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What To Serve With Pulled Pork – 63 BEST Side Dishes

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

In this article, I list 63 of the most popular side dishes for pulled pork.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with pulled pork are potato salad, grilled corn on the cob, roasted sweet potatoes, and smoked mac and cheese. You can also serve pulled pork with Alabama white sauce. Try rice and beans, kale apple salad, homemade biscuits, kimchi, turnip greens, or grits for more options.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Great flavor pairings for pulled pork

Pulled pork is typically made with pork shoulder that’s been slow-cooked in a braising liquid until fork-tender. 

It’s smoky, savory, sweet, sticky, and rich. Pulled pork pairs well with: 

  • Creamy, cooling flavors – luscious mayo or yogurt-based dressings help provide a cooling contrast to the rich pulled pork. Avocado is another option.
  • Tangy, acidic flavors – citrus fruits and condiments like vinegar and mustard help cut through your pulled pork’s richness. Pickled vegetables are the perfect palate cleansers.
  • Sweet flavors – brown sugar and warming spices like clove and cinnamon will complements your pulled pork’s natural but subtle sweetness (ot not so subtle if it’s covered in a barbecue sauce) 
  • Bold, smokey flavors – strong flavors like smoked paprika or chipotle can add depth and complexity to the pork’s smoky flavor.


Starchy sides and pulled pork are a match made in heaven! 

You can often see pulled pork suffed inside fluffy brioche buns or sliders, but why not add a Southern twist with flaky homemade biscuits?

Or stuff it in warm tortillas for a tasty Mexican fusion treat?

Dill potato salad

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill potato salad. 

It’s extra creamy and tangy, thanks to the apple vinegar-seasoned red potatoes and mayo-sour cream and dill dressing.

This version is just what you need to cut through your rich pulled pork. 

Why we love this recipe:  it’s simple but loaded with delicious creamy and fresh flavors. 

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Smoked mac and cheese

Skip the stove and use your grill to smoke this classic pasta dish. 

You’ll get the same creamy, cheesy pasta you love, with an added crunchy BBQ crust and an irresistible smoky flavor. 

Just remember to undercook your pasta slighty to avoid ending up with a soggy mess! 

Why we love this recipe: it perfectly details how to achieve the ultimate smoked mac and cheese. 

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Spanish rice and beans

Need something hearty with your pulled pork?

You can’t go wrong with a helping of this fiery Spanish rice and beans. 

It’s chock-full of delicious flavors, with the beans making this healthier and adding a tender bite to contrast all the soft textures.

Psst.. I love using the leftovers to make an egg frittata in the morning.

Why we love this recipe: it’s an easy and quick dish that makes your meals more wholesome. 

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Garlic parmesan roasted sweet potatoes

These roasted sweet potatoes are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for your next barbecue. 

They’re flavored with classic Italian seasoning, garlic, thyme, and a topping of parmesan cheese for the ultimate sweet-savory flavor combo. 

Take things up a notch by serving these with a generous helping of saucy pulled pork. 

Why we love this recipe: it calls for minimal work, plus everything cooks in just one baking dish. 

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Homemade biscuits

These homemade biscuits are a great accompaniment to pulled pork. 

They’re soft, fluffy, and tall, with flaky layers and perfectly golden crusts. 

Tear one open, load it with your pulled pork, and smother it with your favorite barbecue sauce – yum! 

Why we love this recipe: it calls for equal portions of buttermilk and milk for a tender texture and a subtle, tangy flavor that won’t overpower your pork. 

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Cheesy grits

Serve your leftover pulled pork over a plate of grits for the perfect meal to start your day. 

They’re thick and creamy, with a salty, mildly spicy kick thanks to the cheddar and pepper jack cheese.

Not a fan of this combo? Swap them for any good melting cheese. I like gouda and mozzarella.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a great dish for meal prep – you can store it in your fridge for up to five days. 

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Homemade flour tortillas 

You can buy flour tortillas in your local grocery store, but making them from scratch is the way to go. 

The homemade version is softer, chewier, and couldn’t be easier to make!

