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Summer Budget Hacks: BBQ Recipes on a Budget

Summer is here! So, we’re getting ready to fire up the grill for a much-needed cookout. Although summer parties are a great time to gather with friends and family while enjoying some yummy eats, the costs of the get-togethers can add up quickly — especially if you’re the one hosting. So, how can you make BBQ recipes on a budget?

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite low-cost BBQ recipes so that you can offer a menu that will be sure to please everyone without breaking your budget.

Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies

These delectable delights are a hit with every crowd — they’re tasty, easy to make and cost-effective. These delicious appetizers only have three ingredients: bacon, mini smoked sausages and brown sugar.

All you need to do is wrap each sausage with bacon, insert a toothpick to keep it all connected and sprinkle brown sugar on top. Stick a tray of them in the oven for 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees, then serve. Your guests will thank you.

Bacon Potato Salad

Every good BBQ needs a potato salad. Mattress Firm loves this palatable side for the price-conscious cook — it’s an updated take on a classic and only costs around $10 to make for a crowd of 15. This recipe is simple, delicious and it goes with everything. Check out the recipe below for a hit that your guests are going to rave about for weeks.


  1. Boil potatoes on the stove about 20 minutes or until tender. Drain the water and allow to cool until you can handle them. Cut all the potatoes into 1-inch pieces.
  2. In a large bowl, add potatoes, bacon, red pepper, celery stalks and onion.
  3. In another smaller bowl, mix together the mayo and the sour cream until blended. Add the salt, pepper and minced garlic.
  4. Pour into the large bowl and toss the potatoes very gently until coated in the sour cream sauce.
  5. Cover and chill for 2 hours.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Slow Cooker 3-Ingredient Bean Dip

If you’re hosting a BBQ on a budget, then you need to know about this incredible bean dip. It couldn’t be easier to make — all you need to do is combine canned chilies and refried beans in a slow cooker and top with cheese. Cover and cook 45 minutes on high or 1 1/2 hours on low, until cheese is bubbling. Not only is this dish delicious and easy, but it will save you time to focus on making the other sides since it only takes a few minutes to come together.

Do you have a favorite side dish that you love to make for cookouts or gatherings? Tell us about it in the comments or leave us a link to your favorite BBQ recipes!

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