Slow Cooker Beef Brisket With Barbecue Sauce Recipe: A Tender and Flavorful Delight
Indulge in the mouthwatering goodness of slow-cooked beef brisket bathed in rich and tangy barbecue sauce with our Slow Cooker Beef Brisket With Barbecue Sauce recipe. This dish takes comfort food to a whole new level, combining the succulence of beef brisket with the bold flavors of barbecue sauce. In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to create a sumptuous and tender beef brisket that’s sure to become a family favorite.
Table of Contents
- Introduction to Slow Cooker Beef Brisket
- Ingredients You’ll Need
- Selecting the Perfect Brisket
- Creating the Flavorful Rub
- Slow Cooking Process
- Homemade Barbecue Sauce
- Bringing It All Together
- Serving and Garnishing
- Tips for Succulent Beef Brisket
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Introduction to Slow Cooker Beef Brisket
Slow Cooker Beef Brisket With Barbecue Sauce is a classic comfort dish that marries the tender goodness of brisket with the bold and smoky flavors of barbecue sauce. This recipe is perfect for gatherings, family dinners, or any occasion where you want to impress with a flavorful and satisfying meal.
Ingredients You’ll Need
Prepare the following ingredients to start your slow cooker beef brisket journey:
- Beef brisket (5-6 pounds)
- Brown sugar
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Salt and black pepper
- Olive oil
- Worcestershire sauce
- Apple cider vinegar
- Tomato paste
- Chili powder
- Liquid smoke (optional)
Selecting the Perfect Brisket
- Choose a high-quality beef brisket with good marbling for the best results.
- Trim any excess fat from the brisket while ensuring some fat remains for flavor and tenderness.
Creating the Flavorful Rub
- In a bowl, combine brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper to create a flavorful rub.
- Rub the mixture all over the brisket, ensuring it’s evenly coated.
Slow Cooking Process
- Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Sear the brisket on all sides until browned, then transfer it to the slow cooker.
Homemade Barbecue Sauce
- In a bowl, whisk together Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, tomato paste, mustard, chili powder, ketchup, molasses, and liquid smoke (if using).
- Pour the barbecue sauce over the seared brisket in the slow cooker.
Bringing It All Together
- Cover the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours, or until the brisket is tender and easily shreds with a fork.
Serving and Garnishing
- Carefully remove the cooked brisket from the slow cooker and let it rest for a few minutes.
- Slice or shred the brisket against the grain.
- Serve the brisket with a generous drizzle of the barbecue sauce.
Tips for Succulent Beef Brisket
- Patience is Key: Allow the slow cooking process to work its magic for a tender result.
- Resting Time: Let the brisket rest before slicing to retain its juices.
- Customize Sauce: Adjust the barbecue sauce flavors to your liking for a personal touch.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Can I use a smaller brisket for this recipe?
Certainly, adjust the cooking time accordingly for a smaller cut.
2. Can I prepare the barbecue sauce in advance?
Absolutely, making the sauce ahead of time can save you preparation time.
3. What sides pair well with beef brisket?
Mashed potatoes, coleslaw, cornbread, and baked beans complement the dish beautifully.
4. Can I use a different type of meat for this recipe?
While brisket is traditional, you can experiment with pork shoulder or ribs.
5. How do I store leftover brisket?
Refrigerate the leftover brisket in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
The journey to a delectable Slow Cooker Beef Brisket With Barbecue Sauce is an adventure in flavor and tenderness. As the brisket slow cooks to perfection, it absorbs the savory essence of the barbecue sauce, resulting in a dish that’s truly irresistible. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply indulging in comfort food, this recipe promises to deliver a delightful dining experience that’s rich in flavor and heartiness.
- 4-5 pounds beef brisket trimmed of excess fat
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon beef bouillon
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 cup homemade barbecue sauce
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 tsp EACH garlic powder, salt
- 1 tsp EACH onion powder, chipotle powder, pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional for more heat
- 1 1/2 cups ketchup
- 1/3 cup molasses
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup seedless blackberry preserves
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon reserved Spice Rub from above
- 1 tablespoon mesquite liquid smoke optional but recommended
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with sides/jelly roll pan with parchment paper or foil for easy clean up. Set aside.
Spray 6 quart (or larger) slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
Trim brisket of excess fat and rinse and pat dry. If your brisket is extra long then slice it in half so it will fit in your slow cooker.
In a medium bowl, whisk together Spice Rub ingredients. Remove 1 tablespoon Spice Rub and add to a medium bowl to use in your barbecue sauce. Rub all remaining Spice Rub evenly all over the meat then place brisket on prepared baking sheet. (You can let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes or refrigerate up to 24 hours if desired). Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 425 degrees F to sear meat.
Meanwhile, add all of the Barbecue Sauce ingredients to the 1 tablespoon reserved Spice Rub and whisk to combine. Remove ½ cup barbecue sauce and add to slow cooker along with 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire, 1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce and 1 tablespoon beef bouillon. Whisk to combine (the bouillon will not be completely dissolved but will dissolve during cooking).
Using tongs (so you don’t burn yourself) carefully transfer brisket to slow cooker. It will be large so you will have to squish it in. Not all of it will be under the liquid.
Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours until brisket is very tender, flipping over half way through cooking. If your brisket is tough, it just needs to cook longer.
Remove brisket to a foil lined baking sheet. Brush with barbecue sauce and broil 5-10 minutes, until slightly caramelized. Meanwhile, microwave or simmer remaining barbecue sauce until warmed through.
Brush brisket again with barbecue sauce and slice across the grain or chop if desired. Serve with remaining barbecue sauce plain or they make delicious sandwiches. (See side dish suggestions below recipe.)
MAKE AHEAD: I often will cook my brisket until tender then remove the removable ceramic insert and refrigerate the brisket in the juices. The next day, I skip off all the hardened fat then cook on LOW in the slow cooker for 1-2 hours until warmed through and proceed with recipe.
Don’t miss the “how to make” recipe video at the top of the post!
*Liquid smoke can be found next to the barbecue sauce in most grocery stores. It adds a wonderfully smoky flavor.
Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size 8
Amount Per ServingCalories 8035Total Fat 423gSaturated Fat 167gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 199gCholesterol 2405mgSodium 9235mgCarbohydrates 368gFiber 15gSugar 305gProtein 666g
The information contained herein is subject to change.