Fantastic side dishes for smoked turkey are the perfect way to complement the main dish of a holiday dinner. It’s great to have turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, but even when it’s not on a holiday table, it makes an excellent meal anytime. The best part is that there are usually lots of leftovers.
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When you change the side dishes for leftover smoked turkey, you change up the entire meal, which doesn’t feel like leftovers! My favorite side dishes are quick and easy, perfect for busy cooks who want a delicious meal without spending half the day in the kitchen.
Smoked Turkey Recipes:
A dry rub works amazingly well on turkey, but doing a brine with the dry rub adds more flavor. There is no wrong way to smoke a turkey. Now, I buy extras during the holidays, so I have extra turkeys to smoke later in the year!
- Smoked Coca-Cola Turkey Brine Recipe
- Smoked Turkey With A Dry Rub
- Apple Cider Brine Smoked Turkey
- Smoked Turkey Breast With Brine Recipe
- Jack Daniels Smoked Turkey Brine
- Smoked Turkey With Brine, Butter Injection, and Dry Rub
Best Smoked side dishes for smoked turkey:
Classic Smoked Side Dishes
Smoked Green Bean Casserole– Green bean casserole is probably the most popular side dish for turkey. Smoking gives a leveled-up smoky flavor to the entire meal. It’s unnecessary to save this delicious plate for Turkey Day, either. Enjoy it any day you’d like!
Sweet Potatoes – The old lady’s favorite. Whether you serve leftover turkey with sweet potato fries, sweet potato casserole, baked sweet potatoes, or something else, sweet potatoes are a great way to have a healthier side dish. And trust me, you need to try smoked sweet potato casserole; it’s incredible and will cook alongside the turkey.
Smoked Potato Salad – If you’re serving turkey breast in the summer months, there’s nothing quite as tasty as a nice smoked potato salad to pair it with! You can even take it a step further, chop up the leftover turkey while it’s cold (or even at room temperature), and mix it with the salad.
Smoked Loaded Cheesy Potatoes– This is one of the best side dishes to serve with red meats. Smoked Brisket is one of my favorites to do with this; just like a loaded baked potato, it has sour cream!
Smoked Side Dishes
Smoked Cream Cheese – This is more of an “accessory” than a side, but I promise, once you’ve had smoked cream cheese, you’ll want to put it on everything! This genuinely addictive food goes great with turkey, giving it an even smokier flavor and creamy texture.
Creamy Smoked Macaroni And Cheese– Enough said! Melt cheese with the flavor of smoke to cover your pasta! The heavy cream helps to make this dish even creamier.
Smoked Loaded Baked Beans– This is the ultimate side dish or dish to take to a tailgating party. Allow this to slow smoke on your smoke in a cast iron Dutch Oven. Add in a bit more bacon grease for more flavor.
The Best Leftover Smoked Turkey Recipes:
I love to use leftover smoked turkey in other recipes! From Pot Pies to soup to a casserole, there are no limits. I even use my Pit Boss Grills and Blackstone griddle to make leftover dishes too!! Check out all my tried and true leftover turkey recipes ->HERE.