• Andrew Zimmern Cooks: The Ultimate Brisket Sandwich


My Ultimate Brisket Sandwich

By Andrew Zimmern

Building the perfect sandwich is all about finding the right balance of flavor and texture. Brisket is a fatty, rich meat, so you need to add enough acidity and sweetness to create the best bite. With homemade pickled jalapenos, a pleasantly piquant Russian dressing, sweet and sour koolickles and a healthy dose of melted gruyere cheese, this is my late-night snack attack meal of choice.

Watch Andrew make this recipe:

The Ultimate Brisket Sandwich

Servings: 1


  • 2 slices bread, buttered and toasted
  • Gruyere cheese, grated
  • Leftover brisket, thinly sliced
  • Onion gravy, left over from braising the brisket
  • Tomato slices
  • Pickled jalapeno slices
  • Koolickles, sliced
  • Russian dressing, recipe follows

Russian Dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup Heinz chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • Several dashes hot sauce (I prefer Crystal)


Thinly slice the brisket against the grain. Assemble the sandwich, topping the brisket with leftover onion gravy, tomato slices, pickled jalapenos, koolickle slices and gruyere cheese.

Melt the cheese with a blowtorch fitted with a Searzall or similar attachment. Top with Russian dressing and serve.

Russian Dressing

To make the Russian dressing—and yes, where I’m from, we use Russian dressing not Thousand Island—whisk together all of the ingredients until well combined. Season to taste and refrigerate until ready to use on the brisket sandwich.

Muffuletta Sandwich
• Crispy Belly Bacon Sandwich with Jalapeno Jelly & Vinegar Slaw
• Porchetta Banh Mi with Fish Sauce Caramel
• Mozzarella in Carrozza
Chips & Guacamole Grilled Cheese

Like this recipe? You may also enjoy:

Recipe Finder

Related Recipes


Main Ingredients


Back to Recipes Page