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BBQ Pasta Salad

Our Easy Creamy, Smoky BBQ Pasta Salad makes the perfect side dish for any summer BBQ, Cookout, Potluck, or Picnic! Goes with everything and tastes Amazing!
Course Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ Pasta Salad, BBQ Pasta Salad Recipe, How Do I Make BBQ Pasta Salad, How To Make BBQ Pasta Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 261kcal
Author Kathleen


  • Salt
  • 16 Ounces Elbow Pasta
  • 1 Sweet Red Pepper Finely Chopped
  • 1 Rib Celery Finely Chopped
  • 6 Green Onions Thinly Sliced
  • 1 Small Red Onion Finely Chopped
  • 1 Small Bunch Fresh Cilantro Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Brown Sugar
  • 3 Teaspoons Dried Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Dried Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Hot Sauce
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Cup BBQ Sauce


  • Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot.  Add 1 tablespoon salt and pasta and cook pasta until just al dente.  Drain in a colander and rinse with cold water until cool, then drain again briefly, so the pasta remains somewhat moist; transfer to a large bowl.
  • Stir in bell pepper, celery, green onions, red onion, cilantro, vinegar, brown sugar, chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.  Let sit a few minutes for flavors to absorb.
  • Stir in hot sauce, mayo and BBQ sauce.  Check to season and adjust if necessary. Enjoy!


Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 453mg | Potassium: 224mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 700IU | Vitamin C: 17.7mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg