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Seattle's Barbecue Side Dishes That Steal the Show

Don't sleep on the sides

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The Boar's Nest.
| Eva C./Yelp

When you picture a hearty, satisfying barbecue dinner, smoked meat takes center stage (check out Eater Seattle's guide to The Best Damn Barbecue in Seattle). And for some people, the only thing that could make pulled pork better is another helping of pulled pork. But for most, this kind of down home meal wouldn't be complete without a break from the brisket or a respite from the ribs. Enter the side order. (Check out the Illustrated Guide to Seattle's Best Barbecue Side Dishes, the companion piece to this map.)

The next time you're considering heading out for barbecue, don't overlook the magical morsels that complete the experience, from the cheesiest of mac and cheese to the gooiest of grits — okay, so maybe cheese factors heavily into the barbecue mythos. Still, not all the best accessories are dairy-based; read on to find out what else could pull your attention from the main course.

Note: Map points are listed in geographical order from north to south; no ranking is implied. Did we miss your favorite appetizer or accoutrement? Show it some love in the comments, send an email, or start a forum thread in its honor.

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Gabriel's Fire

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A deep, dark roux is key to good gumbo, and this Mountlake Terrace barbecue spot (formerly of Ballard) has it down pat. Made with a bunch of the restaurant's delicious barbecue meat tossed in, the gumbo is a can't-miss side or even meal centerpiece. Also lovely: barbecue baked beans.

Brileys BBQ & Grill

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Cross your fingers next time you head to Lake Forest Park, because you'll want the seasonal veg at Brileys to be garlic butter green beans. Crisp with a slightly wrinkly exterior, they're sweet and savory and delicious. No beans available? Try the Brunswick Stew for a hearty finish instead.

The Boar's Nest

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The menu here is a mix and match heaven, right down to the best side in the business: fried mac and cheese balls. Crunchy on the outside and creamy in the middle, they're best enjoyed with a little squirt of Kansas City BBQ sauce.

Kickin' Boot Whiskey Kitchen

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Whether you're noshing on some ribs or plowing through pimento cheese (Guys, order fries. Dip them in in pimento cheese. Trust.), the best side order for your barbecue here comes in a glass. Facing a crazy selection of whiskey, you owe it to yourself to make some good, boozy choices.

Bitterroot BBQ

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Bitterroot's late night happy hour deals include sandwiches and incredibly creamy cheesy grits with vinegary collard greens. Also awesome: mac and cheese, which comes as an entree with your choice of mix-ins (bacon lardons and jalapeños are a highlight).

Bourbon & Bones

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Nearly every Seattle barbecue stop has mac and cheese on the menu, but the version here is a standout. Shells and creamy white cheddar sauce always taste fresh and hot, with just the right gooeyness.

RoRo BBQ & Grill

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Tots are the workhorse of the fried potato world, with their heft and great utility in swiping up sauces. Made with sweet potatoes, RoRo’s versions go surprisingly well with messy sandwiches.

Campfire BBQ

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Brisket is king at this mobile mecca, but it pays to sop up every drippy bit with barbecue this good. Enter bacon cheddar cornbread, domed with honey butter.

Jack's BBQ

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Basic sides, including greens and potato salad, are plentiful on the menu at this Central Texas-style joint. But the Fritos pie is where it's at, with brisket chili dumped in the bag along with traditional mix-ins.

Gabriel's Fire

A deep, dark roux is key to good gumbo, and this Mountlake Terrace barbecue spot (formerly of Ballard) has it down pat. Made with a bunch of the restaurant's delicious barbecue meat tossed in, the gumbo is a can't-miss side or even meal centerpiece. Also lovely: barbecue baked beans.

Brileys BBQ & Grill

Cross your fingers next time you head to Lake Forest Park, because you'll want the seasonal veg at Brileys to be garlic butter green beans. Crisp with a slightly wrinkly exterior, they're sweet and savory and delicious. No beans available? Try the Brunswick Stew for a hearty finish instead.

The Boar's Nest

The menu here is a mix and match heaven, right down to the best side in the business: fried mac and cheese balls. Crunchy on the outside and creamy in the middle, they're best enjoyed with a little squirt of Kansas City BBQ sauce.

Kickin' Boot Whiskey Kitchen

Whether you're noshing on some ribs or plowing through pimento cheese (Guys, order fries. Dip them in in pimento cheese. Trust.), the best side order for your barbecue here comes in a glass. Facing a crazy selection of whiskey, you owe it to yourself to make some good, boozy choices.

Bitterroot BBQ

Bitterroot's late night happy hour deals include sandwiches and incredibly creamy cheesy grits with vinegary collard greens. Also awesome: mac and cheese, which comes as an entree with your choice of mix-ins (bacon lardons and jalapeños are a highlight).

Bourbon & Bones

Nearly every Seattle barbecue stop has mac and cheese on the menu, but the version here is a standout. Shells and creamy white cheddar sauce always taste fresh and hot, with just the right gooeyness.

RoRo BBQ & Grill

Tots are the workhorse of the fried potato world, with their heft and great utility in swiping up sauces. Made with sweet potatoes, RoRo’s versions go surprisingly well with messy sandwiches.

Campfire BBQ

Brisket is king at this mobile mecca, but it pays to sop up every drippy bit with barbecue this good. Enter bacon cheddar cornbread, domed with honey butter.

Jack's BBQ

Basic sides, including greens and potato salad, are plentiful on the menu at this Central Texas-style joint. But the Fritos pie is where it's at, with brisket chili dumped in the bag along with traditional mix-ins.

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