What Goes Well With Pulled Pork

What Goes Well With Pulled Pork

French Fries, Corn Fritters, and Salsa all go with pulled pork. We have compiled a list of dishes that you can serve as sides to what goes with pulled pork.

Best Pulled Pork Sides For 2024

Delicious Side Dishes to Serve with BBQ Pulled Pork

The recipes include everything from creamy homemade potato salad to sweet potato casserole to the all-time classic macaroni and cheese. They’re all easy to make and will keep your guests coming back for seconds! What’s more, these are side dishes you can serve for pulled pork when you are catering for a big group. So read on about our top list of good sides for pulled pork in 2024

Pulled pork Sides For BBQ

When you are making pulled pork for a big family BBQ or thanksgiving dinner Pulled Pork Side Dishes are important and should be not only tasty but also very useful. If you want to know what sort of sides to serve alongside pulled pork then look no further than this list. The options here range from creamy potato salad to sweet potato casseroles to mac n’ cheese.

Corn on the Cob

The corn on the cob is one of the most popular sides at BBQs. It’s easy to make, tastes great, and is super healthy!

These can be cooked in advance and kept warm – see our article on how professional caters to keep food warm.

Deviled Eggs

These eggs are perfect for parties because they’re easy to eat with one hand and don’t require any utensils. They’re also great for picnics because they travel well and keep for days if stored properly.  Deviled eggs pair well with pulled pork.

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Cornbread is good for pulled pork because it adds moisture and flavor. Furthermore, it’s a versatile bread that can go with just about anything. You can use it as an accompaniment to baked beans or even add it to sandwiches.

Cheese and Crackers

The cheese and crackers section has everything from cheesy potato chips to savory breadsticks and cheesy garlic bread. 

Crackers and pulled pork are two of my favorite foods. I love them both! However, they mix well together also. You can easily put the pulled pork onto the crackers and top it off with cheese. 

One tastes rich, juicy, and meaty whereas the cracker is drier and crunchy.  This combination makes pulled pork and crackers topped with cheese a winner every time you serve it. Plus it is really simple you just serve up the pork with the crackers on a platter.

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

This classic comfort food has been around since the 1800s but it’s only recently become popular again thanks to the rise of paleo diets. It’s made by mixing macaroni pasta with cheese sauce and baking it all together. The result is a cheesy, creamy dish that’s perfect for a warm summer evening. Macaroni and cheese goes well with pulled pork because it’s filling and comforting. The cheese also compliments the umami taste in the pulled pork.  Also, when catering for a crowd it is good to have it inexpensive dish like macaroni and cheese here with the more expensive pawpaw. This means you can feed and delight your guests but still meet your catering budget for a large group.

Cabbage Coleslaw Slaw

coleslaw and pulled pork are two classic American dishes that have been around since the early 1900s. Both recipes can be traced back to the German immigrants who settled in North Carolina during this time period. Coleslaw was originally made with cabbage and mayonnaise while pulled pork was traditionally made using pork shoulder. Today, both dishes are really popular together. Again coleslaw is a relatively inexpensive dish and when paired with a protein like pulled pork you get complimentary tastes and a very favorable budget.

Simple Baked Beans

Storebought or homemade baked beans taste great, alone or even better with pulled pork.  I like to have a barbecue base sauce on my feet beans when I mix it with pulled pork. You can serve the combination in hot dog buns and the fresh bread, beans, and pork are hard to beat. Furthermore, baked beans are another dish that travels well. Just make sure you pack enough for leftovers. Plus, they are an easy way to feed a crowd at a picnic.

Bread Sticks

I love breadsticks because they are crispy, light, and flavorful. These are especially good with pulled pork because the breadsticks soak up the juices. They are also easy to eat and transport which makes them ideal for parties or picnics.

French Fries Are The Ultimate Side Dish For Pork
French Fries Are The Ultimate Side Dish For Pork

Best Baked French Fries

I love baked french fries, they are crispy and crunchy, and if you season them right they are one of the top side dishes to serve with pulled pork. This recipe has all the right ingredients and it’s super easy to make!

