Planning to prepare tender, slow-cooked brisket? Brisket is one of my favorite beef cuts and is a sure crowd-pleaser.
But here’s the real kicker with this one — it can be taken to the next level when served with the perfect side!
Curious about what to serve with brisket? Look no further, because I’ve gathered all my personal favorites in this list!
From trusty potato dishes to exciting, refreshing slaw, there’ll be something that will wow your guests here.
Take out your chef hat and let’s get cooking!
These starchy and carby sides turn your brisket into a full and satisfying meal while amplifying the flavor of the meat!
Potatoes and onions with brisket? Now that’s what I call a winner!
This recipe yields potato chunks that are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, with flavorful oniony goodness!
Potato sides are always a classic with brisket, and this dish really packs a flavor punch while still being simple enough to let the meat shine. It’s only seasoned with salt, pepper, and butter, and cooks in just over 30 minutes.
If you want a side dish you can whip up quickly, this is the one!
Would you prefer a stronger flavor profile for your potatoes? If so, you’ve got to try this batata harra recipe!
These roast potatoes have an exquisite Mediterranean flavor profile with an explosion of garlic, parsley, cilantro, lemon, pepper, salt, and olive oil. This makes them light and zesty, pairing perfectly with hearty and rich brisket.
Plus, this simple recipe is so easy to make and only needs ten minutes of prep!
This recipe takes a little more slicing time, but the payoff is so worth it! You’ll end up with a pan full of delicately layered, perfectly cooked potato rounds, with delicious creamy sauce and melty cheese in between.
Scalloped potatoes make for a popular dish, so they’re perfect for big gatherings. They’re also extremely easy to slice and serve!
Make sure not to skip the layer of shredded cheddar cheese (I sometimes add parmesan as well) on top. It gets crispy and crackly in the oven, adding amazing texture to the soft potatoes.
Yes, potatoes — again! Hear me out. If you want to know what goes with brisket, you can never go wrong with baked potatoes!
This recipe takes trusty ol’ potatoes to the next level by smoking them! You can use your Traeger pellet grill or other smokers to infuse them with flavor and get the perfect crunchy skin and melt-in-your-mouth center.
It’s also extra convenient if you’re smoking your brisket or other meats.
While this smoked version takes a little longer than regular baked potatoes, brisket isn’t exactly a quick cook either – and once you’ve popped them in, you can hit two birds with one stone!
The toppings are up to you, but a thick pat of butter (or margarine), sour cream, cheddar cheese, and chives are my go-to!
Add bacon bits for an extra meaty crunch, or simply serve them alongside your brisket to soak up extra juices.
These latkes are super quick (only about thirty minutes including prep) and seriously tasty! Latkes are a delicacy in Jewish cuisine and are traditionally made for Hanukkah or other holidays.
To make them, combine shredded potato and onion with egg, flour, and seasonings before frying.
The resulting crispy, flavorful potato pancake is amazing! Try them with apple sauce — it goes surprisingly great with the savory flavors of latkes and brisket!
And the best part? These potato latkes are ready in just half an hour. That’s why I love whipping them up when I’m pressed for time!
Brisket is always heavenly when paired with Southern dishes, and this list wouldn’t be complete without the classic savory corn pudding!
Brisket’s savory, meaty goodness with the creamy, slightly sweet pudding? I’m down for that anytime!
When preparing this dish, I recommend using fresh corn when possible. Frozen corn can make the dish too watery and make you miss out on the brighter colors and flavors.
This pudding is ready in about an hour, but it’s still great even when served chilled after two days. Yum!
I’m a sucker for great corn dishes, so I really want to add another to the list! Here’s an easy creamed corn if you can’t get enough of creamy dishes.
The best thing about this corn dish is that it’s quick and simple. All you need is some butter, corn, cream, and seasonings. For this recipe, frozen corn works perfectly fine – so no need to visit the nearest farmer’s market!
This dish is truly delectable and comes together in less than 15 minutes. I really can’t ask for more!
