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Crockpot BBQ Beef Sandwiches

You don’t have to have a smoker to enjoy these Crockpot BBQ Beef Sandwiches! Just set your crockpot, go about your business, have a hassle free meal later!

Crockpot BBQ Beef Sandwiches

Ok, maybe it isn’t exactly as simple as setting your crockpot. After all, you can’t exactly put the bread in the crockpot with the meat while the meat is cooking. But you get the idea, right?

We love to BBQ at our house. We have a smoker. And we have two grills. Some of our favorite things to put on the smoker are Boston Butt Roasts, Ribs and Brisket. We’ve only done brisket twice. Once using the flat cut and once using the fattier cut. The flat cut that we smoked tasted good but it was extremely tough. The fattier cut came out perfect!

As much as we love to use our smoker, sometimes the time just isn’t ideal for us. When we have the smoker going, one of us always has to be at home. We can’t use it if there is a lot of rain in the forecast and we can’t use it if we have to work.

Crockpot BBQ Beef Sandwiches

Crockpot BBQ Beef Sandwiches

So what is a BBQ craving person to do when they can’t use their smoker or don’t have a smoker? Use your crockpot! It’s easy, it’s simple and there is VERY little mess to clean up. I happened to make this recipe last Sunday. The weather was perfect for it. It rained pretty much all day so the smoker was out of the question. I had a lot of work to do around the house so plopping this bad boy brisket into my slow cooker was a complete life saver. Once the meat was done cooking, I just shredded it, tossed it in some of the juices from the crockpot, put in on my favorite hamburger bun, topped it with BBQ sauce and proceeded to devour every bit of the sandwich!

Crockpot BBQ Beef Sandwiches

Crockpot BBQ Beef Sandwiches

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 2-3lb flat cut brisket
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground chipotle pepper
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed
  • 1-2tsp Liquid smoke
  • 1/4 C water


  1. Whisk together the kosher salt, brown sugar, paprika, ground black pepper, garlic and onion powders, ground chipotle and celery seed.
  2. Spray your crockpot with cooking spray. Spray the bottom and sides.
  3. Drizzle desired amount of liquid smoke in the bottom of the crockpotr.
  4. Rub the seasoning mix on all sides of the brisket.
  5. Place the brisket in the slow cooker, fat side down. Pour the 1/4 C water around the brisket.
  6. Set on low and cook for 8-10 hours.
  7. Once the meat is done cooking, remove it from the slow cooker and scrape the fat off of the bottom. Cut the brisket in 3 places in order to make the shreds smaller and then shred. Add some of the juices from the crockpot and mix well. Place on your favorite hamburger bun and then top with your favorite BBQ sauce.


Seasoning Mix adapted from BBQ Bible: Sauces, Rubs and Marinades by Steven Raichlen.



Crockpot BBQ Beef Sandwiches


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39 comments on “Crockpot BBQ Beef Sandwiches”

  1. Wow – what an easy looking recipe!
    Thanks for sharing :)

  2. I love my crockpot almost as much as I love BBQ!! Can’t wait to try this recipe Julie, looks delicious!

  3. I love trying new slowcooker beef and pork recipes. And you served them on my favorite Publix rolls! Thanks for sharing Julie.

  4. OMG!! I will be making this.. It’s just what I’ve been wanting! Pinned and THANK YOU!

  5. I’ve got to make this. I just ate breakfast, and suddenly I feel hungry again looking at this! It looks amazing, and it’s getting pinned!

  6. What a great recipe and I love that its not loaded with sugar like most slow cooker brisket recipes. Definitely pinning a sharing this! Thanks Julie!

  7. This looks and sounds great, Julie! I tend to use the crock pot for pulled pork sandwiches a lot but haven’t done the same with beef in a long time. I will let you know when I try this. Pinning it now.

    • Thank you, Holly. This was the first time that I did a brisket in the slow cooker. I’ve done pork a few times but I usually do a chuck roast. the brisket was a good choice. I liked that it didn’t have as many fatty areas as the chuck roast. I hope you enjoy it! :)

  8. BBQ-ing in the slow cooker — great idea!! :) I do love my slow cooker on days where I will be gone all day – so convenient :)

  9. I love bbq sandwiches! This looks super tasty!

  10. These look amazing :) I would love one right now!

  11. I don’t even own a smoker, so using my crockpot sounds like a great option. Your photos are mouthwatering Julie. I have a favor to ask. I’ve been wanting to add a photo to my mail chimp notification. Did you add in your collage? Or is there a code that goes along with it?

    • Hi LeaAnn.
      Thank you so much for the compliment! What I did to add the photo to my email was create a collage in Pic Monkey, reduce the size to fit my email and then inserted in the top section under my header. I didn’t have to use a code. I just added the collage. Hope this helps!

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  13. This looks awesome Julie. Think it would work with chicken? We stopped eating beef and pork a few years ago. Since then I keep seeing awesome recipes for beef and looking for the equivalent with chicken lol

    • Thank you, Vanita! Yes, you could use chicken instead. If you do a whole chicken (which I recommend because chicken breast dries out unless you add a lot of liquids in with it) you would cook it for about the same amount of time. If you get one with a pop up timer, then you are good to go! No hassles with having to check the temp. :)

  14. Excuse me as I wipe the drool off of my keyboard. Oh yum!! Pinned!!

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  16. Wow does this recipe look fantastic. I know my family would gobble this one up. Making it very very soon.

  17. How did I miss this yummy recipe? :) Wow, this looks good, Julie! So glad that you shared it at the party – pinning and buffering! :)

  18. Oh yeah – I love slow cooker BBQ! I have actually had pics of BBQ chicken sliders for 2-3 months now. I really need to get those posted someday. lol

  19. I must be the last person on the planet to use a crock pot :) This might be the recipe that finally gets me to pull it out of the basement! It looks delicious, and so simple!!!

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