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Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

Beef Brisket can be prepared many ways – there’s smoked beef brisket, oven beef brisket but I’m telling you this Slow Cooker Beef Brisket recipe is my favorite method for juicy, flavor exploding beef brisket!  And it’s SO EASY!


It’s the ultimate stress free company dinner because it can be made days in advance then reheated in the slow cooker for stress free entertaining (which is actually my preferred method)!


INGREDIENTS
Slow cooker
  • 4-5 pounds beef brìsket trìmmed of excess fat
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouìllon
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershìre sauce
  • 1 tablespoon reduced sodìum soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup homemade barbecue sauce (dìrectìons to follow)
Spìce Rub
  • 2 tablespoons paprìka
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chìlì powder
  • 2 tsp EACH garlìc powder, salt
  • 1 tsp EACH onìon powder, chìpotle powder, pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon drìed thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optìonal for more heat
Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup seedless blackberry preserves
  • 1/4 cup apple cìder vìnegar
  • 1 tablespoon reserved Spìce Rub from above
  • 1 tablespoon mesquìte lìquìd smoke optìonal but recommended*

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with sides/jelly roll pan with parchment paper or foil for easy clean up. Set aside.
  2. Spray 6 quart (or larger) slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Trim brisket of excess fat and rinse and pat dry. If your brisket is extra long then slice it in half so it will fit in your slow cooker.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together Spice Rub ingredients. Remove 1 tablespoon Spice Rub and add to a medium bowl to use in your barbecue sauce. Rub all remaining Spice Rub evenly all over the meat then place brisket on prepared baking sheet. (You can let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes or refrigerate up to 24 hours if desired). Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 425 degrees F to sear meat.
  5. Meanwhile, add all of the Barbecue Sauce ingredients to the 1 tablespoon reserved Spice Rub and whisk to combine. Remove 1/2 cup barbecue sauce and add to slow cooker along with 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire, 1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce and 1 tablespoon beef bouillon. Whisk to combine (the bouillon will not be completely dissolved but will dissolve during cooking).
  6. Using tongs (so you don’t burn yourself) carefully transfer brisket to slow cooker. It will be large so you will have to squish it in. Not all of it will be under the liquid.
  7. Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours until brisket is very tender, flipping over half way through cooking. If your brisket is tough, it just needs to cook longer.
  8. Remove brisket to a foil lined baking sheet. Brush with barbecue sauce and broil 5-10 minutes, until slightly caramelized. Meanwhile, microwave or simmer remaining barbecue sauce until warmed through.
  9. Brush brisket again with barbecue sauce and slice across the grain or chop if desired. Serve with remaining barbecue sauce plain or they make delicious sandwiches. (See side dish suggestions below recipe.)
  10. MAKE AHEAD: I often will cook my brisket until tender then remove the removable ceramic insert and refrigerate the brisket in the juices. The next day, I skip off all the hardened fat then cook on LOW in the slow cooker for 1-2 hours until warmed through and proceed with recipe.


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