Classic Texas BBQ Side Dishes That You’ll Love!

Thursday, December 10th, 2020
texas bbq with sides. Dyer's Bar-B-Que in Amarillo, Texas

You can’t have BBQ without sides! Think about the debates surrounding the different styles of this food 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 in Texas, their taste and variety are as big as the state!

Take a look at the delicious Texas BBQ sides we serve at Dyer’s to see if you’ve had the pleasure of trying them all.

Baked potato

A staple in any Texas BBQ, the baked potato is a simple yet satisfying side dish. The secret to making the perfect baked potato is baking it directly on the coals, creating a crispy skin and soft interior. Top it with butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon bits, or our famous BBQ sauce for added flavor.

Onion Rings

onion rings from Dyer's BBQ

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 to the tenderness of pulled pork and the tangy sauce that usually accompanies it. But really, these breaded loops of joy play well with just about any BBQ you can think of, making it a default choice of a side for many.


Don’t confuse plain beans with baked beans, because they’re two completely separate flavor experiences. With classic Texas BBQ, the side dish of choice is pinto beans. These delectable legumes perfectly complement a plate of mouthwatering brisket, creating a truly satisfying culinary experience.

Fried Okra

Fried okra may not be the most traditional side dish when it comes to BBQ, but Texans have taken this classic Southern favorite and made it their own. This crispy and flavorful vegetable pairs perfectly with tangy BBQ sauce or creamy ranch dressing. Plus, the crunchy texture of fried okra adds a fun contrast to any meat-centric meal.

Texas Toast

When it comes to BBQ, bread is more than just a side dish – it’s an essential component. Nothing soaks up the smoky BBQ sauce better than a slice of Texas toast! This thick-cut grilled bread is often brushed with butter and garlic, creating the perfect accompaniment to any meat platter. Here at Dyer’s, we pair Texas toast with our famous apricot spread, a local favorite!


Dyer's coleslaw

Coleslaw is a side dish that helps balance out your meat. Enhance your next plate of fall-off-the-bone BBQ ribs with a refreshing and velvety side dish. 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.

Potato Salad

This creamy, classic side dish is versatile and easily adapts 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 with hickory-smoked BBQ 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 are more sides than the above, of course, and none are any less tasty.

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

Have you had the chance to try all of these side dishes? If not, why not venture into new culinary territory? Consider adding one of these sides to your order during your next visit to Dyer’s BBQ!