How To Make The Best Chopped Beef Sandwich

It just doesn’t get any better than smoky brisket, bbq sauce and pickles crammed into a bun!
chopped beef sandwich

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Nothing beats a chopped beef sandwich, in my opinion. It’s like the perfect sandwich: savory, salty, smoky brisket – the perfect combination of lean and fatty meat – tossed in a spicy, flavorful BBQ sauce, and thrown onto a bun with pickles. It just doesn’t get any better.

Chopped beef is not just chopped brisket; there is a certain part of the brisket you want to chop, a certain way you want to chop it, and Texans have been perfecting the recipe for years, and I’m going to show you how to make the best Texan Chopped Beef you’ve ever had!

Chopped Beef Brisket Sandwich

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Smoked Brisket – From the point end.
  • BBQ sauce – Use your favorite store-bought or homemade BBQ sauce, or whip up a batch of our Texas-style barbecue sauce.
  • Pickles
  • Buns

Equipment you’ll need

  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board

What part of the brisket to use

The common misconception is that chopped beef is just chopped brisket, but it’s specifically chopped brisket point (fatty end).

Using only the meat from the point end of the brisket gives you the perfect fat-to-meat-to-sauce ratio.

How to make a Chopped Beef Sandwich

When you’ve finished smoking your brisket, use your knife to slice between the flat and the point to remove the point end of the brisket.

cutting the flat from the point of the brisket

Grab a sharp chef’s knife and chop the point up finely.

chopping up the point end of the brisket
You can slice the flat into slices and serve those as well.
chopping brisket on a wooden chopping board
chopped up brisket on a wooden board
You don’t want large chunks in your chopped beef; the texture should resemble shredded beef.

When it’s chopped, you can add ¼ cup of your favorite BBQ sauce or whip up a batch of our Texas-style barbecue sauce and use that.

bbq sauce being poured onto chopped brisket

Give it another chop to incorporate the sauce into the beef.

mixing the sauce into the brisket with a black gloved hand

Once the sauce and the beef are combined, you’ve got the perfect chopped beef!

a black gloved hand holding sauced chopped brisket
sauced chopped brisket on a wooden chopping board

Grab a bun, load on some of that beef, throw on as many pickles as desired, and you have yourself the best chopped beef sandwich you’ll ever eat.

Serve extra pickles and BBQ sauce on the side.

What else can you use chopped beef for?

Some tips for smoking a brisket

chopped beef sandwich

How To Make A Chopped Beef Sandwich

Chopped brisket, BBQ sauce and pickles all served in a hamburger bun.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 326kcal
Author: Breanna Stark


  • 1 lb chopped beef see above for instructions
  • ¼ cup BBQ sauce
  • 4 burger buns
  • pickles


  • Place ¼ pound of chopped beef on the bottom of each burger bun.
  • Add pickles and place the top bun on.
  • Serve alongside more pickles and BBQ sauce.


Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 486mg | Potassium: 468mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 4mg
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