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BBQ side dishes, what are your go-to's?

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BBQ side dishes, what are your go-to's?

I'm having a few bbq's coming up and looking for a few tasty side dishes that can be pulled off with minimal effort but still impress. I thought it would be interesting to see what everyone makes. All ethnicity and foot types welcome!
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queso! It's all the new craze lol just stick all your ingredients in a pan and let it melt!
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btwitsmatt wrote: queso! It's all the new craze lol just stick all your ingredients in a pan and let it melt!
do you have a specific recipe that you like best?
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Sweet potatoes. Cut them in chunks and throw on the grill, cook well done. They are amazing, require no seasoning and go well with steaks
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A couple cans of Bush pork 'n beans, jazzed up with freshly roasted and ground cumin, some barbecue sauce and either burnt ends or pulled pork, This goes in the smoker along with whatever else is in there. Two hours at least.
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I've made mustard coleslaw the last couple times as a side or sandwich topper.
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blexann wrote: Sweet potatoes. Cut them in chunks and throw on the grill, cook well done. They are amazing, require no seasoning and go well with steaks
I just wash them well, pierce so they don't explode, wrap in foil and cook them 10 to 15 minutes then turn for another 10 to 15.

Only recently discovered sweets and since rarely make baked potatoes.
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Bagged coleslaw...
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velomane wrote: A couple cans of Bush pork 'n beans, jazzed up with freshly roasted and ground cumin, some barbecue sauce and either burnt ends or pulled pork, This goes in the smoker along with whatever else is in there. Two hours at least.
Definitely this. Also cornbread in a cast iron skillet!
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Here are some of my favourites:

Potato salad (with pineapple and apple chunks)
Store bought coleslaw
Homefries
Potato wedges
Grilled bell peppers
Grilled pineapple
Grilled zucchini
Grilled corn on the cob
Garlic bread
Butter garlic roti
Butter garlic naan
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You can go to the Korean grocery store and buy several "banchan" sides like Kimchi, seaweed etc.

you can also make vegetarian "japchae" because sometimes there's too much meat or some ppl don't want to eat too much meat.
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velomane wrote: A couple cans of Bush pork 'n beans, jazzed up with freshly roasted and ground cumin, some barbecue sauce and either burnt ends or pulled pork, This goes in the smoker along with whatever else is in there. Two hours at least.
I would not say no to this as Bush's beans are my favourite. However, if it was a planned BBQ then I would make my own simple recipe baked beans in a slow cooker:

1 lb white beans, prep them according to instructions on the bag.
Once they have been prepped add them to the slow cooker with just enough water to cover.
Add sliced onion and pork or ham, your choice whether it is smoked, cured or natural.
Add one whole bottle of Bulls Eye BBQ sauce or whichever BBQ sauce you wish to try. Keep another bottle standing by if needed.
Slow cook on low for a minimum of 12 hours.
Taste before serving. Depending on the BBQ sauce used there may be a bit of "burned, bitter" taste, just add brown sugar to neutralize.
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A huge pile of mixed roasted veggies tossed in harrissa when all done and then drizzled with tahini.
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cRaZyRaVr wrote: A huge pile of mixed roasted veggies tossed in harrissa when all done and then drizzled with tahini.
Where's the Berbere spice?
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Homemade potato salad and baked beans.
Corn on the cob when available
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gr8dlr wrote: You can go to the Korean grocery store and buy several "banchan" sides like Kimchi, seaweed etc.

you can also make vegetarian "japchae" because sometimes there's too much meat or some ppl don't want to eat too much meat.
We make banchan. Sesame bean sprouts. Spinach. Japchae. You make it ahead so it saves time.
Or like others said: grilled veggies and corn on the cob which is on sale this week everywhere.
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gr8dlr wrote: Where's the Berbere spice?
Not needed. Harissa will give you all you need on the vegg :)
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More meat.......

Seriously though, my go to is just grilled veggies or potatoes.
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If it's just for my husband and I, we like to go simple with grilled veggies (we do eggplant, zucchini and mushrooms) or corn on the cob. Lightens up the meal and adds some freshness.

If it's for a party, I always go with a pasta dish because it seems to go well with guests. Either a baked macaroni and cheese (sometimes with bacon), or a light olive oil & lemon pasta salad (with chickpeas and roasted peppers, yum!).

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