Hey, what’s good? These sides for ribs, that’s what! An epic list of grilling ribs or barbecue ribs meal inspiration, just for you.
Once upon a sizzling summer day, the mouthwatering aroma of BBQ ribs wafted through the air, weaving its seductive spell on hungry hearts.
Oh, the magic of grilled ribs! And smoked ribs! And baked ribs! I’ll provide you with tips for doing all three!
These tantalizing treasures, with their tender meat falling off the bone, have delighted taste buds since time immemorial, creating a chorus of lip-smacking joy.
Ribs, my dearest carnivorous companions, have a rich history that spans the length and breadth of America.
In the 1600s, Native Americans introduced European settlers to the art of barbecuing.
Soon, the settlers embraced this smoky love affair, transforming it into a deliciously diverse tapestry of regional flavors.
From the tangy, saucy depths of Memphis to the peppery, smoky skies of Texas, the tale of ribs unfolds with every bite.
With this newly expanded extravagant list of sides for ribs, you’ll have a delightful variety of options to choose from, ensuring that your rib feast is nothing short of a gastronomic adventure!
- Select: Choose high-quality, meaty racks of ribs. Baby back or St. Louis style are popular choices.
- Prepare: Remove the silver skin membrane from the back of the ribs for tender, fall-off-the-bone results.
- Rub: Use a dry rub or marinade of choice, massaging it generously into the ribs at least an hour before cooking.
- Wood: Opt for hardwoods like hickory, oak, or cherry for a rich, smoky flavor profile.
- Low & Slow: Smoke the ribs at a consistent 225-250°F for a tender, mouthwatering texture.
- Time: Patience is key! Baby back ribs need 4-5 hours, while St. Louis style requires 5-6 hours.
- Wrap: For tender ribs, wrap them in foil with a splash of apple juice halfway through cooking.
- Sauce: Apply your favorite BBQ sauce during the final 30 minutes of cooking for a perfect glaze.
- Test: Use the “bend test” to check for doneness; ribs should bend but not break when lifted with tongs.
- Rest: Let the ribs rest for 10-15 minutes, then slice and serve for a delectable, smoky experience.
Now, let’s feast our eyes on these scrumptious side dishes that partner perfectly with ribs, creating a heavenly symphony of flavors:
Best Sides For Ribs
Sweet, luscious and (in my opinion) always in season, peaches on the hot grill may seem out of the ordinary, but let me tell you something.
LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING.
Not just a wonderful side for ribs, but nearly any grilled or smoked meat that you can dream up.
If you don’t have grapeseed oil on hand, go for an unflavored vegetable oil or an unsalted butter.
Ingredients include: Peaches, grapeseed oil, pepper, and salt.
These are basically steamed, and the flavor really comes in when you add it at the end.
Love butter or maple syrup or fresh thyme or a steak seasoning?
Pick one or two, but don’t overdo it.
Don’t add too much spice or you’ll overpower the sweet flavor of your gently steamed carrots in the microwave.
Ingredients include: Carrots, water, and salt.
Here’s a one-two punch of potato flavor.
I used to wonder why anyone would go through the trouble of cooking them twice…
…until I actually ate one.
Crisp with fluffy centers, tender and delicious, twice-baked potatoes go great with ribs.
Just be sure to cover them so they don’t dry out.
Ingredients include: Potatoes, cheddar cheese, sour cream, sea salt, bacon, and scallions.
If you are baking your ribs in the oven, or as I like to do: start them in a slow-cooker and then finish them in the dry heat of the oven so the glaze comes together, you may want to pop a small casserole dish of these Oven Roasted Zucchini & Tomatoes in.
It’s an easy side dish for ribs, especially with cherry tomatoes.
Just wash the veg, toss with simple seasonings, bake, and eat.
I have found these leftovers to go great with eggs the next day too.
Ingredients include: Zucchini, cherry tomatoes, Italian seasoning, olive oil, and parmesan cheese.
This turned out better than I thought it would.
