Slow Cooker Beef Brisket – deliciously meaty, flavorful and tender beef infused with incredible flavors from creole seasoning and homemade barbecue sauce. You won’t believe how simple the ingredients are!
Beef Brisket Recipe
I can’t wait to share with you all this surprisingly easy and tasty slow cooker beef brisket recipe. In fact, hubby and I stood around devouring this meat the moment I finished my photoshoot for this dish. You’d hear oohs and aahs echoing through the room as we helped ourselves huge forkfuls of this brisket.
And the best part…it uses simply pantry ingredients for such a flavor explosion meaty dish. You’d totally go GA-GA over this dish!
What is Brisket?
Beef brisket has the richest natural beef flavor of any cut of meat. It comes from the underside of an animal near the ribs usually used for corned beef and pastrami and very ideal for slow cooking. The unique thing about this beef cut is that it can be slow cooked to achieve that tender-fork kind of meat yet still sliceable enough without falling apart. Slow cooking it for longer hours break down the connective tissues of this meat resulting to an extra flavorful beefy goodness.
What Can I Substitute with Beef Brisket?
There will be no other cut that can top beef brisket. But the best substitute to this would be a blade roast or boneless chuck roast usually used in making pot roast (see my Slow Cooker Pot Roast).
How Long to Cook Brisket
Slow cooking is the technique to get the most out of a beef brisket. For a 4-5 pound brisket, cook it in the slow cooker on low for 8-10 hours and 4-5 hours on high. Of course, please adjust cooking times accordingly depending on the thickness of your brisket. You may also cook it in the oven for about 5 hours (or more) at 320F/160C.
Can I Make It Ahead?
Cooking it for a good 8-10 hours may be too long especially if your serving this beef brisket on the same day. What I usually do though is cook my brisket until tender a day before serving, remove the ceramic insert and refrigerate the brisket along with its juices. Then on the day of serving, I skim off the hardened fat and cook the brisket on low for 1-3 hours until warmed through.
What to Serve with Beef Brisket?
Now that you have a fork tender and flavorful juicy meat, you can layer them on sandwiches or sliders just like this Pulled Pork recipe. Or if you plan on serving them as a man dish, you can serve beef brisket along with these other scrumptious side dishes.
More Meaty Sandwiches
Browning the Beef. I always believe in taking this extra step. Browning the meat before placing them in the slow cooker lends additional flavor with that slight crust.
Sauteing the Veggies. Rather than just tossing everything into the slow cooker, I highly advise you cook the veggies along with the Worcestershire and soy sauce to lend a caramelized flavor and super fragrant sauce for your meat.
Adding the Veggies and the Meat. To ensure a completely flavorful meat, I placed the sauteed veggies underneath the meat and cook it low for 8 hours. I assure you that this recipe here is beyond delicious from the veggies, to the sauce and most especially the meat itself.
Topping with Barbecue Sauce. To be honest, what I love the most about this recipe is the incredible sauce that hugs the meat – all thanks to my homemade barbecue sauce. I use this homemade barbecue sauce here to top the brisket with something more deep and flavorful as it cooks. And use it again to glaze the meat once cooked through. Regular barbecue sauce would work fine, too.
How To Cook Beef Brisket
Generously season brisket with salt and pepper, followed by steak seasoning or any favorite seasoning.
Heat oil in a large heavy skillet or cast iron pan over high heat, and when hot, add brisket (fat side down). Sear for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until browned flipping once. Transfer to a board or plate. In the same pan, add sliced onions, garlic and thyme. Sauté for about 4- 5 minutes or until fragrant and onions is translucent. Add in Worcestershire and soy sauce and cook for another minute.
Place sautéed onions at the bottom of the slow cooker then add in the brisket. Top the brisket with three-quarter of the barbecue sauce. Cook on low for about 8 hours or on high for about 4-5 hours depending on the size of the brisket. Turn off slow cooker and let beef rest for about 15 minutes with the lid on. Remove brisket, place on a board, and brush the top with the remaining barbecue sauce, slice and serve.
Slow Cooker Beef Brisket
- 4-5 pounds (1.8 -2.2 kl) beef brisket
- 2 tablespoons (24 g) creole or steak seasoning
- 2 medium onions , sliced
- 1 tablespoon (8 g) minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 2 teaspoons (10 g) Worcestershire
- 1 tablespoon (15 g) soy sauce
- ½ cup (142 g) barbecue sauce
- salt and freshly ground black pepper , to taste
- Generously season brisket with salt and pepper, followed by steak seasoning or any favorite seasoning.
- Heat oil in a large heavy skillet or cast iron pan over high heat, and when hot, add brisket (fat side down). Sear for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until browned flipping once. Transfer to a board or plate.
- In the same pan, add sliced onions, garlic and thyme. Sauté for about 4-
5 minutes or until fragrant and onions is translucent. Add in Worcestershire
and soy sauce and cook for another minute.
- Place sautéed onions at the bottom of the slow cooker then add in the brisket. Top the brisket with three-quarter of the barbecue sauce. Cook on low for about 8 hours or on high for about 4-5 hours depending on the size of the brisket.
- Turn off slow cooker and let beef rest for about 15 min with the lid on. Remove brisket, place on aboard, and brush the top with the remaining barbecue sauce, slice and serve.
Tips & Notes:
- Do not border about marinating the beef, the slow cooker process
will provide time for the beef to marinade.
- Do not border to add in water, the beef is going to ooze out enough
juice for the cooking process.
- Cooking time will depend on the size of the brisket, check beef 1
hour to stop time to determine if it requires more time.
- Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.