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Slow Cooker Smoky BBQ Beef Brisket Recipe

half carved beff brisket

This Slow Cooker Smoky BBQ Beef brisket is cooked low and slow until tender, basted with a homemade brown BBQ Sauce that the brisket is cooked in, and then broiled to get that gorgeous BBQ caramelization.

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This recipe serves 6 and is great if your having guests over but if your cooking for two the leftovers make great lunches.

Slice it and serve with sides or pile it up high on sandwich rolls or sliders!

Beef brisket is a cut from the chest section of the animal. It is usually sold boneless. Brisket is a tough cut of meat making it is best when braised (meaning simmered in a small amount of liquid), either in the oven, the slow cooker, or on the stove top.

Untrimmed beef brisket is one of the least expensive cuts of beef you can buy. When cooked low and slow, it loses about half its weight in meat, but few things are better than barbecue beef brisket.

How to make Smoky BBQ Brisket:

In a bowl mix together the dry rub ingredients. 

dry rub seasonings in a bowl
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Rub the mixture all over the brisket then place it in a 4 quart slow cooker Crockpot. Click for a 4 quart Crockpot.

beef brisket with dry rub rubbed all over it

In another bowl, combine the BBQ Sauce ingredients.

homemade bbq sauce whisked together in a bowl

Slowly pour the BBQ sauce over the brisket in the crockpot.

beef brisket covered in bbq sauce in a slow cooker

Slow cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

Remove the brisket to a plate.

Pour the liquid from the slow cooker into a saucepan. Bring to simmer over medium high heat and reduce until it thickens, about 10 – 15 minutes.

At the same time, preheat the broiler to high.

Place the brisket on a broiler pan. Click for a broiler pan.

Baste the brisket generously with the BBQ sauce. Broil for 4 minutes.

beef brisket covered in bbq sauce on a broiler pan

Remove from the oven and baste again, then return to the broiler for 4 more minutes until it caramelizes. Watch so it doesn’t burn or overcook.

Slice the brisket thinly against the grain and serve with remaining BBQ Sauce. Check out this article on the importance of cutting beef against the grain.

This is terrific served as a meal with sides or piled high onto a sandwich or slider rolls. Top the BBQ brisket with coleslaw for another delicious option.

slow cooker smokey bbq beef brisket on a tray

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Yield: 6 servings

Slow Cooker Smoky BBQ Beef Brisket

half carved beff brisket

This Slow Cooker Smoky BBQ Beef brisket is cooked low and slow until tender, basted with a homemade brown BBQ Sauce that the brisket is cooked in, and then broiled to get that gorgeous BBQ caramelization. Slice it and serve with sides or pile it up high on sandwich rolls or sliders!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 10 hours 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 lb beef brisket (thawed)

For the dry rub:

  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 3/4 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

For the BBQ sauce:

  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp liquid smoke

Instructions

  1. In a bowl mix together the dry rub ingredients. 
  2. Rub the mixture all over the brisket then place it in a 4 quart slow cooker Crockpot. Click for a 4 quart Crockpot.
  3. In another bowl, combine the BBQ Sauce ingredients and slowly pour it over the brisket in the crockpot.
  4. Slow cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  5. Remove the brisket to a plate.
  6. Pour the liquid from the slow cooker into a saucepan. Bring to simmer over medium high heat and reduce until it thickens, about 10 - 15 minutes.
  7. At the same time, preheat the broiler to high.
  8. Place the brisket on a broiler pan. Click for a broiler pan.
  9. Baste the brisket generously with the BBQ sauce. Broil for 4 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and baste again, then return to the broiler for 4 more minutes until it caramelizes. Watch so it doesn’t burn or overcook.
  11. Slice the brisket thinly against the grain and serve with remaining BBQ Sauce. 

Notes

  • This is terrific served as a meal with sides or piled high onto a sandwich or slider rolls. Top the BBQ brisket with coleslaw for another delicious option.
  • The brisket will lose about half it's weight when it cooks.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 534Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 1028mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 1gSugar: 45gProtein: 34g

Nutrition information is a guideline only, is calculated automatically by third party software, and absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.

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