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.
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!
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.