Is there anything nicer than pulled pork? We absolutely love it when its ready and we can shred it into juicy mouthfuls with a couple of forks. It’s a really versatile dish. You can have it in sandwiches, stir fries, but never on its own.
This got us asking the question just what to serve with pulled pork? Fortunately, we came up with some delicious recipes to share with our readers.
What to Serve With Pulled Pork
1. Collard Greens
If you are going to eat southern style meat, you are going to want some southern style vegetables to accompany it. It doesn’t get much more southern than Collar Greens. A really great way to serve these is with fried bacon, onions and garlic.
Crisp the bacon in pan first then remove it. Add a chopped onion and a couple of cloves of garlic and toss in the remaining bacon fat. Add your greens and wait for them to wilt down. Add a cupful of chicken stock and some diced chili pepper, stir and add your bacon. Pork on pork. Nice
Coleslaw is a really simple dish to make. It has vinegary elements and the raw white cabbage and onion in the recipe are both slightly acidic, which really cuts through the fatty richness of the pork.
Let’s be honest, pulled pork isn’t particularly slimming so something that vaguely resembles salad would make the ideal accompaniment. Especially when it tastes as good as this.
3. Cucumber and Tomato Salad
If you’ve read what we have just said above you may realize we are trying to keep it light where we can. Pulled pork can be a little heavy, so why not lighten your load with a fresh and breezy summer salad. It’s super simple to make.
Dice a cucumber and three or four large tomatoes, add a finely sliced red onion and bathe the lot with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and red wine vinegar.
4. Fruit salad
In a similar vein to the above, may we suggest a nice fruit salad. Serving fruit with pork is nothing new. Have you never had it with apple sauce? This is the same principle, just fresher. You can use any fruit you like with a fruit salad. One of our favorites is diced strawberries, apples, watermelon and mandarin. If you want a bit of zesty bite add the juice of one lemon or lime mixed with honey
5. French Fries
Ok we thought we’d give you a break from healthy and light salads. Sometimes you’ll want to indulge in a real guilty pleasure. We love making French fries. Just slice you’re your potatoes into really thin batons and give them a long soak to get rid of the starch.
If you like them naked just drain them, apt them dry and deep fry them in oil. If you want to add some flavorings; combine a teaspoon of cumin with a pinch of salt and pepper then add a pinch of chili powder to a bowl.
Cornbread is a sweet, crumbly bread that pairs exceptionally well with pulled pork. Its slight sweetness complements the savory pork, and its soft, crumbly texture is perfect for soaking up the flavorful juices.
So, as we’ve said Pulled pork is a little bit ‘country’. If you want to have a real country table then chunks of cornbread are the way to go. Corn goes really well with pulled pork. Mouthfuls of deeply golden yellow savory bread with crisp and soft pork. Amazing.
Cornbread is really easy to make. If you have pancake mix, some cornmeal and a few other household staples you should be good to go. You’ll need about 45 minutes to whip up a batch of cornbread. So, if quick and simple is what you are looking for then this dish would be ideal.
7. Corn Fritters
Well if you’re going for pulled pork then you might as well go the whole hog (pun intended). Corn fritters are like little crunchy balls of naughtiness. Adults and kids alike will wolf these down. Essentially these are pancakes with an additional extra. Of course, it is corn.
The best bit about sweetcorn fritters is that you can make them ahead of time, up to two days in fact. Or alternatively if you really want to be ahead of the game you can freeze them and reheat them at a later date. If you have run out of pulled pork by then, not to worry as they make an ideal snack to eat all on their own.
Specifically, honey butter biscuits. These light and soft dough balls are just perfect for mopping up any left-over juices or sauce from the meat.
As bread dishes go, these honey butter biscuits has to be one of the easiest, no messing about with yeast or even eggs. The raising agent is baking powder. Pork can get a little salty, but fans of Chinese food will know that the best way to offset that is with something sticky and sweet.
9. Onion and Tomato Curtido Salad
Alright enough carbs (don’t worry we’ll come back to them). We’ve cheated a little as tomato is actually a fruit and we’ve already said fruit salad. But the onions make it savory. If you like salsa then this might very well be the dish for you. It basically has all the flavors of salsa, but is a super chunky version. You will need some red onions some tomatoes and some cilantro.