It came out very dark in our pictures, and I was worried they would be dry little kernels of overpopped popcorn.
But while they do have a char, it only adds a sweet smoky flavor that I didn’t expect.
If you aren’t a fan of steamed corn and you are working with what you have in the pantry, this is a really nice addition to your rib dinner.
Ingredients include: Canned sweet corn, ground black pepper, salt, olive oil, and butter.
Whether grilled or baked in the oven, the trick is high heat to get those crisp edges on the prosciutto and asparagus.
The grill is perfect for this.
And you don’t need twine or toothpicks.
The weight of each asparagus stalk will hold down the ends of the prosh.
Ingredients include: Prosciutto, asparagus spears, ground black pepper, and olive oil.
7. Baked Beans
I know, I know.
It’s just so easy to pop open a can of baked beans and move on with your life (or at least dinner).
But there is something so special about homemade baked beans with real molasses, bacon cooked on your own cast iron skillet, and it will make your house smell incredible.
This recipe includes slow cooker instructions (my fave) and conventional oven methods.
Ingredients include: Dried navy beans, bacon, red onion, molasses, and Worcestershire sauce.
While I’m a mayo fan, not everyone is looking for the white stuff in all their food.
Here’s a nice, crisp coleslaw option that uses apple cider vinegar, sugar, and dijon to create a nice tangy dressing here.
Ingredients include: Carrots, green cabbage, kale, white onion, and dijon mustard.
I wasn’t born in Texas, so I basically shunned these for a long time.
Like with many things in life, actually trying it changed everything.
A delicate cornmeal coating is crisp and delicious but doesn’t overpower that sweet, firm green tomato flavor.
Ingredients include: Green tomatoes, all-purpose flour, cornmeal, breadcrumbs, and vegetable oil.
Doesn’t this just sound odd?
It isn’t. It’s so, so good.
Cooked with bacon, Southern Fried Cabbage is full of flavor.
It serves as a delicious side dish without making anyone think they are getting anything healthy.
This is a side for BBQ ribs, y’all. Put bacon in it.
Ingredients include: Cabbage, chicken stock, bacon, yellow onion, and paprika.
Are you a fried pickles fan?
I don’t get it, but I know so many people who LOVE these.
And this combo of seasonings is the way to your heart, I promise, so they are worth making them homemade.
Ingredients include: Dill pickles, oregano, horseradish, all-purpose flour, and cayenne pepper.
Again, I’m writing southern-style here, and if you’re going to eat a real mess o’ greens, this is your recipe.
It uses lard like traditional collards recipes do, but you can swap in butter, shortening or oil if you don’t have lard on hand.
If you’ve never had a purely vegetarian southern meal, collards, homemade baked beans, cornbread, and fried green tomatoes are all you will need for the whole day.
Ingredients include: Collard greens, lard, chicken broth, seasoned salt, and brown sugar.
Buttermilk seems to make everything better, and I caught on pretty fast with this one.
There is a delicate tangy richness to buttermilk, and it’s why you’ll find it in a lot of sides for ribs.
From biscuits to gravy to potatoes, buttermilk is the secret ingredient to that extra layer of flavor.
Ingredients include: Potatoes, butter, buttermilk, milk, and salt.
A natural rich sweet vegetal flavor here in this dish, simple, delectable, and customizable.
If you want a truly whole food to come alongside your oven-baked ribs, this roasted butternut squash would be a great option.
Ingredients include: Butternut squash, garlic, rosemary, olive oil, and pepper.
The flavor on these is perfecto.
Keep them in a dry heat, so you don’t want to stack these or cover them, otherwise you are just steaming them with cheese on top.
They aren’t great leftovers, so only make what you know everyone will eat.
Ingredients include: Green beans, garlic powder, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.
So let’s look at this light, refreshing, and easy-to-make German cucumber salad.
If you’re new to it, this delicious salad is filled with vegetables such as cucumbers, red onions, chives, dried dill, and parsley.
It gets its interesting flavor from sour cream, paprika, white vinegar, and sugar.
