Potato recipe. Think loaded baked potato, but with a few extras. You still have all the toppings you love, including shredded cheddar cheese, sliced green onions, bacon, and sour cream, but this version incorporates brisket and a sweet and smoky rub, too.


Beer Bacon BBQ Beans

Finished beans in a cast-iron pan on a standup propane grill's cooking grids.

Let’s talk about baked beans. These Beer Bacon BBQ Beans take things up a notch with added layers of flavor – literally! These beans are bubbling hot right off the grill because they’re cooked in a cast iron pan. Brown sugar and molasses give a hint of sweetness, a layer of bacon adds in a smoky component, and beer gives this dish a little something special. Your guests will be asking themselves, “what’s their secret ingredient?”


The Finishing Touch

Did you save room for dessert? We sure hope you did! These fresh, flavorful dishes are perfect for spring and summer.

BBQ Apple Pies

Closeup of a finished apple pie

Did you know it’s possible to make BBQ Apple Pies? This recipe calls for classic ingredients, including fresh apples, cinnamon, sugar, lemon juice, and butter. But what sets it apart is how you bake the pie. Instead of popping it into the oven, you’ll cook this pie to perfection over indirect heat on the grill. Pro tip: Don’t open the grill’s lid! You’ll let the heat escape. Instead, use a flashlight to peek through the vent holes on your grill to see how your pie is cooking. Serve this pie warm, but not piping hot, with ice cream and some sharp cheddar cheese. Yum!


BBQ Ice Cream

Finished bbq ice cream on an aluminum sheet.

This next dessert recipe defies the odds. We’re making BBQ Ice Cream! Yes, it’s possible, and yes, it’s delicious. This recipe is like getting two desserts in one because it features pound cake, ice cream, and some traditional sundae toppings. The end result looks a bit like Baked Alaska but includes all the smoky goodness the grill has to offer. Some fresh mint leaves top the whole thing off and really round out the dish.


BBQ Peach & Blueberry Pie

A Slice of the grilled BBQ Peach & Blueberry Pie on a white plate.

Finally, we’re diving into a delicious BBQ Peach & Blueberry Pie. Fresh berries, ripe peaches, and just a hint of lemon zest will make this sweet and tart treat a hit. Much like the other desserts we’ve mentioned, this pie is cooked on the grill giving it a slightly wood-fired taste. It’s the perfect ending to any spring or summer meal.


Get Out and Grill!

So, are you ready for National Barbecue Month? We know we are! As you fire up the grill in May, be sure to take some photos of your culinary creations. Post them on social media with #NotJustPropane and you may be featured on our official Blue Rhino accounts! Thank you for making Blue Rhino a part of all your backyard memories, especially during National Barbecue Month. Now get out there and grill!

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