23 Sides for Beer Can Chicken (Delicious and Simple Sides)

Few things are as tasty as a juicy beer-can chicken with crispy skin. It is full of flavor and a crowd-pleaser, especially at my house.

But are you not sure what to serve alongside it? Below are plenty of sides you can choose from, they are tasty, easy to make and will perfect for a cookout, weeknight meal or backyard BBQ.

Read the guide to discover some delicious side dishes for beer can chicken.

Smoked Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a classic, but we have smoked them and added crispy bacon! This is perfect if you want something fuss-free. We recommend using russet potatoes for the best texture and flavor.

Recipe: Smoked Mash Recipe

Smoked Garlic Bread

Who doesn’t love garlic bread? But imagine how much better it is when smoked!

Recipe: Smoked garlic bread recipe.


Brussels Sprouts With Bacon and Shallots

You won’t believe how good Brussels sprouts can be! In this recipe, we grill them and top with crispy bacon!

Recipe: Brussel Sprouts Recipe


Grilled Carrots in Brown Butter

You won’t believe how delicious carrots are when they are grilled. Then, we top it with brown butter and chives.

Recipe: Grilled Carrots.

Smoked Pickles

Pickles are the perfect side dish for any meal. They help to cut through the richness. But what is even better than traditional pickles? Pickles, you smoke yourself at home.

Recipe: Smoked pickles recipe.

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Smoked Shotgun Shells

What could be better than pasta stuffed with meat and cheese wrapped in bacon and smoked? Nothing I say! These little flavor bombs are perfect for serving alongside your beer can chicken if you’re serving up a main and a few sides or appetizers.

Recipe: Smoked shells recipe.


Smoked Pineapple in Brown Sugar

This side is a bit different but a perfect way to surprise and delight your guests. Rubbing your pineapple in brown sugar and smoking it is the ultimate way to add flavor. You get a sweet and sour flavor that works perfectly with chicken.

Recipe: Smoked Pineapple


Smoked Asparagus

This is another excellent way to add vegetables to your meal. For an even cook, go for bundles of asparagus the same length and thickness. Place them on the grill in the last 15-20 minutes of cooking, and you’ll have an easy side.

Recipe: Smoked Asparagus


Easy Grilled Veggie Skewers

Get ready to fire up the grill for these vibrant veggie skewers, a colorful and healthy addition to any barbecue or outdoor meal. Packed with a variety of fresh vegetables, these skewers are not only delicious but also a feast for the eyes. …

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Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Your family is bound to love this loaded cauliflower mac and cheese recipe! It’s packed with bacon and cheese, and you could even add in rotisserie chicken for more protein! It’s such a cr…

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Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan, Lemon and Garlic

This easy asparagus recipe is so delicious, and super easy to make, right on the grill!

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Broccoli Salad

This broccoli salad with a tangy creamy dressing, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and red onion. This light yet comforting and flavorful recipe is a healthier take on a classic salad.

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Spicy Mustard Potato Salad

Spicy mustard potato salad is made with spicy brown mustard, it adds a wonderful zing to the salad that you will love.

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Beet Salad

Beet Salad  has a homemade dressing with a sweet and sour flavour reminiscent of (what i call) red beet eggs. garnished with crumbled blue cheese and pecans, it’s a wonderful cool salad to make any time of the year.

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Bacon Fried Corn

The perfect side dish to enjoy all summer is this cast iron skillet corn recipe. Bacon fried corn is a Southern classic that is salty, sweet, & the ultimate comfort food to serve with beer can chicken.

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Dr Pepper Baked Beans

What could be better than beans slow cooked in Dr Pepper? You get a delcious sweet, savory hit that works perfectly with chicken.

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Sweet Potato Fries With Cilantro-Lime Dipping Sauce

This recipe for spicy sweet potato fries with cilantro-lime dipping sauce uses a simple trick for crispy oven-baked fries!

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Deviled Eggs with Bacon

These Ultimate Bacon Deviled Eggs are always popular as an easy side dish, and pair perfectly with Beer Can Chicken. Hard boiled eggs are halved and stuffed with a creamy filling and topped with plenty of crispy bacon for a treat everyone.

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The Best Loaded Potato Salad

This loaded potato salad is the perfect side to chicken! Packed with bacon and fresh herbs, this potato salad pleases a crowd!

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Watermelon Basil Salad

Always a hit, this salad is so refreshing and flavorful! It perfectly balances grilled or smoked chicken

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Louisiana Voodoo Fries

These Louisiana Voodoo Fries are delicious and easy-to-make side dish. With a combination of Cajun spices, melted cheese, and ranch dressing, they are sure to be a hit with family and friends.

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Crispy Garlic Smashed Potatoes

These crispy, garlicky, easy-to-make smashed potatoes will make repeat appearances at your dinner table for and everyday meals and special occasions.

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There are plenty of delicious ideas for side dishes for chicken. You can choose from grilled carrots to smoked mashed potatoes.

What side dish do you like to serve with beer can chicken?


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