We all have a certain picture in our heads when we imagine the perfect barbecue, yet our survey proved just how many different barbecue sides are vital for different people. Some commenters believed the correct answer wasn’t even included in the poll. A few of these less popular choices were white rice, corn on the cob, King’s Hawaiian bread, and applesauce. Other commenters contributed sides that we never even thought to enjoy with barbecue, from Mexican street corn to fruit salad and French fries to garlic bread. Still, one commenter did bring up a barbecue necessity we can all surely agree on: “paper towels.”
Along with the perfect sides, Mashed readers have other strongly held barbecue opinions. In March 2022, we conducted another survey asking what brand of barbecue sauce is best, according to 48% of people. Sweet Baby Ray’s took the top spot, and in second was Jack Daniel’s at 15.37%. KC Masterpiece received 12.07% of votes, followed by Stubb’s, Kraft, Jones Bar-B-Que, and King’s Hawaiian, in that order.