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Barbecue... what are the best accompaniments / plating?

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Barbecue... what are the best accompaniments / plating?

Eat_Nopal | | Nov 3, 2006 06:49 PM

True barbecue can be downright sublime... but what do you eat with it? In my experience most eateries & people at home, tend to serve it with baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad & bbq sauces.... all items that tend to be sweet. On top of that... in the South they also serve very sweet ice tea.

Am I the only one that finds this combination of food odd? Does anybody else think that the sweet just keeps on building with no contrasts, no complimentary flavors... and an overall disharmonious crime against the sublime barbecued meat?

To be fair, I have encountered eateries that serve black eyed peas, collard greens, grilled vegetables & fresh watermelon. These I vastly prefer over the more commonly found sides.

My question is... does anybody else object to the more common pairings? Are there other side dishes that better compliment the various barbecues that I don't know about?

How about high end barbecue? Anybody know of nice restaurants that serve it... and what are their pairings?

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