How To Cook Brisket In A Slow Cooker? Our Ultimate Guide!

Can You Cook Brisket Using A Slow Cooker?

The slow cooker is your best friend when it comes to cooking brisket. It’s the perfect way to cook tough meat and keep it moist for hours on end.

Yes! You can cook brisket in a slow cooker. There are several ways to go about it, but I like to cook a brisket with a good rub, then cook it in the slow cooker on low for 14 to 16 hours.

As it cooks, it shreds and breaks down, becoming incredibly tender. Slow cooker is one of the best ways to help you keep it while cooking.

In fact, the slow cooker is the best way to cook the fatty part of the classic beef brisket, since it can reach a higher temperature than when cooking on the stove or in the oven, and can thus tenderise the meat by causing the Maillard reaction with the sugars present in the meat that can help to make it tasty.

A piece of brisket is typically cooked for long periods of time at low temperatures to make them tender enough to be sliced thinly across their grain; this process is called braising or pot roasting.

Whether you’re looking for a new recipe or cut of meat, this blog will walk you through how to cook a classic beef brisket in a slow cooker.

What Vegetables are Good Cooked with Brisket?

It is best to use vegetables that are in season or fresh. If you want a dish with an Italian flare, then zucchini and squash might be on your list.

With Brazil sprouts when they are still young, it’s easy to get them nice and tender by cooking them until just crisp-tender before adding any sauces for flavour.

One other vegetable option is broccoli which tastes great as a side dish after being cooked into something like this brisket recipe.

And don’t forget about potatoes! Potatoes will absorb spices wonderfully while infusing anything else in the pot with their own subtle sweetness – perfect for long braises such as this one!

Do not forget slice sliced onions over brisket! They can add extra flavor quickly while cooking and giving your food a nice crunch after it’s finished.

Chopped green onion is a great way to make sure all of those spices mentioned earlier really come through from the bottom of the pot for an extra layer of earthiness or depth.

The Best Time to Cook Brisket

The best time to cook a classic beef brisket is the day of or night before. There are a multitude of benefits to this approach!

First off, it will give you more than enough time to allow all that flavour from your marinade sink into the meat and really get nice and tender.

Secondly, there’s no pressure on your evening if you’re cooking for guests since everything can be done ahead of time.

With all that talk of cooking for the day or night before, it’s important to know how long your brisket should marinate.

I recommend at least 12 hours for best results! But if you’re in a pinch and don’t have time, then just make sure not to cut any corners on allowing plenty of time for soaking up those delicious flavours from the garlic, thyme, tablespoon salt and black pepper you’ve mixed.

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

Luxurious brisket is a tough meat, but it has an incredible depth of flavour. It’s difficult to cook raw brisket right on the stove because you would have to watch the pot and stir constantly for hours (or even days) at a time.

Slow Cooker crockpot Beef Brisket Recipe:


  • A teaspoon onion powder
  • Half cup ketchup
  • Two tablespoons spicy brown mustard or Dijon mustard
  • One tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 
  • One tablespoon cider vinegar
  • Medium garlic cloves
  • Two teaspoons salt
  • Four teaspoons pepper (or less, to taste)
  • Five pounds beef brisket

Combine all ingredients and spice mixture.

Steps to Make Crock pot Beef Brisket Recipe

Step 1: Sear the meat in a skillet

The only thing you need to do is to sear the brisket before you add it to the slow cooker. This way, you will have delicious meat that will not be chewy.

Step 2: Place the brisket into the slow cooker 

Place brisket in crock pot, spice rub mixture on the meat, cover with a lid then cook for eight hours on LOW or four hours on HIGH. The brisket will tender enough to shred easily when it’s done cooking!

Step 3: Remove from the slow cooker

Once you have reached desired time and internal meat temperature , remove brisket from cooker with tongs and place onto clean cutting board. Then slice brisket.

Separate any large pieces of fat that are still attached and serve. 

Tips for Making Slow Cooker Brisket

1. Do not let the regular brisket cook for longer than the recommended time, or it will get tough.

2. The best way to trim brisket properly is by using paper towels because it doesn’t leave any stickiness behind like other things you might use such as bacon wrappers.

3. Portioning: A typical recipe for brisket will say how many pounds of meat they require, but it’s always good to have extra on hand in case you need more or less than what is called for.

4. Use your slow cooker liner or aluminum foil with some oil in it (I prefer coconut) to line the bottom of your crock pot, then put all ingredients inside except for any garnish like onion rings or fresh parsley.

5. When choosing a heat setting, remember that the higher your temperature is set, the longer it will take for food to cook.

6. Cooking Time: per pound rule of thumb in a crock pot: 12 hours on low or eight hours on high.

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