What to Serve With Brisket: 18 Tasty Sides

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Brisket is one of our favorite things to put on the smoker or roast in the oven. All that fall-apart tender meat deserves a fantastic side dish that can elevate its deliciousness. We’ve put together a list of our favorites for what to serve with brisket so you don’t have to put much thought into the perfect pairing.

Potato salad, mexican inspired brussels sprouts, and baked beans, what to serve with brisket

Each of these side dishes is perfect for a summer BBQ or a family picnic or potluck. If you’re smoking your brisket, we’ve even got a few sides you can smoke alongside it!

With so many great brisket side dishes, you’ll have something new to serve every time.

How to Make Brisket

First you start with the perfect brisket. Below are 2 great ways to make brisket. If you have a smoker, like our favorite Z Grills Pellet Grill and can cook it all day

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Smoked Brisket on the Pellet Grill

Making brisket on the Traeger is a great way to make a tender, juicy and delicious brisket.

Oven-Roasted or Instant Pot Brisket

Tender and flavorful beef brisket that rivals the low and slow pit BBQ we all love, but without the full day of smoking over wood.

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Sides to Serve With Brisket

Traeger Baked Potatoes

Slow-baked potatoes with crispy skin and a fluffy interior are a perfect side dish to serve with a grilled BBQ main course. Traeger Baked Potatoes are not just easy to make but are loaded with nutrients and flavor. 
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Traeger smoked baked potatoes

Corn & Black Bean Pasta Salad

This Corn & Black Bean Pasta Salad combines fusilli pasta with corn, black beans, bell pepper and cilantro for a Southwestern flair.
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Corn and black bean pasta

How to Make Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled Corn on the Cob is a delicious and popular summer dish that can be enjoyed as a snack or a side dish at any outdoor gathering.
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Grilled corn on the cob

Mediterranean Pasta Salad With Chickpeas

Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Chickpeas combines tangy feta cheese, salty Kalamata olives, sweet grape tomatoes, and crunchy vegetables for a perfect balance of flavors and textures.
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Mediterranean pasta salad

Broccoli Salad

This salad is packed with fresh broccoli, bacon, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and cheese. It's a huge hit at barbecues and parties.
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Broccoli salad

Classic Wedge Salad with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing

This classic wedge salad is a great accompaniment to any meal. It's refreshingly crispy and packed with flavor.
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Wedge salad

Classic Mexican Street Corn (Elote)

A classic Mexican street food, this corn on the cob is charred on the grill, then slathered in mayo, and topped with tangy Cotija cheese, chili powder and cilantro. 
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Mexican street corn

Easy Instant Pot Potato Salad

This easy Instant Pot Potato Salad is the fastest, easiest way to make potato salad for your garden party or barbecue. It’s loaded with tender potatoes, eggs, and crunchy bits in a creamy dressing.
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Easy instant pot potato salad

Mexican-Inspired Brussels Sprouts

These Mexican-Inspired Brussels Sprouts are so delicious, caramelized on the edges and coated with a spicy Mexican-inspired seasoning that adds a great pop of flavor.
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Mexican brussels sprouts featured

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower

Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower is delicious and super easy to make. The cauliflower florets are breaded and air fried to crispy perfection, then drenched in tasty buffalo sauce and dipped in blue cheese dip.
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Air fryer buffalo cauliflower

Creamy & Spicy Chipotle Coleslaw

This Chipotle Coleslaw incorporates chipotles peppers and adobo sauce to add smoky heat to a summer side dish favorite. Kick your coleslaw up a notch with this creamy, spicy dressing.
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Chipotle coleslaw f2

Air Fryer Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots

Air Fryer Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots are sprinkled with seasoning salt, glazed with a Sriracha honey sauce and cooked in the air fryer.
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Air fryer bacon-wrapped tater tots


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