Pulled pork is such a great main course or party food option, requiring only a few ingredients and minimal effort. But what do you serve alongside this savory sandwich? Read on for 41 ideas about what to serve with pulled pork!
Original post: May 2021 | Updated: April 2023
What To Serve With Pulled Pork – Best Side Dishes
Below is a great selection of dishes that would be perfect pulled pork sides!
- Fresh vegetables – Just about any type of fresh veggies will accompany this main dish perfectly. Brussels sprouts, bell peppers, broccoli, zucchini or regular or spicy collard greens are all great options.
- Fruit salad – Fresh fruit such as watermelon or fruit salads are a tasty side dish for this traditional recipe.
- Potatoes – Serve with mashed potatoes, French fries, roasted sweet potatoes, potato chip, baked potatoes or loaded baked potato rounds.
- Salad – A bowl of fresh salad with chopped veggies such as cucumbers and a light dressing act as the perfect pairing. Or consider a classic potato salad, macaroni salad or black bean salad.
- Bread – Cornbread, rolls or honey butter biscuits pair well with this meat.
- Corn – Corn fritters, Mexican street corn and sweet corn on the cob are the perfect flavor combos!
- Appetizers – Many types of party food appetizers make a great pair with this delectable sandwich. Consider onion rings, deviled eggs, little smokies, cheese dip and mozzarella sticks.
- Soup – A bowl of soup such as French onion soup or roasted tomato soup taste delicious alongside this sandwich.
- Beans – Baked beans or black beans pair are both a classic side dish for this classic recipe.
- Pasta – A comforting spoonful of cooked pasta such as mac and cheese or pasta salad are delicious pairings.
See the roundup below for specific recipes that pair well with pulled pork sandwiches and that can be make in your own kitchen.
Best Pulled Pork Recipe
Check out my favorite bbq pulled pork recipe! This is such an easy crock pot recipe, requiring only 4 ingredients and 10 minutes total time of prep. It turns out juicy, flavorful and totally delicious every single time.
How To Serve Pulled Pork
Pulled Pork Sandwiches – Spoon into hamburger buns or slices of bread to create the perfect bbq pulled pork sandwich or pork sliders. Don’t forget the barbecue sauce, pickles and relish!
Pork tacos – Pull out flour or corn tortillas and pile pork inside, creating the perfect easy taco. Top with sour cream, red onions, cilantro, lime juice, hot sauce and mozzarella cheese.
Pork nachos – Place tortilla chips in a single layer, followed by a layer of pulled pork and topped with toppings of your choice such as sharp cheddar cheese, jalapeno slices, guacamole and taco sauce.
Solo – No casing required! One of the best qualities about this recipe is its delicious flavor, so you can easily eat pulled pork solo or on top of a pile of mashed potatoes or cooked noodles. This is a great option if you’re looking for a gluten free way to enjoy this yummy dish.
How Long Is Pulled Pork Good For
If you are unsure about how to store leftover pulled pork or if you are wondering if your pork is still fresh, read on!
Can You Freeze Pulled Pork
Pulled pork is best frozen after it has been cooked, shredded and cooled. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 months.
How To Moisten Dried Pulled Pork
Once pulled pork has been cooked, there is only one way to moisten it if it is dried out. Add at least 1/4 cup of liquid (and up to 1 1/2 cups) to the meat, such as broth, meat drippings, bbq sauce or water.
Stir and cook on low heat until warm.
Make this roasted broccoli recipe as an easy side dish to accompany your next meal. Roasting broccoli is super easy and it is so good it tastes like candy!
Roasted Tomato Soup
This Roasted Tomato Soup is bold, flavorful and comforting. You will never want to make another tomato soup again! Great for entertaining or family dinner.
This recipe details the best deviled eggs ever. An American classic known for their appearances at summer potlucks and Easter dinner!
Homemade BBQ Sauce
This is the best homemade barbecue sauce you’ll find! It is sweet, spicy and packed with bold, delicious flavors. My favorite dipping sauce for fries and pork.
Air Fryer French Fries
Say goodbye to soggy fries! Let the air fryer do its magic with your next batch of French fries! They are so easy to make and they turn out perfectly crispy every single time.
Instant Pot Mushrooms
These buttery, ranch-flavored Instant Pot Mushrooms are a great side dish and also the perfect party food. They cook them perfectly every single time!
Nothing screams potluck more than this deli macaroni salad recipe! This side or party food is easy to make and will get devoured at your next gathering.
Sausage Cheese Dip
Sausage Cheese Dip is easy to make (let your crockpot do the work for you!), cheesy, flavorful and totally irresistible! Serve as an appetizer at your next party and it won’t last long. Only 6 ingredients required for this delicious party food!
Loaded Baked Potato Rounds
It’s a dream come true! A mini baked potato in your fingertips! Loaded Baked Potato Rounds are perfect for dinner or served as a party food.
Avocado Ranch Dressing
This dressing is bursting with flavor. Fresh lime, cilantro and avocados create a delicious dressing you’ll want to lick off the spoon! Pour this creamy sauce over the top of your next pork sammy.
Introducing the most Perfect Baked Potato Recipe that can easily be baked in your oven with no fuss! There’s a yummy, simple, secret ingredient that makes these baked potatoes even more perfect.
This is the best chopped salad recipe you’ll find. It makes a large batch to enjoy for lunch throughout the week or serve at your next gathering.
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries is a delicious way to enjoy sweet potatoes! The air fryer works its magic and transforms them into a sweet or savory treat or side that will not last long.
Crock Pot Baked Beans
Slow cooker baked beans are the way to go! Once you try these, you’ll never eat them straight from the can again. Great for summer BBQs and game-day parties!