This 5-ingredient corn casserole is unbelievably easy as well, and it’s a great option if you want a carby corn dish that’s soft and buttery.
It’s an upgrade on boxed corn muffin mix, so it’s super straightforward (just mix and bake) while still being delicious and the ultimate comfort food!
I like serving it alongside brisket and other Southern-style meals as a no-brainer side that I don’t have to sweat over! It really brightens up any plate.
Of course, you don’t have to completely transform corn to make it amazing! And that’s something this simple recipe proves so well.
This next dish is grilled to perfection; sweet with a little char, and best served with a pat of butter and salt.
If you like spicy foods, you can add black pepper or chili powder as well to finish! This side is key to having that classic barbecue vibe.
This recipe is the only thing that has stopped me from buying Trader Joe’s cornbread, which is seriously the best.
This copycat dish is somehow even tastier while being a whole lot cheaper and very easy to make!
The sweet, buttery, and soft cornbread goes so well with brisket or any other hearty Southern meal. You can add fresh or frozen corn kernels as well if you want a more diverse texture!
If you’re looking for a classic choice for what to eat with brisket, I really recommend making homemade dinner rolls. These rolls look store-bought with how perfect they are — rounded, puffy, soft, and buttery!
They’re also easy to tear apart and honestly go great with just about any meal. I especially like them with brisket though because they soak up the delicious flavor of the meat.
While they’re great as a side, you can even use them as a sandwich base. Get a chunk or two of hefty brisket and wrap them in dinner rolls. I usually have at least two!
This might be the best garlic bread recipe out there! It’s homemade but doesn’t take much longer to prepare than frozen garlic bread – and as you might imagine, it’s worlds tastier!
Using a good-quality soft loaf of bread and salted butter is key to the perfectly buttery, salty, and heartwarming garlic bread.
While this recipe calls for just parmesan, you can also add cheddar or mozzarella cheese if you want that gooey cheese pull!
I also really like that this recipe does the ingredient conversions for you if you’re doubling or tripling the amount. Math is by far my least favorite part of cooking!
Flakey, fluffy, and oh-so-cheesy — what more could you ask for? This recipe is a copy of Red Lobster’s famous Cheddar Bay Biscuits, and it’s something you can indulge in the comfort of your own home.
With this dish, you’ll not only avoid the price tag but also enjoy super fresh, just-out-of-the-oven treats!
For classic biscuits, simply drop the batter onto a baking sheet. But here’s a pro tip: if you want them to look extra cute and to bake faster, make them in a muffin tin!
Hushpuppies are a Southern classic that are such a treat! This recipe takes them to the next level by infusing them with Mexican-style spices, chilis, and beer.
Because they’re so small, you don’t need a deep fryer for this recipe; you can make it on the stove instead (just remember to be careful around hot oil). For the perfect, round hushpuppy, use a cookie scoop, melon baller, or small ice cream scoop.
Ready in just 30 minutes, these hushpuppies are great for brisket dinners or barbecue afternoons!
Mac and cheese is a staple for any cookout. The creamy, cheesy, satisfying pasta goes so well with brisket and really rounds out the meal.
This recipe takes classic mac and cheese and somehow makes it even more Southern by smoking it!
This imbues it with a complex umami flavor that’s truly indescribable – I’m sure you’ll know what I mean once you’ve tried it.
This mac and cheese is a long way from Kraft (which is still a favorite of mine from childhood — no hate here).
It uses three cheeses – cheddar, gouda, and gruyere – as well as an amazing spice medley. To give it a fantastic texture, it’s even topped with toasted panko crumbs!
This macaroni salad is a go-to summer side. It’s creamy and tangy, and pairs perfectly with lean meats like brisket! Plus, you can make it ahead of time – giving you one less thing to do on the day.
The magic of this recipe is that it uses celery, bell peppers, red onions, and carrots as add-ins. However, I love the freedom of getting to swap them out for other favorites!
If you want a no-nonsense salad for your first time, though, I recommend adding peas, ham, cheese, olives, and pickles to the mix.
