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Slow-Cooked Barbecued Beef Brisket Recipe

Slow-Cooked Barbecued Beef Brisket Recipe

"I enjoy fixing a sit-down meal for my husband and myself every evening, so this entree is often on the menu," writes Anita Keppinger from Philomath, Oregon. "It's fairly inexpensive and takes little effort to prepare. The tender beef tastes wonderful."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 4 hours YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 fresh beef brisket (2-1/2 pounds), trimmed
  • SAUCE:
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients; rub over brisket. Place in a 3-qt. slow cooker.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the sauce ingredients. Pour half over the brisket; set the remaining sauce aside.
  • 3. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or until meat is tender. Serve with the reserved sauce. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: This is a fresh beef brisket, not corned beef.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 242 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 810mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 29g protein.

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ckbray User ID: 5521724 256107
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2016

"I must have done something wrong because I didn't think this recipe was anything special at all. The meat came out very dry and the sauce wasn't nearly as good as many of the BBQ sauces on the shelf. Also, my meat would only shred, not slice. What did I do wrong to cause the shredding??? Sorry but I won't be making this again."

0kInkit User ID: 7761214 232836
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2015

"This recipe is a keeper. Brisket is a favorite in our house. My picky husband enjoyed this so much he asked me to make it again I thought the sauce that went over the cooked meat might be better iif iit was cooked down."

Ldh86 User ID: 7400616 85633
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"Excellent recipe! As a native Texan now living in Seattle real Texas BBQ is impossible to come by. This recipe is pretty darn close especially when I don't own, and probably never will, a smoker. I got a brisket with the fat cap still on and then rubbed the brisket the day before and left or in the fridge. Then I put it in the slow cooker with the BBQ sauce the next morning on low for 8 hours. It smelled sooooo good while cooking! When it finished I pulled it out and removed the fat cap. I prefer the brisket to still have fat to help keep it moist while slow cooking otherwise I find it cooks dry. You can always remove the fat later. After I cut up the brisket I pulled out the juicy BBQ meat drippings from the cooker, skimmed the fat, then brushed the meat with it before serving. This recipe is officially on the dinner rotation! Thank you!!!"

billieboy57 User ID: 6639952 34912
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"Last week briskets were on sale so I froze 4, I've got one in the crock smells amazing! I reduced the ketchup to 1/2 cup, added 1/8 cup of brown sugar, dash of A1 sauce. This is my go to recipe :-)"

Karen.Buske User ID: 6777614 132913
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2012

"This is a keeper for sure. Very good!"

1woody User ID: 4961596 35201
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2012

"We love this recipe and make it quite often. I always get it all ready the night before. I put the rub on the brisket and put it in the crock pot in the frig the night before. I just take it out of the frig and pour the sauce over it in the morning and let it cook all day on low. Yummy!!!!"

bonita85 User ID: 5345630 132908
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2011

"My family loves this recipe! The only thing I do after its cooked is shred the meat and Voila you have barbecued brisket sandwiches. The barbecue sauce is amazing and I use it for other recipes too."

Mitchlep User ID: 6164225 85632
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"I used a 2.5lb beef brisket. I applied the rub and refrigerated overnight. I put brisket in the slow cooker and poured all of the sauce over the top. Cooked on high for 5 hours. Used Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce #7 for dipping sauce and it was fabulous! The meat was fork tender and very tasty without additional sauce. But I use Jack Daniels #7 because it is my favorite. I will definitely make this easy brisket again and I would serve this to guests."

dajenkins User ID: 5226027 35185
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"I normally double the recipe using a 4-6 lb fresh brisket from the farmer's market and cook it in a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker.  I've fixed it this way several times and it always comes out terrific."

dajenkins User ID: 5226027 41673
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2011

"Gets raves from family and friends"

jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 37500
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2011

"If you can't get authentic slow-smoked BBQ brisket, this is the next best thing. My brisket was 3 lbs, and I used a 5-quart crock pot, which I cooks way too hot on high, so I only use low. I rubbed the meat the night before. After 7 hours the meat was fall-apart tender under in a sea of barbeque juices. It was so flavorful we didn't even need to use the remaining sauce."

kimheath User ID: 3417538 127281
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2011

"I've made this several times now and we love it! I let it sit in the refrigerator overnight with the rub and then slow cook it the next day for 12-14 hours because I typically double the recipe and like to cook it more like a roast."

terwrld2 User ID: 1980451 78773
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2011

"I love this recipe. I slice it up and put them on rolls, with some homemade baked beans. It was wonderful. Followed the recipe exactly as stated."

walda151 User ID: 5855362 84201
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2011

"Can you do this in a 5 quart slow cooker?"

tksgroupie User ID: 4686349 61179
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2010

"I had some trouble with it being dry. i cooked it on low for 8 hours (at work all day) so maybe that was the problem? it was flavorful and tender enough but very very dry. any suggestions?"

1woody User ID: 4961596 34911
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2010

"I made this yesterday. I put the rub on the brisket the night before and let it sit in the crock in the frig over night. In the morning, I poured all the sauce over the brisket, set the crock pot on low and cooked it all day while we were at work. It was just delicious, my husband and I both loved it. This recipe is definitely a keeper and will be making it again soon. Thanks for such a great recipe."

mom24x7 User ID: 3630484 95250
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2010

"I made this for dinner last night and we loved it. My brisket was 3 1/2 lbs and I cooked it the full 5 hours. The only change I would make when cooking this again is to double the sauce. It was a hit!!"

mgerbich User ID: 3544173 110659
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2009

"Can you cook this on low for 8-10 hours?"

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 84197
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

"Tasty--I would like to try a cooking method other than the crockpot using this recipe. Great sauce."

hutchisondonw User ID: 4029570 55898
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2009

"Next to my husbands smoked brisket, this is the best and easey recipe. The best sauce ever. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!"

redram37 User ID: 244092 84196
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2009

"i've been looking for this recipe since my grandson & wife served it at their wedding reception in Texas."

tlag1986 User ID: 3419634 78726
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2009

"I am definitely looking forward to this recipe. It is right up our alley."

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