Easy Barbecue Mains

Whether you're throwing an outdoor bash for a crowd or simply want to turn on the grill and savor the warm weather, we've got 37 fail-proof barbecue main dishes to help you celebrate.

Fennel Chile Rubbed Steak, Grilling
Giant Fennel-Chile-Rubbed Steak
This T-bone steak is grilled with a simple rub of ground fennel seeds, black peppercorns, and red chile flakes.Michael Turek
Pork and Duck Sausage
Pork and Duck Sausage
Most sausage recipes call for a meat mixture that is about 30 percent fat—using too much can yield a link that is more greasy than luxurious. Here, Russell Moore of Camino in Oakland, California, combines pork belly with rich duck liver and skinless duck breast—fatty duck skin is too tough—for a perfectly tender sausage.Joseph De Leo
Grilled Lobster with Garlic-Parsley Butter
In this recipe, lobster is flash-grilled, then poached in its own shell in a pool of melted garlic-parsley butter.
Grilled Snapper with Habanero Scallions
Grilled Snapper with Habanero Scallions
The chile heat brings out the sweetness of whole red snapper in this Jamaican recipe; a burst of freshly squeezed pineapple juice adds another bright note. Grilling fish on a plancha or cast-iron griddle prevents it from falling apart.Helen Rosner
Garlic and Red-Miso Porterhouse
Garlic and Red-Miso Porterhouse
A marinade of red miso, ginger, and garlic gives this steak a crisp, flavorful crust and a juicy interior.Todd Coleman
Chile-Spiced Grilled Chicken (Pollo al Horno)
Chile-Spiced Grilled Chicken (Pollo al Horno)
Stained deep orange with achiote paste, this spice-slathered grilled chicken pairs well with fresh, bracing salsa verde, which cuts through the dish's garlicky richness.Todd Coleman
Grilled King Crab Legs
Grilled King Crab Legs
Sweet king crab legs gain a smoky edge when grilled.Todd Coleman
Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham)
Vietnamese Dipping Sauce (Nuoc Cham)
For Asian-style grilled chicken wings, try this classic sweet-sour condiment with fish sauce and fresh lime juice.Todd Coleman
Grilled Fish Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Sauce
Grilled Fish Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Sauce
Boneless tilapia filets spiced with cayenne, cumin, paprika, and garlic make great soft tacos; serve them with shredded cabbage and a smoky chipotle mayonnaise sauce.Todd Coleman
Russian Lamb Kebabs with Tomato-Prune Sauce (Shashlik)
Russian Lamb Kebabs with Tomato-Prune Sauce (Shashlik)
Robust lamb and onion kebabs steeped in a tenderizing seltzer and vinegar marinade are paired with a sauce of tomatoes, prunes, and herbs in this traditional Russian dish.Todd Coleman
Grapefruit & Habanero Skirt Steak with Grilled Tomato Salsa
Grapefruit & Habanero Skirt Steak with Grilled Tomato Salsa
Sweet papaya and tart ruby red grapefruit juice tame the heat of the Scotch bonnet pepper in the marinade for the steak, while the vegetables for the accompanying jalapeño-laced salsa get charred on the fire along with the meat.Todd Coleman
Blue Cheese-Stuffed Burgers
Blue Cheese-Stuffed Burgers
Quick-pickled cremini mushrooms and red onions are a zesty foil for juicy blue cheese-stuffed burgers.Laura Sant
Adobo Chicken Under a Brick
Adobo Chicken Under a Brick
A zesty Cuban-inspired marinade infuses the chicken with flavor, and grilling it flat on a plancha results in delicious crispy skin.Todd Coleman
Gai Yahng (Thai Grilled Chicken with Sweet Chile Sauce)
This smoky, sweet-spicy grilled chicken comes together in just 30 minutes. Marinate overnight for best results.
Iraqi Yellow Spice-Rubbed Chicken (Djaj Bil-Bahar Il-Asfar)
Iraqi Yellow Spice-Rubbed Chicken (Djaj Bil-Bahar Il-Asfar)
This fragrant spice-rubbed grilled chicken was a favorite of former SAVEUR Assistant Editor Felicia Campbell when she was deployed to Iraq.Todd Coleman
Whole Boneless Rib Eye with Chimichurri (Ojo De Bife Con Chimichurri)
Whole Boneless Rib Eye with Chimichurri (Ojo De Bife Con Chimichurri)
A saltwater brine prevents fresh herbs from discoloring in the zesty chimichurri that dresses this succulent rib eye.Todd Coleman
Cambodian-Style Ginger Lemongrass Baby Backs (Chrong Chomnei Jrok Oeng)
Cambodian-Style Ginger Lemongrass Baby Backs (Chrong Chomnei Jrok Oeng)
These Asian style ribs are marinated in a pungent paste made with fish sauce, lemon grass, and garlic and are served with a flavorful chili and lime spiked sauce.Todd Coleman
Pollo Al Ajillo (Panamanian Garlic Chicken)
Heavily spiced and intensely garlicky, this charcoal-grilled chicken can be found at roadside restaurants all over Panama, served with rice and fresh avocado.
