Chopped BBQ Brisket Sandwich

Last week one of my sweet friends posted a delicious looking and sounding slow cooker chopped beef sandwich on her new recipe blog, Mix and Match Mama. I quickly decided to veto out one of my meals that I had already planned and stick this one in it’s place.  I mean.. whats not to love? BBQ?  Good.  Beef? Good. Slow Cooker? Gooooood. (in my best Joey Tribbiani voiceAs I was shopping for the brisket I came acrosse multiple sizes in packaging and different names on each package.  I quickly realized what a non-brisket-pro I was.  My brow was wrinkled with confusion as I tried to figure it out on my own. Fail. Whats the difference between a brisket point cut and a brisket flat cut?
After crazy dialing my Fireman 4 or 5 times without his answer (he was at work..) I decided to ask the ‘meat guy’ for help. He proceeded to explain that the brisket flat cut, which is also referred to as the thin cut or brisket-deckel-off (say that 5 times fast!), is a leaner and thinner piece of meat than the point cut of the brisket, and is the best choice between the two. The point cut is also known as the thick cut, and contains significantly more internal fat running throughout the meat as pockets of fat. (blechh..) As I glanced back and forth at the two different cuts, the flat cut, the better cut, was in a HUGE package.  “Sir.. I don’t exactly need 14 pounds of brisket for just my Fireman and me. While I do like leftovers, I’m not sure I could get through all that meat.” I just needed about a quarter of that amount!  The ‘meat guy’ was so nice and took the time to cut and package just the amount I needed for my slow cooker recipe.  This is why, when I find a place I like to shop, I am fiercely loyal to my supermarket. While some are loyal to a particular market because it’s convenient, I’m more influenced by the quality of two things: produce and meat/seafood (and the willingness of the employees to make my life easy.. but I don’t really say that out loud too much.) 

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Thank you Shay for sharing this recipe, helping me to understand brisket basics and inspiring bellies to be full of greatness.  Might I add this would be perfect to eat while watching Sunday football, particularly the teams adorned in Star helmets and a blue and silver and white jersey.  Start it before heading out for church and it will be hot and ready just in time for kickoff!  :)

Chopped BBQ Brisket Sammies
Cooking spray
1 (3-pound) flat-cut beef brisket, trimmed (grass-fed if available)
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (14.5 ounce) can low sodium organic beef broth
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 bottle liquid smoke (mesquite flavor if you like!)
1/2 cup barbecue sauce of choice (I recommend Sweet Baby Ray’s)
2 teaspoons canola oil
2 cups vertically sliced onion (about 1 large)
Whole wheat hamburger rolls
Rub brisket with salt and pepper. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add brisket to pan; cook 8-10 minutes, browning on all sides. While brisket browns, combine liquid smoke, broth, and tomato paste.  Remove brisket from the pan and place into a large electric slow cooker. Pour barbecue sauce over the beef.  Pour broth mixture over top. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.  Cut brisket diagonally across the grain into thin slices. Serve on buns..or wrapped in tortillas..or all by itself.   Don’t forget the sauce and carmelized onions… and more sauce :)
Just before serving, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté 10 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt; sauté 18 minutes or until onions are golden brown. Remove from heat.  Serve over brisket.
Nutrition Information
Serves 10 (1 burger bun, 3 ounces beef and about 1/3 cup sauce)
Calories: 327
Fat: 8.2 g
Carbohydrate: 37.6 g
Fiber: 5 g
Protein: 24.3 g


  1. Mix and Match Mama says:

    So glad you liked them!!! The perfect football food :). Love!

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    Thanks –I didn't know that about briskey and love that it doesn't look as fattening as I would have once thought. I will check out your friends blog too!

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