You can even add other condiments to your liking!
Ingredients include: Cucumbers, dill, red onion, parsley, and garlic salt.
Have you been wanting to whip up some homemade pickles but always had second thoughts because of the hassle?
What if I said there was a quicker to make them?
Interested? Read on!
Here we have a recipe for Easy Refrigerator Pickles.
Made with a mixture of garlic, vinegar, turmeric, and seasoning, these pickles pack a flavorful punch and are ready in just a matter of hours!
Ingredients include: Pickling cucumbers, onion, white vinegar, mustard seeds, and ground turmeric.
Yes, they might be an uncommon sight, but they are a thing nonetheless.
And they’re tasty to boot!
Here we present our very own recipe for your pleasure.
Try it! You’ll love it!
Ingredients include: Radishes, garlic, rosemary, olive oil, and lemon zest.
Grilled Corn on its own sounds very plain, so we’ve laid out 4 ways how to go about it!
It’s fun to brainstorm and get into little debates on how to best get things done.
But when two or more viable solutions come to play, the answer is to go with them all and leave the opinions to those who gave it a try!
So be our guest, try them out, and let us know which method worked best for you.
Ingredients include: Corn on the cob, butter, salt, and pepper.
20. Creamed Spinach
Any kid who’s had the chance to watch Popeye reruns wouldn’t be hard to convince to give spinach a try.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t prep to make it tastier.
With our very own recipe for Creamed Spinach, we plan to do just that!
First, we saute the onions and garlic in butter before adding the spinach to a simmer.
The aroma alone is just heavenly, and will make anyone who takes a whiff pester you to get it cooked already!
Ingredients include: Spinach, garlic, red onion, flour, and cumin.
If you’re looking for a dessert that’s both delicious and comforting, oh boy have you come to the right place!
It’s way up there in Tiramisu levels of deliciousness!
And while for a time that meant slaving away in front of the stove stirring steadily for hours, fearful to get distracted for more than ten seconds resulting in scalded milk and a burned pot, not anymore as the use of an instant pot eliminates the risk entirely, and gets the dish done in 20 minutes.
Ingredients include: Arborio rice, whole milk, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
I love stuffing, year-round, all the time, with everything.
This is a combo of cornbread and biscuits, so you’ll please the people who have their favorite stuffing style.
Bake this beautiful, moist, and delicious side dish for ribs in a crockpot.
Set it and forget it style.
Ingredients include: Corn muffin mix, biscuits, sage, canned cream soup, and celery.
This crunchy and creamy broccoli salad is a satisfying side dish for any meal. It’s pretty simple to make, and you can make them in advance!
The salad is sure to get the attention of the crowd at your next potluck. It’s a sure hit!
Things get even more interesting when you incorporate other ingredients such as sliced almonds, dried cranberries, carrots, and some Greek yogurt for a creamier and richer flavor profile.
Ingredients include: Broccoli, dill, red onion, bacon, and mayonnaise.
There isn’t a mac n cheese on this planet that gets a downvote from me.
This one is made on the stovetop, made with fun cavatappi (corkscrew) pasta with lots of America’s favorite cheeses.
Yes, that’s plural cheeses.
Ingredients include: Cavatappi shells, all-purpose flour, heavy whipping cream, cheddar cheese, and mozzarella cheese.
Behold our recipe for Grilled Pineapple!
This is actually a great way to wow your friend with your culinary progress!
Not only do you leave those sexy grill marks on your pineapple, but grilling semi-caramelizes the outside, concentrating the flavor and adding a nice savory hint to the whole thing.
Ingredients include: Pineapple, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and lime juice.
This recipe is an interesting mix of vitamin-A rich sweet potatoes with all the comforts of warm spices and cream.
It really does take all these aromatic spices to get it to “savory” status.
I started out with half of the thyme, but it calls for the whole two tablespoons (a little less if you’re using dried thyme).
These went really well with a pork roast we made in the crockpot.
