Mastering the Perfect Side Dishes for Your Weber Smokey Mountain Brisket

Mastering the Perfect Side Dishes for Your Weber Smokey Mountain Brisket


Whether you're a seasoned pitmaster or just starting your BBQ journey, a perfectly smoked brisket on your Weber Smokey Mountain is an accomplishment to be proud of. But what's a star without its supporting cast? The right side dishes can elevate your BBQ feast from great to unforgettable. In this post, we'll explore a selection of side dishes that pair perfectly with your Weber Smokey Mountain brisket, each designed to complement the rich, smoky flavors of your main dish.

Why Pairing Matters

Before we dive into recipes, let’s understand why the right sides matter:

  • Flavor Balance: Brisket is rich and smoky. Lighter, acidic, or fresh sides can balance its heaviness.
  • Texture Contrast: A tender brisket benefits from sides with crunch or creaminess.
  • Visual Appeal: A colorful plate is more appetizing and enjoyable to eat.

1. Classic Coleslaw

Ingredients:

  • 1 small head of green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine cabbage, carrot, and red onion.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  3. Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and toss to combine.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.

 

2. Smoked Baked Beans

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your smoker to 250°F.
  2. In a cast-iron skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crispy. Remove bacon and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, sauté the onion until translucent.
  4. Add navy beans, ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and cooked bacon.
  5. Mix well and place the skillet in the smoker. Smoke for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally.

 

3. Grilled Corn on the Cob

Ingredients:

  • 6 ears of corn, husked
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Brush each ear of corn with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place corn directly on the grill grates. Grill for about 15 minutes, turning occasionally, until charred and tender.
  4. Sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving.

 

4. Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

Instructions:

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook for about 1 minute.
  3. Gradually whisk in milk, bringing the mixture to a simmer until thickened.
  4. Stir in cheeses, salt, garlic powder, and smoked paprika until melted and smooth.
  5. Add cooked macaroni and stir to coat.

Conclusion

Pairing your perfectly smoked brisket with these delicious sides will ensure your BBQ feast is a hit. Each of these recipes not only complements the rich, smoky flavors of your brisket but also adds a unique twist to your meal. So fire up your Weber Smokey Mountain, get cooking, and enjoy a well-rounded BBQ experience!

 

 


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