15 Best Side Dishes for Pulled Pork
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 15 side dishes we'd be proud to serve with pulled pork, whether it's on a bun or straight out of the slow cooker.
Sweet Jalapeno Cornbread
Adrienne's Cucumber Salad
Classic Rice Pilaf
Best Baked French Fries
Buttermilk Hush Puppies
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.
Picnic Potato Salad with No Mayonnaise
Balsamic vinegar, mustard, and blue cheese make this side punchier (and more pungent) than the traditional potato salad.
Black Bean and Corn Salad II
Home-Style Macaroni and Cheese
Gooey cheddar and cream cheese balance pickled jalapeño and hot sauce.
Red Cabbage Slow Slaw
If you're gonna serve slaw, go rogue with this beautiful marinated red cabbage version.
Simple Baked Beans
"Quick and easy," home cook Jillian says. "Other than cutting back on the molasses and brown sugar then adding a bit of liquid smoke, I wouldn't change a thing. This definitely is a great way to take a regular ole can of baked beans and turn it into something special without a lot of effort!"
Mexican Corn on the Cob (Elote)
"We will be grilling this a lot this summer. So different and tasty! Don't be afraid of the mayo. It really is used as a binder. I can't wait to share this with my friends at our first barbecue this spring. This corn is going to knock their socks off!" — michellej
Slow Cooked Collard Greens
"These may be the best collards that I've had, either homemade or in a restaurant. Two things that I really liked about this recipe are the rich flavor that the chicken stock adds and the little kick from the fresh jalapeño peppers," Allrecipes user lutzflcat says. "And the fact that this is a slow cooker recipe keeping me out of the hot kitchen at dinner time is a bonus. Served with a splash of vinegar at the table."
Israeli Tomato and Cucumber Salad
Magnificent Macaroni Salad
Take a cue from our home cooks and use this top-rated pasta salad as a starting point, then add other ingredients as you please. A few of their favorites: shredded carrots, sliced radishes, chopped celery, peas, black olives, and cubed Cheddar.