Crock-Pot BBQ Brisket Sandwiches

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These BBQ Brisket Sandwiches are made in the slow cooker with a handful of spices and a dash of liquid smoke, that classic BBQ Brisket flavor is delivered with a minimum of effort.

Brisket Sandwiches

Fork-tender, these brisket sandwiches are delicious topped with barbecue sauce, mayo, smoked Gouda cheese, and crispy onion straws.

My husband has declared these the best sandwiches ever. (And truthfully, I tend to agree!)

BBQ Brisket Sandwich

Its a lovely Saturday morning here. One where no one wants to be inside working on their computer or cooking in the kitchen. So I’m sharing a recipe you can throw into your slow cooker, forget about and enjoy tonight for supper.

Inspired by one of our favorite Arby’s sandwiches, my husband has been asking me when I am going to post this recipe. I think it’s his favorite one that I have made to date.

Best Ever BBQ Brisket Sandwiches

When I asked him what I should write about this recipe, he told me to simply say they are the most amazing, fantastic sandwiches ever. So I present to you one awesome “smoked” barbecue beef brisket sandwich.

And, if you believe my husband, these are the best sandwiches you will have this summer.

Slow Cooker Brisket Sandwiches

Slow-Cooker BBQ Brisket

They are simple to make, only requiring a slow cooker to make. No fancy smokers here. And little time commitment either.

In the morning, simply make a rub for the brisket, sprinkle on some liquid smoke, wrap in foil and place in a slow cooker for 8 to 10 hours. I developed this recipe after reading many brisket recipes and it is a combination of about 3 or 4 of them.

Wrapping the brisket in foil and placing it in the slow cooker without any liquid was a new technique for me, but it seems to be fairly common. Here you can see the two brisket halves wrapped and ready to cook in the crock-pot.

Brisket wrapped in foil in the crockpot

BBQ Brisket in the Crockpot

I used a small brisket, about 3.5 pounds. A brisket up to 5 pounds would probably fit in my slow cooker. A brisket the size of mine will make anywhere from 8 to 12 or more sandwiches depending on how big you make them.

After about 8 to 10 hours unwrap the brisket and either slice it thinly or shred it with a fork.

Use your crockpot to make a fantastic "smoked" BBQ Brisket!

To build the sandwich, spread mayo on the bottom half of your favorite bun and add a layer of beef as thick as you want.

Top the warm beef with a slice of smoked Gouda cheese, slather on your favorite barbecue sauce, sprinkle on some fried onions, and add the top half of the bun.

BBQ Brisket - made in the slow cooker!

For another great dinner that makes the most of your favorite barbecue sauces, you only need a handful of ingredients to make this {Six Ingredient} BBQ Meatloaf and the result is every bit as delicious as the much more complicated traditional recipes.

And for a lightning-fast sandwich that you can enjoy year-round, the Harvest Apple Bacon Cheddar Sandwiches are always a win!

Best Ever BBQ Brisket Sandwiches

Smoked Barbecue Beef Brisket Sandwiches

These BBQ Brisket Sandwiches are made in the slow cooker with a handful of spices and a dash of liquid smoke, that classic BBQ Brisket flavor is delivered with a minimum of effort.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 10 hrs
Total Time: 10 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American

Ingredients 

For the Brisket

  • 3-5 pound beef brisket
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons liquid smoke

For the Sandwiches

  • Smoked Gouda, sliced
  • Fried onion straws
  • Mayonnaise
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Sandwich Buns

Instructions

  • Trim any excess fat and cut the brisket in half width-wise.
  • Combine the paprika, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, garlic powder, black pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Stir together and then rub the spices all over the entire brisket.
  • Place one half of the brisket on a sheet of foil. Sprinkle half of the liquid smoke over it, making sure to get both sides. Wrap tightly and place into the slow cooker. Repeat with the second half.
  • Cook the brisket on low for 8 to 10 hours or until fork tender.
  • To assemble the sandwiches. Start by spreading mayo on the bottom bun, add a layer of meat, a slice of smoked gouda, barbecue sauce and fried onions. Add the top half the bun and enjoyl
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{originally published 6/14/14 – recipe notes and photos updated 3/1/22}

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  1. Chrystal @ YUM eating says

    Found you through the Lets Get Real Hop. I love brisket its my favorite meet. Your sandwich looks fantastic!

  2. Christina @ Juggling Real Food and Real Life says

    Hi Mallory. I’m stopping over from Let’s Get Real today. I just finished my salad for lunch at it had smoked gouda on it. It was really good so I was sitting here thinking about what else I could put it on when I brought about your post. Smoked gouda! It was meant to be. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe real soon. I love cooking in my crock when it’s hot out. It’s like someone is cooking for me when I’m outside playing.

  3. angela says

    Congrats on being featured on The Wednesday Roundup Link Party! Your post is pinned to our link party pinterest board! Come link up again this week!

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