If you’re wondering what to serve at your pig roast, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 13 of the most popular side dishes for a pig roast.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve at a pig roast are apple slaw, four-cheese mac and cheese, arroz congri, roasted potato salad, and elotes. You can also serve lumpia, chicken skewers, cornbread, and baked beans. Try serving Caprese salad, baked yuca fries, and balsamic grilled veggies for healthier options.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Coleslaw is a staple at any outdoor party like pig roast.
But if you want to try something a bit different, why not prepare an apple slaw instead?
It’s basically coleslaw with the addition of one green and one red apple.
It may seem like a small addition, but the apples give the slaw a tart flavor guaranteed to go well with your pig roast.
It goes without saying that apples and pork are a classic flavor pairing.
This apple slaw recipe from Salt & Lavender uses a combination of sour cream and mayo for an ultra-creamy dressing.
Four-cheese mac and cheese
Pig roasts are the time to let loose and have fun.
So it would be very remiss if you won’t serve comfort food like mac and cheese with your roasted pig.
This dish features a bechamel sauce made with four different kinds of cheese – sharp cheddar, white cheddar, gouda, and mozzarella.
This cheese combination makes the dish amazingly rich and velvety.
Your guests will have a hard time staying away from this delicious baked four-cheese mac and cheese.
Add a fun Filipino flair to your pig roasts by making a tray (or two) of crispy lumpia!
If you’re not familiar, lumpia are the Filipino version of egg rolls.
They’re filled with vegetables and ground pork.
In the Philippines, lumpia and roasted pig are often served during special occasions.
So why not give this dish a shot at your own pig roast?
They’re easy to prepare and are bite-sized, making them the perfect party food.
Serve your crispy lumpia with a sweet and sour sauce (the bottled ones go superbly with these), and I guarantee you will run out quickly.
Pig roasts are also a popular tradition in Cuba.
One of the dishes usually served in Cuban pig roasts is arroz congri, also known as Cuban black beans and rice.
This dish features rice and beans cooked together with bacon and sofrito.
It results in a fragrant and flavorful rice dish that pairs nicely with your roasted pig for a complete, satisfying meal.
Take A Sassy Spoon’s lead and use dried beans to achieve that distinct dark color of arroz congri.
Baked potato foil packs
These baked potato foil packs are great for outdoor parties like pig roasts.
You can prepare the foil packs in advance and start grilling them as your guests arrive.
They’re basically pre-portioned, so your guests can just grab one and go.
It’s an instant plate for your guests and less mess for you to clean.
Set up a toppings bar with fixings such as bacon, sour cream, and jalapenos so your guests can customize their loaded baked potato foil packs.
It’s a fun and creative activity that your guests will love.
Have some extra space on the grill?
Take the opportunity and make some elotes for your pig roast.
Elotes, also known as Mexican street corn, are grilled corn on the cobs slathered with sour cream, mayonnaise, and chili powder and topped with cheese.
Elotes are packed with a medley of flavors that will make your taste buds dance.
First time making elotes?
Head on to A Couple Cooks’ recipe for some tips and tricks to get the perfect elote.
Hawaiian teriyaki chicken skewers
Hosting a tropical-themed pig roast?
It’s impossible to go wrong serving these Hawaiian teriyaki chicken skewers.
Aside from pineapple and chicken, these skewers are made with bell peppers, red onions, and jalapeno. Then finally glazed with a tasty, sweet teriyaki sauce.
You can prepare the skewers in advance so you can grill them as your pig is roasting.
They cook quickly, so your guests can grab them and go as you finish grilling.
Try these Hawaiian teriyaki chicken skewers today.
Bocconcino caprese salad
Looking for a fresh dish to serve at your pig roast?
Try this bocconcino caprese salad.
Unlike your usual Caprese salad, this version features small mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes instead of slices.
This version is superb for outdoor parties because your guests can easily scoop a serving into their plates.
It’s also perfect for undercutting the richness and indulgence of other dishes in your feast.
And the best part?
You can get this bocconcino Caprese salad done in just 10 minutes – no cooking involved.
Baked yuca fries
Yuca fries are another dish usually served in Cuban pig roasts.
Reminiscent of potato fries, these yuca fries are crisp on the outside and soft inside.
They’re a great alternative to your regular fries if you want to switch things up.
Serve them at your pig roast with a side of ketchup… Or with a bright Mojo Verde sauce.
Take a cue from The Healthy Maven and season your yuca fries with dried chili powder for a spicy kick.
Slow-cooker baked beans
No barbecue is complete without some saucy baked beans.
These slow-cooker baked beans are incredibly convenient to cook.
You just need to prepare everything ahead and leave it to cook in your slow cooker until it’s time to serve.
They have the right balance of sweetness and spice that will leave you craving for more.
Give these slow cooker baked beans a try at your next pig roast.
Balsamic grilled veggies
Every feast needs a serving of vegetables to complete the meal.
These balsamic grilled veggies are an easy healthy dish you can whip up to serve at your pig roast.
The veggies are cooked over a grill with the help of a grill basket, so you can work on them while your pork is still roasting.
Get the recipe here: Balsamic Grilled Veggies.
Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread
This isn’t your traditional cornbread.
Instead, it’s a savory cornbread loaded to the brim with jalapenos, cheddar, and sweet corn kernels.
You’re guaranteed a flavorful, spicy kick in every bite.
Serve a skillet of this jalapeno cheddar cornbread at your pig roast and watch your guests go crazy for it.
Here’s the recipe: savory jalapeno cheddar cornbread.
Roasted potato salad
Potato salad is another staple dish at summer parties and barbecues.
But if you want to take your usual potato salad to another level, make this roasted potato salad instead.
Roasting your potatoes gives them crisped edges and fluffy interiors, a step above boiled potatoes.
The potatoes are then dressed with a bright and herby garlic dill dressing that will leave your guests licking their fingers.
You won’t ever go back to basic potato salads once you get a taste of this easy roasted potato salad.
The best side dishes for a pig roast
- Apple slaw
- Four-cheese mac and cheese
- Arroz congri
- Baked potato foil packs
- Hawaiian teriyaki chicken skewers
- Bocconcino caprese salad
- Baked yuca fries
- Slow-cooker baked beans
- Balsamic grilled veggies
- Jalapeno cheddar cornbread
- Roasted potato salad
What To Serve At A Pig Roast
- 1 portion pig roast
- Prepare your pig roast according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: apple slaw, four-cheese mac and cheese, lumpia, arroz congri, baked potato foil packs, elotes, Hawaiian teriyaki chicken skewers, bocconcino Caprese salad, baked yuca fries, slow-cooker baked beans, balsamic grilled veggies, jalapeno cheddar cornbread, and roasted potato salad.
- Serve immediately and enjoy.