Ingredients include: Sweet potatoes, thyme, ground allspice, ground cinnamon, and salt.
One of the things to look forward to in every Red Lobster visit was their Garlic Biscuits.
They’re so yummy!
So much so that we’ve attempted to reverse-engineer their tasty morsels and make our own recipe.
Check it out now!
Ingredients include: Flour, baking powder, whole milk, cheddar cheese, and butter.
What was already an easy task just became simpler with the dawn of the air fryer.
And one of the best things you can roast in this technological marvel is garlic!
While it may have a stronger flavor than the typical person might care for on its own, combined with other foods, it simply shines.
Ingredients include: Garlic, pepper, salt, and olive oil.
29. Artichoke Dip
While it doesn’t sound like anything special, Artichoke Dip is actually one of my favorite things to serve a mixed crowd: with one side comprising those who could handle the spice, and the other for those who can’t.
While being totally serviceable on its own, there’s just something about spicing up this dip that’s so appealing to me.
Ingredients include: Artichoke hearts, cream cheese, mayonnaise, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.
While we have an opinion on how to truly make the best baked potato, sometimes time is of the essence and we have to find a quicker solution.
Enter the Microwaved Baked Potato.
Using one of the best cooking and heating implements ever invented, the microwave, you can have this dish done and prepped in under 10 minutes!
Ingredients include: Potato, olive oil, and salt.
If you don’t know what food looks like in hasselback, you have more than likely seen it already in cookbooks or on the internet somewhere.
In the potatoes’ case, it’s a series of cuts made crosswise in an even manner, till it resembles an accordion.
The air fryer ensures a speedy cook time for this dish and you can wow your friends with its presentation!
Ingredients include: Russet potatoes, olive oil, garlic, parmesan cheese, and salt.
Cornbread is almost a symbol all on its own, representing popular staples everywhere!
And how do you enhance an already well-established and iconic dish?
You can add cheese, maybe spice it up, or you can do both.
Your familiar cornbread oozing with cheese with just the right amount of heat to liven things up?
Oh yes, please!
Ingredients include: Frozen corn, jalapenos, scallions, cornmeal, and all-purpose flour.
33. Biscuits & Gravy
Biscuits and Gravy can trace its roots back to the late 1800s when it served as a cheap, calorie-rich fuel for the American laborer or as travel rations.
Tough, sturdy, and spoil-resistant, the biscuits were served with gravy made from whatever meat was available, mixed with milk and pan drippings.
The version we know and love today has gone a long way from its humble beginnings, but one thing’s for sure: it’s utterly delicious, and that tastiness has kept it popular all these years!
Ingredients include: All-purpose flour, baking powder, self-rising flour, butter, and whole milk.
Though it sounds a bit weird, Rice And Fruit do work well together in a Salad.
Rice has a neutral, subtly sweet taste that intensifies the longer you chew it, which explains why it goes together with everything.
Paired with an assortment of your favorite fruits, it provides an excellent base from which to build that fruity flavor.
Try it yourself and let us know what you think!
Ingredients include: Blueberries, peaches, strawberries, rice, and orange juice.
35. Creamed Corn
Creamed Corn has been around for a long time.
So much so that it’s easier to run across the canned version instead of someone who still cooks it up at home.
But as they say, home cooked always trumps store-bought, so if you’re in the mood to cook yourself a bowlful, here’s the recipe!
Ingredients include: Frozen corn, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, cayenne pepper, and unsalted butter.
There isn’t any actual caviar in this recipe!
That would be terribly expensive, to say the least.
Cowboy Caviar is only called that way because of how the black beans loosely resemble the round black roe used in actual caviar.
This is a dish that’s both a salad and a dip that’s earthy, refreshing, and delicious!
Ingredients include: Cherry tomatoes, avocado, sweet corn, black beans, and cilantro.
A small, seedless watermelon really helps to make quick work of this. If you are really in a pinch, pick up a container of watermelon chunks.
Lots of tasty ingredients, but nothing that really overpowers the delicate, summery watermelon flavor.
