If you’re wondering what to serve with your pulled pork, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 39 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, and grits for more options.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Dill potato salad
This isn’t your run-of-the-mill potato salad.
It’s extra creamy and tangy, thanks to its 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.
Grilled corn on the cob
I prefer grilling corn without the husk for the maximum smoky charred sweetness. It’s superb with savory pulled pork.
But if you’re grilling with the husks, soak them in water for at least 15 minutes to prevent burning.
Why we love this recipe: it shares three ways you can grill your corn – with/without the husk and wrapped in foil.
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.
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 to avoid a soggy mess!
Why we love this recipe: it perfectly details how to achieve the ultimate smoked mac and cheese.
Spanish rice and beans
Need something hearty with your pulled pork?
You can’t go wrong with a helping of this fiery-hued 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.
Why we love this recipe: it’s an easy and quick dish that makes your meals more wholesome.
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.
Alabama white sauce
Pulled pork is usually served with a classic tomato-based barbecue sauce, but have you ever tried it with 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!
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.
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, like parmesan cheese.
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.
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.
This classic Korean dish may not be the usual side you see with pulled pork.
But this quick kimchi’s refreshingly spicy and savory flavors pair nicely with your pulled pork’s smokiness
Plus, it’s milder than regular kimchi and won’t overpower your main dish.
Why we love this recipe: it doesn’t involve fermentation, so you can serve it immediately.
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 like this recipe: it takes just 15 minutes to whip up a family serving of this dish.
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.
The best side dishes for pulled pork
- Dill potato salad
- Grilled corn on the cob
- Garlic parmesan roasted sweet potatoes
- Smoked mac and cheese
- Spanish rice and beans
- Kale apple and quinoa salad
- Alabama white sauce
- Homemade biscuits
- Cheesy grits
- Asian sesame ginger slaw
- Quick kimchi
- Skillet turnip greens
- Fried okra
Web Story: What To Serve With Pulled Pork
What To Serve With Pulled Pork
- 1 portion pulled pork
- 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, grilled corn on the cob, garlic parmesan roasted sweet potatoes, smoked mac and cheese, spanish rice and beans, kale apple and quinoa salad, alabama white sauce, homemade biscuits, cheesy grits, asian sesame ginger slaw, quick kimchi, skillet turnip greens, and fried okra.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!