Slow-Cooked Tender Beef Brisket Recipe
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Slow-Cooked Tender Beef Brisket Recipe

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Brisket can be difficult to cook, but this recipe always turns out great. I live in the country and have a 60-mile commute to work each day, so I use the slow cooker often. It's a great way to get a good meal on the table for my family after a long day. —Jenni Arnold, Woodbury, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 fresh beef brisket (4 pounds)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

5 ounce-weight: 277 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 540mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 38g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 starch.


  1. Cut brisket into thirds; place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; pour over beef. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Thinly slice meat across the grain. If desired, thicken cooking liquid. Yield: 10 servings.
Editor's Note: This is a fresh beef brisket, not corned beef.
Originally published as Tender Beef Brisket in Simple & Delicious January/February 2009, p17

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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PAGAHE User ID: 989728 164706
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2014

"My husband and I both loved this recipe. It was easy and very flavorful. I had a stout beer instead of wine to accompany the dish. I used regular beer in the recipe but next time I'm going to try using a stout, which I think will really add to the bold taste."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 210278
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"I left out the green pepper only because I didn't have any on hand. My boyfriend thought this was 5 stars, but I couldn't get past that beer taste. It wasn't my favorite, but I gave it four stars as an average."

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 210277
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2012

"The brisket was very tender without falling apart. The pan juices are very tasty but hard to describe. Is it a barbeque sauce? a gravy?"

BBurga User ID: 6266634 142579
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

"My husband said it's just like his moms beef in Ecuador!! We made it for our Christmas party too and there was none left over!"

TSRatliff User ID: 2608177 175232
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2011

"Very good recipe. The beef brisket was WAY to expensive for me. So I substituted the Eye of Round Roast and it worked out great. I also substituted Sprite for the nonalcoholic beer. I thickened the pan juices with cornstarch and water. (1/4 cup cornstarch, plus enough water to make one cup total)."

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