21 Best Side Dishes for Brisket

Buttermilk Hush Puppies
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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.

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Vinagrete (Brazilian Tomato Slaw)

Vinagrete (Brazilian Tomato Slaw)
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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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Sauteed Radishes

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

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Mom's Potato Latkes

Mom's Potato Latkes served with applesauce on the side
Holiday Baker

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

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Roasted Iowa Root Vegetables

Roasted Iowa Root Vegetables
Buckwheat Queen

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

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Plant-Based Taco

Plant-Based Taco with cauliflower, corn, black beans, avocado on a tortilla in a blue and white bowl
Buckwheat Queen

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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Jan's Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Jan's Chipotle Roasted Sweet Potatoes
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Mark our words, fiery chipotle sweet potato wedges would wow alongside smoky, savory brisket.

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Kickin' Collard Greens

collard greens in a glass bowl

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.

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Apple Baked Beans

top-down view of a white ceramic baking dish filled with baked beans, garnished with a sprig of Italian parsley

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

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Vernell's Slaw

slaw in small glass dish on red tablecloth

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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Oven Roasted Red Potatoes and Asparagus

Oven Roasted Red Potatoes and Asparagus
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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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Awesome and Easy Creamy Corn Casserole

Awesome and Easy Creamy Corn Casserole recipe in a casserole dish
Allrecipes Magazine

This cross between corn souffle and corn pudding is perfect for sopping up those brisket juices.

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Grandma's Southern Mac and Cheese

scoop of mac and cheese casserole

You didn't think we'd leave out this Southern staple, did you? This straight forward mac and cheese recipe is seriously cheesy.

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Restaurant-Style Potato Skins

Potato skins with cheese and scallions on top
House of Aqua

This sports bar classic happens to go so well with brisket.

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Buttermilk Hush Puppies

Buttermilk Hush Puppies
Allrecipes Magazine

In the South, these deep-fried golden bites are served at any cookout or barbeque.

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Skillet-Braised Brussels Sprouts

brussels sprouts in cast iron skillet with bacon
Trusted Brands

Hear us out: Brussels, when skillet braised with bacon and garlic, bring a hint of sweetness to savory brisket.

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Anne's Amazing Roasted Green Beans

roasted green beans on plate with lemon wedge

If you're heating up the oven for baked brisket, go ahead and roast these green beans to serve on the side as well!

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All-American Loaded Baked Potato Salad

All-American Loaded Baked Potato Salad

If you're indecisive, this recipe combines two classic potato side dishes in one: potato salad and loaded baked potatoes. "Even people who don't normally love potato salad seem to love this!" says reviewer spicejenmom.

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Quick Savory Grilled Peaches

Quick Savory Grilled Peaches

Grilling peaches brings out their sweet flavor in a whole new way, and they pair so well with succulent smoked brisket.

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Best Fried Green Tomatoes

Best Fried Green Tomatoes
Best Fried Green Tomatoes.

You can't go wrong with this highly revered Southern side. Make sure your tomatoes are firm so they hold up well to frying.

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Creamy Broccoli Salad

Creamy Broccoli Salad

This potluck classic is the perfect pairing for savory brisket thanks to its crunch and sweet dressing.

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Most Amazing Challah

two loaves of challah

Serve this braided bread with a braised brisket to soak up all the sauce.

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