The honey and feta together, though… -chef’s kiss-
Ingredients include: Watermelon, arugula, lime, grapeseed oil, and feta cheese.
Wooo-eee deep fry anything and I’m in heaven.
Yes, I probably should watch my cholesterol BUT if I am going to indulge, it may as well be with these outstanding homemade, beer-battered onion rings.
Don’t want to use beer?
Use seltzer or club soda.
But the hops flavor really does add a nice dimension to this recipe and the alcohol cooks off.
Ingredients include: Onions, flour, baking powder, onion pepper, and beer.
39. Cheese Grits
So if you are here and considering this amazing recipe as one of the best sides for ribs, then you must be #teamsavory and not #teamsweet. IYKYK
I grew up with the likes of Cream of Wheat, so this creamy, lush home version is just what the belly ordered.
Ingredients include: Old-fashioned corn grits, milk, sharp cheddar cheese, smoked paprika, and butter.
Blackened broccoli needs that high heat at the end to really get crisp, smoky edges, but low heat on the get-go is what makes it tender.
No sesame oil? No sweat.
It’s an Asian-style flavor that can be swapped out for something mild like avocado oil.
Ingredients include: Broccoli, garlic, red pepper flakes, sesame oil, and unsalted butter.
41. Grilled Romaine
A friend once cooked this for me when I went to her house for dinner.
It surprised me because it looked like someone had a great idea that failed and they decided to cook the lettuce in utter despair.
But the romaine hearts are more sturdy than they seem, and the edges get nice and charred.
Gotta eat ‘em with a knife and fork.
And I highly recommend using blue cheese or parmesan for a finishing touch.
Ingredients include: Romaine hearts, balsamic vinegar, pepper, salt, and olive oil.
Casseroles are the busy person’s answer to everything, especially if there are a lot of mouths to feed or a potluck to venture out to.
This is the kind of crowd-pleasing potato hot dish you can keep warm in a handy casserole dish-taker, or serve it piping hot right alongside a platter of ribs.
If you’re wondering what to serve with ribs, this is about to become one of your go-tos.
Ingredients include: Russet potatoes, green onions, bacon, sour cream, and cheddar cheese.
43. Jalapeno Poppers
Born in Texas, Jalapeno poppers are delightfully mouthwatering: the bite of a spicy pepper, the soothing meld of cream cheese, crisp bacon, and the coating that keeps it all together in crunchy panko.
A satisfying contrast of textures, you’re really going to enjoy grilling these.
Jalapeno poppers can be customized according to individual preferences.
You can experiment with different cheeses, spices, or even add ingredients like bacon, sausage, or onions to create unique flavors.
Ingredients include: Jalapenos, cream cheese, bacon bits, panko breadcrumbs, and eggs.
So my tips for preparing stuffed portobello mushrooms include:
- Scrape out the gills (underside) of the mushies to make room for filling.
- Pre-cook them to help ensure they become tender
- Pre-cook any filling ingredients that need softening like onions and garlic or greens.
- Season the empty mushrooms liberally before filling.
- Include a binder in the filling so it sticks to the mushrooms better, like egga or breadcrumbs.
- Serve hot.
Ingredients include: Turkey sausage, poblano pepper, portobello mushrooms, olive oil, and goat cheese.
So crisp and light, this slaw has got that edge of sweetness because of the apple and carrot.
You still get the creamy, dreamy “bite” of coleslaw we all love so much, but with lots of textures to keep it from being a bore.
If you have a vegetable grater or can use a heavy-duty food processor, you’ll make faster work of the prep.
Ingredients include: Apple, carrots, mayonnaise, coleslaw mix, and apple cider vinegar.
So imagine everything you love about a party dip and then heat it up until the cheesy mozzarella top has a melted edge, and all of the yummy ingredients mingle until extraordinary.
Everyone will understand if you run off with the whole dish and don’t share.
They will hunt you down, but they will understand.
Can you believe there are vegetables in it?
