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Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich

Smoked Beef Brisket

Smoked Beef Brisket. Covered in a smoky dry rub which creates an incredibly flavourful bark on perfect slow cooked beef brisket. Makes the most delicious brisket sandwiches you will ever try.
Course Barbecue and Grilling, Lunch or Dinner
Cuisine North American, Southern Inspired
Keyword barbecue, beef, smoked beef brisket
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Resting time 1 hour
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Servings 16 servings or more
Author Barry C. Parsons


  • 8 to 10 pound beef brisket

For the Smokin' Summer Spice Dry Rub

  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 3 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp powdered ginger
  • 1 tbsp chipotle powder
  • 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp ground oregano
  • 1 tbsp ground thyme
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp dry mustard powder
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

For theĀ Molasses BBQ Sauce

  • One 14 ounce can plain tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper optional or to taste
  • 1 tbsp ground fennel seed
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground dry oregano
  • Ā½ tsp kosher salt


For the Smokin' Summer Spice Dry Rub

  1. Mix together well and store any unused dry rub in an airtight container in a cool place.
  2. Makes about 2 cups dry rub.

To smoke the brisket

  1. I begin by dry rubbing the brisket liberally with my Smokin' Summer Spice Dry Rub all over the outside of the meat. If you can rub the brisket the day before and leave it covered in the fridge, that's even better.
  2. If you are using your gas grill to smoke your brisket, place the meat on one side of the grill and use the burner or burners on the opposite side so that it is not directly over heat.
  3. Regulate the gas to keep the temperature at about 225 degrees for slow barbecued flavor.
  4. The same technique can also be used with a charcoal grill, just keep the charcoal on one side and the meat on the opposite side.
  5. You will only need a small amount of charcoal to create 225 degrees F in a large covered BBQ.
  6. Add the smoke flavour by soaking hardwood chips like mesquite, apple, cherry or hickory in warm water for about a half hour. Several handfuls will do.
  7. Wrap a handful of the soaked wood chips in a double layer of heavy duty aluminum foil and poke only two holes in the foil, one at either end to allow the smoke to escape.
  8. On a gas grill, I place the foil packets in a vegetable grill pan so that the packet is not sitting directly on the gas burner.
  9. On a charcoal grill, simply toss the packet directly onto the hot coals. You can add more soaked wood chip packets as they burn out, it all depends on how much smoke flavour you wish to add. Four to six of these packets should be enough for smoked beef brisket, depending on how long you cook the meat and how much smoked flavour you prefer.
  10. In the last hour or so of cooking time you can baste the brisket in BBQ sauce if you like. I like the recipe below which I have used on the sandwich pictured.
  11. Be sure to let the brisket rest for 15 -20 minutes before slicing thinly against the meat grain to serve.

To prepare the BBQ Sauce

  1. Simmer all ingredients together slowly for about a half hour to an hour.
  2. Stir every few minutes until the sauce reduces and thickens to the consistency you prefer. Remember that it will thicken slightly as it cools.