From juicy, tender brisket to fall-off-the-bone ribs, quality meat is the star of any barbecue—but look a little closer and you’ll see, side dishes play a deliciously essential supporting role! The right pairing can perfect a meal, but how do you plan the perfect match? We’ve got you covered. Just read on for the delicious details.
Add some veggie love
Adding a bit of color through fresh veggie sides is always a good bet, especially when they’re served alongside meat-focused mains like ribs or chicken. They also make for a pretty plate, which is important when you’re aiming for #instagrammable eats your friends and family will enjoy the taste and sight of. (Here at Colt’s Pig Stand, a few of our favorite veggie sides include Grammy’s Collard Greens, Green Beans and Fried Okra!)
Tip: At home, for a delicious dinner that’s much easier than it looks, try roasting a medley of fresh ingredients like Brussel sprouts, onions, carrots, squash and other favorites with oil and seasoning! It’s a truly savory side that your guests will love.
Create a balancing act
Much of a side dish’s role revolves around complementing the entrée’s qualities. Both elements should be fresh and flavorful, of course, but the ideal side will have something the main dish doesn’t. For example, the creamy, comfort food goodness of a side like our Mac & Cheese will work well to balance out the heat of a plate of Chicken Wings, if you take the spicy route, or the jalapeno peppers in our Burnt End brisket sandwich. This is also why Italian menus so often feature the subtle tang of a Caesar salad alongside a rich, creamy pasta dish—the two balance each other out and make for an even better flavor experience.
Classic barbecue combos
Some sides are so essential to barbecue cuisine, that a meal wouldn’t be complete without them! These include Mac & Cheese, Corn on the Cob, Potato Salad and more—plus, classic Colt’s sides like Grammy’s Collard Greens or Colt’s Slaw! You can’t go wrong featuring these flavors at any barbecue or comfort food-focused gathering.
Tips for planning potluck sides
Throwing your own potluck, or bringing a special side to a picnic or gathering? Opt for crowd-pleasing sides like Mac & Cheese and let us do the prep for you! Swing by Colt’s for large servings of your favorite flavors that friends and family are sure to love.
Whether you’re digging in here at Colt’s, or planning your own potluck party, we hope that today’s guide helps you see sides in an all-new way! Enjoy favorites like Mac & Cheese, Colt’s Slaw or Grammy’s Collard Greens soon.