By Mary Claire Lagroue

Brisket is more versatile than it lets on.

How do we love brisket? Let's count the ways. First, this meat just about falls apart when it's finished cooking. Then, it basically drips with the flavors and juices it marinates in. Not to mention, brisket can handle a lot of salt. (Heavy-handed cooks, rejoice.) You can even cook this forgiving cut of beef a little too long and it still turns out delectable. We could go on. But here's one more noteworthy reason we're all heart eyes for brisket: It goes with SO MANY SIDE DISHES. Read on for a few of our favorites.

1. Vinagrete (Brazilian Tomato Slaw)

No, brisket and Brazilian tomato slaw are not a classic combo, but the slaw would fit right in with this smoked brisket with a cumin, paprika, and chili powder rub. Cap the meal with avocado slices.

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2. Sauteed Radishes

Turning up the temp on radishes lessens their bite and unearths a slight sweetness.

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3. Mom's Potato Latkes

Though part of a traditional Hanukkah meal, latkes (potato pancakes) and braised brisket know no season.

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4. Roasted Iowa Root Vegetables

Wine-braised brisket rounds out the sweet earthiness of parsnips, carrots, and rutabaga.

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5. Plant-Based Taco

These vegetarian tacos would benefit from the impeccable umami of leftover brisket (if you even have any of this smoked, Texas-style brisket left over).

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6. Jan's Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Mark our words, fiery chipotle sweet potato wedges would wow alongside smoky, savory brisket.

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7. Kickin' Collard Greens

Southern barbecue joints dish up savory collard greens with sauce-y brisket. Ergo you should, too. "I'm from the South and these are THE BEST collards. I've impressed both of my Southern grandmothers with this recipe and have even impressed a few Yankees," says JULES2JEWELS.

8. Apple Baked Beans

Tart apples transform baked beans from smoky brisket's humble sidekick to dinnertime superstar, just like that.

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9. Vernell's Slaw

Let's take a moment to appreciate another classic barbeque side: slaw. "It's similar to a sweet and sour cabbage recipe and will keep for two weeks in the refrigerator. Great served with beef brisket. Best made a day or more before serving," says recipe creator HUNGRYHIPPO2.

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10. Oven Roasted Red Potatoes and Asparagus

Garlicky roasted red potatoes and asparagus would taste amazing with wine-braised brisket -- or just about any meaty dish if we're being honest.

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Check out our collection of Brisket and BBQ Side Dish Recipes.

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