Ingredients include: Artichokes hearts, garlic, frozen spinach, mayonnaise, and cream cheese.
We are in a house divided about whether or not arugula deserves any appreciation at all or if it should be heralded as the world’s finest leafy green.
So be it.
Cover this with plenty of lemon vinaigrette and parmigiano, and the peppery flavor sings.
Don’t want the cheese? Try our 6-ingredient version of this salad.
Ingredients include: Arugula, lemon juice, olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano, and ground black pepper.
48. Garlic Bread
The trick to the finest, bestest garlic butter is truly the compound butter.
While it sounds like a house renovation product like putty, it isn’t.
The bread is important too but really it’s this butter.
It’s lots of delicious spread that goes on every slice of this recipe for garlic bread, that’s what.
Ingredients include: Baguette, garlic, olive oil, parmesan cheese, and butter.
As pretty as it is hearty, this Couscous salad with roasted veg is something to behold.
Lots of protein, fiber, and a flavor that is like magic next to smoky foods.
If you cook the vegetables alongside the ribs, you’ll have a meal on the table in no time.
Try our Farro Salad, too, which uses pearled farro instead of couscous.
Ingredients include: Couscous, butternut squash, chickpeas, red bell peppers, and zucchini.
I literally learned how to cook rice from researching this topic.
I didn’t know it was important to put a towel under the lid to help soak up moisture that can drip down from the lid (after the heat is off; I learned that the hard way).
But there are a lot of tips here that I think will help you too.
Hint: it is important to rinse rice until the water runs clear.
Five times seems to do the trick.
Ingredients include: Rice and water.
51. Black-Eyed Peas
Simple yet satisfying, black-eyed peas aren’t just for New Year’s Eve anymore.
Enjoy this recipe of homemade beans anytime.
This recipe is authentic, from scratch, so you will start with the dried peas and go from there.
Ingredients include: Black-eyed peas, bacon, chicken broth, yellow onion, and bay leaves.
This recipe started with the sweetest whole onions we could find: RealSweet Vidalias.
Wrapped in bacon, filled with garlic cloves, and dolloped with lots of butter, it’s kind of its own side dish for ribs that are as memorable and attractive as they are delicious.
They start in the oven and finish on the grill, by the way, so clear your kitchen and clean the grill grates.
The grill creates the high heat that crisps the bacon.
Ingredients include: Vidalia onions, garlic, bacon, butter, and salt.
53. Quinoa Salad
Get a taste of the Mediterranean with this refreshing and vibrant salad!
It makes for a great lunch and it’s a good way to increase your veggie intake; if you’re worried about not getting enough protein, the quinoa and chickpeas have that covered for you.
Ingredients include: Quinoa, English cucumber, red bell pepper, chickpeas, and grape tomatoes.
54. Three-Bean Salad
I remember when I first had my first three-cheese pizza!
I just couldn’t stop eating it.
Let’s continue the trend with this Three-Bean Salad.
It’s earthy, vibrant, and super delicious!
Ingredients include: Green beans, yellow wax beans, red kidney beans, onion, and green pepper.
And no, it isn’t sauce made from the drippings of a dirty cleaning implement, but rather a vinegar-based barbecue sauce popular in North Carolina.
You mop that sauce off your plate with a traditional piece of white bread.
It’s so delicious it’ll make you wonder why you haven’t been making this sooner in your barbecue history!
Ingredients include: Cider vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, hot sauce, and dry mustard.
For those not in the know, boiled cauliflower mashes extremely well.
So well in fact that it rivals the more well-known Mashed Potatoes; and the reason why it hasn’t is simply that there are more potatoes out there than there is cauliflower.
Nonetheless, combine your cauliflower mash with some garlic and top it off with chives and you’ll have the makings for the perfect side dish!
Ingredients include: Cauliflower, garlic, milk, onion powder, and chives.
Nope, you got that wrong.
Read it again.
It says Roasted Beet Salad, not Roast Beef.
I’d eat Roast Beef Salad, too, to be honest.
