There are 2 keys to a great brisket sandwich.
The first is having a great smoked brisket. The second is knowing what to do with the brisket when its done.
There is something to be said for food that comes off a grill or smoker. It is the pure essence of what summer living is all about when you have a group of friends over, the barbecue has been smoking a brisket for hours and backyard games are underway for the kiddos while parents converse over a refreshing glass of wine.
Ever since we started making recipes on our smoker about a year ago, I beg for us to do a smoked brisket at least once a month. The hunk of smoked beef contains so much flavor and aromas that it’s literally mouthwatering. The only caveat with smoking meat like a brisket is plenty of patience. In order for the meat to come out tender and flavorful, it needs to cook low and slow. This process can take anywhere from 6-12 hours depending on the size of the brisket, but the results are well worth it. Plus, it gives you a good opportunity to mingle with your favorite people!
You can’t go wrong just simply slicing up the brisket and serving it up on a plate with all the fixings, but we sometimes like to change it up by making smoked brisket sandwiches. The delicious tender pieces of meat slathered in a rich, smokey BBQ sauce and topped with a simple cabbage slaw is enough to make anyone beg for more.
Smoked Beef Brisket
- 1 – 6 pound brisket flat, trimmed
- your favorite barbecue rub
- Season the brisket on both sides with your favorite barbecue rub. Wrap the meat in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to cook (preferably 6-8 hours).
- When ready to smoke, arrange the brisket fat-side up on the grill grates at 225°. Smoke the brisket until it reaches the desired temperature of 165°, approximately 10 hours.
- Remove the brisket and wrap in butcher paper. Place it back on the grill grates and continue smoking the meat until is reaches 195°. This could take anywhere from 2-5 hours.
- Once the meat reaches 195°, remove from the smoker and place it in a confined space, either an oven or a cooler. Let rest for at least 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours.
- Place smoked brisket on a cutting board and slice across the grain into 1/4” slices.
Optional — Sandwich Fixings Ingredients
- Sourdough Rolls
- Barbecue Sauce
- Cabbage Slaw
Place brisket on the sandwich bread, slather with the barbecue sauce and top with cabbage slaw.
A tangy coleslaw or baked beans are a great accompaniment.
No matter if you are the King of the BBQ or just getting started, this smoked brisket recipe will make you look like an award-winning champion. Just be prepared for your family and friends to constantly be asking you when the next cookout is!