8 Best Side Dishes For BBQ

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While it may be true that there’s an abundance of side dishes available that go well with BBQ’d meat, some side dishes in particular, go better than others like in our article the worst foods to eat at a BBQ. Here are 8 must try side dishes to use at your next BBQ.

1. Chili Rubbed Grilled Vegetable Kababs

Grilled Vegetable Kebabs

Even though it may not seem like it at first glance, one of the best side dishes for BBQ that you can use is grilled vegetables. One of the reasons why people love barbecue meat so much, is primarily due to the smoky flavor that it consists of. As such, pairing it with a side dish that consists of a smoky flavor is ideal as a side dish.

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Whether you add red onions, green peppers, mushrooms or tomatoes, as the vegetables cook, they will take on that smoky smell and delectable flavor.

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2. Jamaican Styled Festivals (Fried Dumpling)​

Jamaican Styled Festivals

Many people from the Caribbean regard Jamaican styled festivals as the best type of fried dumpling one can consume. A typical Jamaican styled festival consists of flour, cornmeal, sugar and baking powder. The cornmeal in particular gives the festival a distinctive flavor that you wouldn’t receive from a traditional dumpling. And as far as the texture goes, its doughy consistency simply soaks up juices and gravy from the barbecued meat.

3. Sweet Vinegar Cole Slaw​

Sweet Vinegar Coleslaw

Many people avoid any type of side dish that consists of mayonnaise whenever they host outdoors. As such, it comes as no surprise that many people simply do not see coleslaw as an ideal choice. However, by supplementing vinegar and sugar instead of mayonnaise you can enjoy a beloved serving of coleslaw. All without the creamy based ingredient that goes bad if you leave it at room temperature for too long.

4. BBQ Bean Salad​

BBQ Bean Salad

The BBQ bean salad is an ideal solution for the problem of having too much leftover BBQ sauce and/or gravy. Most types of bean do well when drenched in BBQ sauce.

5. Sweet Potato Fries​

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potato fries consist of a softer texture that regular French fries and are regarded as being one of the best side dishes for BBQ. What makes them particularly unique is the fact that their sweet flavor enhances the sweet, smoky flavor that lies within every BBQ flavored meat.

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6. Mississippi Hush Puppies​

Mississippi Hush Puppies

If you have a profound love for spicy foods, this side dish in particular, will surely spark your interest. Mississippi hush puppies consist of a variety of ingredients that can be found in a traditional hush puppy recipe with one major exception, jalapenos.

The thing that makes this side dish so appealing is that while it offers a certain degree of spiciness, the mild nature of jalapenos means that the spiciness will not overpower the sweetness that your barbecued meat has to offer.

7. Memphis Styled BBQ Mac And Cheese​

Memphis Mac And Cheese

Many cheese lovers have a hard time when it comes to utilizing a cheesy side dish that goes well with barbecue flavored meat.

However, the Memphis styled BBQ mac and cheese recipe is an ideal solution due to the fact that the recipe calls for barbecue gravy as one of its main ingredients.

Other ingredients in Memphis Mac and Cheese are onions, bacon, ground beef, green peppers, tomatoes and loads and loads of cheese. Who can resist that?!

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8. Grilled Corn and BBQ Butter​

BBQ Grilled Corn With Spices

A classic grilled corn on the cob with a twist, BBQ butter.

How do you make BBQ Butter?


  • Unsalted butter
  • Leftover juice and gravy from your BBQ
  • Worcester sauce
  • Salt and pepper


To the butter, add a splash of Worcester sauce, lots of pepper, pinch of salt, and just enough juice and gravy to keep the butter creamy. When your corn has been finished grilling, roll it in the BBQ butter or spread it over top.

Warning: this can be messy and taste incredibly delicious!​

Written By Tara Williams

Tara is a food writer that has been editing and authoring articles for KitchenSanity since its founding. Her writing offers personal experience from experimentation with food and recipe creation. If you’re looking for simple tips, she will make your journey in the kitchen straightforward with a dash of fun.