Your veggies shouldn’t be an afterthought – they should be the co-stars of your meal (maybe slightly less than your juicy, slow-roasted brisket, however!). These salads and veggies are straight-up delicious:
This 4-ingredient coleslaw is so simple and quick to prepare. It only takes five minutes, and potentially even less than that if you’re a quick mixer!
It upgrades pre-packaged coleslaw mix with honey, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and a little salt, though you’re free to add more if you like.
It’s a bright, fresh, and delicious side to serve with brisket or other hearty mains, especially if you’re trying for a Southern feel.
You can also easily make this recipe keto-friendly by leaving out the honey or swapping it for a different sweetener.
If you haven’t given Brussels sprouts a try since you were a kid, you’re not alone! I too swore off these veggies for a long time, and I seriously regret it.
When prepared right, Brussels sprouts are tender, sweet, and nutty — not at all the soggy and bitter green blobs seared into my memory.
This recipe gives these sprouts so much justice, coating them with parmesan, garlic, and olive oil. It’s a combo I find very hard to hate!
Wondering what goes with brisket dinner? Potato salad is a great choice.
This potato salad is so fluffy, creamy, and satisfying! It goes perfectly with brisket and packs an extra protein punch from the eggs as well. It’s also another recipe you can make ahead of time.
In fact, I think potato salad is usually better after a day in the fridge. The potatoes have a chance to soak up all the amazing flavors, and everything firms up – making it so much easier to serve.
If you want a taste of summer freshness with each bite of brisket, try out this vinaigrette! It’s light and refreshing, so it’s sure to balance out the meat’s savory, rich flavor.
This simple salad uses tomatoes, cucumber, red bell pepper, and green and white onion, as well as herbs and dressings. It’s bright and tangy and perfectly contrasts with the smoky, hearty, heavier flavors of brisket.
It’s zero hassle to prep, too! You can whip it up in no time and simply leave it to stand for three hours; you’ll be rewarded with the best tomato slaw out there.
Asparagus is another veggie I’ve only learned to love as an adult. The key to perfect asparagus is all in the cooking time; you want it tender, but not soft.
This recipe helps you make asparagus shine by gently steaming it and dressing it simply with butter, garlic, lemon juice, and salt and pepper.
It’s a simple and quick veggie to make, but still brings an air of subtle sophistication to your brisket main!
This recipe capitalizes on carrots’ naturally sweet flavor palette while only requiring four ingredients: carrots, brown sugar, butter, and water (which I’m not sure even counts as an ingredient!).
It takes less than twenty minutes to whip this sweet, succulent side dish up, and you can easily make it on a stove.
The recipe calls for baby carrots, but you can always cut up larger carrots if you have them on hand!
I actually sometimes prefer using coined carrots as they’re quicker to cook and you get more of the brown sugar topping in each bite!
Sumac onions are one of those simple additions that somehow have the ability to complete a spread.
And that really surprised me considering this recipe only needs red onions that are quickly pickled (in just five minutes!).
This Turkish-style prep combines olive oil, lemon, sumac, parsley, and salt, but the result is a perfectly tangy, slightly spicy side.
Even better: this dish is incredibly versatile! You can serve it alongside brisket, as part of a salad, or as a tasty ingredient in your sandwiches if you still have leftovers.
These little pickle chips are so crunchy, sour, and salty that you’ll have a hard time stopping once you’ve started eating them!
You can make them with any shape of pickle, though the recipe recommends dill pickle rounds as the ultimate snacking size.
With each bite of these crunchy treats, your tongue will experience a flavor explosion like no other!
They’re excellent as a side dish with Southern meats like brisket or other barbecue classics, but I also enjoy serving them as an appetizer.
There can only be one sauce I recommend with brisket, and that’s BBQ sauce.
Once you’ve started making your own, I don’t think you’ll be going to go back to store-bought. Here are my top picks for you to try!