Nonetheless, this recipe will show you how to make a vitamin-B-rich salad to share among your guests that’s in turn delicious and goes well with tangy BBQ.
Ingredients include: Beets, mixed salad greens, dijon mustard, honey, and apple cider vinegar.
Cauliflower Steaks are made from cauliflower cut into half-an-inch thick flat pieces, basted in olive oil and seasoning.
It’s super good, and I can’t recommend it enough!
It also presents well, so go ahead, cook up a batch, and reap compliments from your guests!
Ingredients include: Large cauliflower, garlic, lemon juice, paprika, and olive oil.
Got a lot of leftover mashed potatoes?
Don’t throw it away!
Transform them instead into a panful of this succulent deliciousness instead!
Pierogies combine pasta and potatoes into single pockets of joy and I am here for it.
Ingredients include: Flour, sour cream, eggs, milk, and salt.
This recipe for No-Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers is the Italian version of the dish which does not call for rice.
We were actually quite skeptical at first until we made it ourselves.
The result: It was delicious of course, but what really amazed me is the fact that it tasted so much like the version with the rice in it.
Cooking food boggles the mind sometimes.
Ingredients include: Bell peppers, ground beef, garlic, onion, and tomato sauce.
If you’re looking for a quick homemade snack, then this is for you!
Given that you have your potatoes pre cut, seasoning then searing them to golden brown perfection will only take you a few minutes.
Impress your friends at game night by whipping up a batch.
Ingredients include: Potatoes, salt, and olive oil.
If you like the idea from our previous entry for Air-Fryer Potato Chips, but looking for something else other than chips, why not go with these Baked Sweet Potato Fries instead?
As long as you follow the recipe and make sure they are properly seasoned and spaced as they bake, they will turn out exactly like the store bought, fast food version.
Only better, since you made them yourself!
Ingredients include: Sweet potatoes, smoked paprika, sea salt, and olive oil.
I love using Yukon Gold potatoes to make my potato salad since they literally brighten when taken out of the oven.
No, I kid you not!
They turn a more vibrant shade of gold as they start to cool.
That and the fact that they have a distinct buttery flavor to them which makes any dressing used with them more pronounced.
Ingredients include: Celery, Yukon gold potatoes, white onion, eggs, and dill pickl
I love mushrooms.
As I’ve mentioned in some of my past posts, mushrooms have this earthy, neutral flavor that subtly takes on the flavor of anything they’re cooked with.
They’re the star of the show in this recipe for Grilled Portobello Mushroom Steaks!
The grill marks look perfect on them too.
A feast for both the eyes and palate!
Ingredients include: Large portobello mushrooms, liquid smoke, tamari, balsamic vinegar, and grapeseed oil.
Of all the recipes out there that claim to be -the- ones to make all of those kids start eating broccoli, this recipe for Broccoli Cheese Casserole has got to be the closest to that goal by far!
I’ve only ever made this once so far for a family luncheon and literal verbal fights have broken out to see who got seconds once everyone has had a taste.
Ingredients include: Frozen broccoli, Ritz crackers, margarine, and Velveeta.
These scrumptious little morsels are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.
Seasoned and then roasted to golden brown perfection, it’s a wonder these haven’t replaced fries as the number one side dish yet.
Ingredients include: Russet potatoes, vegetable oil, cornstarch, chili powder, and paprika.
Deviled Eggs have been a cocktail party staple since time immemorial.
Why wouldn’t they be?
They’re easy to make, look good on platters, and taste good with any topping you decide to crown them with.
But if you’re looking to serve lunch with them in mind, why not turn them into a salad?
Ingredients include: Hard-boiled eggs, turkey bacon, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, and chives.
If you’re not in the mood to heat up the oven, or it’s just been one of those days where you don’t feel like doing anything, why not whip up a bowl of this no-cook Fritos Corn Salad?
It requires minimal prep time since most everything you need comes straight out of a can or packaging.
So the next time you’re hungry and don’t feel like doing any cooking, then this salad is for you!
