BBQ is an abbreviation for “Barbeque.” The term Barbeque in its turn is a cooking method in which the food is grilled with wood or charcoal. Grilled means roasted over glowing coals. A distinguishing feature of the Barbecued meat or fish is that it has to be marinated before grilling. Because only with the help of marinating will the meat absorb all flavors and thus acquire a distinctive taste.
Fish often takes on many spices at once, while pork ribs are usually rather salty than spicy. Other examples of popular barbecue side dishes are corn-on-the-cob, potato salad, or baked beans (with bacon). Depending on personal preferences, one can also use fresh salads like coleslaw, grilled vegetables, or fruit salad.
There are many different barbecue sauces that can be used to add flavor to the meat. The most popular sauce is tomato ketchup, which is a mixture of tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, and spices. Other common ingredients are mustard, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, chili sauce, and Tabasco sauce. Barbecue sauces can be sweet, sour, or spicy. Some sauces also contain beer or wine.
The side dishes mentioned above usually go well with all types of meat, but sometimes people like to experiment with their food and come up with new and unusual combinations. Sometimes this turns out to be really successful, but on the other hand, sometimes it doesn’t work that well. Other common side dishes are rice or bread like rolls or croissants.
The most used bbq side dishes are baked beans, corn-on-the-cob, and potato salad with mustard sauce. All of these meals go very well with beef ribs which is one of the most popular types of meat used in barbecue. The meal is fittingly called Texas cuisine because it originates from this region in America, where beef ribs are especially popular.
The following list provides additional information about BBQ side dishes:
- Potato Salad – This dish consists mainly of boiled potatoes mixed with vinegar, oil, and spices (e.g., salt, pepper, mustard). It can be made with or without egg and bacon.
- Coleslaw – This is a salad made of shredded cabbage mixed with mayonnaise, vinegar, and spices.
- Beans – There are many different types of beans that can be used for BBQ side dishes, such as black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, etc. They can be boiled or soaked overnight and then cooked on the barbecue.
- Corn-on-the-cob – This is one of the most popular side dishes for barbecues. The corn is usually boiled or grilled first and then slathered with butter, salt and herbs.
- Rolls or Buns – Rolls or buns are used for pulled pork or beef. The meat is then put in between two halves of a roll and has thus acquired the desired shape.
The most used bbq side dishes are usually grilled vegetables, corn-on-the-cob, baked beans (with bacon), and potato salad with mustard sauce. All these meals go very well with beef ribs which is one of the most popular types of meat used in barbecue. The meal is fittingly called Texas cuisine because it originates from this region in America, where beef ribs are especially popular.
One example is Grilled Pineapple Salsa which is made from grilled pineapple, red onion, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, and lime juice. In order to give this side dish a special flavor, it is recommended to prepare the pineapple before grilling by sprinkling sugar over it and letting it sit for about 20 minutes. This will make the pineapple caramelize and give it a nice sweet and sour taste. Pins apple juice also help to avoid flare-ups.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to barbecue side dishes, so it is up to each individual to find their personal favorites. Whether it be classic sides like potato salad or something more exotic like Grilled Pineapple Salsa, there is definitely something for everyone!
Robber Alegria is an experienced home cook and likes to share his knowledge here on the Linwood Grill website and hopes that you can benefit from his experience and tips. You can read more about him here