Hosting a barbeque night? As you prepare delicious meats to grill paired with sauces and dressings, don’t forget to whip up a smoked side dish to create an unforgettable BBQ night!
Don’t know where to start? We’ve got your back! Here are 24 smoked side dishes that will complement a wide variety of meats, be it pulled pork or a brisket! If you’re planning to make these smoked side dishes, you’ll definitely want to have the best smoker grill combo to achieve optimal flavor and tenderness.
#1. BBQ Coleslaw
Let’s kick off this list with a classic. This BBQ coleslaw is crunchy, tangy, and refreshing — the perfect side for any barbecue. It’s also simple enough to make in 10 minutes! Just combine barbeque sauce, mustard, and vinegar with shredded coleslaw mix and stir well. It’s an instant Southern favorite!
Burnt ends — a masterpiece made from the fat and marbled remnants of smoked brisket! If you’re already making a brisket, this is the perfect side dish to serve along. Burnt ends are packed with luscious flavor, delicate to the touch, and ultra juicy. Serve these cubed treats with toothpicks and a sauce to go along for the ultimate BBQ feast.
Chock full of flavors and textures, this recipe — made with Italian sausage, chestnuts, and fennel — is proof that the hearty and satisfying sausage goes well with just about everything, including barbeque dishes. Perfectly spiced and incredibly aromatic, this dish pairs wonderfully with roast turkey.
Switch up the classic jalapeno poppers by adding bacon to the mix! It’s super delicious and quite easy to make. Make it with thick or thinly sliced bacon, smoked paprika, cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, and, of course, jalapenos, and cook until the bacon is crisp. Watch these tasty treats practically fly off the table within minutes!
This smoked vegetable recipe is an absolute feast for the senses. The balsamic vinegar and a host of spices add tons of flavor to the veggies. Finish off these fresh vegetables in a smoker to infuse them with a lovely smokey flavor that’ll go perfectly with your smoked meats.
Spice up some good old potatoes with dill, Italian seasonings, and parmesan cheese to yield the perfect side dish. And when they’re smoked to absolute perfection, these velvety smooth potatoes pack a punch of flavor! Make sure you allow the potatoes to marinate for a few hours to get them perfectly tender and delicious.
A well-done smoked baked potato recipe is the ultimate side to all your BBQ dishes. Sporting crispy skin and a light and fluffy center, these potatoes are made in a smoker with just 2 ingredients — olive oil and salt. With how delicious they are, this dish is a definite upgrade to traditional baked potatoes!
If you’ve ever had sticky smoked beef cheeks on their own or in a taco or sandwich, you probably have a good idea of how well they’d work as a side dish for BBQs. Make them for BBQ night using beef cheeks and kosher salt (or your preferred seasoning), and watch them become a new favorite with your guests!
Soft, tender cauliflower enveloped in a crusty smoked outer layer — is there anything more you can ask for from a low-carb smokey side? The whole cauliflower head is rubbed with a marinade before smoking to infuse it with aromatic flavors. You can even switch up the cooking preparation, and it can double up as a light dinner, too!
Smoked chantilly potatoes is one of those side dish recipes that you just can’t get enough of. You simply can’t say no to tender potatoes cooked in a rich blend of heavy cream, salted butter, and sharp cheddar cheese — especially when it comes with your BBQ main course!
You can’t get any more classic with your BBQs than corn on the cob. And this smoked corn recipe makes a delicious side dish by smothering the corn in salted butter, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and parsley. Smoked for about 45 minutes, this dish will make your taste buds come alive!
Smoked hot dog burnt ends bring a sweet and spicy kick to any meal. Plus, they’re super easy to make! Just smother hot dogs in butter, sugar, and BBQ sauce and smoke them until the sugar caramelizes. In only 90 minutes, you get to enjoy a rich, juicy side that’s perfect for any special event!
If you love creamed corn, this smoked version takes it up several flavorful notches! This sweet and smokey delight is a great combination of corn, seeded and diced jalapeno peppers, butter, cream, sugar, and pepper all mixed with tangy cheddar to produce an amazing side dish that will have you grabbing for seconds!
This smoked mac and cheese recipe uses the traditional combination of elbow macaroni, cheddar, parmesan, and gouda cheese but adds a twist with a panko breadcrumb, bacon, and butter fixing. Once smoked, you get a combination of irresistible flavors in one creamy, satisfying dish.
#15. Smoked Potato Salad
There’s no wrong way to cook potatoes — they’re incredibly flexible and pair nicely with almost anything. But, this smoky side dish is a sure winner! It’s made with potatoes, a big helping of vegetables, and bacon topped with smoked paprika. Serve this lovely side with summertime dishes for a hearty, healthy meal.
Smoked sausage, cornbread stuffing, and caramelized onion? Even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy this meal! This easy recipe is bursting with the most wonderful flavors and aromas and can be cooked on the grill or in the smoker. One bite and you’ll be adding this splendid side dish to your weekly meals!
This recipe calls for stuffing mushrooms with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic, asiago, and seasonings to create a tangy, spicy delight. Cook these golden morsels of delight until the cheese filling turns a lovely golden brown. The flavorful smokiness of this dish will have you swooning!
Make this mouthwatering side dish with butter, celery, onion, garlic, chicken stock, and stuffing mix and smoke it until cooked through. It’s an easy and delicious side dish that you can not only serve with a classic BBQ menu but will also be perfect for large family dinners!
This zesty side dish features incredibly woody-charcoal flavors that will liven up any meal! Make it by cooking your Brussels sprouts, onion, and garlic in bacon fat topped with barbecue spice blend, glaze with BBQ sauce, add chopped crisp bacon, and serve it with homemade spicy aioli. It’s a simple dish dripping with flavor!
You simply can’t go wrong with the traditional collard greens. Packed with flavor, they’re a classic Southern comfort food that will be an absolute hit with any meal. This recipe includes smoking the collard greens with chopped bacon, chicken stock, shallots, mustard powder, adobo sauce, and chipotle chili pepper. Cook for about 90 minutes and top it off with red pepper flakes before serving.
Grilled watermelon is one of the best accompaniments to any hearty meat dish. This smoky flavored watermelon salad paired with feta crumbles and freshly minced basil will have your guests scrambling for more! It has just the right balance of sweet and salty flavors and is packed with health benefits. How’s that for the best of both worlds?
Smoky, sweet, tangy, and packing just the right amount of heat, this Southern baked beans recipe is perfection at its finest. The addition of cooked ground beef to these Texas-style baked beans dramatically enhances the overall flavors. Pair it with a hearty BBQ dish for a filling meal.
Crunchy and tangy, pork riblets — made from the round bone ends of the rib rack — are super easy to cook. These delectable finger foods have sections of tender, succulent meat and a crunchy texture that is simply divine. With how appetizing this dish is, it might just become the highlight of your dinner party!
Featuring a superbly crunchy crust and deliciously savory flavors, this smoked cornbread recipe can be paired with any number of main dishes. The classic cornbread is spruced up with bacon, cheddar, and chipotle peppers and cooked on the grill to infuse it with incredibly smoky flavors. Serve warm!