Ribs are always a favorite main dish especially in the summer when grills are blazing. But if you aren’t sure what to eat with ribs, we’ve got you covered with best side dishes to make a complete meal!
Whether you are making easy oven baked ribs, slow cooker ribs or bbq ribs picking the perfect side dish makes the meal memorable. A rib dinner is always perfect for summer gatherings too and there are plenty of delicious side dishes to choose from!
You don’t need to make time-consuming side dishes. Often it’s simple ingredients that taste the best on a hot summer day (think sweet fruit salad in contrast with smoky ribs). The best sides use an easy recipe that adds extra flavor to the meal without lots of effort for you.
At your next bbq choose one of these delicious options to find the perfect accompaniment for your beef or pork ribs. A great side dish truly can make the meal!
Before getting into the sides here are some of our favorite rib recipes:
Great Sides for Ribs
Hearty salads. Filling salads with great flavors and fresh ingredients that stand up the the substance of ribs are great. Classic picnic salads like potato salad, pasta salad or broccoli salad for instance. When it’s hot outside having more flavorful salads makes an appetizing combo with savory ribs.
Some sweetness. Contrasting flavors amplify the tangy flavors in the ribs. A little bit of sweetness adds perfect contrast in the side dish combing different flavors to excite the taste buds. Think about tangy smoky barbecue ribs; a cool sweet coleslaw recipe is a perfect classic side dish choice.
Fresh vegetables. Seasonal choices like green beans or sweet corn add color to the plate and a great texture. Serve them grilled or steamed or loaded into a perfect salad.
Substantial sides. Stick-to-your-ribs sides always work well with everything from baby back ribs to short ribs. Baked beans, sweet potato fries, french fries, mac and cheese are tasty side dishes that are always a popular choice.
Classic, hearty salads stand up well to the flavors and textures of ribs no matter how they are prepared. These are not only perfect for summer but satisfying all year long.
Instant Pot recipes
A great thing about Instant Pot recipes is that they are easy and take little effort from you! Using an instant pot can be the best way to whip up these comfort food favorites!
Air Fryer recipes
These recipes are fast and so easy using an air fryer! Wonderful crispy texture with very little oil and the flavors pair perfectly with ribs.
Great for summer outings or if you are already grilling ribs, grilled side dishes are a win! A little smoky flavor makes for delicious summer dining.
ive been looking for some good bbq side dishes, specifically a basic corn bread recipe, thank you for sharing!
Okay that grilled watermelon totally caught my eye! Thank you for this round up. I’m always that person looking up side dishes for bbq or other entrees, so these lists are always so helpful!
All these pics are making me hungry!! I agree with all of them! You can’t go wrong with beans, potatoes, salads!
This is a fantastic list of sides to go with ribs. I really like all the veggies on the list. Will be trying quite a few of these this summer.
Claudia Lamascolo says
What a fantastic collection so great to have so many sides to choose from I always get stumped! thanks
Emily Flint says
Even if I’m not making ribs I’m saving this list for summer! I seriously want to eat all of these dishes right now. YUM!
LOVE this collection of recipes as it makes meal planning so much easier. Thanks! The potato salad dish was especially yummy with ribs!
Alisa Infanti says
Ribs may be my favourite summer time treat and having a world of sides to now try with them is fantastic!