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What To serve With Smoked Brisket

Brisket is probably the most popular barbecue beef option here in the US. It’s the perfect cut for beginners and seasoned smokers alike. But what about what goes with it? Man cannot live on brisket alone. This post gathers almost 2 dozen recipe options for how to prepare and what to serve with your smoked and barbecue beef brisket. 

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Brisket is the beef cut of choice for barbecuers, smoker-enthusiasts, and just beef-lovers in general! It’s so easy and can be made in a variety of ways. And the results are the most tender, melt in your mouth deliciousness any person could ask for.

But brisket is more than just an easy and delicious beef option. It’s the centerpiece for some of the most mouthwatering and memorable meals. This post will guide you on how to season and cook your brisket, and what to serve alongside it.

You’ll find everything from a plethora of potato dishes to a variety of vegetable sides. And of course I’ve included a bunch of bread recipes to sop up all the beautiful brisket sauce and juices. 

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What is a Brisket?

Brisket is a cut of beef from the lower chest muscle or pectoral region of cattle. These muscles are packed with collagen-containing connective tissue which makes for a tough piece of meat that needs to be cooked low and slow. We’re talking hours to get it to perfection

Brisket can be smoked, roasted, braised, or even boiled. But however you cook it, when it’s cooked properly that collagen in the tissue gelatinizes and melts into the meat making the most tender beef you can imagine.

I love the American Wagyu beef brisket from Snake River Farms. You can get a fully-cooked smoked brisket or one you cook yourself. Both types arrive frozen.

The SRF smoked brisket is only available in one 8-lb size. The raw version is available from 12-22 pounds and in their Black or Gold label varieties. 

The Black Label beef contains a Beef Marbling Score (yes, that’s a real thing) of 6-8 and the Gold Label has a BMS of 9+. More marbling means a more tender result. To give you an idea of the quality of Snake River Farms brisket – USDA prime rated meats usually max out at a BMS of 5.

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Smoked Brisket Recipes

Marinade injections and spice rubs are the perfect way to season a brisket for smoking. I have tried several versions and variations over the years, and they have all turned out fantastic. I couldn’t pick just one Pit Boss brisket rub recipe as my favorite. And you can add all the seasoning you want, but the most important factor in smoking a brisket is to smoke low and slow.

This Coca-Cola And Jack Daniels Smoked Brisket Recipe is the perfect combination of a cocktail made to flavor a brisket! Pair the injection with a dry rub! This brisket turns out so tender and full of flavor, plus the meat makes amazing leftovers and in other recipes as well.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH SMOKED BEEF BRISKET:

Now, I’m basically a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy. But one of the many great things about brisket is that it goes so well with just about anything. 

From mashed potatoes to mac and cheese and everything in between, there’s almost no wrong answer to “What should I make to go with the brisket?”

I’ve included a whole bunch of easy sides that can be cooked separately, grilled or smoked along with the brisket. There’s a few vegetables, of course potatoes, and some bread options to sop up all the amazing flavor and juices from the roast.

Bread To Serve With Smoked Brisket

I’m a carboholic.Sso even if I’m having potatoes or mac and cheese with my meat, I’m having some bread too. I mean, you need something to soak up all the juicy bits and pieces from the plate. 

I can get by with a few slices of plain sandwich bread or a couple rolls. But I really love to switch things up and make one of these easy and flavor-packed bread recipes to go with my brisket.

Cheesy Pull-Apart Garlic Bread – This pull apart garlic bread is perfect as a centerpiece for family dinners and my kids always love it. Use store-bought bakery bread, slice it and stuff with butter and minced garlic, then bake until it’s golden brown and the cheese is perfectly melted and gooey. Get the recipe → here.

Pull Apart Parmesan Bites – Just use refrigerated Grands biscuits to make these easy pull-apart garlic bread bites! My kids love these and they are so easy to make. Get the recipe → here.

Cheesy Monkey Bread – Use a bundt pan with canned biscuits, butter, cheese, and seasonings to make this delicious cheesy monkey bread! This is a fun one to make with the kids! Get the recipe → here.

Corn Bread – Can be smoked and baked along with the brisket or made separately. Depending on the rub, you might want to add some shredded cheddar and chopped jalapenos to the mix. Order my favorite cornbread mix → here.

