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2007/11/18 20:20:16 (permalink)

What are your favorite BBQ side dishes

I'm looking for new ideas, outside the box ideas for roadside bbq side dishes! We're located in Dutchess County NY, forum rules keep me from pitching our business so you'll have to keep your eyes peeled to find us, you'll be glad you did!

I'm looking to take my roadfood to the next level and would appreciate your ideas!!
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    Michael Hoffman
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/18 20:24:06 (permalink)
    I don't really have any favorites when it comes to food, but I would prefer to have my pulled my pork sandwich with macaroni and cheese and some greens on the side.
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/18 21:03:30 (permalink)
    cole slaw, mustard potato salad, BBQ beans, corn on the cob, boiled poatoes, french fried potatoes, tossed salad, sliced tomatoes, sliced onions, sliced pickles, japaleno's, banana pudding, strawberry shortcake, damn now I'm hungry somebody pass the brisket....
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/18 21:25:20 (permalink)
    Other than an ice cold beer...sweet potato fries, slaw & corn on the cob....and maybe a big slab of cornbread.
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/19 01:17:49 (permalink)
    I've always thought that a very refreshing Thai style cucumber salad would be a good alternative to cole slaw. For that matter, if you really want to think outside the box, maybe you should be looking at more international influences, particularly Asian cuisine, rather than the typical American Barbecue sides. Korean cooking features a variety of cold salads that would be very appropriate with Barbecue. Maybe a Japanese influenced cold soba noodle dish. Lots of strong, economical possibilities.

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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/19 01:38:35 (permalink)
    Dearfolk,
    Oooh... lots of nice ideas! But Duchess County, New York just might be ripe for some Brunswick Stew!
    When I get tired of that dish in these parts (Athens, Georgia), I can find Barbecue Hash and sometimes even Chicken Mull to go with my 'cue.
    The best Brunswick Stew I've ever had comes from The Euclid Avenue Yacht Club at 1136 Euclid Ave., N/E in Atlanta, Georgia. The second best is from Bobby & June's Country Kitchen at 375 - 14th. St., N/W in Atlanta. Honorable mentions go to Zeb's BBQ on U. S. 29 North in Danielsville, Georgia and Harold's BBQ at 171 McDonough Blvd., S/E in Atlanta.
    Let us know what you decide to use for sides... we might just sidle up your way and try 'em.
    Pit-epusly, Ort. Carlton in Unpitted Athens, Georgia.
    P. S. Not a one of our BBQ places uses a real pit, although several do indeed cook only with wood.
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/19 02:53:23 (permalink)
    How about a sweet potato salad or a german potato salad? Stewed apples? Or a casserole of some type: broccoli, squash or tomato? I make a smoked gouda and extra sharp cheddar mac and cheese that seems to be a big hit with my friends at parties, maybe take a classic side and turn up the volume, so to speak? Syracuse style salt potatoes with drawn butter? Brown sugar and butter carrots? Check out the meat-and-three listings in the restaurants here and they'll give some wonderful inspiration for sides. There was also a restaurant in Memphis that Michaal and Jane went into length about in "Two For the Road" and they had a huge list of vegetables that they said looked like a Burpee seed catalogue list. They may not be out of the box down south, but may be just the thing for Dutchess County. Best of luck!!
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/19 03:11:54 (permalink)
    Being in NY, you might want to consider a southern fave..
    Fried Green Tomatoes, a really super potatoe salad, and the best coleslaw you can make.
    I have worked in several Q joints, and the most popular sides are baked beans, Fries and slaw.
    Sweet potato fries always seemed to be popular up north when I lived in Maine and Mass.
    Maybe even a warm german potato salad might be appealing.
    I am sure you want something that appeals to the masses, and also easy to make, and have a good shelf life.

    People sometimes look for the odd, but savory tasting sides, and I know I always look for something different, off the wall, but appealing.
    I say sweet tater fries, fried green tomatoes, and a great slaw!
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/19 18:31:19 (permalink)
    In the Atlanta area, I have found fried okra at several bbq places - but certainly not all. It is one of my all time favorite vegetables. We tried a new place, Bub-Ba-Q, in Jasper, Georgia a week ago Sunday and I ordered fried okra and onion rings with my Q. My wife is more traditional and had cole slaw and baked beans with hers.

    In terms of appropriate bbq sides which would not be in every bbq establishment, I would give serious consideration to fried okra, fried green tomatoes, collard greens, stewed okra & tomatoes, and several cobblers for dessert. Apple and peach are always winners, but such as blackberry is less frequently found and delicious when done well.

    Good luck!
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/19 18:35:05 (permalink)
    ooo, cornbread with the corn in it, fries, coleslaw, mac and cheese, greens, and onion rings are the faves. Not in that order, but good corn bread would always be first.
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/19 18:55:12 (permalink)
    Hmmm...? Not sure how those folks in NY state will take to fried okra....LOL! Here in North Carolina many BBQ joints serve Brunswick Stew alongside the 'cue. BBQ is kept pretty simple with just slaw (maybe 2 recipes - one with a mayonnaise dressing and a second one with a vinegar/red pepper dressing), baked beans, hush puppies or cornbread with banana pudding, Pig Pickin' Cake, or a fruit cobbler for dessert. You won't find fried green tomatoes along side bbq around here.

    I have good recipes for the B. Stew and the Pig Pickin' Cake if you need them.

