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Where to Find Tempting Barbecue Side Dishes in Austin

Grits, cheesy squash, casseroles

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Barbecue is practically the official cuisine of Austin, and many, if not most, local barbecue joints rely on traditional preparations of sides like pinto beans, potato salad, and coleslaw to serve alongside carefully-crafted meats. With that, Eater gathered the best places to find barbecue sides in Austin. Some spots, like Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew and Micklethwait Craft Meats, tweak those old favorites to add just a little bit more interest to the barbecue experience. Others, like Salt Lick, offer up the classics. This update adds Kerlin BBQ, Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ, LeRoy & Lewis, and pitmaster John Mueller's new Georgetown home Black Box Barbecue.

For more barbecue needs, there are Austin's best barbecue spots, barbecue heatmap, ribs, sandwiches, desserts, brunches, and much more.

Everything below is listed in an unranked order. Is a favorite side and/or barbecue joint with stellar sides missing below? Hit up the tipline, the comments, or the forum.

With updates by Nadia Chaudhury

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Micklethwait Craft Meats

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Barbecue meets comfort food with a side order of creamy, kicky jalapeno cheese grits, tempered with the refreshing tang of lemon poppyseed coleslaw.

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

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Bring your vegetarian friend with you, because there are tons of meat-free sides here to keep them satisfied. The star of the sides here is the corn casserole, with macaroni and cheese running a close second. Don’t skip the banana pudding, either.

The Salt Lick

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The Driftwood icon’s unusual vinegar-based German-style coleslaw and chunky, savory potato salad sides are classics in the barbecue world.

Opie's BBQ

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Head out to Spicewood for barbecue served alongside tater tot casserole and free, self-serve butter beans, only on Fridays and Sundays.

Kerlin BBQ

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Cheese and vegetables are good on their own, but mixed together for Kerlin's blue cheese coleslaw results in a tangy flavor that pairs well with barbecue and barbecue klobasnek.

Freedmen's

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Barbecue dinner gets a sinus-clearing kick with horseradish potato salad, which goes down best with an excellent whiskey and smoked banana pudding.

LeRoy & Lewis

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The fledgling barbecue trailer focuses on new school barbecue, which extends over to its sides as well. The oft-changing menu has featured potato and golden beet salad, rainbow carrot slaw, and kimchi deviled eggs.

Leroy & Lewis’ kimchi deviled eggs LeRoy & Lewis/Official

Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

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The smoked corn is Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ's standout side, where the elote-style corn kernels are mixed with chile salt and topped with crema.

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Black Box Barbecue

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Pitmaster John Mueller has a new home up in Georgetown, and he brought his cheesy squash along with him.

Café Mueller by HEB

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You’re trying to get dinner sorted with a minimum of fuss. That doesn’t mean you have to skimp on good sides. Order barbecue from the Mueller HEB cafe with a side of brisket beans and go home happy and quickly.

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Micklethwait Craft Meats

Barbecue meets comfort food with a side order of creamy, kicky jalapeno cheese grits, tempered with the refreshing tang of lemon poppyseed coleslaw.

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

Bring your vegetarian friend with you, because there are tons of meat-free sides here to keep them satisfied. The star of the sides here is the corn casserole, with macaroni and cheese running a close second. Don’t skip the banana pudding, either.

The Salt Lick

The Driftwood icon’s unusual vinegar-based German-style coleslaw and chunky, savory potato salad sides are classics in the barbecue world.

Opie's BBQ

Head out to Spicewood for barbecue served alongside tater tot casserole and free, self-serve butter beans, only on Fridays and Sundays.

Kerlin BBQ

Cheese and vegetables are good on their own, but mixed together for Kerlin's blue cheese coleslaw results in a tangy flavor that pairs well with barbecue and barbecue klobasnek.

Freedmen's

Barbecue dinner gets a sinus-clearing kick with horseradish potato salad, which goes down best with an excellent whiskey and smoked banana pudding.

LeRoy & Lewis

Leroy & Lewis’ kimchi deviled eggs LeRoy & Lewis/Official

The fledgling barbecue trailer focuses on new school barbecue, which extends over to its sides as well. The oft-changing menu has featured potato and golden beet salad, rainbow carrot slaw, and kimchi deviled eggs.

Leroy & Lewis’ kimchi deviled eggs LeRoy & Lewis/Official

Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ/Official

The smoked corn is Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ's standout side, where the elote-style corn kernels are mixed with chile salt and topped with crema.

Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ/Official

Black Box Barbecue

Pitmaster John Mueller has a new home up in Georgetown, and he brought his cheesy squash along with him.

Café Mueller by HEB

You’re trying to get dinner sorted with a minimum of fuss. That doesn’t mean you have to skimp on good sides. Order barbecue from the Mueller HEB cafe with a side of brisket beans and go home happy and quickly.

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