10 Classic Texas BBQ Side Dishes

BBQ season is upon us! So it’s time to brush up on your recipes. 

But it’s not all brisket, pork butt, and baby back ribs. Don’t forget about your BBQ side dishes! 

Personally, I enjoy a new exciting recipe as much as the next guy, however, we cannot forget the classics. 

This post is dedicated to the classic Texas BBQ side dishes perfect for your summer barbecue side dish arsenal.

10 of The Best BBQ Side Dishes

Smoked Baked Beans

No cookout is complete without baked beans.

This recipe is not quite traditional, but I guarantee you it is delicious! 

Smoked Pig Shots

Imagine how good sausage that is wrapped in bacon and topped with cream cheese is! These are the perfect appetizer.

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What pairs perfectly with tender, juicy brisket?

Spicy, crispy nuggets of cornmeal! You will not regret these ones.

They are always a favorite around my table and usually the first dish empty! 

These are also perfect for a Super Bowl Party.

SPAM Burnt Ends

Want burnt ends but don’t have any brisket?

SPAM is the perfect alternative and makes a great side dish!

Smoked Pig Shots


These declious bacon cups filled with cheese are the perfect app.

Make sure you double your batch!

They will be gone before you know it.

See the smoked pig shots recipe here

Smoked Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is a favorite at our house on game day!

Whip it up with your Traeger to give it an extra smoky flavor.

We like it as it as a topping for our loaded nachos!

To make it extra flavorful, you will need white sharp cheddar cheese.

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Smoked Shotgun Shells

What could be better than cheesy ground beef stuffed into pasta tubes then wrapped in bacon and smoked?

Nothing I say!

These shotgun shells are 100% worth the hype! You have to try them!

Plus they are easy finger food to serve during the game and they are simple prepare ahead of time.

See the smoked shotgun shells recipe here.


Slaw (2 Epic Ways to Do It)

When it comes to slaw you have 2 options. In this post, I am going to cover both.

My favorite of the two is vinegar-based slaws (my creamy slaw is further down the list)

They are a little bit fresher and complement fatty meats and other heavy sides really well. 

Smoked Mash Potatoes With Bacon and Cheese

What could be better than smoked mashed potatoes?

Only one thing! Topping them with cheese and bacon!

Your guests will be drooling over this side!

See the smoked mashed potatoes recipe here.


Onion Rings (Super Crispy and Delicious)

I know, I know, French fries are really good.

But I’m sorry onion rings beat them every time!

This recipe will get you super crispy onion rings, perfect to contrast that soft, juicy brisket. 

Smoked Corn with EXTRA Butter and Gin Salt

What’s better than grilled corn? Smoked corn!

When I make this it is dripping in butter and super-duper smoky!

A perfect side for ribs, as your hands are already covered in BBQ sauce so you can just pick up the corn and munch on it!

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Collard Greens (It Ain’t a Cookout Without Em)

It’s a crime to have a labor party cookout without collard greens.

This recipe is one of my favorite. To be honest this doesn’t even have to be a side dish.

Grilled and Smoked Brussel Sprouts

Take a classic and easily elevate it by throwing them in the smoker. Want to impress your guests more? Throw some crispy bacon on top.

Find the recipe here: Smoked Brussel Sprouts


Creamed Corn

This ain’t no regular creamed corn. We are talking jalapeno smoked cheddar creamed corn.

This is a simple spin on classic creamed corn to die for! I like to say I’m a purist, but it’s hard to back that up with this recipe! 

Cheese Grits

Grits are a Southern staple, and this version is about as comfort food as you can get.

Make this casserole ahead through the week and leave it in the refrigerator for the weekend. 

Smoked Sweet Potatoes

Add some extra flavor to your vegetables by smoking them!

Recipe:  Smoked Sweet Potatoes Pit Boss 

Potato Salad

Tangy, creamy, and comforting!

A classic potato salad is one of the best BBQ sides out there. This recipe will quickly become one of your family’s favorite barbecue side dishes!

Creamy Slaw

The second slaw on this list. This slaw is mayo-based like the potato salad above, creamy and comforting! 

11. Crispy Southern Fried Okra

Just like Hushpuppies crispy fried Okra is one of the first dishes to be emptied at my table.

These little crispy boys are full of flavor and the perfect side for any Texas BBQ! 

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