20 Side Dishes for Pulled Pork Sandwiches

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20 Side Dishes for Pulled Pork Sandwiches

A good pulled pork recipe is something every home cook needs. This simple dish is easy to make in a crockpot and can be used in several mouthwatering, family-friendly meals. A tradition at cookouts and barbecues, pulled pork is great in sandwiches, but it also stands alone as a main dish everyone will love. Whether you like it plain, with mustard, or smothered in barbecue sauce, pulled pork is always a winning choice.

The best side for your pulled pork depends on the weather and if you’re eating outdoors or in. It pairs perfectly with both crisp summer salads and warm, winter-ready comfort foods. Here’s a list of 20 side dishes to serve with your pulled pork.

1. Quick and Easy Macaroni Salad

Cold, creamy, and a touch sweet, this is the perfect accompaniment to your pulled pork main dish. There are a lot of macaroni salad recipes out there, but we found one true to the classic, old-fashioned version most of us grew up with.

Homemade Macaroni Salad in a white bowl on a white wooden background, side view. Close-up.
Macaroni salad is an excellent side for a hot day.

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2. Fruit Salad

Don’t spend warm weather days trapped in a sweaty kitchen baking cakes and pies. Instead, cool off with a delicious fruit salad that satisfies every sweet tooth. It’s the perfect ending to a pulled pork meal.

Bowl of healthy fresh fruit salad on wooden background. Top view.
Fruit salad is refreshing and healthy!


3. 7-Layer Salad

Are you trying to decide between an appetizer and salad to go with your pulled pork? Get both in this hearty seven-layer salad that includes crisp vegetables, hearty cheese, and a creamy dressing in one tempting and beautiful package.

Homemade Seven Layer Salad with Eggs Bacon Peas and Lettuce
Seven-layer salad is a fancy looking side, but it's actually easy to make.

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4. Classic Potato Salad

Pork and potatoes are a match made in side-dish heaven. Let their happy pairing reign supreme with a classic potato salad. This recipe combines eggs, spices, onions, and vinegar to create a decadently good salad.

A delicious homemade creamy potato salad on a rustic picnic table.
Old fashioned potato salad is a comfort food that's up there with macaroni and cheese!


5. Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potatoes are a superfood, and you can get all the health benefits of these southern staples in a delicious, soul-satisfying sweet potato casserole. This recipe combines marshmallows, pecans, and butter.

Homemade Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans and Marshmallows
Though many people only make this delicious casserole for Turkey Day, it is awesome year-round!

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6. Coleslaw

Everyone loves good coleslaw, but there are long-simmering disagreements about whether coleslaw should be sweet, spicy, wet, or dry. End all the arguments with this creamy, tangy version that will please everyone at your next potluck or cookout.

Coleslaw made of freshly shredded white cabbage and grated carrot with homemade mayonnaise-based salad dressing in wooden bowl, photographed overhead (Selective Focus, Focus on the salad)
This coleslaw is the best of both worlds: creamy and crunchy!

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7. Cucumber Salad with Garlic

Enjoy the best flavors of springtime when you whip up this easy cold side dish. It uses ingredients you probably have in your pantry and fridge right now, and it takes just minutes to throw together. Let it chill for a perfect side that will be the hit of any warm weather gathering.

8. Grilled Potatoes and Onions

Summertime cooking means relying on your grill instead of a hot kitchen, and we’re all about that. Don’t just use your grill to cook your main courses, however, when you can use it to make this grilled potatoes and onions side dish.

Barbecue grilled potatoes on a dark background top view
The grill is for more than just meat! These grilled potatoes make and excellent side.

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9. Dijon Pasta Salad

Are you tired of the classic macaroni salad? Step it up a few notches with this sophisticated but still kid-friendly version that uses Dijon mustard for a gentle kick. With the goodness of bacon, eggs, and scallions, it’s a side that is sure to impress.

Deviled Egg Pasta Salad in a Serving Bowl: A large bowl of macaroni salad made with hard-boiled eggs
This dish is classic meets bold, with traditional macaroni salad mixed with Dijon for a kick!

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10. Picnic Baked Beans

Making baked beans from scratch is a big job, and nobody has time for that when picnic season is on us. If you want that same, home-cooked taste without all the work, try this version that starts with canned beans and finishes with bacon and brown sugar.

Bourbon Baked Beans in a Cast Iron Skillet: Pork and beans seasoned with bourbon whiskey, molasses, and brown sugar
Sweet and flavorful baked beans make a perfect side for pulled pork.

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11. Deviled Eggs

There’s a reason deviled eggs make an appearance at every picnic, potluck, brunch buffet, and appetizer stand. These morsels of creamy, tangy goodness are irresistible. This old school recipe is the classic version that everyone enjoys.

Homemade Deviled Eggs with Chives on a rustic wooden board, view from above. Flat lay, top view, overhead.
Who doesn't like the rich treat of a deviled egg!?

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12. Amish Coleslaw

The Amish know a thing or two about hearty cooking, and this coleslaw recipe shows why their recipes are always welcome at your family table. Amish coleslaw is sweeter and more finely shredded than the typical version.

13. Strawberry Salad

Balance out the hearty, spicy flavors of pulled pork and other barbecue favorites with this refreshing side. Use fresh strawberries and a homemade vinaigrette for a result that’s as pretty as it is tasty.

14. Skillet Broccoli

You can have this simple, skillet broccoli side dish on the table in a flash. It’s the perfect way to use broccoli or other green vegetables that are abundant in the spring and summer. If you think your family won’t eat their vegetables, think again.

15. Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes go with anything, at any time, and for any occasion. In case you hadn’t guessed, we like mashed potatoes. What we don’t like is standing over a hot stove to cook them. That’s why this slow cooker recipe for mashed potatoes is a game changer.

16. Corn on the Cob

What could be better than corn on the cob? You can boil it or grill it to make the perfect matchup for your pulled pork.

17. Applesauce

Apples and pork are another match made in culinary heaven. Something about their flavors make magic together. Why not add homemade applesauce to your pulled pork dinner? It tastes a lot better than store-bought and is easier to make than you think.

18. Red Beans and Rice

Go all out for spicy southern style with a delicious pot of red beans and rice. This Louisiana favorite goes well with pulled pork, and this creamy version will soon become your go-to recipe.

19. Scalloped Potatoes

Potatoes are a versatile side. They’re filling and can be cooked a hundred different ways. But we think cheesy, gooey scalloped potatoes are potatoes at their best.

20. Cornbread

Cornbread is a great match for pulled pork. This Southern staple pairs well with almost anything, and it’s easy to make. Try this classic recipe that will have your cornbread hot and ready in 30 minutes.

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