Best Side Dishes for Your Next Barbecue

Getting together a barbeque is about creating an experience. Every meal can draw people together to enjoy food and each other’s company. But there is something about barbequing that makes for a relaxing time and a connection to the outdoors.

The ultimate in barbequing is the main dish meats. Whether you choose to grill up some tender chicken, marbled steak, or delicious ribs, the main event is sure to make everyone happy.

When grilling up the entree, don’t forget about the rest of your plate. Side options help complete your meal by adding new flavors. Read on for our top suggestions for side dishes to add to your next BBQ.  


Mac N’ Cheese

Mac and cheese is a staple of BBQs just about everywhere. The macaroni noodles provide some starch to the meal that can balance the meat. The cheese adds to the savory flavor without meat being a core part, but feel free to add bacon. Get creative with your choice of cheese (or many types of cheeses), bacon, jalapenos, and spices. Or try it cold and make your mac n’ cheese a salad.


Mashed Potatoes

Just like the macaroni, potatoes can help balance the meat with some starch. Mashed potatoes offer many options for you to throw in your flair. Russets tend to make softer, fluffier mashed potatoes, but if you up to more mashing, red-skins can give some nuanced flavor. Add in the spices and go with fresh garlic and green onions.


Baked Beans

The same hickory flavor and heavy sauce you use to marinate your main dish can come into play with your beans. Bacon or pork cubes go well with the sauce and beans you bake. Try kidney or pinto beans for the best results.


Collard Greens

We can’t forget about veggies! Some greens will compliment your main dish giving a very different flavor (and much more nutrients). Put some spin on your greens with onions, garlic, and even hot sauce. Don’t worry; you can balance the veggie side with extra meat by adding bacon or sausage.



Add coleslaw for a lighter side dish. Make it creamy to compliment the savory flavors all over. Try adding in some pineapple to add in extra sweetness.


As tempting as it might be, don’t stop your next BBQ at the main dish. If the weather is rough or you want someone else to do the cooking, come into a Famous Dave’s location today. Delight in our award-winning BBQ dishes and check out the right side dish to pair with it.


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