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41 Side Dishes for Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Side dishes for pulled pork sandwiches can leave you wondering what to make that’s easy and tastes good. But I’ve got you covered.

Whether you slow cook your pulled pork indoors, or have perfected the perfect smoker version, this tender classic is tempting to snack on while you put the rest of the meal together.

a plate of bbq pulled pork on a bun

I love slow cooking my pork in the oven then mixing in barbecue sauce before piling up these sandwiches.

It also freezes great so I can have dinner done in minutes on busy nights.

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    Cold Vegetable Side Dishes

    True to my commitment I’ve tried to gather the best cold vegetable side dishes for pulled pork sandwiches that are free from too many processed ingredients. No canned soups, Velveeta, packaged seasoning mixes, etc.

    Feel free to go further with homemade mayonnaise and recipes that call for sugar can always have some swaps; even half as much sugar and some honey would be a healthy change.

    Dig in to these bright, crunchy, healthy chilled sides.

    Southern Cole Slaw
    Southern cole slaw is sweet,tangy and perfect for your summer cookouts.
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    Tangy Broccoli Salad
    Fresh broccoli and an almost cole slaw style dressing make this tangy broccoli salad a fun addition to your next potluck or dinner. Sweet, tangy and fresh! 
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    Tangy broccoli salad is a classic that blends sweet and sour into a great way to eat fresh vegetables
    Purple Cabbage and Carrot Slaw
    This Purple Cabbage and Carrot Slaw is your new favorite side! It’s creamy, crunchy, a little sweet and slightly spicy, and absolutely delicious. Make it as a healthy dish for your next backyard bbq or cookout!
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    Purple Cabbage and Carrot Slaw
    Delicious Corn Salad With Bacon
    Corn Salad with Bacon only takes a few ingredients, and the homemade lime vinaigrette adds a punch of flavor. Vibrant and fresh tasting!
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    The Best Creamy Jalapeño BBQ Coleslaw
    In this recipe for Creamy Jalapeño BBQ Coleslaw, your typical BBQ Coleslaw gets a makeover with the addition of jalapeño for just a bit of heat for your tastebuds!
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    Citrus Salad with Asparagus
    While not all salads are healthy, this Citrus Salad with Asparagus is both nutritionally dense, and very filling!
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    Grilled Corn Salad with Feta Dressing
    This Grilled Corn Salad is made with fresh tomatoes and avocado. It's tossed in a tangy feta cheese dressing and makes a great side dish!
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    Grilled Corn Salad with Feta Dressing
    Easy Tomato Salad Recipe with Homemade Vinaigrette
    This easy Tomato Salad Recipe is made with vine-ripened summer tomatoes and drizzled with my favorite homemade vinaigrette. Ready in less than 10 minutes, enjoy this healthy, delicious, and summer side dish with all your favorite main-course recipes!
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    Asian Avocado Peanut Coleslaw
    For an easy peanutty coleslaw recipe, this Asian avocado peanut coleslaw is the best. It’s a tasty but healthy gluten-free and vegan chopped coleslaw.
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    Hot vegetable side dishes

    Pulled pork sandwiches go perfectly with some classic Southern flare. From fried okra with a gluten free option to baked beans and roasted corn, pick out your favorite hot items.

    Best Canned Green Beans
    Just because your beans come canned and from a grocery store doesn’t mean they can’t have that classic slow-cooked flavor you crave. Easy steps and no-fuss. 
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    a plate of green beans with bacon on a napkin
    Southern Fried Okra
    Fried okra is a southern classic and something you either love or hate. Lightly breaded and seasoned, you'll love this simple side dish.
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    a big pan of fried okra ready to be eaten
    Dressed Up Canned Baked Beans
    Canned baked beans get a flavor boost and taste a little more like homemade with these simple ingredients. Is it still cheating even if it tastes good? Never! 
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    a skillet of baked beans with bacon slices on top
    Best Roasted Asparagus
    Looking for a quick and easy recipe for the best roasted asparagus? Great beginner oven baked asparagus recipe with additional ideas and variations.
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    Best Roasted Asparagus
    Easy Apple Sauerkraut Side Dish
    Apples and sauerkraut combine for a tangy, healthy side dish that warms the body and soul.
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    Sautéed Broccoli With Garlic
    Tender, rich broccoli swirled in a luscious blend of oil and garlic is the perfect complement to pulled pork sandwiches.
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    Greek Fried Zucchini
    Greek fried zucchini makes a great snack or side dish for your next meal. These crunchy chips are made with thin sliced zucchini dipped in batter and fried until crispy.
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    Greek Fried Zucchini
    Roasted Parmesan Green Beans
    This delicious recipe for fresh Roasted Parmesan Green Beans makes a perfect appetizer or side dish at any Easter or Thanksgiving gathering. It’s also simple enough to have anytime, not just on a special occasion!
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    Instant Pot Baked Beans
    These baked beans are smokey and sweet and, using the pressure cooking magic of the Instant Pot, they're an easy side dish for your summer backyard barbecues that blow away canned beans.
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    Instant Pot Baked Beans
    Milk Corn on the Cob
    Milk Corn on the Cob is an easy BBQ side dish you can make quickly with your Instant Dutch Oven.
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    Potato Side Dishes

    There’s never a wrong time for a potato. That’s a fact and these recipes celebrate their versatility while going far beyond a bag of Lay’s. Fry them, bake them, roast and smash. They’re perfect–pass the ketchup.