Homemade Rice Pilaf

Rice pilaf is one of those classic comfort foods that just taste amazing. It’s easy to make, it takes less than 30 minutes. Pork and Rice go well together because the pork adds flavor and moisture to the rice. The rice absorbs the flavors from the pork making it a winning combo.

Pulled Pork Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is a favorite among kids and adults alike. This pasta salad is hearty and healthy and it will keep you full for hours. It’s great as a side dish or even as a main course. The secret ingredient is bacon! Bacon gives the pasta salad a savory kick and it’s a great addition to any meal.  So pasta salad, crispy bacon, and pulled pork all served in a hoagie is just a winner. Again this combination works really well if you’re serving pulled pork at a barbecue or an outside big company event like a picnic.

Vegetable Salad

A healthy salad is always a great way to freshen up your pork butt that is pull-apart tender.  It’s also easy to customize by adding different types of cheese, nuts, and fresh herbs.

Collared Greens

This Side dish is best when it is served with other side dishes that we have already mentioned. It gives a nice green colour and so makes sure pull-apart pork shoulder more appetizing to the eyes.

Potato Salad

A classic potato salad it’s probably the most common side dish that is served with pork of any variety. It transports easily so it can be used on the tailgate party, outside barbecues, or even a picnic.

Corn Fritters

Corn fritters made from fresh sweet corn kernels and topped with a creamy cheese sauce and put on a side plate give creamed corn taste that mixes well with any flavor of sauce you have put with pulled pork. The recipe calls for grated cheddar cheese but any sharp white cheddar will work well. If you want to add flavor to the dish, try adding chopped jalapeño peppers or diced green chiles.

Corn Salsa

Salsa will keep well in the fridge for several days, so if you are catering to a crowd of people and plan to serve pulled pork and other side dishes making salsa in advance will lessen your workload on the party day. It’s also great served alongside tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, or just straight from the bowl!

Crispy Potatoes

Crispy homemade sliced potatoes are perfect for dipping into a creamy sauce and put into a pull-apart pork plate. They’re easy to throw together and will keep in the fridge for a few days can be easily reheated.

Grilled Tomatoes on the Vine

The tomatoes are grilled on the vine and then tossed with a spicy vinaigrette. This tomato dish not only tastes nice, it is simple to make, but also adds a beautiful deep red color to your party table. 

Onion Rings

Onion rings made from scratch using fresh onions and breadcrumbs just take your pork picnic to another level. They are fried and served hot!

Cajun Fries

These fries are made from sweet potatoes which are naturally high in antioxidants, fiber, potassium and vitamin A. They are baked instead of fried and they contain less fat. The combination of sweet and spicy taste from the cajun fries when combined with a barbecue pulled pork dish will delete everybody who tries it.

Sauteed Zucchini Squash

The zucchini and squash are sautéed with garlic, onion, and olive oil. This dish is great served hot or at room temperature.

Can I Use Succotash as A Side Dish for Pulled Pork
Can I Use Succotash as A Side Dish for Pulled Pork

Pretzel Buns

These pretzels are baked in the oven, then topped with cheese and bacon before being grilled. The result is a crispy exterior and soft interior.  When topped with pulled pork the crispy exterior and soft interior mix with the barbecue sauce and become a delight for all of your guests.


The succotash recipe is one of our favorites because it’s easy to make and tastes great! It’s a perfect dish to serve at potlucks and picnics. Plus, it’s good for you too – full of vitamins, minerals, and protein. It’s a tasty way to get in extra veggies.  Serving this with pulled pork is good because the succotash is already cooked and ready to eat. 

What Should I Serve with a Pulled Pork Sandwich?

The most important thing to remember when serving pulled pork sandwiches is to keep them simple. A few simple toppings will allow your guests to really enjoy the flavors of the meat without having to worry about too many ingredients.

Some ideas are

  • pickles
  • sweet pearl onions
  • mustard
  • mushrooms
  • green salad
  • apple slices
  • pear slices
  • grilled pineapple
  • corn
  • cabbage slaw
  • potato chips

These side dishes can also be used with pulled pork burgers, pulled pork tacos, and even sandwiches.