Brisket Potato Skins

Tailgating and Football Season is upon us! We are big NFL fans in this house.  With the return of football, it means that Sunday afternoon’s will start to see more and more friends over and that means more party food and cocktails.  Brisket Potato Skins are full of flavor and the perfect addition to any party!

Brisket Potato Skins are the grown up version of the classic you know and love. Filled with smoked brisket meat, caramelized onions, sweet BBQ sauce, and you can’t forget the cheese! Serve them as an appetizer to a crowd or make just a few for a great lunch. I am not going to lie. I ate these for lunch and dinner a few nights.

Perfect for football parties, tailgating, and any pot luck! Brisket Potato Skins are delicious and so easy to make.

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I totally like to take shortcuts whenever I can.  I am gone from the house 10 hours a day for my full time job.  I am not a fan of slaving over the stove for dinner when I get home.  Brisket Potato Skins can be made so quickly and easily.  Just pop the potatoes in the microwave!  They go from hours to minutes.

You are going to love the caramelized onions.  They just take the flavor from good to great.  They really give these skins their grown up taste.  Don’t be intimidated if you have never made caramelized onions before.  They are really easy they just take a bit of time and you keep an eye on them .

Cooked over medium high heat with butter and touch of salt the onions slowly cook and turn a caramelized color bringing the natural sweetness of the onions.  Start these first and they will be ready just as you are ready to layer the skins all up!

Last but most certainly not least, we have to talk about the Brisket! The meat really is the star of the show.  Now remember I said that I am all about easy and quick.  There is nothing quick about making a great juicy brisket.  So let’s cheat! {It’s always fun to sneak a time saving cheat in}

Use a store bought ready to eat sliced brisket.  I love the Jack Daniels brand.  It’s smoked and sauced and ready to reheat.  Total time saver and totally yummy!!!

What is your favorite way to top potato skins?


  • 6-10 russet potatoes
  • 12-15 slices ready to eat sauced brisket
  • 1/2 large onion sliced {you can slice them a day ahead or that morning}
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup favorite BBQ sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. in a skillet over medium high heat melt the butter
  2. add in the onions and the pinch of salt
  3. stir until the onions soften and turn translucent
  4. let cook for a total of 20-25 min You will need to keep an eye on them and stir them every few min {once caramelized remove from heat}
  5. while onions are cooking wash and prick potatoes
  6. microwave for 6-10 min until soft and cooked
  7. slice in half and let the flesh cool
  8. preheat oven to 350
  9. while cooling chop the brisket into 1/8 to 1/4 inch slices
  10. scoop the flesh out of the halved potato
  11. start to layer the brisket, the onions, the cheese and BBQ sauce
  12. place in oven for 10 min or until the cheese is all metly
  13. Enjoy!
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