FOR TESTING: The Menu for the Best Summer BBQ!

From entrées and sides to cocktails and desserts, we have your perfect summer party menu planned

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FRIED PICKLES

FRIED PICKLES
Courtesy Annie's Eats

Get the recipe!: Fried Pickles
Annie M. of Annie's Eats serves up these easy-to-fry favorites with a side of ranch dressing for a taste of pure summer bliss.

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PICKLED CORN-BACON RELISH

PICKLED CORN-BACON RELISH
Grant Cornett

Get the recipe!: Pickled Corn-Bacon Relish
Chef Edward Lee (a former Top Chef contender) is all about adding bacon to this veggie-packed relish, which can be enjoyed on a sandwich or solo as a side.

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ARUGULA, FIG & BLEU CHEESE SALAD

ARUGULA, FIG & BLEU CHEESE SALAD
Courtesy Lemonade Restaurant Group

Get the recipe!: Arugula, Fig & Bleu Cheese Salad
Chef Alan Jackson's light starter, topped with a homemade sherry vinaigrette, is the perfect way to kick off a refreshing summer meal.

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THE FIRECRACKER

THE FIRECRACKER
Courtesy SKYY

Get the recipe!: Firecracker
Pump up your party beverage offerings with an icy-cold drink made using sweet and tart summery fruits like cherries and limes.

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SUMMER FLING

SUMMER FLING
Courtesy Chandon

Get the recipe!: Summer Fling
Lighten up your summer soirée with a sparkling wine cocktail garnished with your favorite seasonal fruits.

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SPICY MAC & CHEESE

SPICY MAC & CHEESE
Courtesy Annie's Eats

Get the recipe!: Spicy Mac & Cheese
Jalapeños are one of the secret ingredients in Annie M.'s delicious dish, full of creamy cheese and chopped vegetables.

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POTATO SALAD

POTATO SALAD
Raymond Hom

Get the recipe!: Potato Salad
A straightforward take on the BBQ staple – created by Top Chef season one alum Tiffani Faison – features apple cider vinegar and honey for a little zest and sweetness.

08 of 14

BACKYARD CHICKEN

BACKYARD CHICKEN
Raymond Hom

Get the recipe!: Backyard Chicken
Emeril Lagasse's delicious dish comes topped with a homemade barbecue sauce (with just a hint bit of bam!) that you're going to love.

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CALI LETTUCE-WRAP BURGER

CALI LETTUCE-WRAP BURGER
Raymond Hom

Get the recipe!: Cali Lettuce-Wrap Burger
Don't worry about the calories: Gina Neely's healthy update on this all-American summer staple is made with lean ground beef and cuts out the carb-laden bun.

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CAJUN BLACKENED FISH TACOS

CAJUN BLACKENED FISH TACOS
Courtesy Tommy Bahama

Get the recipe!: Cajun Blackened Fish Tacos
Bite-sized and beyond flavorful, this signature seafood dish from Tommy Bahama Manhattan Island's beachy kitchen is topped with a spicy Asian slaw.

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SMASHED APPLE CIDER BBQ RIBS

SMASHED APPLE CIDER BBQ RIBS
Courtesy Mike's Hard Lemonade

Get the recipe!: Apple Cider BBQ Ribs
A little spiked apple cider gives these St. Louis-style ribs a sweet, tangy edge. Add paprika, brown sugar and a homemade barbecue sauce made with chipotles and molasses, and you've got yourself the ultimate backyard favorite.

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HERB-RUBBED GRILLED PORK TENDERLOIN

HERB-RUBBED GRILLED PORK TENDERLOIN
Ben Fink Photography

Get the recipe!: Herb-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin
If you marinate Jamie Deen's pork tenderloin overnight before you throw it on the grill, you'll be rewarded the next day with a juicy cut of meat that has a crispy, herb crust.

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CHERRY COKE FLOAT CUPCAKES

CHERRY COKE FLOAT CUPCAKES
Courtesy A Southern Grace

Get the recipe!: Cherry Coke Float Cupcakes
Enjoy your splash of cola as a bite-sized ender with these adorably delicious cupcakes from Grace Mannon of A Southern Grace. It even comes adorned with a cherry on top.

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CHILLY BANANA PUDDING

CHILLY BANANA PUDDING
Robert Jacobs

Get the recipe!: Chilly Banana Pudding
If you can keep your hands off of Deen's banana pudding for the two hours it needs to set in the fridge, then you'll really enjoy it once it's cold and served with a scoop of sorbet or vanilla ice cream.

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