What To Serve With Brisket

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There’s nothing quite like a deliciously smoked brisket and a backyard BBQ. But if you’re having a hard time picking brisket side dishes, I’ve got you covered. I’ll share some of our favorite recipes to serve with brisket.

The title of “King Of The Backyard BBQ” always has and always will belong to smoked brisket. This huge slab of beef is smoky, juicy, and delicious – what more could you ask for?

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While your smoked brisket is the star of the table, that doesn’t mean that the rest of the food has to take a backseat.

In fact, I would argue that the side dishes are what really make or break a backyard cookout. (Maybe that’s because I’m usually in charge of the side dishes!)

So, what should you serve with smoked brisket? Well, that depends on what you’re looking for. If you want to keep things simple, then some classic sides like potato salad or coleslaw would be perfect.

But if you’re looking to mix up the menu, I’ve got some ideas for you too! So whether you’re looking for something classic or something a little more adventurous, you’re sure to find the perfect side dish in this list.

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Kale and Apple Slaw
This simple salad is easy to prepare and has a great texture with refreshing flavors. The salad base is made of kale, apple, and onion, and is tossed with a light, creamy dressing that is seasoned with fresh lemon juice and mustard. This kale salad makes the perfect menu addition for your barbecue.
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Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad
Cherry Tomato Caprese salad is filled with sweet, juicy tomatoes, creamy, fresh mozzarella, and delicious basil! It's quick and easy to make and is the perfect refreshing summertime recipe to serve with brisket.
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Healthier Potato Salad
If you're looking to lighten up a classic side dish, this secretly healthy potato salad is the ticket! It's creamy, flavorful, and made low fat with simple ingredients. No one will even guess they're eating a healthier version of this classic side dish due to the classic taste!
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Southern Coleslaw Recipe
This Southern Coleslaw is a must-have barbecue side dish! It's filled with crunchy cabbage and sweet carrots and tossed in a creamy vinegary dressing. Tangy coleslaw helps to balance your palette from the heavy, smoky, fatty meat like brisket. I always have time for coleslaw on my BBQ menu!
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Loaded Potato Salad
If you're craving potato salad and ready to commit to a flavor bonanza, this salad is for you. It's made with creamy red potatoes, crispy bacon, and freshly grated cheddar and tossed in homemade ranch dressing. This is a splurge recipe FOR SURE, but oh so worth it!
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Dill Pickle Pasta Salad with Bacon
Dill pickle pasta salad is another crowd-pleasing brisket side dish! This easy-to-toss-together salad is creamy, dill pickle-y, and cheesy with a hint for crispy bacon. I don't think you can go wrong with that combination ever. My kids absolutely LOVE when I make this salad for our backyard BBQs!
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Creamy Cucumber Dill Salad
This creamy cucumber dill salad is a great alternative to coleslaw. It's got crunchy cucumbers and red onions tossed in a zingy, creamy sauce made with sour cream, vinegar, and fresh dill. It's light, refreshing, and totally delicious… not to mention super easy!
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Smoked Asparagus Bundles
Step aside steamed asparagus, these smoked asparagus bundles are where it's at! These asparagus spears are marinaded in a lemon garlic marinade before being smoked to perfection on cedar planks!
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Smoked Corn On The Cob
Since the smoker is already going, why not smoke your corn on the cob too! In this recipe, the corn husk is opened up, and the kernels smothered with BBQ butter, re-wrapped, and smoked to perfection on the pellet grill. Smoked corn on the cob is the best easy summer side dish.
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Sous Vide Green Beans
Sous vide green beans are an easy-to-make, hands-off side dish that brings the flavor! Fresh green beans are cooked to perfection then sauteed in butter and topped with Parmigiano Reggiano. The rich and sharp Parmigiano Reggiano is the perfect pair for tender green beans.
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Instant Pot Collard Greens
Instant Pot Collard Greens are a perfect side dish for smoked brisket. They have a tender texture with a savory, meaty flavor. They are quick and easy to make and are ready in only an hour.
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Calico Baked Beans
Baked beans are a classic BBQ side dish! This recipe has 4 different kinds of beans baked in an easy-to-make savory-sweet sauce. For an added touch, you can smoke them on the Traeger while you're smoking your brisket!
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Bacon Brussel Sprouts
Since we're already cooking outdoors, why not continue the party with these Blackstone brussels sprouts?! They're blanched, then tossed on the griddle with bacon and shallots for an irresistible side dish. My kids LOVE fried sprouts, especially when they've got bacon!
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Air fryer baked potato topped with sour cream and green onions.
Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
Use your air fryer to make perfect baked potatoes, seriously, once you do you'll never go back! This easy air fryer baked potato recipe has only 3 ingredients and less than 5 minutes of hands-on time. Besides, what says backyard BBQ more than a loaded baked potato with sour cream!
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Mexican Street Corn Casserole
This ain't your Gramma's corn pudding! This street corn casserole is a real show stopper. It takes like 5 minutes to toss together, but tastes like it took hours! It's full of delicious Mexican street corn spices, queso fresco cheese, and cilantro.
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Pepper jack mac in a cast iron skillet
Pepper Jack Mac
Pepper jack mac is a delicious side dish that is perfect for serving with smoked brisket. This dish is loaded with a creamy Monterey jack-mozzarella cheese sauce, spicy jalapenos, and macaroni noodles. The pepper jack cheese gives this dish a spicy flavor that pairs well with the smoky brisket.
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Party Potatoes
If you're looking for a quick and easy potato dish to serve with your brisket, look no further! These party potatoes are easy, cheesy and big on flavor.
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Vidalia Onion Casserole
This recipe is an unexpected addition, but it's creamy and oniony, and crispy in all the right places! This easy-to-make casserole has sauteed Vidalia onions, creamy cheddar parmesan cheese sauce and it's topped with crushed Ritz crackers. It will be a sure hit for your guests!
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A stack of fresh baked no milk biscuits.
Homemade Biscuits Without Milk
These tender, flaky and delicious biscuits are made without milk. You can make them in less than 60 minutes with just 5 ingredients! If you’ve been looking for an easy butter biscuit recipe then this is the one for you!
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    This delicious cornbread recipe is as easy as it is moist. You can't beat the delicate crumb and crispy crust that you get baking this cornbread in a cast-iron skillet. Besides, we all know that brisket needs cornbread!
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