Ingredients include: Canned corn, chili cheese Fritos, Mexican blend cheese, mayo, and cilantro.
Here are 10 tips and hints for grilling the best ribs:
Fire up that grill and enjoy the flavors of these succulent, expertly grilled ribs!
Ignite your passion for grilling with these 10 sizzling hints and tips for perfect grilled ribs:
- Quality: Choose meaty, well-marbled ribs for a tender and juicy result.
- Prep: Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs to ensure a tender bite.
- Season: Generously rub your favorite seasoning or marinade on the ribs before grilling.
- Two-Zone: Set up your grill for indirect heat, with one side for high heat and the other for low.
- Sear: Begin by searing the ribs on high heat for a few minutes per side to lock in flavor.
- Low & Slow: Move ribs to the low heat side, cooking at 250-300°F (121-149°C) for 2-3 hours.
- Monitor: Keep the grill lid closed, checking the temperature occasionally to maintain consistency.
- Baste: Brush ribs with sauce or mop during the final 30 minutes of grilling for a sticky glaze.
- Probe: Use a meat thermometer to check doneness; ribs are ready when they reach 190-203°F.
- Rest: Allow ribs to rest for 10-15 minutes before cutting and savoring your grilled masterpiece.
The bottom line
So, my fellow BBQ aficionados, let us rejoice in the glorious union of ribs and their trusty sidekicks.
Indulge in this smoky symphony, and let your senses revel in the culinary fireworks that make ribs a timeless American treasure!
More About Ribs
68 BEST Sides For Ribs 😋
Here’s an epic list of the best 68 sides for ribs, from fried pickles to jalapeno cheddar cornbread to baked sweet potato fries.
- Smokey & Sweet Grilled Peaches
- Microwave Cooked Carrots
- Twice-Baked Potatoes
- Oven Roasted Zucchini & Tomatoes
- Skillet Fried Corn
- Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus
- Baked Beans
- Carolina Coleslaw (No-Mayo)
- Fried Green Tomatoes
- Fried Pickles (Texas Roadhouse Copycat)
- Easy Collard Greens
- Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
- Roasted Butternut Squash
- Roasted Parmesan Green Beans
- German Cucumber Salad
- Easy Refrigerator Pickles
- Oven Roasted Radishes
- Grilled Corn (Four Ways)
- Creamed Spinach
- Instant Pot Rice Pudding
- Jackpot Biscuit-Cornbread Stuffing
- Creamy Broccoli Salad
- Creamy Mac & Cheese
- Grilled Pineapple
- Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Cheesy Garlic Biscuits
- Air Fryer Roasted Garlic
- Artichoke Dip
- Microwaved Baked Potato
- Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes
- Jalapeno-Cheddar Cornbread
- Biscuits & Gravy
- Rice & Fruit Salad
- Creamed Corn
- Feta & Watermelon Salad
- Beer Battered Onion Rings
- Blackened Broccoli
- Grilled Romaine
- Loaded Baked Potato Casserole
- Jalapeno Poppers
- Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
- Apple Carrot Slaw
- Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Arugula & Shaved Parmesan Salad
- Garlic Bread
- Couscous Salad With Roasted Vegetables
- Perfectly Cooked White Rice
- Black-Eyed Peas
- Grilled RealSweet Vidalia Onions With Bacon
- Quinoa Salad
- Three-Bean Salad
- BBQ East Carolina Mop Sauce
- Garlic Cauliflower Mash
- Roasted Beet Salad
- Cauliflower Steaks
- Classic Pierogies
- No-Rice Stuffed Bell Peppers
- Air Fryer Potato Chips
- Baked Sweet Potato Fries
- Easy Yukon Gold Potato Salad
- Grilled Portobello Mushroom Steaks
- Broccoli Cheese Casserole
- Seasoned Baked Potato Wedges
- Deviled Egg Salad
- Fritos Corn Salad
- Find your favorite recipe from our Sides For Ribs list.
- Gather all the ingredients needed.
- If you love it, don’t forget to share where you got it!