Brisket Sandwich

Easy, Moderate, Complex

 Yield: 12 servings


    • 1 6-7 lb first-cut brisket
  • Homemade dry rub
    • 1 garlic head, peeled and thinly sliced
    • 20 very thin slices of fresh ginger, peeled
    • 6 shallots, thinly sliced
    • 2 onions, thinly sliced
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar (60 ml)
    • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt (10 ml)
    • 1 teaspoon pepper, crushed
    • 1 clove of garlic
  • Apple barbecue sauce
    • 1 cup apple sauce (250 ml)
    • 1 cup ketchup (250 ml)
    • 1/2 cup honey (125 ml)
    • 1/4 cup molasses (60 ml)
    • 1/4 cup soy sauce (60 ml)
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (15 ml)
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • 1 chipotle pepper, in Adobo sauce, chopped
    • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
    • 1 clove of garlic, minced
    • Salt and pepper
  • For the Brisket sandwich
    • 8 onion buns, lightly toasted
    • Slices of tomatoes to garnish
    • Lettuce to garnish
    • Deep-fried onion rings to garnish


  1. Heat oven at 200 ˚F (100 ˚C).  On a baking tray covered with parchment paper, put the garlic, ginger, shallots, onions and bake in the oven for 4 hours or until dried.  Using a food processor, reduce into powder with brown sugar, salt and pepper.  Set aside.
  2. Coat the brisket with the spice mixture and keep in the refrigerator overnight to flavor the meat.
  3. For the sauce, in a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together.
  4. Preheat oven at 350 ˚F (150 ˚C).
  5. Place brisket, fat side up, into a heavy baking pan just large enough to hold it, and pour sauce over it. Cover tightly and bake for 4 hours or until fork-tender.
  6. Transfer brisket to a cutting board and keep warm.
  7. Strain and pour the sauce in a stockpot and let reduce for about 10 minutes on medium high heat until thick.  Remove excess fat.
  8. Cut the meat with a sharp knife against grain, to desired thickness.
  9. Garnish onion buns with the meat, sauce, tomatoes, lettuce and top with deep fried onion rings.



 Note :

  • You can buy dried onions and garlic from grocery stores instead of preparing it.  The apple barbecue sauce is a recipe on its own and very versatile.  It can be used as a dip, as a sauce or as a glaze for other meats (chicken, pork, etc.).
  • The Brisket can be served on its own, served with mashed potatoes and vegetables.
  • Brisket can also be sliced and frozen for later use.
  • Make the brisket the day before and reheat for best flavor.