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Chopped Beef Sandwich

Chopped Beef

May 10, 22

Chopped Beef Sandwich

Chopped Beef Sandwich

Cook Time: > 10 hrs
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Today I show you how to turn a super cheap select grade brisket into the most amazing chopped beef sandwiches! This is the perfect brisket recipe for beginners, cheap and so delicious!


  • Cheap select grade brisket
  • Mustard
  • 2 parts 16 mesh black pepper
  • 1 part kosher salt
  • 1/2 part granulated garlic
  • Beef tallow
Homemade pickles:
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 30g salt
  • 100g sugar
  • English cucumbers
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 sprigs fresh dill
BBQ sauce:
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1.5 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Chopped white onions
  • Toasted buns


Prepare the Brisket:

-Trim any excess fat from the cheap select grade brisket, leaving some fat for flavor.

-Slather the brisket with mustard and season it heavily with the S/P/G mixture (black pepper, kosher salt, granulated garlic).

Smoking the Brisket:

-Fire up your pit and set the temperature to 275-325 degrees Fahrenheit (135-160 degrees Celsius).

-Place the seasoned brisket on the pit with the fat cap facing up and the point closer to the fire.

-Smoke the brisket for approximately 8 hours until it reaches an internal temperature of 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93 degrees Celsius) and is probing tender.

-Remove the brisket from the pit and wrap it in foil to create a foil boat.

-Place the foil-wrapped brisket back on the pit and continue cooking until it reaches the desired tenderness.

-Add some beef tallow for extra moisture and flavor.

-Once done, remove the brisket from the pit.

Overnight Rest:

-Place the foil-wrapped brisket in an oven set at 155 degrees Fahrenheit (68 degrees Celsius) and let it rest overnight. This will further tenderize the meat and allow the flavors to develop.

Homemade Pickles:

-In a saucepan, combine water, white vinegar, salt, and sugar, and bring it to a simmer.

-Cut up English cucumbers and place them in a mason jar along with peppercorns, mustard seeds, chili flakes, garlic cloves, and fresh dill.

-Pour the simmering brine into the mason jar and let it cool to room temperature before refrigerating.

BBQ Sauce:

-In a saucepan, melt butter and add yellow onion, lemon juice, kosher salt, black pepper, chili powder, granulated garlic, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, and beef broth.

-Simmer and reduce the sauce mixture.

-Once reduced, stir in ketchup and brown sugar to create a thin BBQ sauce.

Chopped Beef Assembly:

-Slice the smoked brisket and then chop it into smaller pieces, ensuring the bark is evenly distributed.

-Add some of the homemade BBQ sauce to the chopped beef and mix well.

-Toast the buns and assemble the chopped beef on the buns.

-Top with chopped white onions and homemade pickles.

-Dive in!

Note: Feel free to adjust the seasonings and smoking temperatures based on your preference. The overnight rest helps to develop the flavors, but if you don't have the time, you can still enjoy the chopped beef without the overnight step.

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