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Barbecue Side Dishes That Totally Stole The Show

From glorious grilled corn to buttery biscuits, these side dishes are showstoppers.

Barbecue is undoubtedly one of our favorite foods. It makes us proud to be American and we view summer as a free license to eat as much barbecue as possible. Whether it's tender brisket, fall-off-the-bone ribs or pulled pork, barbecue can do no wrong. We are to a smoker as moths are to a flame this time of year -- we can't get enough and we'll keep coming back for more.

Every leading role needs a supporting one too, however, and in barbecue's case, the sidekick packs a serious punch. Short ribs look pretty fantastic on their own, but next to a plate of corn bread and coleslaw, they're a showstopper. And while good barbecued chicken makes us never want to eat chicken any other way, it isn't complete without a heaping scoop of potato salad by its side.

We're drawn to barbecue for the meat, to be sure, but we're often utterly taken by the sides. Barbecue sides run the gamut from sweet and silky to salty and crunchy. They might bring an acidic and refreshing bite to cut the heaviness of the meat, or they may serve as a luxurious vessel for sopping up sauce. We've collected some of our favorites below, but also want to hear from you. What sides are absolute musts on your barbecue menu this summer?

Here are 25 barbecue side dishes that totally stole the show:

1
Cheddar And Jalapeño Skillet Cornbread
Foodie Crush
2
Honey Butter Biscuits
How Sweet It Is
Get the Honey Butter Biscuits recipe from How Sweet It Is
3
Baked Mac And Cheese
Pinch of Yum
Get the Baked Mac and Cheese recipe from Pinch of Yum
4
Bourbon Peach BBQ Baked Beans
Half Baked Harvest
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5
Classic Coleslaw
Simply Recipes
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6
Honey Butter Fried Corn Fritters
Oh Sweet Basil
Get the Honey Butter Fried Corn Fritters recipe from Oh, Sweet Basil
7
Loaded Baked Potato Salad
Foodie Crush
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8
Stewed Okra With Tomatoes
Spicy Southern Kitchen
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9
Bread And Butter Pickles
Simply Recipes
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10
Classic Macaroni Salad
Cooking Classy
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11
Bacon Blue Potato Salad With Soft Boiled Eggs
How Sweet It Is
12
Sweet Kentucky Bourbon Corn Pudding
Half Baked Harvest
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13
Spicy Collard Greens
Spicy Southern Kitchen
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14
Sriracha Deviled Eggs
How Sweet It Is
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15
Watermelon Salad
Simply Recipes
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16
Easy Creamed Corn
Damn Delicious
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17
Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad
Cooking Classy
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18
Mayo-Free Coleslaw
Simply Recipes
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19
Grilled Corn with Bacon Butter and Cotija Cheese
How Sweet It Is
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20
Veggie Lovers Pasta Salad
Gimme Some Oven
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21
Pickled Okra
Simply Recipes
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22
Tomato Salad
Adventures In Cooking
Get the Simple Tomato Salad recipe from Adventures in Cooking
24
Pickled Watermelon Rinds
The Domestic Man
Get the Pickled Watermelon Rind recipe from The Domestic Man

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