Half-Baked Harvest’s recipe only calls for five pantry staples (including water) and 30 minutes to whip up a dozen tortillas. 

Load them up with your pulled pork to make delicious tacos or quesadillas. 

Why we love this recipe: you can make a big batch and freeze the extra so you’ll always have them on hand when the cravings hit. 

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Offset your pulled pork’s richness with these nourishing veggie sides!

You can keep it simple with roasted or butter vegetables, but why not try kimchi if you want something unique?

Grilled corn on the cob

I prefer grilling corn without the husk to maximise the smoky charred notes. And these smokey flavors go superbly with savory pulled pork. 

Pro tip: if you’re grilling with the husks, soak the corn in water for at least 15 minutes to prevent burning.

And don’t forget the garlic butter to smother the corn with after.

Why we love this recipe: it shares three ways you can grill your corn – with/without the husk and wrapped in foil. 

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Quick kimchi

This classic Korean dish may not be a traditional side for pulled pork.

But this quick kimchi’s refreshingly spicy and bright flavors will balance out your pulled pork’s smokiness wonderfully.

Plus it’s milder than regular kimchi so it won’t overpower the pork.

Why we love this recipe: it doesn’t involve fermentation, so you can serve it immediately. 

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Skillet turnip greens

Want something simpler and lighter than your usual collard greens?

Try this skillet turnip greens recipe – it’s a nutritious side dish with just enough bitter and tangy flavors to help offset the richness of your pulled pork. 

It’s easy to make, plus it’s super healthy too! 

Why we love this recipe: it takes just 15 minutes to whip up a family serving of this dish. 

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Harvest succotash 

This succotash is one of my favorite veggie sides. 

You don’t need to fire up the oven to make it, and you can use any veg you want as long as you keep the traditional base of corn and butter beans! 

Some of the other veggies I usually incorporate when I make this are zucchini, okra, and green beans.

Serve this with your pulled pork for a well-balanced meal. 

Why we love this recipe: it’s a feast for your eyes and taste buds. 

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Creamed collard greens

You’ve heard about creamed spinach, so why not give another leafy green the similar creamy treatment?

The combination of heavy cream, nutmeg, and broth tempers the collard greens’ prominent bitterness and adds a hint of sweetness that complements your savory pulled pork. 

Just remember to blanch the greens before tossing them in your cream sauce so they’re perfectly tender. 

Why we love this recipe: it’s decadent but nourishing. 

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Skip the starchy sides and pair your pulled pork with a hearty bowl of salad instead. 

I love a refreshing cucumber salad when I’m in a rush, but you can also go with a grain-based salad like quinoa for a more satisfying meal.

Kale apple and quinoa salad

This salad is an excellent fresh side for your pulled pork. 

It features sweet, salty, and bitter elements, all balanced by a simple and tangy lemon dressing. 

With all the complementing textures and flavors, it’s a party for your tastebuds. 

Why we love this recipe: this salad holds up well in the fridge for up to four hours, so you can make it in advance.

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Asian sesame ginger slaw

Switch things up and try this Asian slaw! 

It features fresh, crisp veggies tossed in bright, tangy, and umami-loaded Asian dressing (soy sauce, vinegar, and fish sauce). 

Toss your pulled pork in the slaw and mix for a complete and nourishing meal. 

Why we love this recipe: it’s a lighter version of your typical coleslaw but more complex and flavorful. 

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Southwestern salad

This colorful salad brings a delicious Tex-Mex flair to your pulled pork meal.

It’s packed with crisp lettuce leaves, sweet potatoes, corn, black beans, and tortilla chips all covered in a finger-licking good cilantro dressing. 

Is your mouth watering yet?

Pinch of Yum uses Greek yogurt for the creamy dressing, but I’ve had success with using a whole avocado to make this dairy-free! 

Why we love this recipe: it’s Insta-worthy. 

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Cucumber tomato salad

This cucumber tomato salad is my go-to when I need something quick and fresh. 

The herb vinaigrette and the cherry tomatoes bring a bright, acidic flavor that helps cut through the richness of pulled pork. 

