16 Tasty Side Dishes to Serve with BBQ Ribs


Whether you BBQ your ribs, grill them or smoke them, it’s actually really important to pair them with something to balance out the meaty flavors and provide a well-balanced meal with more than just sauce and meat.

What follows is a great list of side dishes for barbecue pork ribs.


Coleslaw is one of the best ways to complement your ribs, particularly if they’re large and juicy or smothered in rich bbq sauce.

Corn Fritters

Staying with the corn theme, corn fritters are another great option for those who don’t want something so juicy and prefer something with a crisp, fluffy texture to complement the dense and moist texture of ribs.

Potato Salad

Potato salad is a really versatile side dish that can easily be made to taste by adding herbs or other ingredients to add flavor and texture, however, any version of potato salad works well with ribs.

Fried Pickles

Fried pickles work amazingly well as an individual snack food, however, they can easily be used as an accompaniment to other finger foods like ribs, and their salty flavor can really bring out the umami flavors in the ribs tender meat.

Broccoli Salad

Broccoli is a superfood full of valuable nutrients and tastes amazing when cooked correctly, with a little extra crunch to give a good alternative mouthfeel to intersperse with ribs.

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