Slow Cooker Beef Brisket Recipe
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Slow Cooker Beef Brisket Recipe

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“This brisket is so easy to prepare and has been a family favorite for years," shares Mary Ann Lee in Clifton Park, New York. "I added the fresh mushrooms to give it more flavor.”
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 fresh beef brisket (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Nutritional Facts

5 ounce-weight: 341 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 339mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 2g fiber), 37g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 5 lean mea


  1. Cut brisket in half; place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add mushrooms and bay leaves. Combine the tomatoes, onion, brown sugar, vinegar and ketchup; pour over beef. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove beef and keep warm. Discard bay leaves. In a large saucepan, combine cornstarch and water until smooth. Gradually stir in cooking liquid. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Slice meat across the grain; serve with gravy. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Editor's Note: This is a fresh beef brisket, not corned beef.
Originally published as Slow Cooker Beef Brisket in Simple & Delicious March/April 2008, p66

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Sep. 15, 2013

"Easy and delicious!"

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2013

"My family loved this.."

Reviewed Mar. 20, 2013

"I am new to slow cooking and this recipe is very easy. Plus the family really liked it."

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2012

"We enjoyed this very much. Served Mashed Potatoes and green beans with it."

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2012

"No good! Too tangy and sweet!"

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