There’s nothing quite like a juicy and tender brisket, smoked to perfection. But what sides should you serve with it? We’ve got 30 delicious ideas for you!
From classic barbecue sides like potato salad and coleslaw, to more unique options like creamy corn pudding and peach chutney, we’ve got something for everyone. So fire up the smoker and get cooking!
30 Ideas For What To Serve With Brisket
BBQ beef brisket is smokey, hearty, meaty and of course, delicious. It’s most likely going to be the main course and star of the show at your party or gathering. You definitely want to make sure you pick out a delicious side dish (or two) to go along with it.
We’ve rounded up some of the best side dishes we could find that will be a great accompaniment to the brisket.
Potato Side Dishes For Brisket
Sweet Potatoes With Brown Sugar Cinnamon Butter
While your brisket is resting, fire up the air fryer to make these delicious baked sweet potatoes. They are topped with an amazing brown sugar cinnamon butter that melts perfectly into the tender potato. Get the recipe here.
Homemade Mashed Red Potatoes
These creamy mashed potatoes are a simple, yet delicious classic side dish that pairs perfectly with brisket. These red mashed potatoes can be made ahead of time and kept warm in a slow cooker. Get the recipe here.
Aside from the finely sliced potatoes, the creamy, cheesy, buttery, and smoky flavor of scalloped potatoes sets them apart from the competition.
You’ll need to slice them into 1/8-inch thin rounds to get that classic thin potato cut. While you can do this by hand, having a chopping tool, such as a good quality mandolin will ensure uniformly shaped cuts.
Best Classic Potato Salad
A BBQ just isn’t complete without a big scoop of this classic potato salad. Creamy mayo, celery, onion, hard-boiled eggs, and plenty of potatoes make up this classic side dish that pairs great with brisket. Get the recipe here.
Calabrese Potato Salad with Green Beans + Tomatoes
If you’re looking for a twist on traditional potato salad, this is your recipe. The mixture of potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, oregano, and vinegar makes for a refreshing side dish to pair with your decadent brisket. Get the recipe here.
Baked Potato Skins
Baked potato skins are a family favorite. This recipe has great tips for making your potato skins extra crispy. Top them off with smoky bacon bits, green onions, and lots of cheese. Get the recipe here.
Crispy Air Fryer French Fries
French fries are a no-brainer when it comes to a delicious and easy side to go with brisket. You’ll never go back to baking french fries in the oven again after you see how crispy the air fryer makes them! Get the recipe here.
pasta Side Dishes For Brisket
Smoked Mac And Cheese With Bacon-Crumb Topping
Nothing is more classic than a heaping scoop of rich and cheesy macaroni & cheese with sweet, savory, and smoky brisket. What’s going to make it even better? Crispy bacon crumbs on top.
The combination of smokey brisket and warm, creamy mac and cheese is a BBQ match made in heaven! Get the recipe here.
Amish Macaroni Salad
This creamy macaroni noodle salad has a little bit of sweet flavor in the tangy dressing made with mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, sugar, and smoked paprika. Get the easy recipe here.
Vegetable Side Dishes For Brisket
Roasted Butternut Squash With Cinnamon
This recipe elevates squash to a whole new level. The butternut squash is roasted with sweet cinnamon and maple syrup until caramelized. Top it with a dash of rosemary for an extra special touch. Get the recipe here.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts With Garlic
Sweet caramelized brussels sprouts with a touch of garlic will be the perfect addition to your BBQ. This simple dish is a breeze to make – all you need are brussels sprouts, olive oil, garlic, salt, black pepper and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Get the recipe here.
Quick Collard Greens
These collard greens are a super easy veggie to make as a side dish for your barbecue brisket meal. All you do is quickly cook the collard greens in olive oil. Add some seasonings like salt, pepper and garlic, then finish with a squeeze of lemon juice. Get the recipe from Cookie + Kate here.
Simple Skillet Green Beans
Simple green beans sauteed with garlic are the perfect balance for rich and hearty brisket. All you need for this recipe is fresh string beans, garlic, olive oil, a little spice and a hot skillet! Get the recipe here.