What makes this dish super special, and more importantly ideal for pork, is that it is rather acidic. The onions are pickled in lime juice. Eventually they turn soft as the structure of the onion breaks down. This is an ideal make ahead dish as it tastes better the day after you have prepared it. Our guilty pleasure is mopping up the left-over juice of the salad. Delicious
10. Pasta Salad
We told you that we would be back to carbs… Well this is a halfway house as it is a salad and just a little filling all in one dish. This dish would be especially useful if you’ve not got quite enough pork as it can be used to supplement any shortcomings.
It’s not just pasta, in the dish you have crunchy peppers and onions, the bite of celery and a sweet and sharp dressing. Oh, and don’t forget a couple of hard-boiled eggs just in case. Pasta salad is a great example of what goes with pulled pork.
11. Green Salad
If you want to absolutely minimize any calories then you are going to have to go light. And we mean really light. What is lighter than a plate full of leaves? Aside from the health benefits, a nice green leafy salad will brighten your plate.
If you want to make it slightly less bland you can consider adding some grated hard cheese and maybe some breadcrumbs or croutons. We love to give it some bite with a red wine vinaigrette dressing and maybe a handful of finely sliced red onions.
12. Potato Salad
Pork and potato always work together. This isn’t a million miles away from the macaroni salad to be honest, so if you are lacking in the pasta department, but you have potatoes this would be ideal. This is another that is super easy to make ahead.
Maybe a little mayonnaise might be needed to create something slightly less dry, but you can add whatever you like to make it sing. We love a spoonful of spicy relish and chopped eggs and peppers in ours.
Pork and beans. Sometimes you need to indulge your inner cowboy and this pairing has been going for years. Baked beans are fairly rich, even more so if you decide that you want them slightly sweeter. You can bring out different notes depending on what you like. A dash of vinegar paired with a spoonful of syrup or molasses can make them sweet and sour all at the same time. You won’t be hungry if you pair pork and baked beans.
14. Rice Pilaf
Rice is a very neutral tasting ingredient. Some might say that it’s a little boring. We consider it more of a blank canvas which is perfect for painting with flavors. You can go spicy, sweet or leave it a lot more subtle in order to make your pork shine.
15. Corn Salsa
Well some might call it succotash. We think corn salsa sounds much classier. By combining beans with chopped pepper and more than a hint of sweetcorn you’ll find a dish that is super in texture, colour and taste.
16. Mac and Cheese
Mac and Cheese is a creamy, cheesy pasta dish that’s a crowd-pleaser at any gathering. Its rich, comforting nature pairs well with the smoky, savory pulled pork, making the meal even more indulgent.
17. Grilled Vegetables
Grilled vegetables, such as zucchini, bell peppers, or eggplant, provide a lighter side option. Their charred flavor complements the smoky pulled pork, while their freshness and crisp texture offer a nice contrast.
18. Potato Salad
Potato salad, typically creamy and tangy, provides a cool contrast to hot, tender pulled pork. Its comforting and familiar flavors make it a hit at any barbecue.
19. Corn on the Cob
Grilled or boiled, corn on the cob is a great side for pulled pork. Its natural sweetness and juicy texture work well with the savory, smoky pork, while its hands-on nature matches the casual, finger-food style of the main dish.
20. Hush Puppies
Hush puppies, deep-fried cornmeal balls, are a southern classic that pairs perfectly with pulled pork. Their crispy exterior and soft, fluffy interior provide a pleasing texture contrast, and their subtle sweetness complements the pork’s savory flavor.
21. Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried green tomatoes, another southern favorite, offer a unique pairing for pulled pork. Their tangy flavor and crispy coating add a refreshing twist to the meal, cutting through the richness of the pork.
With any luck you will never need to wonder what to serve with pulled pork ever again. With these options whether you want light and flavorful or substantial and hearty, there should be something to suit you. If you make pulled pork regularly, I’d love to know what you serve yours with.