The Best Side Dishes for an American-Style BBQ

American-style barbeques aren't complete without these three delicious sides.
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Have you ever been lucky enough to attend an American-style barbecue? Meats are generally the star of these grilled meat occasions, but there are also a number of side dishes that are commonly seen as accompaniments to pork, beef, and chicken. If you want to make your own American BBQ at home, don’t forget to make these sides!

Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and cheese is a classic side that you will find alongside barbecue all around the country. Made by combining noodles, butter, and cheese, this is a choice that is popular with everyone at the table.


Serving a barbecue without cornbread sure would be strange. Made with cornmeal and resulting in a sweeter end product than typical bread or bread rolls, cornbread is especially common to find at barbecues in the American South.

Collard Greens

Another favorite from the American south is collard greens, a great option for putting a little bit of green on the table alongside the meats and carbohydrates. Made by boiling a green with spices and bacon in chicken broth, this dish isn’t hard to make and it’s packed with tons of flavor.