These rolls are fluffy, slightly sweet and delicious and they go great with any meal, whether it is a large turkey dinner or a simple weeknight meal.
Whole30 Potato Chips
Make potato chips the healthy way! Whole30 chips are yummy and great as a side dish or snack. These baked chips are so much better than store bought!
Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread
This cornbread recipe made without buttermilk is the perfect side for any meal. Omit the jalapeño and cheese for a perfect go-to cornbread recipe.
Creamy Mushroom Soup
This creamy, rich soup is packed with delicious mushrooms and tons of flavor. A super affordable soup to make, this will fill everyone up! Dunk bread sticks or garlic bread into it or serve with a delicious side salad for a complete hearty meal.
Instant Pot Steamed Green Beans
Free up space on your stove top by preparing Instant Pot steamed green beans quickly and perfectly! Enjoy these crunchy-tender, healthy beans as a side dish for any meal. They cook perfectly every single time and will be done in minutes.
This is my mom’s perfect mashed potatoes recipe. It is the best side dish you’ll ever meet and it goes great with any meal, any time of the year.
Quinoa Edamame Salad
Quinoa Edamame Salad is great choice for parties and can be served in throw-away cups for serving ease. Also great as a salad to have in the fridge all week! Packed with fresh fruit and veggies and it is so healthy and delicious.
Baked Asparagus is topped with a delicious, savory balsamic butter sauce. It cooks to perfection every time and makes the perfect side to any meal!
Put a delicious spin on your next summer gathering by learning how to make Fruit Salad step by step with a super-secret and unexpected ingredient. Simply mix together your favorite fresh summer fruits to enjoy a naturally sweet salad. This salad is a hit at parties!
Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes
A baked sweet potato (made in a pressure cooker!) is the perfect summer side. Reduce cook time in half compared to baking and they turn out perfectly every time with little effort.
Twice Baked Potatoes
These ultimate twice baked potatoes are a delicious main or side dish. Comfort food at its best! Also acts as a meal to freeze and eat at a later time.
Instant Pot Red Potatoes with Garlic and Lemon
Delicious Instant Pot red potatoes are covered in a garlic lemon sauce. They cook quickly in your Instant Pot, freeing up space on your stove top. Great side dish recipe for your next holiday meal or intimate weeknight dinner!
Air Fryer Tater Tots
Learn how to make air fryer frozen tater tots quickly and deliciously in a matter of minutes. Straight from the freezer to your air fryer, these are the best tots you’ll make all year! Great replacement for boring French fries or shredded potatoes.
Kale Salad With Chickpeas
This kale salad with chickpeas recipe is a great lunch any day of the week. Or double the recipe and serve it at your next gathering. The different textures and bold flavors make this salad a keeper!
Asian Pasta Salad
Spruce up your party with an Asian Pasta Salad! Packed with an irresistible sweet and salty flavor and full of colorful, crunchy vegetables.
Cook potatoes and eggs together in a single pot to make Instant Pot Potato Salad with Eggs. Done in less than 30 minutes and requires minimal clean-up. This is the perfect party food or summer side dish!
This delicious and creamy Instant Pot Potato Soup is made even more delicious when made in a pressure cooker. Russet potatoes, carrots, celery and cream cheese transform this into a comforting and dreamy meal to enjoy on a chilly day!
Bok Choy Salad
This crunchy, veggie-packed bok choy salad is a great dish to bring to parties. Prepare just before serving. It will quickly become a salad favorite!
Throwing together a delicious coleslaw recipe should be easy and simple. This classic crunchy slaw contains shredded cabbage, apple cider vinegar, creamy vinaigrette dressing and it’s not loaded down with mayo! This will be your go-to slaw for a dinner side, picnic fare and fish tacos!
Spicy Chickpea Salad
Spicy Chickpea Salad is packed with fresh tasty vegetables and chickpeas. Each crunchy bite offers a scrumptious hearty mouthful. This is a great appetizer or side dish, it acts as a great topping for chicken and it is also a delicious wrap filling!
Corn Tomato Avocado Salad
This Corn Tomato Avocado Salad (from Hot Pan Kitchen) is the perfect dish for summer. Made with grilled corn and topped with chopped basil and lime juice, it’s the a healthy side dish for BBQ season!
Farro and Orange Salad
If salads could online date, this Farro and Orange Salad (from Josie + Nina) would have a full social calendar. Farro and Orange Salad complements a big grilled steak, balances spicy smoked pork, and shines at a girls’ lunch or a holiday buffet table.
Spicy Corn Mexican Salad
This Spicy Corn Mexican Salad (from That Skinny Chick Can Bake) has all the delicious flavors of elotes, or Mexican street corn, with no grilling involved. Just chop and mix and prepare to swoon!
Creamy Sweet Potato Salad with Bacon
Sweet Potato Salad with Bacon (from Cathy’s Gluten Free) is a naturally sweet and creamy treat that I enjoy during the summer and all year round. It seems indulgent, but really – it’s not!
These Hawaiian Rolls (from Butter and Baggage) have just a hint of sweetness and are so so fluffy. EASY to make and perfect every time. The BEST yeast rolls you’ll ever make.
Black-Eyed Peas with Collard Greens
This Black-Eyed Peas with Collard Greens (from Cooking Chat) is the perfect side dish to serve as part of a meal inspired by “soul food” traditions. We cooked up this recipe as part of a meal that we served with a bottle of Pinot Noir from Maison Noir, as part of the Wine Pairing Weekend exploration of BIPOC owned wineries and BIPOC winemakers.
Gluten-Free Hashbrown Casserole
A crowd favorite for potlucks and parties, this gluten-free hashbrown casserole (from Wheat By The Wayside) is cheesy and delicious! This easy hashbrown casserole recipe is made without canned soup!