Gridiron grub inspired by Houston, Texas – Beer-Braised BBQ Brisket Grinders

Gridiron grub inspired by Houston, Texas – Beer-Braised BBQ Brisket Grinders

Join me on a journey of culinary delight as I explore the traditional dishes each city hosting an NFL team has to offer. This week I am sharing gridiron grub inspired by the home of the Houston Texans in Houston, Texas. Allow me to introduce you to Beer-Braised BBQ Brisket Grinders.

If you haven’t heard of these before, you’re in for a great. The mouth-watering BBQ brisket grinders are great for parties and getting together with friends to watch the games. Plus, you can get your barbecue fix without dusting off the grill!

Beer-Braised BBQ Brisket Grinders

This Beer-Braised BBQ Brisket Grinders recipe was created by Frank P Melodia for, it allows for 12 burgers, takes 20 minutes to prepare and needs 5 hours for cooking time.


  • 2 tbsp. instant espresso coffee powder
  • 2 tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. smoked sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground ancho chile
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil or bacon drippings
  • 1 beef brisket
  • 2 large white onions
  • 6 clove garlic
  • 1 bottle dark Mexican beer
  • 1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 c. chipotle barbecue sauce (or your favourite barbecue sauce)
  • 12 Kaiser, brioche, or Portuguese rolls


  • Heat oven to 300 degrees F. Mix espresso powder, sugar, paprika, cumin, ancho chile, and salt in a small cup. Set aside spice rub.
  • Heat oil or bacon fat in a large, heavy Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add brisket and brown well on all sides, about 6 minutes. Remove brisket to a baking sheet to cool slightly.
  • Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the drippings from pot. Add onions and garlic and sauté 4 minutes or until softened. Stir in beer, diced tomatoes (with juices), and barbecue sauce. Turn off heat.
  • Meanwhile, rub brisket all over with spice rub. Place brisket, fat side up, into sauce mixture in pot and bring to a boil. Cover pot and place it in the oven. Braise for 4 1/2 hours or until brisket is fork-tender. Let cool completely in sauce. Skim off and discard fat from the surface of the sauce. Remove brisket and puree sauce in pot using a handheld blender (or puree in a blender). Return brisket to sauce in pot and cover. (You can make this up to 2 days ahead and keep it in the fridge.)
  • To serve, heat brisket in sauce over low heat for 30 minutes, or until fork-tender. Transfer brisket to a cutting board; trim fat from it, then shred brisket with 2 forks into bite-size pieces. Return shredded beef to sauce in pot and toss until coated. Serve on rolls topped with coleslaw.

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