What to Serve With Brisket

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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.

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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.

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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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Baked potato with sour cream and chives
Mexican-Inspired Brussels Sprouts
These Mexican-Inspired Brussels Sprouts are caramelized on the edges and coated with a spicy Mexican-inspired seasoning.
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Mexican brussels sprouts
Smoked Sweet Potatoes
Smoked sweet potatoes are a perfect side dish for any BBQ meat, especially smoked brisket. All you need is a Traeger grill or other smoker and you're all set.
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Sweet potato with melted butter and chives
Creamy & Spicy Chipotle Coleslaw
This creamy & spicy Chipotle Coleslaw will add some heat to your favorite summer side dish.
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chipotle coleslaw
Honey Sriracha Roasted Potatoes
These honey sriracha roasted potatoes are crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and coated with a spicy, sweet sauce that's irresistible.
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Honey Sriracha 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 salad
Easy Orange Brussels Sprouts
Orange Sauce Brussels Sprouts are a fantastic sweet and savory side dish that combines orange marmalade with soy sauce and vinegar to make a delicious sauce to kick up the flavor of these steamed Brussels sprouts.
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Orange sauce brussels sprouts
Instant Pot Baked Beans
These sweet yet savory baked beans are the perfect side dish any time of year, not just at your cookout or BBQ.
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baked beans in the Instant Pot
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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classic 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
Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes
These Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes are deliciously addictive thinly sliced potatoes baked with a creamy cheese sauce using the pot-in-pot method.
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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
Easy Air Fryer Green Beans
Air Fryer Green Beans are so simple to make and they turn out perfectly crispy and tender when cooked in the air fryer. So why not save yourself a few steps and cook your green beans with a tasty seasoning in the air fryer.
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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

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

Tri tip

Traeger Smoked Brisket

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.

What Smoker to Use

Z GRILLS Wood Pellet Grill Smoker with PID 2.0 Controller, 700 Cooking Area, Meat Probes, Rain Cover for Outdoor BBQ, 7002C

Z Grills 7002C2E Pellet Grill & Smoker

The 7002C2E is a new model featuring a digital PID control board and advanced technology for even temperatures and consistent results. With the built-in dual temperature probes, a huge pellet hopper, pellet cleanout system, and pellet view window, your grilling experience will be enhanced like never before. See this grill and more on the Z Grills site.

Traeger Grills Pro Series 22 Electric Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker, Bronze, Extra large

Traeger Grills Pro Series 22 Pellet Grill & Smoker

Traeger created the original wood-pellet grill as the ultimate way to achieve wood-fired taste. The Pro Series 22 is the one most people choose because it’s compact, yet has plenty of space for cooking.

You can use any type of wood pellets you like. I prefer Hickory, which is great for naturally enhancing beef, chicken, pork, and veggies with full-bodied, bold flavor.


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