Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket Sandwiches


Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket Sandwiches – require two hands, napkins and a good appetite! These sandwiches couldn’t be easier. 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, in the backyard, with all my friends and family. Just roll that tape over and over again!

Delicious and easy Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket Sandwiches

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.
Preparing the Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket Sandwiches

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, delicious AND look pretty dang amazing on the plate!

I’ve mentioned how easy this meal is. I simply mixed BBQ sauce with cider vinegar (the acid adds flavor and helps tenderize the brisket), and some sliced onions. With a cold sip in my hand – preferably my Mint Limeade – I am set to wait out the 5 hours it takes to cook. I mean, I’m just supposed to relax while dinner makes itself, right?

BBQ Brisket Sandwich Sliced - so delicious and easy!

Your tender brisket can be sliced and piled high on a soft roll. Some prepared coleslaw (or use your favorite recipe) and sliced pickles make it taste like a restaurant-style sandwich. Oh so good! I serve mine with crunchy potato chips. Enjoy summer!

Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket Sandwiches, ready for dinner without heating up the house in summertime!

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Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket Sandwiches

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.


  • 2½ lb flat cut brisket
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 4 brioche or hamburger buns
  • 1 cup coleslaw
  • Sliced dill pickles
  • Potato chips


  1. Place brisket, in a 4 to 6-qt 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, 5 hr.
  2. 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.
  3. Serve sandwiches drizzled with reserved sauce and potato chips
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Photography by Ty Mecham
Prop Styling by Bea Chatska

BBQ Brisket Sandwiches - a perfect summertime dinner!

Thanks, Tara!

Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket Sandwiches – require two hands, napkins and a good appetite! These sandwiches couldn't be easier. Brisket is simmered in BBQ sauce in a slow cooker then topped with coleslaw for a restaurant-style meal right at home.

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I'm Tara from New York City, and my blog and recipe website is Cooking and eating are my passion, and chocolate chip cookies make an appearance at my house most days. I stay in shape by running around the City and climbing to my apartment—which happens to be a fifth floor walkup! I've been cooking professionally for almost twenty years. For my day job, I'm a food stylist and recipe developer, and have worked as the Food Director of Ladies' Home Journal and food editor at Martha Stewart. I love what I do, and I love connecting with you online. It's a new and fun world for me, and a wonderful community! Thanks for being a part of mine!

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7 comments on “Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket Sandwiches”

  1. The hubs has been begging me to make BBQ lately and LOVES brisket. Meant to be! (and this is the prettiest brisket I’ve ever seen)

  2. This looks delicious! I love BBQ, but I can’t grill. I’m usually at the mercy of my Dad when it comes to BBQ. Not anymore, slow cooker to the rescue. I’m definitely trying this. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. I love brisket but have never made it – I’ll have to try out this recipe! 

  4. I would love to make this for about 25 people. What size brisket would you suggest?! It looks delicious.

    • I Heart Naptime Reply

      This is awesome for a crowd! I hope you have a very large slow cooker – you’d probably want to cook about seven pounds of brisket.

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