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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
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Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 226kcal



  • 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


  • 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.


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