Dec 6, 2016 - Food and Drink

19 of the absolute best BBQ sides in Charlotte

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When it comes to barbecue, you might think it’s all about the meat.

You’ve probably got a favorite type (the pork vs. brisket debate is a heated one). And you probably have strong feelings about a particular style of sauce (where are my vinegar fans?).

But while meat might be the main event, there’s one thing that can truly make or break the meal…

The sides.

From macaroni and cheese to coleslaw, the sides are the unsung heroes of the barbecue world, and it’s high time they get the credit they deserve.

So here it is, a comprehensive list of all the barbecue joints in Charlotte and the best sides to order at each.

What to order at Queen City Q

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Best Mac ‘N CheeseYou don’t call your mac ‘n cheese “the best” unless you know it’s pretty darn good.
Green Bean CasseroleLike Mom’s Thanksgiving specialty, only one step better (don’t tell her we said that).
Corn Maque ChouxHard to pronounce but worth sounding silly while ordering.

What to order at Midwood Smokehouse

Droolworthy bacon wrapped goodness! #bbq #bacon #clt #charlotte

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Bacon-wrapped JalapeñosNot your everyday barbecue side but definitely should be.
BBQ Baked BeansLegitimately some of the best baked beans in the 704 area code.
Pimento Cheese FriesDo yourself a favor and top these with chopped pork.

What to order at Mac’s Speed Shop

Yum. #moderntrail

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Cheddar GritsSkip the mac ‘n cheese and go for the grits here. They pair perfectly with the famous Beer Can Chicken.
Baked Potato SaladGives regular potato salad a run for its money.

What to order at Bill Spoon’s Barbecue

Bill Spoon’s BBQ in Charlotte, NC Back to the best BBQ and some of the best sweet tea in Charlotte. Large BBQ plate with Mac and Cheese and French Fries #chuckstops #charlotte #nc #clteats #cltfood #spoonsbbq #macandcheese #carbs #bbq #eatlocal #cltlocal #eatdrinkclt #queencity #charlottesgotalot #eat #instagood #amazing #instafood #buzzfeast #forkyeah #eeeeeats #food #foodie #foodporn #foodstgram #foodpics #foodgasm #yum #yummy

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HushpuppiesCrispy on the outside, moist on the inside. They come with everything, and they are bottomless.
Banana PuddingNot technically a side but so tasty, it’s worth mentioning.

What to order at The Improper Pig

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Jalapeño Cheese GritsCreamy with just the right amount of kick.
Sweet Potato Waffle FriesThere’s something about the waffle shape that makes these better than your average sweet potato fry.

What to order at McKoy’s Smokehouse and Saloon

McKoys BBQ , much yum #bbq #pulledpork #collardgreens #schoolboyq #fried #okra #hops #ipa #hoppium #beer

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Fried OkraPerfectly crispy and best served with some of McKoy’s homemade ranch on the side.
Spicy Pinto BeansA nice deviation from the typical baked beans you find with barbecue.

What to order at Sauceman’s

North Carolina BBQ here we go! #chasingbbq

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Fried Corn on the CobI think the name should tell you enough.
Collard GreensThe perfect combo of spicy and sweet; might be the best I’ve ever eaten.
Sugar BiscuitsTrust us, you’ll want to save room for these.

What to order at Seoul Food Meat Co.

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Soy Pickled Devil EggsAn Asian twist on a classic barbecue side dish.
Pimento Corn CheeseIf you are a pimento cheese fan, this is a must-order.

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