Brisket Grilled Cheese on the Traeger Flatrock Flat Top

Brisket Grilled Cheese on the Traeger Flatrock Flat Top

You’ve smoked the perfect brisket and impressed your family and friends. The only problem? You’re left with an abundance of leftovers! If you want a unique way to use excess brisket, check out my Brisket Grilled Cheese.

This sandwich features two types of gooey cheese topped with a heaping spoonful of rich brisket. The meat is accented with the savory notes of Heath Riles BBQ Sweet BBQ Rub and the sticky sweetness of Heath Riles BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce. This is a great recipe to keep in your back pocket for busy days. Give it a try, and let me know what you think! 

Brisket Cheese Sandwich | Heath Riles BBQ

If you’re looking for the ideal family-friendly meal, you can’t go wrong with a grilled cheese sandwich. This Brisket Grilled Cheese takes it up a notch with gourmet additions: sourdough bread instead of sandwich bread, two flavorful cheeses, and a dusting of BBQ goodness. This is a meal the entire family will enjoy! 

The Ingredients

Here’s everything you need to make a delicious grilled cheese brisket sandwich. 

  • Leftover brisket. This recipe uses leftover brisket to create a down-home-style sandwich. If you need inspiration, here’s one of my favorite brisket recipes
  • Sourdough bread. The tangy taste of sourdough perfectly complements my signature rub and BBQ sauce. If you prefer, you can use brioche, white, wheat, or rye bread.
  • Cheese. I used two different types of cheese to give my Brisket Grilled Cheese a rich, gooey texture. White Cheddar is a mild contrast to sharp Cheddar, yet all are readily available at your local grocery store. Play around to see which combination you like best. 
  • Mayonnaise. Did you know you can use mayo to toast your grilled brisket cheese? It’s easier to spread than butter and creates the same crispy texture. Give it a try sometime! 
  • Heath Riles BBQ Sweet BBQ Rub. If you prefer sweet AP rubs, you’ll love my Sweet BBQ Rub. It’s a great addition to chicken, roasts, pork chops, steaks, burgers, and even hot dogs. 
  • Heath Riles BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce. Good things take time, including this BBQ sauce, which took 10 years to develop. It’s great on its own or paired with a vinegar-based sauce. Use it to top ribs, wings, pork butt, and of course, grilled cheese with brisket. 

The Smoker Setup

Here’s the main equipment I used for this recipe. More of my grilling favorites are in the Equipment and Tools section. 

  • Flat Top Grill. I cooked this mouthwatering Brisket Cheese Sandwich on the Traeger Flatrock Flat Top Grill. I love using this setup for quesadillas, tacos, and more!  Pro Tip: Be sure to “season” your grill before using it! This step creates a slick, nonstick surface.
  • Cooking with a flat top is easy, especially when you know how to clean it! Check out the video to see my process for cleaning your Traeger Flatrock Flat Top Grill without much elbow grease. 

If you’re looking for an excellent flat top grill, try this one! Its divided heat chambers allow you to cook multiple things at once, making it a beautiful addition to any outdoor kitchen! 

The Process for Making Beef Brisket Grilled Cheese

You’ll find a detailed demonstration of this recipe within the video and recipe card. Here’s a quick rundown of how I pulled this tasty brisket cheese sandwich together. 

  • Fire up the grill. I turned the Traeger Flatrock Flat Top Grill to medium-high. Then, I added a dollop of BaconUp Bacon Grease to season the griddle. 
  • Prep the bread. To prep the bread, I laid a slice of sourdough bread down and added mayonnaise. I used this instead of butter to create a crisp sandwich. 
  • Cook the brisket. Once the Traeger Flatrock Flat Top Grill was fired up, I laid down the chopped brisket. Watch the video to learn how to transform leftover brisket into a moist, juicy sandwich base using the Traeger Steam Dome
  • Add seasoning. When the brisket was warmed, I added a dusting of Heath Riles BBQ Sweet BBQ Rub and a drizzle of Heath Riles BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce.
  • Toast the bread. While the meat was coming to temp, I laid the sourdough bread slices on the grill to toast until golden brown. 
  • Assemble the sandwiches. To assemble the Brisket Grilled Cheese, I laid the white Cheddar and sharp Cheddar cheese on the toasted bread. Then, I added a scoop of my sauced brisket and topped the beef brisket sandwich with the other toasted bread slice. I let the sandwich cook until the cheese was melted and gooey. I removed the Brisket Grilled Cheese from the Traeger Flatrock Flat Top Grill and placed it on a baking rack set over a baking tray. 
  • Clean the griddle. While the Brisket Grilled Cheese Sandwich cooled, I cleaned my griddle by scraping the debris and sopping up any excess grease with a paper towel. Then, I added a good drizzle of water, creating a steaming effect, and scraped any stubborn debris. Last, I let the grill cool, then wiped it with some grease. This ensures it’s ready for the next cook! 

The Results

My grilled cheese brisket sandwich hit the spot with its combination of saucy beef and gooey cheese. Though the sandwich was simple, the BBQ flavors shone through, creating a meal to remember. 

Serving Suggestions for Beef Brisket Grilled Cheese

Serve this brisket grilled cheese recipe with potato chips, a side salad, or french fries. 

Storing Leftovers

You can store seasoned and sauced brisket in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze it for up to 5 months. For best results, assemble the sandwiches right before eating them. 

Equipment and Tools

Traeger Flatrock Flat Top Grill, Traeger Steam Dome, Nechtik BBQ Gloves, metal spatula, disposable cutting board, large aluminum pan, baking rack, baking tray. 

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