The best part about Thanksgiving isn't the turkey, but the sides. Why bring up Thanksgiving in May? Because the same is true for summer cookouts: It's not the burgers and hotdogs or wings or whatever else that we get excited about—it's the slaw, cool and creamy; the vinegary potato salad; the pickles; the cookies that, thank goodness, your aunt reliably makes for this very occasion every single year.
You can only do so much with a burger or a wing (or, for that matter, a turkey). The sides are your license to go wild. Go!