There’s nothing quite like tender and succulent pulled pork bathed in barbecue sauce and placed in soft, perfectly toasted buns.
Pulled pork sandwiches are seriously delicious and taste even better when enjoyed with family and friends!
Now, the pork takes a bit of time to make, but it’s worth the wait! And since it’s so delicious, you’ve got to pair it with side dishes worthy of its juicy, savory flavors.
Today, we’ve rounded up some of the best dishes to serve alongside your tasty pulled pork sandwich. You’re in for a treat!
1. Jalapeno Cornbread
Anything with barbecue is sure to go well with cornbread. For a little kick to those perfectly soft and moist bites, follow your usual cornbread recipe and add in some jalapenos.
You’ll love that meaty sandwich with the slight sweetness of corn plus the added heat of jalapenos. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can even add in some cheese bits to the cornbread, too!
2. Mac & Cheese
Everybody loves mac and cheese! Serve this ooey-gooey dish with your pulled pork sandwich for an indulgent meal.
You want your mac and cheese to go well with that juicy, tender pork and soft bun. For added texture, top off the mac and cheese with lots of breadcrumbs, plus parmesan. You’ll love it!
3. Corn Pudding
Take your cornbread a step further by making corn pudding! Add in extra ingredients like milk and sour cream, and it’ll turn out even creamier and tangier.
To pair with pulled pork, I like to add in cheese, sage, rosemary, or even some grated apples, which gives creamy corn pudding an extra bite!
You can’t go wrong with coleslaw! Serve a heaping helping with your pulled pork sandwich on the side or in the sandwich itself!
The added crunch and freshness is so satisfying. Keep your coleslaw simple and more on the acidic side by going easy on the mayo.
5. Macaroni Salad
I love a good macaroni salad with smoky meat… especially pulled pork!
My perfect macaroni salad has a good balance of sweet and tangy. Use whole egg mayonnaise to keep it rich and creamy. Balance that out with pickle relish and lots of other ingredients like carrots, peas, celery, onions, and red peppers.
6. Potato Salad
No list of side dishes is complete without mentioning potatoes! This time, it’s potato salad.
I love something smooth to balance out the savory barbecue flavors of pulled pork, and potato salad checks all the boxes!
Use white or Yukon Gold potatoes. They hold their shape well and are less starchy than other varieties.
7. Cucumber Salad
I think we can all agree that pulled pork sandwiches are super tasty, but they can be a little heavy. Add some lightness to your meal with a cucumber salad.
This a quick and easy side dish. Just toss your thinly sliced cucumbers in a bowl with vinegar, onions, salt, and pepper, and chill for 10 minutes before serving.
8. Baked Beans
Baked beans are another staple at barbecues, and they’ll match your pulled pork sandwich perfectly.
When it comes to beans, old-fashioned is the way to go. I always make my sauce with ketchup, Worcestershire, dry mustard, and brown sugar. It makes for a truly satisfying meal!
9. Grilled Corn
Grilled corn on the cob is a real crowd-pleaser, especially if you serve it with pulled pork sandwiches!
Customize your grilled corn by adding your favorite ingredients. Butter is a must! You can also add in some herbs like parsley or cilantro, or sprinkle over chili flakes or feta cheese. Delicious!
10. Kettle Chips
You can never go wrong with a sandwich and chips on the side. Try serving your pulled pork sandwich with Kettle chips!
Not only will this save you a lot of time, but crispy Kettle chips are also the perfect complement to a thick and savory sandwich. The sea salt and salt and pepper flavors are my go-tos!
11. French Fries
This one is a no-brainer. French fries make any dish taste even better, including pulled pork sandwiches!
Whether you like them thin and crispy or hand-cut and thick, don’t forget to season your fries with salt, barbecue powder, or cheese powder. Bet you can’t eat just one!
12. Okra and Tomatoes
Here’s a popular southern combo that’s rarely talked about… okra and tomatoes!
Stew these two together to turn pulled pork sandwiches into a comforting and hearty meal.
All you need are sliced tomatoes and okra, garlic, onions, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. Don’t be fooled by its simplicity, stewed okra and tomatoes not only tastes delicious, but it’s also super healthy!
13. Deviled Eggs
If you’re serving pulled pork sandwiches at a party, deviled eggs are a must!
Aside from looking cute, deviled eggs are a fantastic side dish that you can customize to suit your taste.
Classic southern deviled eggs use mayo, mustard, and pickled relish. Don’t forget to garnish with pickles, paprika, and pimento!
14. Hush Puppies
Another finger food you can serve with pulled pork sandwiches is hush puppies! Whether as an appetizer or a side dish, you’ll love these tasty little bites.
These little balls of deep-fried cornmeal are quite addictive. They add the perfect crunch to your tender pulled pork.
Make them with buttermilk, and your hush puppies will be a hit!
Having a summer barbecue party with friends? End your meal with some delectable brownies!
Every single time I make brownies, they’re always a hit. How can you not love these fudgy, chocolatey little squares?!
Moist on the inside with a perfectly crackly top, brownies are a fantastic way to finish things off.
16. Banana Pudding
You’ll be super full after enjoying that pulled pork sandwich, but save some room for sweet and creamy banana pudding.
A cool dessert is always a good idea after a meaty meal, and banana pudding is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Take your pudding to the next level by making it with a little bourbon or rum and drizzle with peanut butter glaze!
17. Peach Cobbler
When I think of southern desserts, peach cobbler is at the top of my list!
I never miss a chance to make this decadent dessert, especially when peaches are in season. A soft, sweet, and tangy peach cobbler topped with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream never disappoints!