Best Side Dishes to Pair with Your BBQ

A great BBQ meal isn’t just about the meat—it’s also about the delicious sides that complement the main dish. At John Mull’s Meats & Road Kill Grill, we believe in the perfect pairing. Here are some of our favorite side dishes to serve with your BBQ.

Classic Coleslaw:

Coleslaw is a BBQ staple. Its crisp texture and tangy flavor provide a refreshing contrast to the rich, smoky meat. Make a classic coleslaw with shredded cabbage, carrots, and a dressing made from mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, and a bit of celery seed.

Baked Beans:

Baked beans add a hearty and slightly sweet component to your BBQ plate. Slow-cook navy beans with molasses, brown sugar, mustard, and chunks of bacon or smoked sausage for a comforting side dish.


No BBQ is complete without cornbread. Its slightly sweet flavor and crumbly texture pair perfectly with smoked meats. Try adding jalapeños or cheddar cheese to your cornbread batter for an extra kick.

Potato Salad:

Potato salad is another BBQ favorite. Boil potatoes until tender, then mix with mayonnaise, mustard, diced celery, and hard-boiled eggs. Season with salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of paprika.

Grilled Vegetables:

Balance your BBQ feast with some grilled vegetables. Bell peppers, zucchini, and onions work particularly well. Toss them in olive oil, salt, and pepper, then grill until tender and slightly charred.

Macaroni and Cheese:

Indulge in a creamy, cheesy side dish with macaroni and cheese. Cook elbow macaroni and mix with a cheese sauce made from cheddar, milk, and a bit of butter. Bake until bubbly and golden on top.

Pickles and Relishes:

Tangy pickles and relishes cut through the richness of BBQ meat. Serve a variety of pickles, from dill to bread-and-butter, or make a homemade relish with cucumbers, onions, and vinegar.

These side dishes are the perfect complement to your BBQ meals. Whether you prefer something creamy, tangy, or hearty, there’s a side dish here to suit your taste. Visit John Mull’s Meats & Road Kill Grill for all your BBQ needs and enjoy a complete, delicious meal. Happy grilling!