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Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Brisket

This Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Brisket is as tender, juicy, and flavorful as it gets! It’s an easy, melt-in-your-mouth beef recipe, and a festive beef dinner idea for the Holidays. Also works great for busy families that are always on-the-go!

top view of sliced beef brisket with a silver fork placed at the bottom slice and a jar with barbecue sauce to the side

An Easy BBQ Beef Brisket Recipe

Who knew that the key to making a perfect beef brisket was your slow cooker? You’ll never want to cook another brisket without one. This crock pot dinner is easy to make and full of explosive flavor.

Another great thing about this recipe is that it makes plenty of servings. So if you’re not feeding a crowd, that means leftovers for everyone! This brisket will make for multiple delicious meals and take loads of stress out of meal planning.

slicing barbecue beef brisket

What is Brisket?

Brisket is an ultra tender and flavorful cut of beef that comes from the breast of a cow. It takes longer to cook than other cuts of meat, but the way it melts in your mouth is more than worth it!

Brisket also does a fantastic job of holding its shape once it cooks. It’s easy to slice, shred, and use in all sorts of meals. Plus, this slow cooker method makes it easier than ever to cook your brisket perfectly.

beef seasoning mixture in a white bowl

Recipe Ingredients

  • Boneless Beef Brisket
  • Brown Sugar: You can use either light or dark brown sugar for your spice rub.
  • Paprika: Use sweet or smoked paprika depending on your flavor preferences.
  • Kosher Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Dried Parsley
  • Fresh Black Pepper
  • Dried Oregano
  • Ground Cumin
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Chili Powder
  • Barbeque Sauce: Add your favorite bottled barbeque sauce or try my easy homemade recipe!

How to Make Beef Brisket in the Slow Cooker

  1. Make Spice Rub: In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the spice rub ingredients. You will probably have excess spice rub – save it to use later on pork, seafood or chicken.
  2. Prepare Beef: Pat the brisket dry and sprinkle the spice rub onto the meat; rub it in with your fingers.
  3. Let Stand: Let the meat stand on your kitchen counter for 30 minutes, or up to 24 hours in the fridge. If you’re keeping it in the fridge, remove it from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking.
  4. Add Sauce to Slow Cooker: Pour the barbecue sauce into the slow cooker.
  5. Brown Meat if Desired: At this point, you can decide if you want to brown the meat before adding it to the slow cooker or not. To brown the meat, coat a skillet with olive oil and place over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add your brisket to the skillet and sear it on both sides until browned.
  6. Add Meat to Slow Cooker: Remove brisket from the skillet and place it inside the slow cooker. Turn to coat with the bbq sauce.
  7. Cook: Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 10 hours, or on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours.
  8. Remove & Slice: Remove brisket from the slow cooker and place it onto a cutting board. Cut it against the grain into thin slices.
  9. Serve & Enjoy: Stir the sliced meat back into the slow cooker and serve.
top shot of seasoned raw beef brisket

Tips for the Best Brisket

  • Use Homemade Barbecue Sauce: I highly recommend making this Homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce for your brisket. The flavor is unbeatable!
  • Cook on Low: It’s better to cook your beef on LOW for a longer period of time to achieve maximum tenderness. However, if you’re in a hurry, you can cook your brisket on high for about half the time.
  • Brown your Brisket: Browning your beef on the stove before cooking it in the slow cooker will help the outside of the meat get a little crispy.

Serving Suggestions

  • Season Beef Ahead of Time: If you really want to intensify the flavor of your brisket, refrigerate it in the spice rub overnight. Just make sure to let it stand on the counter for 30 minutes before cooking.
  • Shred Beef: Instead of slicing your brisket, you can shred it and add it to tacos, sandwiches, nachos, etc…
  • Serve with Baked Beans: My Homemade Maple Bacon Baked Beans make a delicious side dish for beef brisket.
  • Serve with Macaroni Salad: This hearty beef recipe also tastes amazing with my Creamy Macaroni Salad!
top view of sliced beef brisket set on parchment paper

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Refrigerate leftover brisket in a covered container with the excess juices from your slow cooker. It will stay good for up to 3 days, and it’ll taste even better after a day or two of soaking in the fridge!
  • Set your beef on the counter for about 30 minutes before you reheat it. You can reheat your brisket in the slow cooker, the oven, on the stove or even in the microwave.
top view of sliced beef brisket with a silver fork placed at the bottom slice and a jar with barbecue sauce to the side
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5 from 5 votes

Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Brisket

This Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Brisket is as tender, juicy, and flavorful as it gets!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 hrs
Resting Time30 mins
Total Time10 hrs 40 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef brisket recipe, best brisket recipe, how to cook beef brisket, how to cook brisket, slow cooker beef brisket, slow cooker brisket, slow cooker brisket recipe
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 226kcal
Author: Katerina

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds boneless beef brisket
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce

For the Spice Rub

  • 1/4 cup light or dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sweet or smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoons chili powder

Instructions

  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the spice rub ingredients. You will probably have excess spice rub – save it to use later on pork, seafood or chicken.
  • Pat the brisket dry with paper towels, then sprinkle spice rub onto the meat and rub it in with your fingers.
  • Let the meat stand on your kitchen counter for 30 minutes, or up to 24 hours in the fridge. If you're keeping it in the fridge, remove it 30 minutes before cooking.
  • Pour the barbecue sauce into your slow cooker.
  • At this point, you can decide if you want to brown the meat before adding it to the slow cooker or not; that's your choice.
    To brown the meat, coat a large skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil and place over medium-high heat. Once the oil is heated, add your brisket to the skillet and sear it on both sides until browned.
  • Remove your brisket from the skillet and place it inside the slow cooker. Turn to coat with the barbecue sauce.
  • Cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook your brisket on LOW for 10 hours, or on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours.
  • Remove brisket from the slow cooker and place it onto a cutting board. Let rest for 5 minutes. Keep slow cooker covered.
    Cut the brisket into thin slices, making sure to cut across the grain.
  • Stir the sliced meat back into your slow cooker; serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 713mg | Potassium: 451mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 542IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 3mg

14 Comments

  • kerri
    September 16, 2020 at 1:05 am

    Cannot wait to try this out! Never thought to make the brisket in the slow cooker!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 16, 2020 at 2:44 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Beth
    September 16, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    5 stars
    Yum! This looks fantastic! Can’t wait to make this for dinner!

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    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 16, 2020 at 2:44 pm

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

      Reply
  • Haley D. Williams
    September 16, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    5 stars
    I’m not an expert at meat dishes and this one turned out AMAZING. Thank you for making it so easy and delicious!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 16, 2020 at 2:43 pm

      That’s great! I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Cathy
    September 16, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Perfectly seasoned and perfectly tender!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 17, 2020 at 4:31 pm

      Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Sara Welch
    September 16, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    5 stars
    Tried this for dinner last night and it didn’t disappoint! Easily, a new favorite recipe; the whole family loved it!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 17, 2020 at 4:30 pm

      I’m very glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much! 🙂

      Reply
  • Sandi
    September 17, 2020 at 4:56 am

    5 stars
    So excited to make this tonight. Looks amazing!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 17, 2020 at 4:28 pm

      I hope you enjoy it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply
  • Suzy
    September 17, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    5 stars
    This is a winner! We loved it! Came out so tender and tasty!

    Reply
    • Katerina Petrovska
      September 18, 2020 at 7:25 pm

      That’s great! I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

      Reply

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