Smoked Side Dishes

Smoked Side Dishes To Serve With Smoked Brisket

These recipes are easily made in the smoker alongside the brisket as it cooks. From baked beans, mac and cheese, and a variety of potato sides all made with the smoker. Check out my full Smoked Side Dishes post → here! But also don’t forget the Coleslaw too!

Smoked Loaded Baked Beans – This is the ultimate side dish or dish to take to a tailgating party.  Allow this to slow smoke in your smoker in a cast iron Dutch oven.  Add in a bit more bacon grease for more flavor. Get the recipe → here!

Smoked Baked Potatoes– Throw baking potatoes on the smoker to make an easy smoked, baked potato! These are tasty and don’t take long to make on the smoker and you don’t heat up the house. Use a little bit of olive oil and garlic season to flavor them. Get the recipe → here!

Smoked Potato Salad– You can also use those smoked baked potatoes to make this delicious twist on classic potato salad. While it isn’t fully cooked in the smoker it is amazing with smoked potatoes. Plus you can make this favorite side dish the night before. Get the recipe → here!

Smoked Potato Salad with Garnished hard boiled egg

Creamy Smoked Macaroni And Cheese– Enough said! Melted cheese with the flavor of smoke to cover your pasta! The heavy cream helps to make this dish even smoother and bolder. Get the recipe → here!

Classic Smoked Sweet Potato Casserole – A butter pecan brown sugar topping combined with smoked sweet potatoes. This frees up oven space and adds fantastic flavor to the beef brisket! Get the recipe → here!

Smoked Loaded Cheesy Potatoes – This is one of the best side dishes to serve with red meats. When you can’t decide between baked potatoes or smoked macaroni and cheese, this is the recipe to go to! Get the recipe → here!

Smoked Loaded Cheesy Potatoes smoking on pit boss pellet grill

Easy Smoked Cheesy Potatoes – Use red potatoes to make this unique cheesy potato casserole! The flavor goes well with smoked prime rib. Get the recipe → here!

Easy Smoked Queso Dip – Okay, I know this isn’t a side per se, but I included this because I sometimes like to make this without the chorizo and pour it over my sliced brisket and potatoes. Get the recipe → here!

Grilled Side Dishes To Serve With Smoked Brisket

Fire up the grill while the smoker is going and get some of these amazing and flavor-packed grilled side dishes that go perfectly with your smoked brisket. 

Collage with grilled twice baked potatoes, cheese stuffed mushrooms, grilled zucchini, and grilled corn on the cob

You can find my full post of Grilling Side Disheshere

Grilled Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes – The perfect way to clear up oven space for a holiday dinner! Use your gas grill to cook up these twice-baked potatoes! Get the recipe → here!

Portabella Mushrooms – Amazing side dish to cook alongside anything on the grill; use mozzarella and feta cheese to make this dish! Get the recipe → here!

How To Grill Corn On The Cob – The possibilities are endless with how you can grill corn! My favorite way is foil and garlic salt! Get the recipe → here!

Cheesy Grilled Asparagus on tin foil cooked

Cheesy Grilled Asparagus In Foil Use foil packets to make this easy cheesy asparagus! It’s so delicious and so easy to make as well! Get the recipe → here!

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Anaheim Peppers – Stuff the peppers with a delicious cream cheese sausage filling and wrap with bacon! Get the recipe → here!

Foil Packet Potatoes – Use sliced potatoes filled with other veggies, peppers, cheese, and bacon to make thes, plus easy to customize for picky eaters. Get the recipe → here!

Cast Iron Grilled Zucchini A cast iron skillet on the grill or the side burner makes this delicious side dish perfect for backyard dinners. Get the recipe → here!

How To Grill Zucchini – Use olive oil and seasoning to make this easy grilled side dish. This delicious dish is done in less than 15 minutes. Get the recipe → here!

Grilled Zucchini on white plate

What is your go to for serving with brisket?

Pellet Smoker Recipes To check out

Looking for more smoker recipes? Be sure to check out Smoker Recipes. The post contains smoker recipes for everything from ham to macaroni and cheese to Prime Rib! See it ->here.

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