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What To Serve With Neck Bones – 10 Delicious Side Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your neck bones, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 10 of the most popular side dishes for neck bones

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes for neckbones include mac and cheese, collard greens, and cornbread. Beans are also a popular side, with options like red beans and rice or southern-style black-eyed peas to pick from. For something a little different, try sauerkraut.

Ready? Let’s jump in.

Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is the epitome of comfort food.

Whether creamy and decadent or chewy and oven-baked, mac and cheese is a perfect side dish for neck bones.

It’s going to be a rich meal, but it will be worth it. 

Just make sure you don’t have any plans for afterwards!

This one-pot mac and cheese is super easy and delicious.

Southern Style Green Beans

Savory, earthy, and complex, southern-style Green Beans pair well with neck bones.

The chunks of bacon make the green beans more robust, and the slow cooking makes them fall-apart-in-your-mouth tender (just like neck bones).

For a show-stopping side dish that your guests will dip back into again and again, Southern-style green beans are the way to go.

Visit soulfullymade for this tasty recipe. 

Buttermilk Biscuits

Next to neck bones, buttermilk biscuits are a filling, understated side dish that will only make your dinner guests more satisfied.

The dense texture of buttermilk biscuits works well with saucy main dishes because they become a sponge for the flavors. 

Cook lots – one is never enough.

Live well bake often pairs her buttermilk biscuits with jam, but I’ve tested them with neck bones and they were great.

Collard Greens

Collard greens are a meaty, fiber-filled veg that pairs really well with neck bones.

Their bitter flavor helps cut the fattiness of neck bones. 

They’re also PACKED with nutrients such as calcium, iron, and pretty much any vitamin you can think of.

Jenne from sweet potato soul uses smoked paprika in her collard greens instead of the traditional bacon.

If you like the idea of collard greens – check out mustard greens and turnip greens as well.

All the greens!

Potato Salad

This southern classic is a great partner for neck bones. 

Potato salad has a mild, clean taste that can cleanse the palate.

I like to add crisp bites of celery to make it even more refreshing. 

But you can go down any route you want. Bacon also pairs well with neck bones (and with everything really!) 

Thecountrycook has a great step-by-step guide to making a yummy potato salad.


Properly made, cornbread can be the perfect accompaniment to neck bones.

Soft, moist, and crumbly, cornbread can soak up all the delicious sauce and mean not a single drop is wasted. 

Try adding jalapenos or hunks of cheese for a more memorable cornbread.

This website has loads of different options for customizing your cornbread (as well as a great basic recipe).

Southern Black Eyed Peas

Neck bones are soul food, so any southern side dish will go great with them.

One of my favorite soul food side dishes is black-eyed peas and bacon. 

The two sauces meld together to make one big pot of deliciousness.

Your guests will definitely be asking for more, so make extra. 

(You might be noticing a theme by now… bacon and neck bones go really well together.)

Sandy from simple happy foodie makes her black-eyed peas in an instant pot.


Salty, sour, and crispy-crunchy, sauerkraut adds a fantastic pop of flavor next to neck bones.

You’re probably used to eating it on hot dogs, but that’s not all it’s good for.

Once you try sauerkraut with neck bones, you’ll be looking out for other dishes you can pair it with.

Where is my spoon has a great guide to all things sauerkraut.

Creamed Corn

Sweetcorn has to be up there with one of my favorite vegetables. 

I use it in practically everything. 

And creamed corn takes it to a whole new level. 

The sweet, creamy sauce is something else when you mix it with the tender neck bone meat. 

Creamed corn is also super easy to customize.

You can add in some cayenne pepper to up the spice level, or some parmesan to give it a salty edge.

Check out damn delicious’s recipe – she bakes the corn to give it an irresistibly crunchy top.

Beans and rice

Red beans and rice is a cheap dish that will bulk out neck bones without being boring.

The smoky cajun spiced dish can stand as a main all on its own, but the addition of neck bones makes it even more flavorsome and comforting.  

Tip: if you have any leftovers (which I doubt), it’s the perfect dish for freezing.

Karen from the food charlatan has a recipe for beans and rice that’s even better than Popeyes!

What To Serve With Neck Bones

In this short recipe, I show exactly what to serve with your neck bones.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: neck bones, neck bones side dishes, what to serve with neck bones
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 299kcal


  • 1 portion neck bones


  • Prepare your neck bones according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside them.
  • Sides include: mac and Cheese, southern style green beans, collard greens, potato salad, cornbread, southern black eyed peas, sauerkraut, creamed corn, and beans and rice.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 299kcal

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