Some good side dishes for barbecue ribs include coleslaw, corn on the cob, potato salad, cornbread muffins and fried green tomatoes. These dishes are all traditional southern barbecue staples.
Coleslaw is a quick and easy side dish that pairs well with barbecue ribs or pulled pork. Classic coleslaw is a simple mix of shredded cabbage and carrots tossed with a basic dressing made from mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar and celery salt. Fancier coleslaw recipes feature additional ingredients, such as raisins, caraway seeds or bacon. Potato salads are similar to coleslaw with mayonnaise dressing mixed with chopped boiled potatoes and hard-cooked eggs. Crunchy additions, such as celery or chopped sweet pickles, add texture.
Corn on the cob tastes great with barbecue ribs whether cooked alongside the ribs on the grill or boiled in a pot of salted water. Preparing corn muffins ahead of time and warming them in the oven right before serving lends another authentic side to a barbecue. Brushing the warm muffins with honey butter adds a sweet touch.
Fried green tomatoes take a little effort but provide a unique, southern addition to a plate of barbecue ribs. Thick slices of green tomatoes dipped in seasoned cornmeal fry up quickly in hot oil for rich treat. Frying the tomatoes right before serving produces the best results.