10 Best Barbecue Side Dishes


Malty Maple Cornbread

In some areas of the country, you can't have a barbecue if cornbread isn't on the menu. We're not joking -- it's such an integral part of the meal and experience that if you don't include it, many people will consider your barbecue a mere cookout. That's how passionate people can be about this dish. While standard cornbread is perfectly fine, this recipe uses maple syrup instead of sugar for a sweetener. Don't worry; no one's going to complain or attempt to downgrade your event. Instead, they'll ask for seconds.

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