Take your summer entertaining up a few notches with these 30 incredible pulled pork sides! These are deliciously easy pulled pork side dishes that can feed a crowd – affordably, too!

There are fresh and easy salad recipes, cheesy potatoes and more. Pulled pork sandwiches have met their match!

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Pulled pork is an iconic summertime bbq dish, and one that is loved by so many! It’s perfect for parties and entertaining of all kinds because it’s filling, delicious and affordable.

However, even if you’ve got your main dish covered, it can be a struggle to come up with fresh, delicious side dishes. That’s what we’re here for, with this delicious guide to the best pulled pork sides.

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Grilled corn on the cob on a white plate for a side dish for fish

Pulled Pork Sides

Pulled pork is a classic summertime potluck, picnic and BBQ dish because it’s so tasty, inexpensive and feeds a crowd. It’s incredible when it’s made on a smoker, in your oven or on the grill. Low and slow is the name of the game!

However, while the pulled pork takes a long time to cook correctly, you’ll want your side dishes to be fast and easy.

Many of these side dishes can feed a crowd, but be sure to use the sliding bar to adjust ingredients for more servings if necessary. We’ve made it so easy!

Wondering how to get your temperatures just right on the grill? Don’t skip this free printable Meat Temperature Chart!

avocado deviled eggs on a platter


  • Check in with your guests about restrictions and allergies so you can accommodate.
  • Serve a few vegetarian sides to cover a variety of lifestyles, no matter the entrees!
  • Choose one item from each category for a fabulous array of pulled pork sides. I like to do a couple healthier side dishes, and a couple indulgent ones. This makes for a great mix to please everyone!
  • Check out Sides for Pork Chops for more inspiration.

Frequently Asked Question

What veggies are good with pulled pork?

Roasted and grilled veggies are excellent with pulled pork. Cool, fresh green salads are also a great pulled pork side dish.

What’s the best side dish for pulled pork?

Corn on the cob, potato salad and coleslaw are the most classic pulled pork side dishes served at many barbecue restaurants.

Pulled Pork Sides

Here we go – let’s do this! Each recipe link will take you to a post with a printable recipe card, making it so easy to plan your menu.

Green Salads

First up, green salads. Fresh, flavorful and packed full of nutrients, these are beautiful to serve and a great way to balance a more decadent meal.

Simple Spring Salad Mix

This spring salad mix is the perfect summer salad to take with you to picnics and pot lucks. Full of vibrant fruits, pecans and cheese, you can prep the salad at home and whip up some vinaigrette and have a fresh, easy-to-transport salad.

A white bowl full of a fresh pot luck salad, wooden spoons to the side..
Seven Layer Salad

This Seven Layer Salad is full of vivid, bold color and bright flavors. There’s a reason this classic 7 layer salad has been so popular over the years, and you’ll remember it with every crunchy bite!

A 7 layer salad mixed up in a glass serving dish, wooden spoons to the side
Red White And Blue Salad

Ready in minutes and perfect for picnics, you’ll love this pretty garden-fresh salad that can be displayed as an American flag or more traditionally mixed.

A red white and blue salad shaped into an American flag, on a white platter.
Classic Cabbage Salad

This delicious, refreshing Cabbage salad recipe is the perfect choice for potlucks, barbecues and so much more. Learn the secrets to the light and tangy cabbage salad dressing in this fresh and fabulous side dish!

a white bowl full of cabbage salad
Arugula Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette

This is an easy and refreshing recipe for an arugula salad with lemon vinaigrette. This simple salad is so perfect for the warmer weather, and is perfect to serve as a simple side or appetizer.

Quick and easy arugula salad with lemon vinaigrette recipe
Apple Salad Recipe

This is a fresh, crunchy Apple Salad that is full of flavor! It’s a sweet and savory Apple Salad Recipe with butter lettuce and wholesome ingredients.

Apple Salad Recipe

Pasta Salads

The ultimate summertime side, pasta salad always serves a crowd and is pretty affordable to make. I’ve got a great range of Pasta Salad Recipes, so don’t skip this complete Pasta Salad Guide!

Italian Pasta Salad 

I’ve integrated my favorite Italian Dressing and favorite Italian Salad into this easy, full of flavor Italian Pasta Salad recipe. We love pasta salad in our house, especially in the summer!

pasta salad with italian dressing
The Best Spaghetti Salad

Spaghetti salad is an incredibly flexible, fast pasta salad recipe that is such a crowd pleaser! Tossed in a savory homemade Italian dressing, its a fresh take on a tomato and cucumber salad.

spaghetti pasta salad in a white bowl
Incredible Veggie Pasta Salad

This veggie pasta salad recipe is bursting with fresh, vibrant flavors and overflowing with nutrients thanks to an array of fresh sautéed veggies. It’s a vegetarian pasta salad side dish or an incredible lunch you can feel good about! 

