How to Make a BBQ Bowl

Quick and easy BBQ bowls are fabulous for weeknight meals or get-togethers!

How to Make a BBQ Bowl

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Howdy, y’all! I spent the past weekend in Texas so I’m still going strong on all things Texan. I enjoyed the most gorgeous weekend in Round Top, TX with some blogging pals.

We stayed at The Vintage Round Top and Sugar & Cloth hosted the most darling dinners and brunches. Seeing as I’m just off of the Texas trip, I thought it fitting to share a little something I recently made, a BBQ Bowl!

You may be thinking “I’ve heard of burrito bowls, smoothie bowls, acai bowls… but what is a BBQ bowl?!” Well, it’s just the best thing I’ve ever made and my favorite new party food.

Serving party food “bar” style is the easiest way to get people mixing and mingling while you also get to enjoy the fun since you’re not having to make individual plates. Especially here in Nashville, BBQ is a popular food choice for all types of get-togethers. So I wanted to show a new way to serve it up.

Don’t get me wrong, this is not just a “parties only” food! I’ve been creating versions of these BBQ bowls at home for casual dinners for years. I just decided they finally needed an official name!

BBQ Bowl Recipe and Ideas

BBQ Bowl Must-Haves

For parties, lay out all the mix-ins on a long platter or serving tray.

  • I included BBQ (of course), diced tomatoes, red onion, grilled corn on the cob, and cole slaw. These are southern staples.
  • To build the bowl (by the way, here are the bowls I used, I love them), you grab your favorite BBQ fixin’s and divide them in your bowl.
  • Then mix and eat away. You can drizzle with your favorite barbecue sauces or even salad dressings like ranch or blue cheese.
  • You can add in extra veggies, sliced peppers, whatever your heart desires. Basically, if Mexican food gets the burrito bowl then southern fare gets the BBQ bowl!
Barbecue Bowl Meal Idea

Serving BBQ Bowls at Parties

For parties, keep it easy for guests by serving up little bowls of sauces (or set bottles around on dining tables) and give everyone a bowl to make their own BBQ bowl. If guests are vegetarian, it’s easy to make one with other items. It’s really nothing revolutionary, but I love new ways of serving favorite dishes so I had to share. Serve alongside slices of Texas toast or my Creamed Corn Cornbread, wouldn’t that be delicious? So who can build the best-tasting BBQ bowl? If you make one, share a pic with me!

I have to say that this is also a great weeknight meal as my husband and Blakely both thoroughly enjoyed building their own BBQ bowls. I’ll be adding these into the meal rotation!

If you’re looking for more BBQ ideas, check out my mini BBQ tacos!

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  1. I need to try this! This looks like a great dinner idea!!…

  2. Quick and easy BBQ bowl is great for meals, very varied and rich.

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