Brisket Sandwich

"Recipe courtesy Chuck Hughes"
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Ready In:
17hrs 40mins




  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
  • For the homemade dry rub:

  • On a parchment paper-lined baking tray, put the garlic, ginger, shallots, and onions and bake in the oven 4 hours, or until dried. Using a food processor, reduce into a powder with the brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  • Coat the brisket with the spice mixture. Cover and keep in the refrigerator overnight to marinate and flavor the meat.
  • For the apple barbecue sauce:

  • In a large bowl, mix together the onion, chipotle pepper, garlic, ketchup, honey, molasses, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, to taste.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place the 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.
  • Transfer the brisket to a cutting board and keep warm.
  • Strain and pour the sauce in a stockpot and let reduce for about 10 minutes on medium high heat until thick. Remove excess fat.
  • Cut the meat with a sharp knife against grain, to desired thickness.
  • To assemble:

  • Garnish onion buns with the meat, sauce, tomatoes, lettuce and top with deep-fried onion rings.
  • Cook's Notes:

  • 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 like chicken, pork, etc.
  • The brisket can be served on its own and 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.

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Affable Canadian chef Chuck Hughes is a restaurateur and television personality known for his inventive take on comfort food, which he shares on his show, Chuck's Day Off.
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