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There is more to eating BBQ than the meat. Great BBQ sides and desserts help complete your meal.

Best Sides for BBQ

Although BBQ sides vary from region to region, here are some of the most popular side dishes for BBQ: potato salad, baked beans, pinto beans, red beans and rice, coleslaw, corn on the cob, creamed corn, hush puppies, cornbread, Texas toast, macaroni salad, dill pickle slices, sliced onions, and pickled jalapenos.

BBQ Dessert Pairings

BBQ desserts also vary from region to region, but a central theme applies here also: peach cobbler, pound cake, chocolate cake, banana pudding, sweet potato pie, and vanilla ice cream are all great desserts to end a BBQ meal.

Best BBQ Books

  1. Pig: King of the Southern Table by award-winning food writer James Villas, shares 300 recipes from all over the South- from the Mason-Dixon to the Gulf of Mexico. PRICE: $34.95
  2. America’s Best Ribs by Ardie A. Davis and Chef Paul Kirk, offers 100 lip-smacking recipes for rock-your-world ribs. PRICE: $19.99
  3. Weber's Time to Grill: Get In. Get Out. Get Grilling. by Jamie Purviance, has 200 recipes that include a photo with every recipe. This BBQ book is for busy cooks, as many of the recipes take 15-30 minutes to prep. So, enjoy your man cave without walls as experienced CIA-trained cook, Jamie, helps answer all your grilling questions. PRICE: $24.95
  4. Best Ribs Ever: A Barbecue Bible Cookbook: 100 Killer Recipes (Barbecue! Bible Cookbooks) by Steven Raichlen showcases 100 beef and pork rib recipes plus new sides (beans, slaw, potatoes) and you’ll even find a Grilled Lemon Pie. PRICE: $13.95
  5. Slow Fire: The Beginner's Guide to Lip-Smacking Barbecue by Ray Lampe, a.k.a. Dr. BBQ, believes great barbecue is as simple as meat, fire, smoke, and time. These 68 recipes will help you learn Lampe’s tools, techniques, and recipes. PRICE: $22.95
  6. BBQ Website: Pig Out Publications @ pigoutpublications.com is one of the most extensive websites I’ve seen on BBQ. This website has many BBQ cookbooks and an extensive list of other BBQ & grill cookbook websites. 

Barbecue Equipment

You don’t need a lot of equipment to grill, but a few items are necessary:

  • A pair of long-handled tongs are a must for me
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil (to wrap cooked meat in after removing from the grill or smoker)
  • Well-insulated grill gloves
  • Three or four high quality knives of various sizes, including a carving knife for slicing
  • Spatulas for lifting meats thermometers to read the temperature of the meat and to keep the charcoal at a steady temperature for cooking
  • Cutting boards for carving meats

These are some of the most important items.

For more on barbecuing, or to suggest another side dish, dessert pairing or tool, check out www.sallybernstein.com.

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