POPSUGAR Celebrity

10 Barbecue Sides Worth the Spotlight

Jul 26 2011 - 4:09am

Items like St. Louis ribs, beef brisket, or grilled sausage may technically be the stars of a classic barbecue, but finding the right food elements to serve on the side are just as important. After all, nothing complements a pulled pork sandwich like a side of cabbage slaw! This Summer, we've got a few ideas — some tried-and-true, others a bit more contemporary — to set you off on the right course for your next meat-smoking extravaganza.

Classic Potato Salad

It isn't an all-American barbecue without potato salad [1], smothered in its classic dressing of mayonnaise.


For some contrast to your pulled pork and slow-cooked brisket, serve guests a side of cool and crunchy coleslaw [2].

Macaroni and Cheese

For a home-style touch, offer a welcoming platter of baked cheddar-and-leek mac and cheese [3].

Beer Baked White Beans

Can't think of what to pair with your pork? That's easy — baked beans [4], of course! These are cooked low and slow with beer and bacon.

Watermelon Salad

Juicy, pink melon's a requisite for the standard Summer grill-out. Here, it appears in a different incarnation, as the star of a watermelon, feta, and arugula salad [5].

Pecorino and Bean Salad

This colorful side [6] — which incorporates Italian flavors such as pecorino with Asian ingredients like edamame — certainly isn't your grandma's bean salad!

Farm-Stand Tomatoes

Quick-pickled farm-stand tomatoes [7] are one part condiment, one part salad, and one part side — oh, and all parts delicious.

Orzo Salad

The flavors of the Mediterranean get a sleek update with the help of orzo pasta [8].

Corn on the Cob

Jazz up traditional corn on the cob [9] with adobo chiles for a Southwestern touch.

Summer Fruit salad

End your barbecue on a sweet and light note with a refreshing fruit salad [10] of Summer produce and mint.

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