"He looked at me as if I were a side dish he hadn't ordered."Ring Lardner
Sometimes the appetizers and side dishes are the best things on a restaurant menu. You know, the killer crispy French fries at a good burger place. The amazing warm bread at a fine dining restaurant. And the mac and cheese that'll blow your socks off at a barbecue joint.
For most folks, meat's the thing when you're going for barbecue. Give me the brisket, pork and sausage…maybe a slice of white bread on the side. That's it! No sauce. No nuthin'. Just meat! For others, the beans, the cornbread, the taters, the mac and cheese…these are what make the meat taste even better. Side dishes are like the intermission. You get a break from the action, then when you go back to the main event, it's even more delicious than before!
Here are some of our favorite go-withs for classic American barbecue like sliced brisket, pulled or chopped pork, smoked ribs, and smoked sausage. You'll see all the standards here, including potato salad, cole slaw, cornbread, baked beans, and mac and cheese. Plus sides like guacamole and spicy cucumber salad for international barbecue. Mix it up and serve your barbecue with whatever floats your boat!