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What To Serve With Brisket – 45 BEST Side Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your brisket, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 45 of the most popular side dishes for brisket.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes to serve with brisket are pickled red cabbage, corn and avocado salad, cowboy beans, and watermelon salad. You can also try Caprese potato skins, cornbread muffins, kimchi pasta, or chili lime pineapple. Cheddar polenta is great for something cheap and cheerful.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Pickled red cabbage

My favorite side for brisket is pickled red cabbage.

It has a satisfying crunch and a bright, tangy flavor that contrasts perfectly with some tender and rich brisket. 

For best results, let your cabbage rest in the pickling solution for three days before digging in. 

Why we love this recipe: it’s a breeze to make – aside from heating the pickling liquid, you don’t have to do any cooking.

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Fiesta corn and avocado salad


This vibrant salad is the ultimate accompaniment for some barbecued meat. 

It’s a medley of sweet corn, creamy avocado, spicy jalapenos, and salty cheese.

And the ‘fiesta’ part comes from the sumac in the dressing which lends a tartness to the whole dish.

Psst… if you can’t find sumac, you can sub it for paprika.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a nourishing and delicious salad with no leafy greens!

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Honey jalapeno cornbread muffins

These cornbread muffins are a superb addition to your barbecue spread.

I always like to save a few bites of cornbread for the end, because then you can use it to mop up any leftover juices or sauce on your plate.

It’s usually the tastiest bite!

Why we love this recipe: it uses brown butter, which adds a nutty note to these treats.

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Cowboy beans

Also called frijoles charros, this dish involves cooking pinto beans slowly with aromatics, bacon, fire-roasted tomatoes, and jalapenos.

The resulting dish?

A warm, savory stew that will fill you up nicely. 

Serve with slices of brisket and warm bread for the ultimate comfort meal. 

Why we love this recipe: it details three methods of cooking this dish – in a slow cooker, instant pot, or simply over your stove.

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Cucumber jicama slaw


Coleslaws are the go-to for cookouts, but they can get quite heavy with the mayo dressing.

If you fancy something lighter, try this cucumber jicama slaw. 

The julienned cucumber and jicama slices are tossed with just a spritz of lime, salt, and cilantro. 

The acidity will cut right through your fatty brisket. 

Why we love this recipe: it’s perfect for a baking hot summer’s day.

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Caprese pesto potato skins

Jazz up your potato skins with classic Italian flavors of pesto and Caprese salad! 

The combination of bright, zippy pesto, juicy tomatoes, and melted mozzarella cheese with lightly crisp potato skins is simply delightful. 

Serve these with a slab of brisket for a fancy, indulgent meal. 

Why we love this recipe: it’s a fun and unique way to enjoy potato skins.

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Chili lime grilled pineapple

Take advantage of the open grill at your barbecue party and chuck some pineapples on it!

They’ll taste great plain, but to take things to the next level, try seasoning them with a mix of chaat masala, chili powder, and lime juice.

These will give you smoky-sweet pineapples that remind you of being on a Caribbean island.

Why we love this recipe: you only need four ingredients.

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Balsamic marinated grilled vegetables 

Grilled veggies are a fantastic healthy side to serve with brisket. 

They’re all charred and tasty, and you can season them with whatever you want (balsamic in this case, but a tasty garlic butter would work amazingly too). 

You can grill any veggies you like – just take a look and see what’s in your fridge.

Why we love this recipe: it’s great for last-minute emergencies.

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Bourbon honey BBQ sauce

Brisket needs a sauce. That’s a fact.

You can use bottled sauce, but I’m here to let you know how much better homemade sauces are!

You can adjust the ingredients endlessly, so you end up with just the right flavor for you. And there are no nasties in there.

Why we love this recipe: this sauce can last up to a month in your fridge.

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Broccoli and cheese casserole

Want something warm and comforting to go with your brisket?

You can’t go wrong with this casserole – or any cheesy casserole really! Think corn casserole, creamed peas, spinach gratin.

Psst… I sometimes add in a sprinkling of blue cheese as well.

Why we love this recipe: you can make it the day before to save you time.

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Southern collards and cabbage

Adding cabbage to the Southern classic of collard greens helps mellow out any leftover bitterness.

It’s a great dish to serve if you have guests that have never tried collard greens before.

Just remember these greens have different cooking times – cook the collard greens first! 

Why we love this recipe: it’s the perfect veggie addition to grilled meats like brisket.

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Watermelon arugula and feta salad

This watermelon arugula salad is the ultimate summer salad.

It’s loaded with peppery, sweet, and salty flavors tied together by a tangy balsamic dressing – perfect for a cookout.

And the juicy watermelon with your tender brisket… it’s a match made in heaven.

Why we love this recipe: it looks as good as it tastes.

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Cheddar polenta

This cheddar polenta is a fantastic budget-friendly side to serve with your brisket.

I like propping a couple of slices of brisket on top of the polenta and drizzling them with barbecue sauce – yum! 

Why we love this recipe: it’s an easy one-pot dish.

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Ranch pasta salad

There’s a reason you always see creamy side dishes served with barbecued meats like brisket – they just work together!

And pasta salad is guaranteed to be a winner. 

Psst… this salad tastes best once you’ve let it rest for 1-2 hours so all the flavors can meld together.

Why we love this recipe: you can use any pasta and veggies you have on hand to make this salad.

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What cocktails go well with brisket

Frozen margaritas and mojitos are my go-to cocktails to serve with brisket. But if you’re feeling adventurous, try whipping up a grilled fruit sangria or smoky bloody Mary.

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Web Story: What To Serve With Brisket

What To Serve With Brisket

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your brisket.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brisket side dishes, what to serve with brisket
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 155kcal


  • 1 portion brisket


  • Prepare your brisket according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: pickled red cabbage, fiesta corn and avocado salad, honey jalapeno cornbread muffins, cowboy beans, cucumber jicama slaw, Caprese pesto potato skins, chili lime grilled pineapple, balsamic marinated grilled vegetables, bourbon honey bbq sauce, broccoli and cheese casserole, southern collards and cabbage, watermelon arugula and feta salad, cheddar polenta, and ranch pasta salad.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 155kcal

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