Top 10 BBQ Side Dish Recipes

From Baked Beans to Potato Salad to Slaw

When it comes to a cookout, a hot dog is a hot dog—but the side dishes can make the meal. And no great barbecue is complete without a set of great sides. From the traditional BBQ beans to potato salads to vegetable slaws, these side dish recipes are top-notch options. So whether you are hosting the cookout or are a guest at someone else's, you can't go wrong with any of these recipes.

  • 01 of 10
    Kansas Baked Beans
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    This is the ideal dish if you've just made a barbecued brisket, as these baked beans get some of their flavor from the brisket's burnt ends. The resulting complex taste also comes from the bacon, onions, and peppers that are cooked along with barbecue sauce, apple cider, molasses, mustard, and of course beans resulting in a rich side dish.

  • 02 of 10
    Cole Slaw
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    Everyone loves a good coleslaw, and this one won't disappoint. Perfect for the traditionalist, this coleslaw is easy to make and perfect for topping Carolina-style pulled pork sandwiches. With just four ingredients, you can pull this together in no time.

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    Potato Salad
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    The secret ingredient? Pickle juice! And if dill pickles are a favorite of yours, then you'll love this potato salad. The tangy flavor of the pickle juice and dill pickles marries well with the creaminess of the mayonnaise—and the fresh dill gives it that special touch. Not your run-of-the-mill potato salad

  • 04 of 10
    Grilled potato skins
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    Not just for happy hour, potato skins are a great side dish to offer at your next barbecue. After prepping the potato halves and cooking them briefly in the microwave, they are ready to crisp up on the grill. Set it up as a potato skin bar with all of the toppings—cheeses, sour cream, scallions, bacon—for your guests to assemble themselves.

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  • 05 of 10
    Pancetta Ranch Pasta Salad
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    Pancetta is the un-smoked version of bacon, so it combines beautifully with the flavors of ranch, Cheddar, and spinach. The fusilli pasta makes this side dish a bit more substantial, a perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken and steak.

  • 06 of 10
    Baked beans
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    Boston baked beans have a long history, stemming from the production of rum in the 18th century, which is made from the distillation of fermented molasses. And although molasses is a key ingredient, there are probably a thousand recipes for Boston baked beans. Feel free to add or subtract anything you want to make this recipe yours.

  • 07 of 10
    Everything Slaw
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    Although named for the numerous and variety of ingredients, this coleslaw is simple to make. The red and white cabbages, carrot, jicama, green onion, and apple make for a bright and colorful side dish. And the seasonings—from vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, and caraway seeds—give this slaw a unique flavor that everyone will love.

  • 08 of 10
    Carolina Barbecue Beans
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    The cans of pork and beans as well as lima beans are what makes this baked beans dish truly Southern. And the cider vinegar and ketchup give them that Southern barbecue flavor. The ingredients are quickly mixed together and baked for an hour, resulting in a rich bean dish that will make a mainstream hot dog memorable.  

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  • 09 of 10
    Baked German Potato Salad
    Sabrina S. Baksh

    This side dish has the flavors of a traditional German-style potato salad, but with the crispiness of a warm dish of roasted potatoes—the best of both worlds! Caramelized potatoes and onions are tossed with cooked bacon and drizzled with a dressing of cider vinegar, olive oil, and honey. This potato salad will be the hit of any barbecue.

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    Cole Slaw
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    If you like a bit of sweetness on the side, then this coleslaw is for you. The cabbage, bell pepper, sweet onion, and carrot are tossed with a mayonnaise-based dressing that includes sugar as an ingredient. But don't worry—the vinegar and dry mustard offer a nice flavor counterpoint.