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.

(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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