how do you serve beef brisket

Everything tastes good with Smoked Beef Brisket! Serve this smoky dish up with some corn on the cob, Jalapeno Artichoke Dip, Moist Buttermilk Cornbread, baked beans, Wild Brown Rice, or Crispy Air Fryer French Fries. Lay out some pickles, BBQ sauce, and gravy.

Smoking beef brisket is a labor of love, so you don’t want to go and ruin it by serving up sides that don’t quite cut the mustard.

After spending 12 hours smoking the perfect brisket, you want sides that heighten the eating experience but aren’t too labor-intensive.

We’ve come up with a list of dishes we know complement a low and slow-smoked brisket to ensure your efforts are rewarded.

Should smoked brisket be pink?

It is OK for smoked meats to be a little pink; the smoking process tends to block the chemical reactions that turn meat brown. Always use a meat thermometer to ensure your brisket is done. It should read 205 F inside the meat before pulling it out of the smoker, and the temperature will continue to rise to 210 F while it rests.

A nicely smoked brisket will have a dark crust on its surface, and then it will have a “smoked ring” under the crust. This ring is often distinctly pink. The rest of the meat should brownish to pinkish in color.

Elevate your brisket with these unforgettable side dishes

This slaw is perfect with brisket and super easy to make. In fact, you probably have all the dressing ingredients in your cupboard already.

The crunch of the cabbage is a nice contrast to the soft, tender brisket, and the dressing, which is tangy and savory, is refreshing and complements the smokey flavor of the BBQ meat.

What could be better than beef, beans, and bacon?

Beans are a classic side for BBQ, with big bold flavors of smoke and caramel. You can’t deny this dish is always a winner.

The beauty of this mac and cheese is that it is all done in a single tray.

You literally add all the ingredients; pasta, cheese, cream, rub, and milk to the tray and onto the smoker for one hour.

BBQ doesn’t get any better than comfort food in a foil baking tray.

Yes, we know, but don’t knock it till you try it. These are delicious!

The sprouts have a nice sweet nuttiness to them, and the bacon is crisp and salty. Serve them alongside your brisket with the lemon garlic dipping sauce and it really is a side dish that can’t be beaten.

These corn ribs are slightly easier to eat than a whole cob because we cut it into quarters.

A little brush with a wet rub of butter and a Mexican-inspired blend of spices. On the grill for 20 minutes till they get a nice little curl going, and they’re done.

If Mexican is not your thing, we have some alternative flavor suggestions you might like.

There’s a reason this is in our Top 10 recipes. Need we say more?

This salad has got it all: tender, chewy pasta, fresh tomatoes, salty olives, crunchy cucumber, and soft creamy mozzarella, all coated in a zingy Dijon vinegarette.

We’re not going to kid you by saying these are healthy because there’s a vegetable involved, but we are going to say they are definitely a great way to eat carrots, and they look good, too.

The carrots are soft, the sweetness is enhanced by the maple glaze, and, of course, you get a nice contrasting saltiness from the crispy bacon.

Okay, technically a condiment. But they are a must-have with any good piece of BBQ meat, sweet, tangy, and crispy.

Make these the day before you want to eat them. Slice up your onions, make your brine, fill up the jar with both, and let sit for 24 hours.

You’ll find many uses for them, pulled pork sandwiches and tacos, to name a few.

If you love pickles, you’ll want to give this one a go as well.

These pickle chips are essential with any smoked meat, they act as a palette cleanser with their sharp tangy flavor.

Pretty quick to make and ready to eat in 2 to 4 hours (24 is better). They will also last a good four weeks in the fridge.

Make a double batch, as they are also good on sandwiches or a cheese board.

Potatoes, oh, how we love you, no matter how you are cooked.

It doesn’t get much simpler or tastier than these baby potatoes. Pop them into a cast iron skillet, drizzle with olive oil, season, sprinkle with herbs and parmesan, then into the smoker for an hour.

These turn your average baked potato into something a little more special.

After you’ve baked your potatoes, hollow them out and fill them with a mixture of cheese, bacon, and BBQ rub, then back on the grill to get crisp and take on a little smoky flavor.

Serve them up with BBQ meat and a little sour cream for a delicious combo.

Every BBQ needs a good side dish or two. When you’ve gone to the effort of an 8-12-hour cooked brisket, it’s essential.

Whether you want, tangy, creamy or cheesey we think you’ll find something in this list that will go perfectly with your next brisket.

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how do you serve beef brisket

How long does it take to smoke a brisket?

Brisket needs to be cooked long and slow. When smoking, allow for around eight hours to fully cook the meat. It’s best to start smoking it in the morning for an evening meal.

You can also smoke it the day before. Let it finish resting on the counter and then double-wrap it in aluminum foil followed by sealing it in plastic. Store it in the refrigerator overnight. Pull it out and let it sit on the counter for around 30 minutes while you preheat the oven to 325 F. Insert the brisket and let it slowly heat up for an hour or until it reaches 160 F inside. Remove and slice.

Alternatively, you can smoke it the day before and reheat it in a crockpot. This is a good way to serve brisket sandwiches buffet-style, where the meat, buns, and various toppings are presented and the guests can assemble their own sandwiches before picking out their sides.

To reheat it in a crockpot, remove your well-wrapped brisket from the refrigerator and let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes. Slice it up and place it in the crockpot. Pour all of the drippings over it, or you can pour a bit of beef broth on top of it. Let it heat up on low for about 4 hours, and then leave it in the crockpot to stay warm while the guests help themselves.

Everything tastes good with Smoked Beef Brisket! Serve this smoky dish up with some corn on the cob, Jalapeno Artichoke Dip, Moist Buttermilk Cornbread, baked beans, Wild Brown Rice, or Crispy Air Fryer French Fries. Lay out some pickles, BBQ sauce, and gravy.

FAQ

How is brisket typically served?

One popular way to eat brisket is to slow cook it until it becomes tender and juicy, then slice it thinly and serve it with barbecue sauce. Another way to enjoy brisket is to smoke it for several hours until it is cooked to perfection, then slice it and serve it with your favorite sides.

What is traditionally served with brisket?

Baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni salad, corn on the cob, anything that is reminiscent of a barbecue. Even a green salad or green beans if you wanted to make it more upscale. What is the best side dish to serve with beef brisket?

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