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BBQ Brisket Sandwiches

Brisket Sandwiches will be your go-to company meal! Juicy, flavor exploding, melt in your mouth barbecue brisket piled on cheesy toasted buns with crunchy, light coleslaw are easy to make in the slow cooker, completely customizable, make ahead friendly and the brisket reheats beautifully!
Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 large sandwiches


  • 1 Recipe Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket
  • 8 large buns or Texas toast
  • 8 slices sharp white cheddar, sharp cheddar, provolone, pepper Jack, Monterrey Jack Gruyere, or pimiento

Light Coleslaw

  • 4 cups shredded cabbage red or green
  • 1-2 shredded carrots (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise I use fat free
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoons celery seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Optional Toppings

  • bacon
  • pickles
  • pickled vegetables
  • Pepperoncini’s
  • jalapenos
  • onion jam
  • onion rings
  • Avocados
  • horseradish sauce
  • hot sauce


  • Prepare Brisket according to directions. Shred or slice as desired.
  • Meanwhile, add Coleslaw ingredients to a large bowl and mix until well combined. Taste and add additional sugar, vinegar, salt to taste.
  • When ready to serve, lay bottom of buns in a single layer on a baking sheet. Top with sliced cheese and broil until melted, approximately, 1-2 minutes.
  • Top cheesy buns with desired amount of brisket followed by coleslaw and any desired toppings.



*See Post for TONS of side serving ideas
To make Beef Brisket Sandwiches in advance, you can either:
  • After your beef brisket is cooked, remove the slow cooker ceramic insert and refrigerate it with the brisket and all the juices for 1-3 days – without shredding or slicing it. Not only does the flavor improve, it becomes even more tender and makes prep the next day a snap.  When ready to serve, simply skim off the hardened fat then cook on low for 1-2 hours until warmed through then shred/slice.
  • OR Make the beef brisket to completion, including shredding it. If you do this, then I would be sure to reserve some barbecue sauce so you can add some sauce to when you reheat the meat. You can reheat your shredded brisket on LOW in the slow cooker, stove or oven.
  • For the cheese, you can assemble you’re the buns with the cheese on them but wait to actually melt the cheese until you are ready to assemble the sandwiches so your cheese doesn't get cold and lost.