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10 Mouthwatering BBQ Side Dishes to Elevate Your Thanksgiving Feast

Updated: Nov 26, 2023

When incorporating barbecue into your Thanksgiving celebration, you can complement the grilled or smoked main dishes with a variety of flavorful and traditional side dishes. Here are some BBQ-friendly Thanksgiving side dishes that can add a delicious touch to your holiday feast:

Marinate vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions in olive

oil, garlic, and herbs before grilling. The smoky flavor will enhance their taste.

Serve classic cornbread or try grilled cornbread for a smoky twist. Add ingredients like jalapeños or cheddar cheese for extra flavor.

Give traditional baked beans a barbecue flair by adding smoky barbecue sauce, bacon, and spices. Slow-cook them for a rich and flavorful side dish.

Roasted vegetables with a honey or maple glaze offer a delectable combination of savory and sweet flavors, along with a satisfying caramelized exterior. This dish transforms humble vegetables into a vibrant and enticing side that is perfect for special occasions or holiday feasts.

Grilled Brussels Sprouts:

Halve Brussels sprouts and toss them in olive oil, salt, and pepper before grilling. The smokiness will complement the natural sweetness of the sprouts.

A refreshing coleslaw with a tangy dressing can provide a crisp contrast to the heartiness of barbecue. Consider adding apple slices or cranberries for a festive touch.

Prepare a classic potato salad with a barbecue twist. Add grilled potatoes, bacon, and a smoky dressing for a flavorful side dish.

Elevate this comfort food by incorporating smoked cheese or adding a touch of smokiness to the sauce. Consider baking it on the barbecue for an extra layer of flavor.

Grilled Asparagus:

Lightly coat asparagus spears with olive oil, salt, and pepper before grilling. A squeeze of lemon juice adds brightness to this simple and elegant side dish.

Pumpkin or Squash Skewers:

Cubes of pumpkin or butternut squash threaded onto skewers and grilled with a honey or maple glaze can offer a sweet and savory addition to the meal.

Remember to balance your menu with a variety of textures and flavors to ensure a well-rounded and satisfying Thanksgiving feast. Adjust these suggestions based on your preferences and the specific flavors of your barbecue dishes.

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