When it comes to a good BBQ, there are a few essentials that you should be aware of. For starters there is the rub, an essential BBQ seasoning. There are also the meat and the beer. Both go hand in hand when it comes down to a BBQ for everyone to enjoy. Local chain restaurants that carry both a BBQ sandwich and a large slab of smoked meat take out or specially ordered by the pound. Others offer combo meals that include the BBQ sandwich along with sides like fries, potato salad, and a protein drink for just one price.
If you are a casual or non-gourmet BBQ fan then the BBQ seasoning is just what you need. Most stores that sell BBQ sauce have a wide selection of flavors from which to choose. Some popular brands are Jack Daniel’s, Langsford, and Old Town BBQ.
A great side dish to compliment your BBQ is Texas Toast. The best part about this side dish is that it goes well with any other BBQ dish as long as it has onions, garlic, and salt on it. If you want to go a different direction, you can try using curry powder in place of salt on your Texas toast.
Another great option for a side dish is potato salad. Unlike a lot of side dishes served at a bar or BBQ place, this one will actually work with a variety of meats and veggies. If you want to try something different you can substitute mayonnaise for the oil and use blueberries instead of lettuce. A nice addition to a potato salad is baked or smoked pork ribs. You could even serve a pit barbecue chicken if you want to kick things up a notch.
Along with the standard side dishes, a good BBQ restaurant should also offer side dishes like rice, grits, and potato chips. This will compliment your main course if you have one. Another side dish idea is a cornmeal or bagel sandwich. These are great because they offer you the protein and carbs without overloading you with both of those things. You can also have them served with a dip, or even just eaten plain by itself. The cornmeal and grits are perfect for a BBQ diet, and you can get some great deals at the grocery store when you’re looking to stretch your dollar.
For something more filling a good choice for a side dish would be macaroni and cheese. Along with being good on BBQ sandwiches this side dish is also fantastic served with pasta. If you do not like macaroni and cheese you can use regular macaroni, or even just use reduced fat cream cheese. This will still give you that cheesy taste but will be much healthier. A nice addition to a meal like this is baked beans. If you’re planning a picnic and don’t have any beans in your fridge, this will be a quick and easy way to bring some dried beans along.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to BBQ side dishes is serving meat and vegetable dishes. The key to a good BBQ dish is to use vegetables as a basis for the food. For example, if you’re making a pasta dish you can base it on pasta. Having a BBQ chicken with that pasta is going to be messy and leave a lot of uncooked meat in your veggies. Serve your vegetables with the main meat, and you’ll get a lighter dish, and probably a healthier dish as well.
A good BBQ side dish really depends on what type of meat you’re using, and what kind of side dish you are making. Don’t be afraid to experiment, and try new things. It’s always good to add something new to your diet when you’re watching your weight, so why not go all out and try a new BBQ recipe today? Who knows, you may find that you love it so much that you decide to introduce your friends!