You can use any variety of cucumbers, but I prefer English cucumbers for their extra crunchy bite. 

Why we love this recipe: a serving only has 107 calories. 

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Want to treat yourself? Serve your pulled pork with these highly addictive side dishes! 

I usually go with French fries, but fried okra is a tasty Southern twist.

Or go with mozzarella sticks if you’re a cheese-lover.

Fried okra

Add a crunchy contrasting bite to your h pulled pork with a serving of fried okra

The combination of cornmeal and flour ensures each okra slice is coated with an super satisfying crunchy crust. 

Try dipping these treats in your pulled pork sauce – yum! 

Why we love this recipe: frying the okra removes their ‘slimy’ texture, making them way more enjoyable. 

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Homemade French fries

I love the ease and convenience of baking fries, but double-frying them is the way to go.

It’s extra work, but this technique ensures your fries develop that crunchy crust and soft, fluffy interior. 

Pile your golden fries on a plate and smother them with your saucy pulled pork for the ultimate movie night treat. 

Why we love this recipe: these fries are just like what you’d get in restaurants. 

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Onion rings

Most onion ring recipes call for a panko breadcrumb coating to achieve that crunchy bite, but I prefer Just A Taste’s beer batter method.

The fizzy beer ensures a deliciously crisp, airy coating that’ll lure you into coming back for more!

Staying away from alcoholic drinks? Don’t worry, any carbonated drink will give you a similar effect. 

Why we love this recipe: it has a 4.87 rating from 144 votes.

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Pulled pork is usually served with a dark, sweet-tangy barbecue sauce, but why not try something new? 

Alabama white sauce

Skip your favorite BBQ sauce and try your pulled pork with this Alabama white sauce.  

This mayo-based sauce is rich and creamy, with a delightfully sweet and tangy flavor.

Not a fan of mayo? You can use Greek yogurt instead for extra tang.

Why we love this recipe: this sauce is a breeze to make – toss all your ingredients in a bowl, give it a mix, and you’re done! 

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Carolina gold BBQ sauce

This vibrant yellow BBQ sauce is another condiment you can toss your pulled pork in. 

It’s made with a blend of prepared yellow mustard, ketchup, and white vinegar, adding a prominent tangy kick with a subtle sweetness to your pulled pork. 

You can use this sauce immediately, but an overnight rest in the fridge allows the flavors to blend and develop better. 

Why we love this recipe: it lasts for a week in the fridge. 

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The best side dishes for pulled pork

  • Dill potato salad
  • Smoked mac and cheese
  • Spanish rice and beans
  • Garlic parmesan roasted sweet potatoes
  • Homemade biscuits
  • Cheesy grits
  • Homemade flour tortillas
  • Grilled corn on the cob
  • Quick kimchi
  • Skillet turnip greens
  • Harvest succotash
  • Creamed collard greens
  • Kale apple and quinoa salad
  • Asian sesame ginger slaw
  • Southwestern salad
  • Cucumber tomato salad
  • Fried okra
  • Homemade French fries
  • Onion rings
  • Alabama white sauce
  • Carolina gold BBQ sauce

What To Serve With Pulled Pork (63 Ideas)

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your pulled pork.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pulled pork side dishes, what to serve with pulled pork tacos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 168kcal


  • 1 portion dill potato salad
  • 1 portion Southwestern salad
  • 1 portion quick kimchi
  • 1 portion onion rings
  • 1 portion alabama white sauce
  • 1 portion cheesy grits
  • 1 portion grilled corn on the cob … and more


  • Prepare your pulled pork according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: dill potato salad, smoked mac and cheese, spanish rice and beans, garlic parmesan roasted sweet potatoes, homemade biscuits, cheesy grits, homemade flour tortillas, grilled corn on the cob, quick kimchi, skillet turnip greens, harvest succotash, creamed collard greens, kale apple and quinoa salad, asian sesame ginger slaw, southwestern salad, cucumber tomato salad, fried okra, homemade french fries, onion rings, alabama white sauce, and carolina gold bbq sauce.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 168kcal

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