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Barbecue Macaroni Salad Recipe

A summer barbecue isn’t complete without a macaroni salad! The salad is easy to throw together and is full of flavor!  It is perfect for a party or potluck!
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ side dish recipe, Best macaroni salad, Favorite family dinner, Summer side dish
Servings: 12
Calories: 235kcal


  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Medium Pot
  • Wooden Spoon
  • colander


  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni 1 box
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup BBQ Sauce
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk finely chopped
  • ½ cup cubed cucumber
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • 2 Tablespoons green onion finely chopped
  • 4 Tablespoons purple onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup colby jack cheese cubed


  • Cook macaroni according to package directions. 
  • Drain the noodles, rinse in cold water and drain again. 
  • In a large bowl, combine mayo, BBQ sauce, seasonings, hot sauce and vinegar. 
  • Add the drained noodles and chopped veggies and cheese. 
  • Stir to combine and refrigerate before serving.



  • By washing the noodles in cold water, this will stop the cooking process and keep the noodles the consistency you want for macaroni salad.


Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 305mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1336IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg