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Trucky1008 05-06-2011 09:18 AM

Brisket Sandwich- Chopped or Sliced?
 
I started vending a few weeks back and so far things have gone well. It's a small venue which is fine since I'd rather take it slowly so I don't get overwhelmed. As part of my menu I serve a brisket sandwich. I've been slicing the brisket and then cutting the slices in thirds thinking it would be easier to pile on the bun. I find myself spending a lot of time trying to stack the pieces of brisket on the bun. I'm thinking there's got to be a better way, maybe serving it chopped.

If you vend brisket sandwiches are you serving it sliced or chopped? What do you feel are the advantages of serving chopped versus sliced? Also, I pre-cook my meat a day in advance and re-heat on site. How well does this work for chopped brisket? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Jacked UP BBQ 05-06-2011 09:21 AM

Chopped is the only way to go. Re heat with some broth covered tight and you will have a great product.

chachahut 05-06-2011 09:28 AM

Agree with Jacked Up - chopped brisket sammies. Advantage is it looks WAY bigger for the same portion size.

Trucky1008 05-06-2011 10:00 AM

Thanks for the feedback! Am I gonna need a cleaver to chop up brisket or can this be accomplished using a chef's knife?

Cook 05-06-2011 10:22 AM

You can chop properly cooked pork and brisket with a knife. I use a cleaver, but that's just because I grew up with one. Either will work.

Trucky1008 05-06-2011 10:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cook (Post 1632343)
You can chop properly cooked pork and brisket with a knife. I use a cleaver, but that's just because I grew up with one. Either will work.

Thanks, I'll be chopping up some brisket today. I appreciate the feedback.

PorkQPine 05-06-2011 02:51 PM

Chopped brisket or chopped beef? If it is chopped you might as well use a cheaper cut of meat and do chopped beef.

Paulie 05-06-2011 04:15 PM

For what it's worth, as a consumer, I'd rather be getting sliced brisket when I order a brisket sandwich. If you're going to chop, use something cheaper and sell chopped or pulled beef as mentioned above.

Cook 05-06-2011 07:00 PM

Beef isn't beef. Not all beef tastes like brisket.

When I've done "chopped brisket" in the past, I used select graded meat. Once chopped it was splashed with a little sauce for moisture and seasoning. Marketed as "BBQ Beef" it was a big seller.

Brisket worked fine for me...and was cheap.

BlueHowler 05-06-2011 07:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Paulie (Post 1632640)
For what it's worth, as a consumer, I'd rather be getting sliced brisket when I order a brisket sandwich. If you're going to chop, use something cheaper and sell chopped or pulled beef as mentioned above.

I feel the same way about brisket sandwiches. I want it to be sliced very thin not chopped. That said I have had some tasty chopped brisket sandwiches but I'd never serve one myself.

Learnin Querve 05-06-2011 08:44 PM

My first question before ordering a brisket sandwich is "Is it sliced or chopped?" If it's chopped, I pass...

I think you're overthinking it with slicing it into thirds. fold it over and serve.

Chris

chachahut 05-07-2011 10:39 AM

Curious as to why you prefer sliced over chopped brisket. We recently switched to chopping & have seen sales go up considerably. Could just be a bunch of yankees not knowing better.

HawgNationBBQ 05-07-2011 10:59 AM

Always sliced.

chachahut 05-07-2011 12:30 PM

Why always sliced, Michael?

Vince B 05-07-2011 07:38 PM

Chopped or sliced I could really care less. I will agree with the reheating with some broth or steaming it so to speak. I don't know what it is but my brisket always seems dry when I reheat it. A few weeks ago I tried something new for reheating and it was awesome. I almost would have bet it was not my dry old brisket. For lunches I use a Tupperware style dish that has three sections. Its nice for reheating and keeping stuff separated. Well I decided after reading all this broth talk to try something new. I put a couple of splashes of water in the part of the container with the sliced/chopped brisket. Then reheated it in the microwave. I have to tell you it did something to my brisket that I was like....Damn that was good! The next time I make brisket at home for the family I think I'm going to use my steamer pot to warm it back up and see how it does!


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