Items like St. Louis ribs, beef brisket, or grilled sausage may technically be the stars of a classic barbecue, but finding the right food elements to serve on the side are just as important. After all, nothing complements a pulled pork sandwich like a side of cabbage slaw! This Summer, we've got a few ideas — some tried-and-true, others a bit more contemporary — to set you off on the right course for your next meat-smoking extravaganza.
Classic Potato Salad
It isn't an all-American barbecue without potato salad , smothered in its classic dressing of mayonnaise.
For some contrast to your pulled pork and slow-cooked brisket, serve guests a side of cool and crunchy coleslaw .
Macaroni and Cheese
For a home-style touch, offer a welcoming platter of baked cheddar-and-leek mac and cheese .
Beer Baked White Beans
Can't think of what to pair with your pork? That's easy — baked beans , of course! These are cooked low and slow with beer and bacon.
Juicy, pink melon's a requisite for the standard Summer grill-out. Here, it appears in a different incarnation, as the star of a watermelon, feta, and arugula salad .
Pecorino and Bean Salad
This colorful side  — which incorporates Italian flavors such as pecorino with Asian ingredients like edamame — certainly isn't your grandma's bean salad!
Quick-pickled farm-stand tomatoes  are one part condiment, one part salad, and one part side — oh, and all parts delicious.
The flavors of the Mediterranean get a sleek update with the help of orzo pasta .
Corn on the Cob
Jazz up traditional corn on the cob  with adobo chiles for a Southwestern touch.
Summer Fruit salad
End your barbecue on a sweet and light note with a refreshing fruit salad  of Summer produce and mint.