The weather may be getting colder but that doesn’t mean the glory days of backyard barbecues are over! Here are some tips for getting your BBQ on this fall.

Chili Bar

Set up a versatile chili bar to keep entertaining easy. Serve a pot of chili and various toppings so people can load up their own bowls. Some classic toppings and garnishes include shredded cheddar, sliced jalapeños, corn chips, sour cream and diced red onion. You can customize your spread any way you like.

Seasonal Sides

Hearty, warming recipes help transition your cookout from the summer into the crisp, fall weather (think stick-to-your-ribs recipes like stews, grilled meats and braised dishes). Fall favorites like baked beans, macaroni and cheese and corn bread make a great accompaniment for meaty main dishes.


The enchanting colors of the changing leaves will do most of the work outdoors, but you can enhance those cozy fall feels with a few simple decorations. A folding table covered with horse blankets, set with wooden cutting boards, definitely makes for a festive impression. Add a few wild flowers in a sturdy jug or collect some colorful leaves and branches in jars.

Embracing Fall

Have toasty throws and comforting quilts folded and ready for anyone who gets cold outside. And, if you have an outdoor fire pit, now is definitely the time to light it up.

Have you held or attended a fall BBQ? What changes did you make to accommodate for the fall season? How did the BBQ differ from your summer BBQs? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Happy planning!