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Nothing beats a plate of mouthwatering pulled pork, especially when you know what sides go with it. This crowd-pleasing collection offers the best 26 pulled pork sides with flavors and textures that complement the pork and satisfy every craving!
The best sides for pulled pork
There's no debate that pulled pork sides are as important as the juicy, mouthwatering pork. So, I’ve hand-picked the BEST side dishes for pulled pork that any cook can make and any age group will enjoy.
This collection includes specialty and classic pasta salad, potato salad, slaw, and baked beans. These sides are easy to make and perfect for potlucks, parties, picnics, game days, summer BBQs – any occasion where pulled pork is served.
Whether you’re making a quick-cooking pressure cooker pulled pork, an all-day easy crockpot pulled pork, or turning pork butt into pulled pork sliders, you’ll find every recipe in this collection compliments all of them!
Tips for success
- When planning a menu of pulled pork with sides, diversify the selection. For example, a combination of sweet coleslaw, tender potato salad, crunchy vegetable salad, and savory baked beans offers a wide selection of flavors and textures.
- Make sides ahead to build flavor and save time on serving day when possible.
- If making ahead isn't an option, prep any ingredients that can be chopped, boiled, or blended up to two days in advance.
These condiments elevate the flavors of pulled pork and naturally belong by its side. Their contrasting flavors and textures excite the savory and smoky profile of pork.
Chilled pasta salads
Cool and refreshing pasta salads can offer a delightful contrast to pulled pork's rich, savory flavors. Tender pasta with tangy dressing and crisp vegetables will enhance the smoky and delicious notes, creating a well-balanced combination of flavors and textures.
Vegetable Salad and Slaw
A vibrant and crunchy vegetable salad or slaw adds a refreshing element to any hearty pulled pork. The crisp textures of raw vegetables and zesty dressing contrast nicely with pulled pork's deep, savory flavors.
- Easy Coleslaw Recipe
- Broccoli Cauliflower Salad
- Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad
- Broccoli Salad with Grapes
- Vegetable Quinoa Salad
- Old Fashioned Creamy Cucumber Salad
Potato salad is a classic pulled pork companion. Its creamy, comforting, velvety, and savory flavors pair with smoky pulled pork in the most satisfying way.
Warm pasta sides
There's something so comforting and special when a scoop of pulled pork touches or, better yet, mixes with warm pasta sides. The two go hand in hand, turning pulled pork and pasta into an entree in itself!
Bring color, nutrients, flavor, and texture to your pulled pork entree with these classic and nontraditional vegetable sides.
- Sauteed Green Beans with Garlic
- Mexican Corn
- Smashed Potatoes
- Air Fryer Corn on the Cob
- Air Fryer Asparagus
- Marinated Mushrooms
- Fluffy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
- Instant Pot Corn On The Cob
- Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
- Air Fryer Mushrooms
Beans and Legumes
Beans add a classic touch to any pulled pork throw-down. They're loaded with fiber, flavor, and familiar comfort everyone loves!
Bread is the perfect vessel to enjoy pork. It provides a neutral base as a main or side for pulled pork sandwiches or entrees.
I'd love to hear what recipes you plan to make in the comments below. Or feel free to ask me any questions, and I'll personally respond! Enjoy these pulled pork side dish ideas, and happy cooking!