    Homemade Baked French Fries
    Homemade baked fries are easy to make with a fluffy center and crispy exterior.
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    a cookie sheet of baked fries with ketchup
    Southern Potato Salad
    Southern potato salad is a balance of sweet, tangy, crunchy and salty. Learn to make the version everyone will eat by the serving spoon full. 
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    a bowl of potato salad on a wooden table
    Air Fryer Sweet Potato Cubes
    Air fryer sweet potato cubes are the perfect quick (less than 15 minutes!) and healthy snack or side dish! Plus, making air fried sweet potato cubes couldn’t be easier. Select from a number of delicious spice recommendations and season to your tastes.
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    Air Fryer Sweet Potato Cubes
    Crispy Spicy Fries
    Homemade fries without frying! These Crispy Fries can be spiced up to your level. Perfect side dish for burgers, sandwiches and more.
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    Crispy Spicy Fries
    Baked Sweet and Smoky Sweet Potato Fries Recipe
    Crispy outside and tender inside, this baked Sweet and Smoky Sweet Potato Fries recipe is a flavorful, delicious, and healthy side dish for just about anything.
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    Crispy Cottage Fries
    These crispy cottage fries are the perfect side dish for your pulled pork sandwich! All you need are a few potatoes and spices to whip up this tasty side dish!
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    Crispy Cottage Fries
    Classic Potato Salad with Egg
    With traditional ingredients and a homemade creamy dressing, this Potato Salad with Egg is truly a tried and true recipe.
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    Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
    Savory Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes are a delicious side dish and a nice change from the usual sweet potato dishes.
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    Easy and Delicious Greek Smashed Potatoes
    These smashed potatoes are such a tasty side dish for meat dishes! They're crispy on the outside, creamy in the middle, topped with cheese and packed with flavour!
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    Easy and Delicious Greek Smashed Potatoes
    Simple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples
    These simple Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples are the perfect fall side dish. You only need 4 ingredients to make this healthy and naturally sweet recipe.
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    Pasta Side Dishes

    Pasta salads are the perfect addition to offset the tangy barbecue sauce on your pulled pork sandwiches. Either a hot baked mac and cheese or a cold rotini version tossed in vinaigrette will be just right.

    Baked Macaroni and Cheese
    A traditional mac and cheese. Bake it with your favorite cheeses, veggies or meats for a one-dish wonder.
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    Rotini Pasta Salad
    I thought good pasta salad came from a box for years. But now I know differently and you will too! Make this version with your favorite vegetables and spices. You can’t mess it up!
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    rotini pasta salad with mozzarella and tomato in a bowl with a spoon
    Vermicelli Pasta Salad
    A bright, tangy pasta salad that pleases every crowd who eats it. The ingredients sound odd, but work together perfectly. 
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    Looking for a crowd-pleasing pasta salad recipe that's better than any boring box? This vermicelli (that's just the name of the noodle) version is tangy and tasty!
    Summer Garden Pasta Salad
    Summer Garden Pasta Salad has tender bow-tie pasta, summer vegetables with a lemon buttermilk dressing. Perfect for picnics and barbecues.
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    Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad
    This summer vegetable pasta salad is tossed in a homemade vinaigrette dressing and filled with fresh summer produce. It's the perfect side dish for your next picnic or barbecue.
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    Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad
    The Ultimate BLT Pasta Salad
    Perfect for picnics, potlucks and BBQs, this BLT pasta salad has the bacon and tomatoes you’d expect plus spinach more goodies to take it to the next level!
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    The Ultimate BLT Pasta Salad
    Amish Macaroni Salad (Better Than Walmart)
    No BBQ is complete without this sweet and creamy Amish Macaroni Salad! This recipe is better than Walmart’s Amish Macaroni Salad with a tangy dressing made of mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, and smoked paprika.
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    Southwest Couscous Salad
    This flavorful Southwest Couscous Salad is loaded with black beans, corn, tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers and tossed with a simple and tasty cilantro lime vinaigrette.
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    Southwest Couscous Salad
    Gluten Free Pasta Salad
    This Greek Pasta Salad will easily become your favorite summer salad. It's full of summer's seasonal bounty, healthy and gluten-free. Bring it to your next barbecue and watch it disappear.
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    Napa Cabbage Ramen Slaw
    Ramen Slaw is a great make-ahead recipe to enjoy hours or days later. This slaw has a delicate taste but a firm, crunchy texture.
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    Chicken Macaroni Salad (Easy and Delicious)
    This chicken macaroni salad is a delicious cross between a creamy pasta salad and a chicken salad.
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    Chicken Macaroni Salad (Easy and Delicious)
    Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad Recipe with Feta and Pine Nuts
    This Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad recipe is nutrient-dense, easy to make, and full of flavor with sundried tomato vinaigrette, feta, pine nuts, and fresh basil. It pairs well as a side dish with just about anything you can grill up, and it’s satisfying enough to stand alone as a main dish.
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    Rachel Ballard, RN, BSN brings more than 20 years of professional nursing expertise to Feast and Farm. With a love for nutrient dense foods that support wellness, she works to distill complex health information and current trends into recipes that fuel the best version of yourself. Read more about Rachel here.