Beef Satay
Beef Satay
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten created this intensely flavorful contemporary satay. Get the recipe for Beef Satay »Todd Coleman
Mexican Pork Spareribs (Costillas Adobadas)
Mexican Pork Spareribs (Costillas Adobadas)
Adding soaked wood chips to roaring hot charcoal amplifies the smoky flavor of these chile-rubbed spareribs.Todd Coleman
Shrimp Satay (Satay Udang)
Shrimp Satay (Satay Udang)
Ground macadamia nuts enrich this spicy Singaporean-style shrimp satay. Get the recipe for Shrimp Satay (Satay Udang) »Todd Coleman
Shish Kebab
Shish Kebab
This lamb kebab is adapted from a recipe in Anissa Helou's Mediterranean Street Food.Todd Coleman
Grilled Romaine with Blue Cheese and Bacon
Grilled Romaine with Blue Cheese and Bacon
Fresh heads of romaine lettuce are split down the middle, grilled until charred and smoky, and then topped with blue cheese and bacon for this satisfying salad.Penny De Los Santos
Coffee-and Soy-Marinated Flank Steak
Coffee-and Soy-Marinated Flank Steak
Strong coffee pairs with soy sauce and lightly caramelized garlic and onions in a marinade that leads to ultra-juicy flank steak.Laura Sant
Indian Lamb Ribs (Tandoori Champ)
Indian Lamb Ribs (Tandoori Champ)
In India, these ribs would be cooked in a tandoor, a clay oven. To achieve a similar oven-roasted effect on a charcoal or gas grill, cook the ribs over indirect heat, then finish them with a sear directly over the fire.Todd Coleman
[Quinoa Veggie Burger with Roasted Red Pepper Relish](http://www.saveur.com/art
Our take on a classic meatless burger calls on a slew of vegetables for flavor, color, and texture: carrot, celery, arugula, beans, and--the ingredient that really makes it--quinoa, the high-protein South American grain that has a nutty flavor and toothsome bite.Helen Rosner
Grilled Rib Eye with Sweet-Hot Pepper Sauce
Grilled Rib Eye with Sweet-Hot Pepper Sauce
Chef Craig Koketsu brings extra luxury to a dry-aged rib eye by basting it in rendered beef fat. A chunky chile and herb sauce makes a piquant side dish.Todd Coleman
Hoisin and Ginger Spareribs
Pork spareribs are marinated and basted in a sweet-spicy sauce, with layers of flavor including sesame, pepper, ginger, hoisin, and garlic in this recipe from Napa Valley winemaker Christopher Vandendriessche.Barbara Ries
Grilled Steak Tacos (Tacos de Carne Asada)
Grilled Steak Tacos (Tacos de Carne Asada)
Skirt steak, a flavorful, juicy cut, is an excellent choice for carne asada, from Mexico's El Bajío region. This one is marinated with lime and spices before grilling.Todd Coleman
Spice-Rubbed Chicken with Duck Sauce
The fiery chile-based rub on this chicken is balanced by a basting of sweet-sour duck sauce.Laura Sant
Kansas City-Style Spareribs with Barbecue Sauce
At Smokestack in Kansas City, spare-ribs, a particularly flavorful cut, are served with a sweet and spicy sauce.Todd Coleman
Grilled Lobster with Cilantro-Chile Butter
Grilled Lobster with Cilantro-Chile Butter
Chiles, lime, and cilantro flavor these grilled lobsters.Penny De Los Santos
Pimento Cheese Burger
Pimento cheese is a popular burger topping in and around Columbia, South Carolina. The cheese gives so much flavor to the burger that you won't need ketchup.André Baranowski
Cowboy Rib Eye
This recipe for mesquite-grilled steak with onions rings comes from Dallas chef Stephan Pyles.André Baranowski
Grilled Whole Fish with Tamarind
This recipe, for a whole fish basted in a tart tamarind sauce, calls for a grilling basket, which allows you to turn the fish without damaging.
Emirati Grilled Prawns (Rubyan Meshwi)
Emirati Grilled Prawns (Rubyan Meshwi)
At Abu Dhabi's Al Arish restaurant, jumbo prawns are basted in a spicy-sweet ketchup-based sauce before they are grilled.Ingalls Photography
Ultimate Grilled Cheeseburger
Ultimate Grilled Cheeseburger
This burger, inspired by one created in Modernist Cuisine co-author Nathan Myhrvold's culinary lab, is topped with a tangy cream and vermouth sauce. Adding egg yolks to freshly ground meat makes for a supremely rich burger.Todd Coleman