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Care to Share Your Best Dish Recipes?

I think that I have semi-mastered cooking various meat dishes on the egg.  Over the weekend I made some of the best baby back ribs I have ever eaten.  However, my side dishes were really disappointing.  Nothing memorable at all!  What is the point in making great brisket, pulled pork, or ribs if the rest of the meal is just so-so?

So, would any of you care to share your signature side dish recipes?  Baked beans, coleslaw, potatoes, bread, etc...  Thanks in advance for anyone's willingness to share with the group!

A northern Colorado Egghead since 2012!

XL and a Small BGE.


  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,253
    If you like beans here is a sweet side dish that has been making the circuit for several years, apple, peach or cherry pie filling.
  • 500500 Posts: 2,735
    edited February 2013
    Crash Hot Potatoes

    Refrigerator Pickled Slaw
    I added Miracle Whip to this for a more creamy version.  To me the dressing tasted like Bob Evan's Colonial Dressing, if you've ever had that.
    Large BGE; Midlothian, Virginia
    I like Pig Butts and I can not lie.
    "Barbecue is a journey, one meal at a time."
  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,911
    My favorite potato recipe is from the Pioneer Woman Crashed Potatoes simple and really tasty. I like fresh rosemary with mine. I even made them last night to go along with a Pork Tenderloin with Black Berry Sauce... pics 


    I love sweet potato fries but am still working on a great method for the egg.. 

    My goto bean recipe is Steven Raichlens Best Barbecued Beans on the Planet  

    I get asked to make both of those quite often when I have friends over or take dishes somewhere. 
    Large & Small BGE, CGW Two-Tier Swing Rack for BOTH EGGS, Spider for the Wok, eggCARTen & and Cedar Pergola my Eggs call home in Edmond, OK. 
  • ChubbsChubbs Posts: 6,925
    Cant get any easier than grilled pineapple.
    Columbia, SC --- LBGE 2011 -- MINI BGE 2013
  • 500500 Posts: 2,735
    Lots of good stuff here; (I post the link even though I fear it being held for post approval);
    Large BGE; Midlothian, Virginia
    I like Pig Butts and I can not lie.
    "Barbecue is a journey, one meal at a time."
  • Dyal_SCDyal_SC Posts: 4,791
    Absolutely love homemade smoky and cheesy scalloped potatoes. Here's a post I made on the other forum awhile back...
  • Solson005Solson005 Posts: 1,911
    @Dyal_SC those potatoes look awesome (meatloaf too, still haven't made one on the egg) I will be trying these soon, thanks! 
    Large & Small BGE, CGW Two-Tier Swing Rack for BOTH EGGS, Spider for the Wok, eggCARTen & and Cedar Pergola my Eggs call home in Edmond, OK. 
  • Our sides are pretty simple for us:

    1. squash (acorn, delicata, or other) halved, with some coconut oil (or butter) and brown sugar
    2. Grilled zucchini spears
    3. Roasted corn on the cob

  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,992
    edited February 2013
    Don't exactly have recipes. I tend to improvise a lot. But here are some rules i follow.

    For baked beans, as Egger fishlessman pointed out, they need to be baked. I find that the classic navy bean works best, after a soak in distilled water. Beware hard water, the beans will become tough. Then, in a DO at low temperature, 250 - 300F for at least 5 hours, adding fluid to the sauce as needed.

    Mac n cheese. Use as many kinds of cheese as you can. Some tart goats cheese adds a lot. Put in lots of butter, and add non-fat evaporated milk. The extra protein in the evaporated milk will help keep the cheeses from breaking into oil and curds.

    A little bit of good Spanish sweet smoked paprika can do wonders.

    Bake 'taters before mashing. The flavor after roasting is more "potatoey."

    If making potato salad, add some coarse mustard to the mix, and some mashed hard egg yolks. Buy some jowl bacon, cube it, and bake the cubes into bacon croutons.

    Buy some really good sherry vinegar, and good olive oil. While most slaws are creamy, one w. just a vinaigrette works well w. pork seasoned w. a mostly sweet rub.  Consider shredded brussel sprouts instead of cabbage. A minor flavor of celery seed or salt is usually a good thing.

    Boring flavored foods are often helped by a dash of lemon juice.

  • BENTEBENTE Posts: 8,337
    plus one on the apple baked beans, and on the crash potatoes! pineapple is pretty easy and good!

    happy eggin


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    Tyrus Raymond Cobb

  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 4,014
    Al's Hawaiian Coleslaw 16 oz bag cole slaw 8-12 oz mandarin oranges ( I like more swmbo likes less) 8 oz crushed pineapple 8 oz pineapple tidbits 1/3 cup broken up pecans 1 cup mayo Drain juice off all fruit. Combine all ingredients and chill for a couple hours and then enjoy.



     LBGE,SBGE, and a Mini makes three......Sweet home Alabama........ Stay thirsty my friends .

  • JscottJscott Posts: 174
    I like doing a very tasty mango salsa. Great on porrk chops or just plain. Every bite is an explosion of flavors!
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