Barbecue Macaroni Salad Recipe

A summer barbecue isn’t complete without a macaroni salad!  I love our Traditional Macaroni Salad, but decided to try something a little different this time around.  The salad is easy to throw together and is full of flavor!  It is perfect for a party or potluck!

Serves: 12

Barbecue Macaroni Salad Recipe

1 hr, 30 Prep Time

1 hr, 30 Total Time

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  • 1 (16 ounce) box elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cubed cucumber
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 Tablespoons green onion, finely chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons purple onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup colby jack cheese, cubed


  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. 
  2. Drain the noodles, rinse in cold water and drain again. 
  3. In a large bowl, combine mayo, BBQ sauce, seasonings, hot sauce and vinegar. 
  4. Add the drained noodles and chopped veggies and cheese. 
  5. Stir to combine and refrigerate before serving.
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: side dish

(Recipe from Tasty Kitchen)

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16 Responses to “Barbecue Macaroni Salad Recipe”

  1. We made this for my birthday weekend and oh wow was it a hit! Because we had leftovers, we stored it in the refridgerator until the next day - it was a bit dry so we just simply added a bit more bbq sauce and it again was perfection! My son just can't get enough - it's such a great summer salad. Two thumbs up from me and my family!
  2. Jennifer
    I've been intrigued by this ever since I found it on Pinterest a couple weeks ago. I made it today and it's delicious. I added some leftover grilled chicken to make it a complete meal for lunch. Even without the chicken it would be a great side dish when grilling burgers.

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