Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket Sandwich

  • Prep Time : 20m
  • Cook Time : 10:0 h
  • Ready In : 10:20 h

I highly recommend cooking your meat in a smoker. I used coffee and strawberries for my glaze. This is just as delicious in the slow cooker, you just will not get the charred glaze.

You’ll Need:

2-4 Ciabatta buns
For the glaze:
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 chipotles in adobo sauce, finely chopped
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For the beef:
1/4 cup paprika
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
5 lb of beef brisket
optional: some of you may enjoy this with a leaf of butter lettuce, and 2 slices of red bell pepper. I chose not to this time, however with a homemade aoili it is very nice.



1) Place all of the barbecue sauce ingredients in a 3-quart or larger slow cooker and stir to combine.
2) Place all of the measured brisket ingredients except the brisket in a medium bowl and stir to combine.
3) Place the brisket on a cutting board and cut it in half widthwise. Evenly coat it with the spice rub and place the 2 brisket pieces in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low until fork-tender, about 10 hours.
4) Transfer the brisket to a clean cutting board. Pour the barbecue sauce from the slow cooker into a medium heatproof bowl and set it aside.
5) Remove the excess fat from the brisket and discard it. Slice the meat against the grain into 1/4-inch-thick pieces and return it to the slow cooker. (Alternatively, you can shred the meat with 2 forks.)
6) Use a spoon to skim and discard the fat from the surface of the barbecue sauce. Return the sauce to the slow cooker and stir gently to combine it with the meat. Season with salt and pepper.
7) Toast your ciabatta buns, butter them and add your toppings. If you want to add veggies, now is the time to place bell peppers & lettuce on the bun. Load on the meat and enjoy!

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