Looking for sides to serve with BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches or sliders? I’ve got 21 side dishes to complete your party menu!
The best part is that they pair well with almost anything and can easily feed a crowd of hungry people. They’re simple to make, just throw the dry rub on the meat and stick it in the slow cooker. While the meat is tenderizing you can focus on what to serve with the sliders, or on them!
The key to knowing what type of pork to use is the fat content. Leaner cuts won’t tenderize and pull well. Aim to buy pork shoulder or pork butt.
The internal temperature should reach 190 to 195 degrees F. The pork will easily fall apart.
Time is the best way! The right amount of time allows the connective tissues to break down and melt into the meat. This gives you the delicious tenderized pulled pork you know and love. Brown the meat in a sauté pan first and then I recommend cooking your meat in a slow cooker (or crock pot) for 8 hours.
Short answer, yes! I do this all the time. It’s actually recommended to freeze leftover pulled pork in order to keep the moisture. Pulled pork can last up to 6 months in the freezer! The best way to reheat it is to put it in the oven or back in the crockpot with all the juices. If you are reheating from frozen, just thaw meat in the refrigerator overnight or thaw it on the stove with some broth.
Best Ways to Serve Pulled Pork
Whether you are serving up sandwiches on hamburger buns, making pork tacos or enjoying the pork with sides like green beans and sweet potatoes, you are sure to have a delicious meal. Here are some of the best ways to serve pulled pork:
- Tacos with toppings like pickled red onions and hot sauce.
- Sandwiches with barbecue sauce.
- Chilis topped with sour cream and green onions.
- Pork nachos
- Sliders with crunchy slaw.
- Topping for a green salad.
- Enchilada filling
- Mac n’ cheese
- Egg Rolls
- Shepards Pie
- Grilled Cheese
The possibilities are endless!
I personally like using a dry rub mixture of garlic powder, cayenne, paprika, salt, and pepper. Adding brown sugar is a great way to get some caramelization on the pork roast. Pour your favorite BBQ sauce on top after the pork cooks.
While the pork itself is pretty healthy on its own, the sauces, marinades and rubs can alter the dietary facts. For example, if you are keto or gluten-free I recommend finding recipes to fit your needs.
What to serve with pulled pork sandwiches
Like I said before these sliders go well with anything! You can add your favorite salad, chips, vegetable, fries, or whatever you like! Here are 21 good sides to try next time you make pulled pork.