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Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beef Brisket

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Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beef Brisket
  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 6 hr 10 min
  • Servings 10

“Ten” is the magic number for this easy beef brisket slow cooker recipe. You need just 10 minutes of prep time to make 10 hearty servings of barbecue brisket. It’s equally good served in sandwiches or as a stand-alone entrée, thanks to this set-it-and-forget-it slow-cooker technique. MORE+ LESS-

Updated June 13, 2019

Ingredients

3
tablespoons packed brown sugar
1
tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
2
teaspoons ground cumin
1
teaspoon celery salt
1
teaspoon garlic powder
1
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper
4
to 5 lb fresh beef brisket (not corned beef)
1 1/2
cups ketchup
1/4
cup apple cider vinegar
1/4
cup finely chopped yellow onion
1
tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3/4
cup low-sodium beef, chicken or vegetable broth or water

Steps

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  • 1
    In small bowl, mix brown sugar, chipotle chili powder, cumin, celery salt, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • 2
    Spray inside of 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place brisket in slow cooker; rub mixture all over brisket.
  • 3
    In another small bowl, mix 3/4 cup of the ketchup, the apple cider vinegar, onion and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over brisket along with broth.
  • 4
    Cover and cook on Low heat setting 6 to 8 hours or until meat thermometer inserted in center of brisket reads 160°F.
  • 5
    Transfer brisket to cutting board; let stand 10 minutes. Meanwhile, add remaining 3/4 cup ketchup to sauce in slow cooker; stir to combine.
  • 6
    Thinly slice brisket; transfer to serving plate. Spoon sauce over top.

Expert Tips

  • Always keep the slow cooker covered for the specified cook time. Removing the cover lets heat escape, adding 15 to 20 minutes to the cook time. Only remove the cover if a recipe specifies and only after the first 2 hours of cooking.
  • An extra-large slow cooker is especially good for large cuts of meat that need a long, slow braising. A 5- to 6-quart cooker, especially an oval one, allow roast to sit comfortably with enough room for additional ingredients and liquids.
  • For even more flavor, before rubbing the roast, sear in a hot 12-inch skillet on both sides, just until browned. Transfer to slow cooker insert and continue preparing the recipe as written.
  • Leftovers? Shred the meat for tacos or serve with beans and cornbread.
  • Leftover brisket and sauce freezes well in an airtight container up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
330
Calories from Fat
110
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12g
18%
Saturated Fat
4 1/2g
22%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
115mg
38%
Sodium
850mg
35%
Potassium
500mg
14%
Total Carbohydrate
16g
5%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
12g
Protein
40g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
10%
10%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
25%
25%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 5 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Beef brisket is one of our favorite meats to make in the slow cooker. This tough cut gets unbelievably tender when stewed all day in steamy heat. Next time you’re hosting a party, we highly recommend breaking this recipe out, especially in the summer—no oven required! Serve it up with a side of slaw, fresh sweet corn and big slices of watermelon for the perfect summertime feast. Once you try this beef brisket recipe, you’ll want to explore the rest of our slow-cooker brisket recipes.

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