    Teresa - living in the Piedmont, close to Eastern NC and Western NC style BBQ
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/19 22:43:04 (permalink)
    Corn Bread! with real bits of corn! moist, tender, buttery sweet. Any fine tuned taste can identify the difference between real and canned. Next, black beans. Not from the can! Real homemade black beans. 1/2 pureed and added back to the batch. Must have some of the BBQ sauce included in the ingredients for consistency. Third, cole slaw, served extremely cold, hint of vinegar and sweet mustard. Pinch of poppy seed. This is the perfect combination. One more item, Pepsi over Coke. Pepsi is not over powering sweet.
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/19 23:54:56 (permalink)
    I'd be interested in those recipes! I'm happy to see so many great replies including yours.......
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/20 15:00:53 (permalink)
    Homemade Purple & Green ColeSlaw

    GrandMa Vivian's BakedBeans

    Fries-With-The-Skin-On


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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/20 15:09:43 (permalink)
    Corn on the cob. Just soak it for about 20 minutes and grill without taking the leaves off first. Add sugar to the soak water if you're not fortunate enough to come from where corn is grown, though.
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/21 08:24:16 (permalink)
    As an South Carolina native, my favorite side is hash and rice and hushpuppies.

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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/21 08:57:43 (permalink)

    Make Beans as good as those srved at Arthur Bryant's and your customers will come back over and over.
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/28 12:16:47 (permalink)
    White beans, black eyed peas, ham and brown beans with cornbread, vegetable casseroles (broccoli-rice- cheese, squash casserole), pan fried yellow squash, pan fried eggplant, tomato, onion and cucumber salad, killed salad, fried corn, old fashioned green beans (cooked to death), pea salad
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/28 12:58:58 (permalink)
    Most of these seem more "Soul Food" than BBQ dishes to me, but KC has always pretty much been Meat, fresh cut fries, and beans. That's it.
    Peach cobbler at a few places.
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/28 13:16:45 (permalink)
    I love the idea of Sweet Potato Fries. I have just recently tried these and find them far tastier then normal fries.
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/28 14:38:04 (permalink)
    ...cornbread, cole slaw, hush puppies, fries, collard greens, cold beer, corn on the cob,

    All of it or some of it.
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/28 15:21:38 (permalink)
    In order

    Cole Slaw – vinegar based, not mayo
    Good baked beans, there are a lot of bad ones out there
    Cucumbers and onions marinated in white vinegar-a bit of sugar- S & P, water to cut the acidity
    Potato salad that is not sweet
    Potato chips
    Dill pickles, we like Mount Olive Brand
    Sliced tomatoes and green onions/radishes in the summertime
    Corn on the cob, especially with ribs
    Corn bread – I love it, I just don’t want to fill up on it when there is so much other good stuff.

    To drink, iced tea, lemonade, beer

    Maybe beer should be first on the list!
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/28 16:01:31 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by bill voss

    Most of these seem more "Soul Food" than BBQ dishes to me, but KC has always pretty much been Meat, fresh cut fries, and beans. That's it.
    Peach cobbler at a few places.


    What about cheesy corn, spicy coleslaw, onion rings? You need to make a trip back!
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/28 16:41:18 (permalink)
    those are upscale things.
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/28 16:51:42 (permalink)
    around here it must be salt potatoes
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/29 13:17:18 (permalink)
    Chimmichurri sauce
    Italian or french bread plain toasted almost burnt on the bbq
    romaine salad with lots of carrots, onions, tomatoes tossed in a plain vinegrette.
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/29 18:02:07 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by fabulousoyster

    Chimmichurri sauce
    Italian or french bread plain toasted almost burnt on the bbq
    romaine salad with lots of carrots, onions, tomatoes tossed in a plain vinegrette.



    With BBQ!!!??? A SALAD!!!????
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/29 18:48:36 (permalink)
    Baked Beans with hunks of BBQ meat I don't like it too sweet or saucey,sweet buttery corn bread (I make mine with scallions and a spicey pepperjack cheese),nice Crisp coleslaw,and crispy crunchy hushpuppies love to squirt some spicey vinegary hot sauce in them!
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/29 19:00:14 (permalink)
    It seems that everyone is forgetting the original question - out of the box sides. I agree with most of what has been posted regarding excellent bbq sides - but I only mentioned those which might not be found at most bbq establishments.
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    RE: What are your favorite BBQ side dishes 2007/11/29 19:44:29 (permalink)
    road,
    from what i saw you are working in the bbq business just like we are. so, as a tribute to my girl greyhound "big corvette" that i had to put down on the friday after thanksgiving, i am giving you this recipe. it sells well down here during the colder months and it is a good way to increase your profit margin as all the meats are leftover smoked. at any rate use it in good health!!!!!

    west georgia brunswick stew-----------

    1 c. fine dice onion
    1/2 c. fine dice celery
    sweat until limp

    leftover meat
    1 lb. beef brisket chopped fine
    1 lb. pork chopped fine
    1 lb. chicken chooped fine
    add that to the pot

    veggies and the rest
    just add to the pot i use about a 5 gallon pot

    4 cans 14.5 oz. diced tomato
    1 can 15 oz. corn
    1 can 15 oz. lima beans
    1/4 c. cider vinegar
    2 T. crystal hot sauce
    1 ea. lemon slice in half. juice one of the halfs and thin slice the other half and into the pot
    3 ea. bay leaves
    1 T. sugar
    salt and pepper to taste

    simmer around 45 mins.

    to make life ez use a frezzer bag and std hotel half pans. fill the bags and put into the half pan and freeze. to use just grab however many bags you want and reheat.

    jack
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