Grilled Corn On The Cob
Corn is a perfect choice when picking out your brisket sides. You just can’t beat fresh corn on the cob with some delicious melted butter. If you’ve never tried it grilled, now is the time! Get the recipe here.
Since brisket is already so rich and delicious, you may need a simple dish to balance things out. This quick grilled asparagus side dish could be just what you’re looking for. It’s tender, smoky, and sweet with a touch of olive oil, salt and pepper.
Creamy Confetti Corn
This easy side dish is full of yummy veggies like corn, red bell pepper, zucchini, and onions. Add in some flavor with garlic and basil, then top it all off with crispy salty bacon. Get the recipe here.
Salad and Slaw Side Dishes For Brisket
Creamy Cucumber Salad
Lighten up your meal with this irresistible salad made with onion, dill, cucumbers, sour cream and vinegar. It’s going to become a new favorite! Get the recipe here.
If you’ve got enough on your plate, go for a straightforward side dish with the brisket to make your life easier on the day of the event.
It takes just 15 minutes to make this creamy coleslaw, and it’s delicious! With the vibrant green and purple cabbage plus a touch of bright orange carrots, this colorful coleslaw will always be a crowd-pleaser.
Four Bean Salad
This easy mixed bean salad is perfect to make the night before your party. With it’s tangy vinaigrette, it will fit right in with your BBQ meal. Get the recipe here.
Brazilian Tomato Slaw (Vinagrete)
Vinagrete is a traditional Brazilian condiment made with fresh chopped tomatoes, red onions and peppers. The fresh herbs and crunchy texture make it a great choice for a refreshing side dish that pairs particularly well with grilled meats. Get the recipe here.
Peach chutney is a perfect side dish that pairs really well with salty brisket. This sweet and tangy side dish is loaded with warm spices and fresh peaches. Get the recipe here.
Appetizers For Brisket
Mac & Cheese Appetizer Bites
Macaroni and cheese is a homey comfort food that everyone loves. If you don’t want to serve a classic mac ‘n cheese side dish, why not try it as an appetizer? Get the recipe here.
Smoked Texas Twinkies (Jalapeno Poppers)
These Texas Twinkies are jalapeno poppers with a barbeque twist! All you need are the jalapenos, cream cheese, Monterey jack cheese, bacon, bbq sauce and a little bit of your brisket. You can even make them the night before and just warm them up the next day right before your party. Get the recipe here.
Smoked Queso Dip
Now that the brisket is done, put that smoker back to work with this delicious smoked cheese dip that is loaded with cheese, tomatoes, onion and bell pepper. You can even add in some of your smoked brisket or other meat like sausage, taco meat or pulled pork. Get the recipe here.
Bread Side Dishes For Brisket
This easy moist buttermilk cornbread is made with a bit of honey. It’s got crunchy buttery edges and a soft and fluffy center. Yum! Get the recipe here.
Not to be confused with cornbread, corn pudding is another traditional southern dish that will perfectly complement your brisket. It’s similar to cornbread, but it is more decadent. This particular recipe also has corn, creamed corn, sour cream, butter and eggs. Get the recipe here.
Beer Batter Hushpuppies
Hushpuppies have a golden, crispy exterior, a soft interior, and are simply delicious. They’re also straightforward to make, so beer batter hushpuppies are a perfect dish to make with brisket. Want to make them even more flavorful? Try infusing them with jalapeno peppers and onion!
Cheesy Smoked Bread
This recipe uses frozen dinner rolls on your smoker to make an amazing side dish that everyone is going to be talking about. These delicious rolls will delight your taste buds with flavors including cheese, garlic, basil, chiles, and Italian seasoning. Get the recipe here.
Easy Drop Biscuit Recipe
Biscuits are a classic side to serve with brisket, but they may seem like too much work. Not with this recipe! Just a few basic ingredients and no rolling or cutting are required. You’ll be enjoying biscuits in less than 20 minutes. Get the recipe here.
And there you have it – 30 amazing side dishes to serve with beef brisket. There are a lot of great options here, so hopefully, you’ve found the best easy side dish for your occasion. Enjoy!