The Only Pulled Pork Menu That You'll Ever Need to Make

The hard part of deciding what to have for dinner is over. You've made a good choice in choosing pulled pork for dinner, as there are various ways to enjoy this barbecue classic. Whether you want it in sandwich form, taco-style, or just plain jane with a few sides is up to you, but no meal is complete without drink and appetizers to go with it. Fret not, as we have you covered on what to serve with pulled pork.

From start to finish, you'll need some cocktails for loved ones to get them in the groove, appetizers to ensure no one gets hangry, and side dishes to add to the yummy goodness that is pulled pork, plus a dessert of course!

Here are our favorite dishes we like to serve with pulled pork.

What to Serve with Pulled Pork: The Cocktail

The Gin Fizz

First and foremost, you'll need a cocktail to go with this meal you're crafting. Whether it's a cocktail to have during your cooking endeavors, or one to entertain your guests while they wait for appetizers to be served is besides the point. The point here is that alcohol helps the waiting process, and a well-designed cocktail has never been a bad idea.

For this specific dish, we recommend a lighter cocktail, perhaps one of the vodka or gin variety, as to not get in the way of the flavors and heaviness behind the meal you're crafting. After all, who wants to be overly full off a cocktail or two when pulled pork is on the menu?

The best part about this Gin Fizz recipe is that you can make most of it ahead of time and place it in a pitcher, making it easier for your guests—and yourself—to refill and refresh.

Get the recipe here.

What to Serve with Pulled Pork: The Appetizer

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

The last thing you want is to serve an appetizer that's completely left field from the dinner you're cooking. The trick with appetizers for a barbecue dinner is to ensure they're satisfying, but not overbearing to your dinner and sides.

For example, you probably should avoid serving things such as tortilla chips and cheese dip or guacamole, as they run the risk of serving as a light dinner, leaving your guests full upon the arrival of the actual meal. (Though we think using leftover pulled pork makes for excellent nachos the next night; just pile on cheddar cheese, jalapeño peppers, sour cream, and maybe some sweet corn or even leftover coleslaw for decadent comfort food.)

Go for bite-sized treats, such as carrots and hummus, or a cheese and meat plate with pickles, as both go seamlessly well with your gin fizz and the main course of pulled pork.

Make your own hummus to impress with this recipe here.


Hushpuppies are the perfect small bite to start off your meal. Basically, they're fried cornbread, crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. Just don't fill up on them!

Get the recipe here.

What to Serve with Pulled Pork: Savory Sides

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Macaroni and Cheese

For a starchy side, we recommend going with a macaroni and cheese recipe, and we like the addition of bread crumbs, parmesan and garlic to spruce it up a bit.

This is especially helpful if you're a barbecue purist and believe that barbecue sauce has no room on or around your barbecue.

Find the recipe here.

Simple Skillet Green Beans

As for the other side, it's near impossible to go wrong with well-seasoned green beans. They'll taste even better with a few dashes of BBQ sauce on top. What more could one want? You could also do simple corn on the cob or a baked sweet potato for a veggie side.

Find the recipe here.

Baked Beans

Flavorful baked beans are the perfect side dish to serve with pulled pork, and if you do them in the slow cooker, they work well even on a weeknight. These baked beans go sweet and savory, with a little bit of brown sugar and a little bit of apple cider vinegar for a tangy bite that balances the rest of the meal.

Get the recipe here.

The Main Show: Perfect Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Kevin and Amanda

Now that you've decided what to serve with your pulled pork, it's time to get to business and find the perfect pulled pork recipe. What to look for is well-seasoned recipes, especially if you're a traditional barbecue enthusiast. Dry rubs are good for purists, as it gives the meat good flavor without drowning it in barbecue sauce to begin with.

This also brings out the savory flavors within the pork shoulder and allows you and your guests to enjoy each moment of the pork's tender and juicy qualities. Better yet, you can enjoy this shredded pork in a multitude of ways, not just by itself.

Add the shredded meat to a butter bun for a pulled pork sandwich, or even pan-fry it with brown sugar, black pepper, and garlic powder to make crispy carnitas with your pulled pork. You can even whip together pulled pork nachos with leftovers.

Get this traditional pork recipe here.

What to Serve with Pulled Pork: Decadent Dessert

No-Bake Banana Cream Cheesecake

So you've made it this far in the meal, and it's time for dessert. What dessert goes well with barbecue, and specifically pulled pork? Banana pudding, of course! With its simple sweetness along with its light creamy appeal, it makes the perfect cap off to this pulled pork meal.

Take things up a notch and take that banana cream pudding into full decadence by adding a cheesecake element to it. You'll be sure to leave a lasting impression on those you've invited, as well as yourself!

Get the recipe here.

Just like that, you've served the most perfect dinner menu. What will your next dinner endeavor be?

This article was originally published on January 19, 2018.

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