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BBQ Ribs Side Dish

My sister in law is hosting a BBQ rib dinner, and tasked me with making a side dish. I was thinking cole slaw of some sort. But I am open to any suggestions. Thanks. Oh yeah she is grilling corn as well

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  1. How about a watermelon salad? There's a recent post with lots of recipes and ideas.

    1. Potato Salad is pretty obvious.....Hush Puppies maybe not so.........

      1. I love Barefoot Contessa's Orzo with Roasted Vegetables.


        Or this Orzo with tomatoes, feta, green onions


        This year, I am making this Super Slaw as a side at my July 4th bbq.


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        1. re: valerie

          I forgot about this sweet & sour cucumber salad, which is great too. Add thinly sliced red onion.


        2. Slaw. But don't make it a sweet one. The best one with ribs has a really tart taste to cut the unctuousness of the ribs. I make mine with thinly sliced cabbage (1mm Cuisinarts disc), finely chopped red onion, and a dressing made from about 2 parts mayo to 1 part white vinegar. Add a couple of teaspoons of sugar, kosher salt and black pepper, and put in the fridge for a couple of hours to allow the flavors to mellow. Check for seasoning before serving.

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          1. re: roxlet

            As much as I love baked beans (especially my bacon-topped recipe) that's a whole lot of heavy with ribs, so I agree about the slaw. I just wanted to do something different last weekend, so made a honey mustard slaw. It was a nice variation. Broccoli slaw is excellent, too, with almonds, currants, etc.

            1. re: roxlet

              I do something similar with a little prepared horseradish to add a little kick. I'm going to add red onion next time, great suggestion!

            2. A tomato salad with cucumbers, red bells, red onion, fresh basil, lemon juice, olive oil, s & p. You could add some mozzarella or feta to really beef it up.

              1. I'm a big fan of baked beans with ribs. -Alongside the coleslaw, corn and fresh romaine salad with a nice vinaigrette or green goddess, of course.
                My friend makes baked beans from The Lark Creek Inn cookbook and they are wonderful. It calls for little white beans, bacon, brown sugar, dry mustard and some molasses. You cook them in a low oven and they have the perfect balance of salty-sweet to go with ribs, pulled pork, any porky goodness, really.
                I plan on making them for this coming Fourth of July. I can try to find the exact recipe if you're interested. Bradley Ogden! I knew I'd remember it eventually, his recipe.

                1. I have to have my homemade bbq beans and cornbread with ribs. Fruit salad is nice also.

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                  1. re: rasputina

                    How about a Waldorf Salad - apples, raisins, walnuts, celery? The tartness is great for ribs as it cuts the grease factor. Plenty of recipes around, but I just chop those things together, apples unpeeled, and use Mayo as the dressing. Good Healthy Food, unmessedwith for the most part.

                    1. re: rasputina

                      Same here. Except I also like slaw instead of fruit salad, unless the fruit was dessert.

                      1. Thanks everybody for the great suggestions.

                        1. Check out the BBQ Pit Boys website... www.bbqpitboys.com (or look up 'em up on YouTube
                          )They are great!

                          I recommend their Bacon & Cheese Onion Bud!

                          1. Devilled eggs haven't been suggested yet! It's maybe a little rich if yours is the only side dish, but would fit well if others are bringing things.

                            Also, and I can barely call this a "side dish" - but mixed berries. Every time we bbq pork we set out a bowl of mixed berries. I love cole slaw, corn on the cob (or salad), baked macaroni and cheese, green salads, potato salad, baked beans and all the rest, but the berry bowl is always empty at the end of the night while the others aren't.

                            I also love the cole slaw, watermelon salad and tomato salad ideas. Ribs and corn are both a little heavy, so something light would probably be a good balance.