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Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

The Secret to Tender and Flavorful Brisket

Are you tired of spending hours in the kitchen, trying to perfect your beef brisket recipe? Look no further! With a slow cooker, you can achieve the most tender and flavorful beef brisket without all the hassle. Let’s dive into the secrets of slow cooker beef brisket and how you can create a mouthwatering dish that will impress your family and friends.

Why choose a slow cooker?

Imagine coming home after a long day to the enticing aroma of a perfectly cooked beef brisket. With a slow cooker, you can achieve just that. This magical kitchen appliance allows you to set it and forget it, as it slowly cooks the brisket to perfection. The low and slow cooking method helps break down the tough fibers in the meat, resulting in a tender and juicy brisket that melts in your mouth.

How to choose the right brisket?

When it comes to selecting the perfect brisket for your slow cooker, there are a few things to keep in mind. Look for a well-marbled piece of meat with a good amount of fat. This fat will render down during the cooking process, keeping the brisket moist and adding flavor. Additionally, choose a brisket that is not too thick, as it will take longer to cook. Opt for a brisket that fits comfortably in your slow cooker without any crowding.

Preparing the Brisket

Seasoning the brisket

Before placing the brisket in the slow cooker, it’s important to season it generously. A simple combination of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika will enhance the natural flavors of the meat. Rub the seasoning all over the brisket, ensuring every inch is coated.

Searing the brisket

For an extra layer of flavor, consider searing the brisket before placing it in the slow cooker. Heat a skillet with some oil and sear the brisket on all sides until browned. This will create a beautiful crust and add depth to the final dish.

Cooking the Brisket

Choosing the right cooking time and temperature

Every slow cooker is different, so it’s important to adjust the cooking time and temperature accordingly. As a general rule of thumb, cook the brisket on low heat for 8-10 hours or on high heat for 4-6 hours. This slow cooking process allows the flavors to develop and the meat to become tender.

Adding flavor with liquid

To enhance the flavors even further, consider adding some liquid to the slow cooker. Beef broth, red wine, or a combination of both can add depth and richness to the brisket. The liquid will also help keep the meat moist throughout the cooking process.

Monitoring the cooking process

While the slow cooker does most of the work, it’s important to monitor the cooking process. Check the brisket occasionally to ensure it’s not overcooking or drying out. If necessary, add more liquid or adjust the temperature accordingly.


Q: Can I cook the brisket on high heat for a shorter amount of time?

A: While it is possible to cook the brisket on high heat for a shorter amount of time, the low and slow method is recommended for the most tender and flavorful results.

Q: Can I use a different type of meat for this recipe?

A: While beef brisket is the traditional choice for this recipe, you can experiment with other cuts of meat such as pork shoulder or lamb shoulder.

Q: Can I add vegetables to the slow cooker?

A: Absolutely! Adding vegetables like carrots, onions, and potatoes to the slow cooker can create a complete and delicious meal.

Q: Can I freeze the leftover brisket?

A: Yes, you can freeze the leftover brisket for future meals. Simply place it in an airtight container or freezer bag and store it in the freezer for up to three months.

Q: Can I use a slow cooker liner for easier cleanup?

A: Yes, using a slow cooker liner can make cleanup a breeze. It prevents the food from sticking to the pot and makes washing up much easier.

Q: Can I add barbecue sauce to the brisket?

A: Absolutely! If you prefer a saucier brisket, you can add your favorite barbecue sauce during the last hour of cooking.

Q: Can I cook the brisket overnight?

A: Yes, you can cook the brisket overnight on low heat. This allows for a longer cooking time and results in an even more tender brisket.

Q: Can I use a slow cooker with a timer?

A: Using a slow cooker with a timer can be convenient if you want to start the cooking process at a specific time or if you need to cook the brisket for a certain duration.


Say goodbye to dry and tough beef brisket! With a slow cooker, you can achieve a tender and flavorful dish without spending hours in the kitchen. Remember to choose the right brisket, season it well, and cook it low and slow for the best results. Don’t forget to add your own personal touch with additional flavors and vegetables. Now, go ahead and impress your loved ones with your mouthwatering slow cooker beef brisket!

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Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

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Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 45 minutes
Course Grilled
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • ¼ cup water (optional , adjust amount as needed)
  • 1 (2 pound) beef brisket
  • 2 medium yellow onions , quartered
  • 3 large carrots , cut into 1-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup prepared barbecue sauce


  • In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, salt, pepper, mustard powder, onion powder, and garlic powder to make the dry rub mixture.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together beef broth, liquid smoke, and Worcestershire sauce to create the cooking liquid.
  • Place onions and carrots in the slow cooker and pour the cooking liquid over them. Set the slow cooker to High temperature to warm up the liquid.
  • Rinse the brisket under cold water and pat it dry. Season the entire brisket with the dry rub mixture.
  • Place the seasoned brisket on top of the onions and carrots in the slow cooker, with the fatty side facing up. Ensure that the cooking liquid reaches the bottom of the brisket; add water if necessary.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on Low for 8 hours.
  • Turn off the slow cooker and transfer the brisket to a sheet pan lined with foil. Trim some of the fat if desired.
  • In a bowl, mix the barbecue sauce with 1/4 cup of hot cooking liquid from the slow cooker. Use this mixture to baste the fatty side of the brisket.
  • Preheat the broiler in the oven.
  • Place the brisket in the preheated oven, ensuring that there is a 6-inch distance between the top of the brisket and the burner. Broil for 2 to 4 minutes,
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