BBQ Macaroni Salad

BBQ Macaroni Salad – seriously DELICIOUS! So simple, yet so amazing! Macaroni, red bell pepper, celery, green onions, cider vinegar, hot sauce, chili powder, cayenne, garlic, mayonnaise, and BBQ sauce. Can make ahead and refrigerate until ready to eat. Perfect for a summer potluck! Such an easy side dish recipe!

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Best BBQ Macaroni Salad

It is hard to beat a good macaroni salad. They are a staple at all of our summer cookouts. They go with just about everything and are super easy to make. This BBQ Macaroni is a family favorite. Pasta, red peppers, and celery tossed in a homemade BBQ mayonnaise dressing. YUM!

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How to Make BBQ Pasta Salad

This macaroni salad is super easy to make. Start with cooking the pasta according to package directions. Drain the pasta and let it cool. Next, chop a red bell pepper, some celery, and green onions. Whisk together mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, cider vinegar, hot sauce, chili powder, and garlic. Toss everything together and pop in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

The one thing we really liked about this pasta salad is that it wasn’t dripping with mayonnaise. There was a nice coating of the BBQ dressing, but it wasn’t a mayonnaise bomb. Now that being said, if you prefer more mayonnaise on your macaroni salad, feel free to add an extra half or whole recipe of the dressing to the pasta.

bbq macaroni salad

Pasta Salad for a Crowd

This recipe makes a lot of macaroni salad, so it is great for a crowd. You can make this ahead of time and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. I love easy make-ahead recipes like this! This macaroni salad goes with everything – chicken, pork, beef. Here are a few of our favorite recipes from the blog that go great with this pasta salad:

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bbq macaroni salad

BBQ Macaroni Salad

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
BBQ Macaroni Salad – seriously DELICIOUS! So simple, yet so amazing! Macaroni, red bell pepper, celery, green onions, cider vinegar, hot sauce, chili powder, cayenne, garlic, mayonnaise, and BBQ sauce. Can make ahead and refrigerate until ready to eat. Perfect for a summer potluck! Such an easy side dish recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 4 green onions, sliced thin
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • tsp garlic powder
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce

Instructions:

  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water until cool. Drain water and transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add bell pepper, celery, and scallions to the pasta.
  • Whisk together vinegar, hot sauce, chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne, mayonnaise, and BBQ sauce. Add to pasta and stir. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Can serve pasta salad immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Notes:

I used Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce.

Steph

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  1. Made this yesterday. Very good. The bbq sauce I used was a bit sweet so next time I’ll add 1/4 Heinz chili sauce. This will be a great summer potluck dish, thanks!

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