What To Serve With BBQ Brisket? Here Are Tips and Ideas

Alright, you have your new smoker and seasoned it by smoking some chicken and pork. Now it is time for the real test with a trimmed brisket.

But besides a nice smoked brisket, you also have to think about side dishes. I did a little reading and found some of the most used side dishes served with brisket and added my own favorites to the list

brisket on an Oklahoma smoker.

Brisket is the perfect barbeque or party meal, whether you want it on a sandwich or by itself. It doesn’t matter if Brisket is barbecued, or slow-cooked on one of the pellet grills with all bells and whistles to perfection; it makes an excellent family dinner at any time of year!

 Are you looking for some options for what to serve as a side dish? I’ve got your back. There are so many dishes that would be fantastic with brisket, but these are some of my favorites for a perfect dining table.

Here are some side dishes you can serve with BBQ brisket

Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is a guaranteed side serve to make any dish even more appealing. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable meal of deliciously sweet, salty, savory, and smokey brisket served alongside a bowl of rich, creamy, and cheesy macaroni & cheese. For some more flavor, garnish your mac and cheese with crispy bacon bits. The smoking flavor of crispy bacon is a fantastic match for your brisket.

Skinned potatoes

Other than scalloped and mashed potatoes, my family loves grilled potato skins. Because you already have the grill burning for the brisket, this is an excellent chance to get the most out of it.

Cut potatoes in halves and ball them out with a spoon to create potato skins. 

Pre-cook the potatoes in the microwave for 6-7 minutes.   They taste best when grilled with the skin up for five minutes and slathered in butter.

After 3 minutes, turn the spuds over and continue cooking. Serve the potatoes topped with cream cheese, shallot, and bacon. Delicious!

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

I know, I know, you’re going to skip this part, but please don’t! For once, let’s give Brussels sprouts a shot. Because they taste delicious when cooked properly, especially with brisket.

Timing is everything when it comes to making great Brussels sprouts. The bitter flavor and bad odor are caused by overcooking. Roast the chopped Brussels sprouts for 20-30 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on desired consistency.

All you need is some kosher salt, olive oil, and freshly ground pepper. The result is a crispy, caramelized, heavenly piece as a side serving.

Baked Beans

Baked beans pair well with brisket because of their sweet and smokey flavors. You can always give canned beans to your guests, but why go for canned when you can prepare them wonderful home-cooked baked beans?

Mix your beans with some pepper, onion, minced meat, and cider-molasses barbecue sauce for a delicious dish that your family will love.


Among all the side serves that have been made, Coleslaw really is the most appealing because it’s easy to make, it’s light and healthy, and more importantly, it always tastes amazing.

All you need is some chopped vegetables like cabbage and carrots and a tasty coleslaw dressing to make a salad. Mix it all together and serve this crunchy and tasty side dish with your freshly cooked brisket.

These are some of the most used savory side dishes to serve with a BBQ brisket.

I have also brought some of them to a BBQ potluck and they are a great addition to that.

Eddie van Aken

Eddie van Aken has years of experience in running his full-service restaurant and with this came working with using and dealing with all types of kitchen equipment. With his experience, he can find all the pros and cons of grills and add them to the grill reviews he is doing. You can read more on the about page for Eddie van Aken

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