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Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket Sandwiches

These easy slow cooker BBQ brisket sandwiches require two hands, napkins and a good appetite! The brisket is simmered in BBQ sauce in a slow cooker then topped with coleslaw for a restaurant-style meal right at home.

It’s that time of the summer when all I want is BBQ and grilled vegetables in the backyard with all my friends and family. Top it off with a big scoop of ice cream to cool down from the summer heat. Just roll that tape over and over again!

bbq brisket sandwich topped with coleslaw

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It’s also that time in the summer when it’s just starting to dip into the high 80’s and get a bit too hot to be standing over the stove, baking in the oven or even hovering over a hot grill (someone else can do that!). But I still get my BBQ brisket sandwiches in, without heating the house. Slow cooker to the rescue!

I know you are familiar with the ease of a slow cooker meal. The dump and simmer method, the layer and cook method, even stewing and shredding. I like all of these, but often am left with a delicious meal that looks, well, not that great.

I’m a professional food stylist so I’m really into how my food looks on the plate. To me it’s just as important as what it tastes like. So these BBQ brisket sandwiches speak to me! They are made in the slow cooker, taste delicious AND look pretty dang amazing on the plate!

ingredients for bbq brisket on a cutting board

Make BBQ brisket in the slow cooker!

Place the brisket (fat side up) in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the sliced onions on top. Then mix together BBQ sauce with cider vinegar (the acid adds flavor and helps tenderize the brisket) and pour over the brisket. Cover and cook on high until the beef is tender, about 5 hours.

Slicing the brisket

Before slicing the brisket, it’s important to let the meat rest. Remove it from the crockpot and place on a cutting board to rest for about 20 minutes. This keeps the meat moist and juicy. If you were to slice it right away, the natural juices would seep out, making the meat less tender and more dry. So let that meat rest for the best result! Then once rested, slice the meat flat against the grain into strips.

sliced bbq beef brisket on a cutting board

Serving tips

Your tender brisket can be sliced and piled high on a soft toasted roll or hamburger bun. We love to drizzle a spoonful of the remaining sauce that’s left in the slow cooker over the meat for extra flavor. Then add some prepared coleslaw and sliced pickles to make it taste like a restaurant-style sandwich. Oh so good! I serve mine with crunchy potato chips. Enjoy summer!

Favorite sides to serve with:

A BBQ brisket sandwich with coleslaw on a plate

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A BBQ brisket sandwich with coleslaw on a plate

Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket Sandwiches

5 from 3 votes
Sliced, tender brisket is cooked in the slow cooker to perfection then sliced and piled high on a soft roll. Top with coleslaw and extra sauce for the perfect summer meal.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 5 hrs
Total Time: 5 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 6


  • pounds flat cut brisket
  • 1 small onion , sliced
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce

For serving: brioche or hamburger buns, coleslaw, sliced dill pickles, potato chips


    • Place brisket in a 4 to 6 quart slow cooker, fat side up. Add the onion on top. Whisk together the apple cider vinegar and BBQ sauce and pour over brisket. Cover and cook on high until brisket is tender, about 5 hours.
    • Let meat rest about 20 min before slicing and reserve the sauce in the slow cooker. Toast the rolls and add sliced brisket to the bottom of each roll. Add a spoonful of coleslaw and dill pickles if desired.
    • Serve sandwiches drizzled with reserved sauce and potato chips

    Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 640mg | Potassium: 768mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 4mg
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Author: Jamielyn Nye

    Recipe contributed by Tara Teaspoon for I Heart Naptime.

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