By Mary Claire Lagroue

PSA: Pulled pork goes with more than coleslaw.

For whatever reason, pulled pork has been somewhat neglected as a main. It's like we're brought up believing we can just slather this tender meat onto a hamburger bun and be done. Need some evidence? A quick Google search for "pulled pork" pulls up image after image of sandwiches, maybe beside beds of coleslaw. Maybe. But where are all the sides? We repeat: Where are all the sides?

Here are 10 side dishes we'd be proud to serve with pulled pork, whether it's on a bun or straight out of the slow cooker.

Related: 13 New Ways to Love Pulled Pork

1. Sweet Jalapeno Cornbread

Need a complement to smoky pulled pork? This jalapeno cornbread rises to the occasion.

Photo by hotsauce

2. Adrienne's Cucumber Salad

Vinegar and dill lend sliced cucumbers and white onion a pickle-like tang, making this salad the perfect partner to sweet and savory pulled pork.

Photo by lutzflcat

3. Classic Rice Pilaf

Chef John's simple (but flavorful!) rice pilaf would let barbecue-style pulled pork steal the show. Plus, reviews attest that this versatile dish goes as well with pork as it does with fish, steak, or chicken.

Photo by lutzflcat

4. Best Baked French Fries

Burgers and fries are a thing. Pulled pork sandwiches and fries should be, too. Or drop the bun and top these fries with plain ole pulled pork.

5. Buttermilk Hush Puppies

In North Carolina, restaurants pair barbeque with balls of fried batter called hush puppies. Take this as a cue to whip up a batch of buttermilk hush puppies if you're ever serving North Carolina-style pulled pork.

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

6. Shredded Apple Carrot Salad

This sweet-and-sour salad will do double time as a powerful palate-cleanser come pulled pork night. Some reviewers recommend cutting down on its acidic dressing, so keep that in mind if you're prepping pulled pork with ingredients like apple cider vinegar.

Photo by Alli Shircliff

7. Picnic Potato Salad with No Mayonnaise

Balsamic vinegar, mustard, and blue cheese make this side punchier (and more pungent) than the traditional potato salad.

Photo by Wyattdogster

8. Black Bean and Corn Salad II

This black bean and corn salad would be a must with pulled pork carnitas -- and not just for its looks.

Photo by Larkspur

9. Home-Style Macaroni and Cheese

Gooey cheddar and cream cheese balance pickled jalapeno and hot sauce.

10. Red Cabbage Slow Slaw

If you're gonna serve slaw, go rogue with this beautiful marinated red cabbage version.

Photo by Soup Loving Nicole

Related: Check out our collection of Summer Side Dish Recipes.

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