BBQ sauce and brisket go together like peanut butter and jelly. That’s why when I’m in the mood for that classic, smoky, meaty flavor, reaching for BBQ sauce is a no-brainer!
And because it only needs ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, honey, brown sugar, and other common ingredients, you can prep this in no time!
Simply whisk them together and once the sauce is done – ready to be slathered onto your brisket.
Trust me: this homemade sauce will make all of your dishes absolutely scrumptious.
What do Texans serve with brisket? While there are plenty of Southern options, their briskets pop with so much flavor thanks to Texas BBQ sauce.
This sauce puts a spicy twist on the everyday BBQ condiment. There’s a whole lot of chili and black pepper, but also other flavor notes such as tomato, mustard, and butter!
Once you’ve drizzled this Southern BBQ sauce on your brisket, I bet you won’t want it any other way. It uses a more complex blend of ingredients, but the payoff is so worth it!
This coffee-infused BBQ sauce is one that will wake up your taste buds! It’s the perfect BBQ sauce for those who want something that’s a bit elevated and different.
What makes it so special? Why, the bourbon-coffee infusion, of course! It packs a solid flavor punch, though it won’t get you tipsy or keep you up all night.
What I can guarantee, however, is that it’ll keep you coming back for seconds!
And finally: you can’t have a list of Southern sides without beans! They’re full of protein and fiber, and add even more smoky satisfaction to your brisket meal.
Bacon, garlic, and barbecue beans: I bet that these ingredients alone got your mouth watering! And that’s precisely why these Southern baked beans make the list.
With their combination of tangy, savory, and smoky flavors, there’s plenty to love about these baked beans!
It’s the bacon that ties everything together, but if you’ll be serving these beans with brisket, feel free to leave the bacon out.
Keep in mind that these beans do require a bit of time; it takes 1.5 hours before you can serve them!
If you’re like me, a dish that’s rich in color is a surefire way to get me drooling. Three Bean Salad, with its red, yellow, and green colors, fits the bill perfectly!
The salad’s quirky name comes from the three types of beans that make up its base — green, kidney, and garbanzo beans!
A mix of olive oil, vinegar, parsley, and onions wrap these three together into a seamless and flavorful dish.
This simple cold bean salad is healthy, tasty, and refreshing at the same time!
Can you guess the secret ingredient in Cowboy beans? Spoiler alert: It’s coffee! This might raise eyebrows, but trust me – coffee adds depth to the meaty, smoky, and slightly spicy flavor of this bean dish.
The hint of bitterness works wonders for this recipe. Pinto beans with cheese and barbecue sauce create a beautifully savory dish. With coffee, the mix becomes even richer.
And with smoked ham shank thrown in for good measure? Exquisite!
If you’re interested, note that this dish takes at least two hours to make. You’ll need to fire up the stove early to enjoy it for dinner!
What to Serve With Brisket - 30 Yummy Dishes
- Fried Potatoes and Onions
- Pan Toasted Spicy Potatoes Batata Harra
- Scalloped Potatoes
- Smoked Baked Potatoes
- Grandma’s Traditional Potato Latkes
- Savory Corn Pudding
- Easy Creamed Corn
- 5 Ingredient Corn Casserole
- Grilled Corn on the Cob
- Trader Joe’s Copycat Cornbread
- Homemade Dinner Rolls
- Grilled Garlic Bread
- Cheddar Bay Biscuits
- Beer-Battered Mexican Hushpuppies
- Smoked Mac and Cheese
- Macaroni Salad
Salads & Veggies
- 4- Ingredients Coleslaw
- Brussels Sprouts
- Potato Salad
- Vinagrete Brazilian Tomato Slaw
- Steamed Asparagus
- Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
- Sumac Onions
- Deep Fried Pickles
- Homemade BBQ Sauce
- Texas BBQ Sauce
- Coffee-Infused BBQ Sauce
- Easy Southern Baked Beans
- Three Bean Salad
- Cowboy Beans
My name is Beth, Elizabeth Evelyn to be exact. A native Tennessean, I was born in the South.
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