A white bowl filled with a fresh vegetarian pasta salad.
Bow Tie Pasta Salad 

This is my most popular and refreshing pasta salad recipe, perfect for summer picnics and outings. This bow tie pasta salad is tossed with an amazing, light and zesty dressing.

easy bowtie pasta salad in a mixing bowl
Mexican Pasta Salad

This is an easy 20 minute pasta salad recipe, full of vibrant flavor. It is great for making ahead and is the perfect side dish to add to your bbq line-up.

easy fiesta pasta salad recipe | Mexican pasta salad
Seafood Pasta Salad

A light and refreshing Seafood Pasta Salad recipe for a lunch you can enjoy all week or side dish for get togethers! This Shrimp Pasta Salad is so easy and uses just a few ingredients. It’s the ultimate summer pasta salad!

summer pasta salad


Potatoes, whether served warm and cheesy or cold in potato salad, make excellent pulled pork sides! Get all my favorite potato side dishes here.

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

These quick and easy grilled sweet potatoes in foil make an excellent side dish for all your favorite barbeque entrees! They are healthy, savory and so easy to customize to every individual’s tastes.

Grilled sweet potatoes on a white plate, cut open down the center.
Potato Salad with Egg

There is that one little secret that makes this classic potato salad with egg so amazing…and lucky for you, I don’t believe in keeping secrets.

homemade potato salad with eggs in a white casserole dish with wooden spoon
Grilled Baked Potatoes

These grilled baked potatoes are such an incredible side dish for all your summer grilling adventures! Baked potatoes on the grill are so much better than your oven – they have a perfectly moist, soft and fluffy interior but are incredibly crispy and salty on the outside.

grilled baked potatoes sliced open and placed on a white plate.
Truffle Fries

Baking your Truffle Fries prevents your home from smelling like grease and makes them so much healthier. Get the recipe for this crispy, classic burger side!

fries with Parmesan and parsley on a sheet pan
Healthy Sweet Potato Fries

Skip the deep fryer with these Healthy Sweet Potato Fries, ready in less than 30 minutes. If you love sweet potatoes, these Gourmet Fries will blow you away!

healthy sweet potato fries
Garlic Smash Potatoes 

Garlic Smashed Potatoes make an impressive appetizer or easy side dish. They are boiled, smashed and baked with olive oil and garlic until crisp, then garnished with herbs or parmesan. 

garlic smashed potatoes garnished with herbs

Corn Recipes

In the summer, we get to call corn a vegetable, even if it’s *technically* not one. I hope that works for you, because it works great for me!

Grilled Corn on the Cob

This grilled sweet corn is the ultimate burger side dish. It’s made with just two ingredients. Even better? It’s ready to serve in less than 10 minutes. It’s delightfully smoky, juicy and full of flavor!

corn on the cob on an outdoor grill
Mexican Corn on the Cob

The mix of these salty, citrusy flavors when combined with the tang of cheese and mayo is just BEYOND! It’s an explosion in your mouth- don’t miss this crazy good burger side dish.

Grilled corn on the cob, topped with everything but the elote seasoning.
Corn Casserole (Cheesy Corn)

Creamy corn casserole made with cream cheese – this cheesy corn doubles as a dip! It’s a classic side dish that is perfect for parties as a dip or a family-friendly side dish.

corn casserole
BBQ Baked Beans with Bacon

Fine, these aren’t exactly a vegetable either, but they count for today, okay? Sweet and savory baked beans are one of the best pulled pork sides – and they are inexpensive, too.

a cast iron skillet with bbq beans and a wooden sppon
BBQ Baked Bean Casserole via The Cookie Rookie

Vegetable Sides

Crispy Brussel Sprouts 

This Crispy Brussel Sprouts Recipe is bursting with flavor! Brussel Sprouts with pancetta and shallots are sautéed into a fragrant, textural side dish that will leave your family begging for more.

Aluminum pan on the stovetop, fresh pancetta shallots and brussel sprouts cooking down in an agrodolce sauce.
French Green Beans

French green beans create a delicate, tender vegetable that anyone can make, with just a little patience and effort. Learn how to French cut green beans to take your green bean side dishes to the next level!

Love green beans? Try these seasoned green beans or grilled green beans, too.

A white bowl on a marble surface, filled with French green beans.
Roasted Mushrooms

These are a low carb, low fat side dish that also double as a great topping for your burgers!

oven roasted mushrooms with garlic
Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted vegetables are the ultimate way to celebrate the goodness of summer and this roasted cauliflower is no exception. Just prep and place in the oven as you’re warming up the grill.

Cauliflower on a gold baking sheet


When you’re hosting a BBQ or picnic, handhelds make serving so easy! Make these ahead and save the silverware for another time.

Fresh Fruit Skewers

These are kid-friendly, healthy, and so much fun to make and eat!

Marble surface with a white canister filled with fresh fruit skewers.
Mac and Cheese Cups

It’s everyone’s favorite comfort food in the perfect bite-sized portion! Easy to make and even easier to eat, I dare you to try and stop at just one mac and cheese cup!

A gold mini muffin pan filled with homemade mac and cheese cups.
Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Mushrooms are such an incredible hors d’oeuvre that are always a crowd pleaser. They take just 15 minutes to make before putting them in to the oven to bake!

Bacon stuffed mushrooms on a white surface.
Best Deviled Eggs 

Get the secrets to the best deviled eggs recipe. Once you try this fluffy, creamy, tangy recipe, you’ll never go back. They are devilishly good, and perfect for parties, picnics, and of course, bbq.

A white oval tray full of a make ahead appetizer for Christmas - deviled eggs!

What do you think? Are you planning any barbeques to celebrate the start of summer? I’d love to hear from you!

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