What to serve with bbq pulled pork sandwiches - a list of easy vegetables, potatoes, and more side dishes that go good with bbq pulled pork sandwiches for that summer barbecue or for a busy weeknight!
If hosting a party or simply making a large batch of bbq pulled pork for sandwiches to eat on throughout the week, you'll find a great list below of side dishes that pair nicely with them.
Then, you can also find a list of specific recipes that you can browse to pick out your favorites!
TIP: Keep the shredded pork butt in a slow cooker, crock pot or on "warm" in an Instant Pot, to keep things warm until serving.
Hamburgers buns are the most common, however, texas toast is a fantastic alternative, and feel free to use other types of bread such as a soft bun like brioche, garlic toast, and more!
The most common items to top a pulled pork sandwich with are bbq sauce, coleslaw, mayonnaise, and even melted cheese. However fun items such as red onions, lettuce leaves, fried onions, and more are also creative ways to add even more flavor to a delicious sandwich!
If you prefer to serve dipping sauces or condiments for guests to add to their sandwiches, the most popular condiments for pulled pork are bbq sauce, horseradish sauce, and mustard-based sauces.
Items to Serve with Pulled Pork Sandwiches
If serving bbq pulled pork for sandwiches, make sure to have the following on hand:
- hamburger buns or Texas toast
- napkins or paper towels
- delicious toppings (our favorites are mentioned above)
- your favorite bbq sauce (our favorite is Sweet Baby Rays)
- extra seasonings (such as salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder)
- side dishes that pair well (see below)
Side Dish Ideas for BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
When it comes to needing pulled pork sides, keeping the side dishes easy and especially those that can be made ahead of time are key. Pulled pork is a dish that can easily be served in bulk, so also keeping in mind side dishes that can be made in large portions, is very handy when it comes to menu planning!
Here's a list of side dish ideas that go with pulled pork sandwiches:
- cucumber salads
- pasta salads
- green salad
- potato chips (especially bbq potato chips)
- rice pilaf
- potato wedges
- corn fritters
- french fries
- potato salad
- onion rings
- raw vegetables and dip
- cornbread (or cornbread salad)
- relish tray
- tortilla chips
- green beans
- fruit salad or fresh fruit
- fried zucchini
- sweet potatoes
- corn on the cob
- corn casserole
- creamy coleslaw
- collard greens
How to Use Leftover Pulled Pork
If you have leftover pulled pork, you can reheat and serve it as sandwiches again, or even make something like pork nachos or pork tacos for a really easy dinner or lunch the next day!
Side Dish Recipes
Now that you have a wonderful list of ideas, here are easy recipes that you can find helpful when you've figured out what you want to serve with the sandwiches!
What to Serve with BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Easy side dish recipes that pair great with bbq pulled pork sandwiches.
Easy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
This pasta salad is a favorite for so many and it blends perfectly with pulled pork sandwiches, especially for summer!
Easy Broccoli Raisin Salad with Bacon
What a great way to get vegetables in, with this broccoli salad! A creamy dressing with the sweetness of raisins and savory bacon is a combo to please all the tastebuds!
Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad Recipe
When you thought caesar salad couldn't get any better! Adding the pasta to this dish gives it so much texture and compliments bbq all year long!
Cauliflower Potato Salad – Easy Low Carb Recipe
If you're eating low carb and plan to eat your pulled pork OFF of the bun, you'll love serving this cauliflower "potato" salad to skip the carbs!
Amish Potato Salad
No bbq entre should be served without potato salad! This Amish potato salad is full of simple ingredients but BIG flavor!
The BEST Green Bean Casserole with Bacon and Cheese
It's not just for Thanksgiving anymore! Green bean casserole is easy to make and with the addition of cheese and bacon it packs a punch of flavor for the dinnertable!
3 Bean Salad Recipe – Mexican Side Dish
The cilantro lime dressing combined with the texture of this bean salad is the side dish you'll want to make ahead of time so it's ready to go when the pulled pork is ready!
Apple Salad with Fruit
What some may call a dessert, this apple salad is delicious as a side dish, giving that sweet flavor to offset the saltiness of the bbq pork sandwiches!
Creamy Crunchy Cucumber Salad Recipe
Using those summer vegetables from the garden or simply grabbing cucumbers from the grocery store any time of year, this creamy crunchy cucumber salad is so refreshing and a great compliment to sandwiches!
Best Ever Cowboy Baked Beans
These Cowboy Baked Beans are a delicious, hearty side dish with a western twist. Cowboy Baked Beans are a bit of spice, bit of sweet and a whole LOT of delicious…and BACON! The perfect side dish recipe for your next summer BBQ -- you’ll be the talk of the party.
Asian Ramen Noodle Salad (All Natural)
An addictive, easy Asian Ramen Noodle Salad, a coleslaw if you will. Loaded with bright flavorful veggies and crunchies and is dressed in a reduced sugar sweet-sour dressing. Ideal for barbecues, since it holds up well in heat!
Super creamy smoked jalapeno popper mac and cheese
This smoked jalapeño popper mac and cheese tastes EXACTLY like a jalapeño popper. With all that bacon, mozzarella, white cheddar, pepper jack, and cream cheese, you will be drowning in deliciousness!
Smoked Pimento Mac and Cheese
Smoked Pimento Mac and Cheese is an elevated Mac and Cheese dish you’ll want to make for all your friends. Using three types of cheese, some diced pimentos, and a zippy bread crumb topping – AND smoking it – makes this a five-star recipe for my personal recipe testers. TRY IT next time you light your grill!
Easy Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes
These Easy Oven or Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes are the perfect make-ahead decadent side dish. The potatoes are cooked to tender perfection in a creamy, cheesy sauce with a golden crunchy top.
Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
Creamed Corn gets a change up with this slow cooker recipe. The classic side dish is packed with whole kernel corn in delicious buttery creamy sauce you’ll love. Perfect for easy meals and a Thanksgiving recipe too.
Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw Recipe
If you’re looking to make the very best coleslaw recipe, this copycat Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw is made for you! Creamy and delicious, it’s the perfect potluck recipe or to even serve carolina style on top of your pulled pork sandwich!
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