Classic Texas BBQ Side Dishes That You’ll Scarf Right Down

Sunday, May 19th, 2019
texas bbq with sides

You can’t have barbecue without sides. It’s a proven fact. Think about all the debate surrounding the different barbecue styles and which one is superior to the others. The one thing you’ll notice is that each style doesn’t skimp on the sides. You’ll find cornbread and mac-and-cheese served with South Carolina-style dishes while sweet baked beans will show up next to a plate of meat done in Memphis-style. As for the side dishes you’ll find in Texas, their taste is as big as the state. Take a look at the traditional Texas bbq side dishes to see if you’ve had the pleasure of trying them all.

Onion Rings

Forget french fries, onion rings are what you’ll want next to a plate of pulled pork. The crispy and crunchy batter of freshly fried onion rings can serve as a delicious contrast the tenderness of pulled pork and the tangy sauce that usually accompanies. But really, these breaded loops of joy play well with just about any meat or side you can think of, making it a default choice of a side for many.

Cole Slaw

Coleslaw is what can balance out your meat. Order a side of this cold and creamy side dish to your next plate of fall-off-the-bone bbq ribs. In fact, for the ultimate dream team, add an order of Texas toast to go with your coleslaw and ribs. You’ll be amazed at the perfect balance of flavor and texture that results. It’s proof that good things come in threes.

Beans

Don’t confuse plain beans with baked beans, they’re two completely separate flavor experiences. The side dish of beans you’ll find in traditional Texas bbq are pinto beans, and they’re tasty as can be when paired with a plate of tender brisket.

Potato Salad

This creamy classic side dish is versatile and easily adapted to showcase whatever spices and ingredients are used. In Texas-style barbecue, you’re likely to find a mustard-based version served with your meat. The down-home taste of potato salad is especially divine when paired up with hickory-smoked bar-b-que chicken dishes. The two foods combine to complement the savory and sweet nuances of the other. It’s a simultaneously refreshing and hearty combination of classic bbq elements.

More BBQ side dishes  

There’s more sides than the above, of course. And none are any less tasty.

  • Fried okra
  • Baked beans
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Green beans
  • Collard greens
  • Hushpuppies
  • Creamed corn
  • Mac’n Cheese

Are there any of these side dishes that you haven’t tried before? Why not try something new that’s still tried and true? Order it as one of your sides the next time you decide to visit a BBQ restaurant.