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Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad

Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad

Are you in the mood for a delicious and flavorful salad that will satisfy your taste buds? Look no further than Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad! This mouthwatering dish combines the smoky goodness of barbecue with the freshness of a salad, creating a unique and satisfying flavor profile that will keep you coming back for more.

Why Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad?

What sets Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad apart from other salads is the combination of ingredients that work together harmoniously. The tangy barbecue sauce adds a smoky and slightly sweet flavor, while the fresh vegetables provide a crisp and crunchy texture. The pasta adds a hearty element to the salad, making it a filling and satisfying meal on its own or a perfect side dish.

Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad is not your average salad. It’s a flavor explosion in every bite, with layers of taste that come together to create a truly satisfying experience. The combination of barbecue sauce, pasta, and fresh vegetables is a match made in heaven, and you won’t be able to resist going back for seconds.

How to Make Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad

Making Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad is a breeze. Simply cook your pasta of choice according to the package instructions, then drain and rinse it under cold water to cool it down.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked pasta with your favorite barbecue sauce. Use enough sauce to generously coat the pasta, ensuring every bite is packed with flavor. Next, add a variety of fresh vegetables such as diced bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and thinly sliced red onions. Toss everything together until the pasta and vegetables are evenly coated with the barbecue sauce.

For an extra burst of flavor, you can also add some crumbled bacon or shredded cheese to the salad. These additions will take the dish to a whole new level and add a delicious richness to each bite.

When to Serve Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad

Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad is incredibly versatile and can be served in a variety of settings. Whether you’re hosting a summer barbecue, attending a potluck, or simply looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, this salad is sure to be a hit.

The smoky flavors of the barbecue sauce make it a perfect accompaniment to grilled meats, such as burgers, ribs, or chicken. It also pairs well with other summer favorites like corn on the cob or watermelon slices.

Additionally, Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator, making it an excellent option for meal prep or picnics. Its refreshing flavors and satisfying texture make it an ideal dish for any occasion.


Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad is a delicious and satisfying dish that combines the best of both worlds – the smoky flavors of barbecue and the freshness of a salad. Its unique flavor profile and versatility make it a standout choice for any occasion. So why settle for a boring salad when you can enjoy a flavor explosion in every bite? Give Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad a try and prepare to be amazed!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use any type of pasta for Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad?

A: Absolutely! Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad works well with a variety of pasta shapes, such as penne, bowtie, or rotini.

Q: Can I make Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad ahead of time?

A: Yes, you can make Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad in advance and store it in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.

Q: Can I customize Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad with additional ingredients?

A: Definitely! Feel free to add your favorite ingredients like olives, corn, or avocado to make it your own.

Q: Can I use a different barbecue sauce for Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad?

A: Yes, you can use any barbecue sauce of your choice. Experiment with different flavors to find your favorite combination.

Q: Is Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad suitable for vegetarians?

A: Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad can easily be made vegetarian by omitting the bacon and using a vegetarian-friendly barbecue sauce.

Q: Can I serve Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad warm?

A: While Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad is traditionally served cold, you can enjoy it warm if you prefer. Simply skip the step of rinsing the pasta under cold water.

Q: How long does Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad last in the refrigerator?

A: Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days when properly stored in an airtight container.

Q: Can I make a larger batch of Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad for a crowd?

A: Absolutely! Simply double or triple the ingredients to make a larger batch of Neely’s BBQ Pasta Salad to feed a crowd.

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Neely's BBQ Pasta Salad

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 1 pound of fusilli pasta
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup of Neelys BBQ Sauce (see recipe below)
  • 1 red bell pepper , seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery , finely chopped
  • 2 whole scallions , thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces of pulled pork
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped parsley leaves , for garnish
  • 2 cups of ketchup
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons of light brown sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon of ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce


  • Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot over high heat.
  • Add salt to the boiling water, then add the pasta and cook until tender (about 10 minutes).
  • Drain the cooked pasta in a colander and allow it to cool. Transfer the cooled pasta to a large bowl.
  • In another large bowl, combine vinegar, hot sauce, chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, mayonnaise, and BBQ sauce.
  • Add the chopped vegetables to the bowl with the dressing mixture and toss to coat the vegetables.
  • Pour the BBQ dressing over the cooled pasta and mix well.
  • Place the pork on top of the pasta and season with salt and pepper according to your taste.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dish until you are ready to serve it.
  • When serving, garnish the dish with parsley.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients for the sauce.
  • Bring the sauce mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  • Cook the sauce uncovered, stirring frequently, for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Keyword American, Holiday, labor day, Meat, Memorial Day Recipes, Pasta Recipes, Pork, Salad Recipes, Side Dish, Vegetable
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