This Slow Cooker Beef Brisket recipe just may surprise you with its list of ingredients, but trust me when I tell you after your first bite, you'll be hooked!!
What's better than a slow-cooked meal that's ready to eat, when you're ready to eat it?
Not to mention the fact that in the warmer summer month's the heat is contained and not steaming up the kitchen. Win. Win.
**Please Note - The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making beef brisket in the slow cooker is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the "jump to recipe" button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.
This recipe was originally shared in 2013. This post has been updated with additional information, including a recipe card complete with nutritional information, but the recipe itself has remained unchanged.
The ingredient list:
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- beef brisket
- garlic powder
- chili powder
- smoked paprika
- garlic, minced
- bay leaves
- cocktail sauce
- brown sugar
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Why this recipe works:
If you're one of those people who think that slow cooker foods are not as fancy and drool-worthy as other forms of cooking, just feast your eyes on what's coming.
I think you just might have a change of heart, and it could not have been easier to make.
Trust me when I tell you, it was mighty good eating, and fancy enough for company!
How to make slow cooker beef brisket with beer BBQ sauce:
- Add the seasoned brisket to the slow cooker, cutting it (if needed) to fit.
- Add sliced onions, garlic cloves, and bay leaves.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the beer, sriracha, cocktail sauce, brown sugar, and water.
- Pour the sauce mixture over the brisket in the cooker, cover, and cook on high for 4-5 hours (or low for 7-8 hours).
- Remove the beef brisket from the cooker, and use a slotted spoon to remove the onions (if desired). Keep warm.
- Transfer 3-4 cups of the cooking liquid to a small stockpot and bring to a simmer.
- In a small cup stir together 2 tablespoons of water and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch.
- Add the cornstarch mixture to the stockpot and cook, stirring occasionally until the mixture thickens.
- Slice the brisket across the grain and pour the sauce with the onions over top.
Can this brisket be made in a Dutch oven instead?
Follow the exact same instructions up until it comes time to set the slow cooker.
Preheat the oven to 325-degrees, and once ready, slide the (covered) Dutch oven beef brisket into the preheated oven and cook for 3 hours.
Continue the recipe (as written) to thicken the beer BBQ sauce on the stovetop.
Complete menu options for this beefy main course:
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*Celery Root Mashed Potatoes (not shown)
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*Sunflower Crunch Kale and Cabbage Salad (shown below)
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*Roasted Broccoli, Carrots, Shallots and Cashews (not shown)
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*Slow Cooker Brisket with Beer BBQ Sauce (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!
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Printable Recipe Card
SLOW COOKER BEEF BRISKET WITH BEER BBQ SAUCE
- 1 4-5 pound beef brisket
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 large red onion sliced and separated into rings
- 4-5 cloves garlic peeled and smashed lightly
- 3-4 fresh bay leaves
- 1 12 ounces can/bottle of beer
- 3 tablespoons sriracha Asian hot chili sauce
- ½ cup cocktail sauce
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons water
- -Mix the salt, pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and chili powder to make a rub.
- -Rub the seasonings on both sides of the meat and allow it to sit for approximately 15 minutes.
- -If necessary, cut the beef to fit into the slow cooker.
- -Place a layer of onion rings on the bottom of the cooker and place the meat on top of the onions.
- -Add the remaining onions on top of the beef along with the garlic cloves and bay leaves.
- -In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the beer, sriracha, cocktail sauce, brown sugar, and 1 cup of water.
- -Pour the beer mixture over the meat in the cooker.
- -Cover and set the cooker to high and allow to cook for 4-5 hours (or you can do 7-8 hours on low if you need more time).
- -Remove the brisket and the onions from the cooker, and cover to keep warm.
- -Take 3-4 cups of the cooker sauce and add it to a medium saucepan.
- -Over medium heat, bring the sauce up to a low simmer.
- -In a small cup, mix together the cornstarch and the 2 tablespoons of water.
- -Pour the cornstarch mixture into the hot sauce and stir to thicken.
- -Slice the brisket against the grain and top with the onions and thickened sauce.
I sincerely hope you've enjoyed today's slow cooker beef main course as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you!
Thank you so much for visiting me today in my Kudos Kitchen. I hope you found something you'll love and that you'll come back and visit me often. There is always room for you around my table!
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DON RIDDLE says
What is cocktail sauce
You can purchase it in the grocery store where they sell ketchup. It's what you dip cooked shrimp in to make a shrimp cocktail. It's basically ketchup with a kick of horseradish. If you like you can leave it out of the recipe, or you can substitute the same amount of ketchup and about a tablespoon of prepared horseradish. I hope this helps.
Take good care,
I am going to have to try this. Cheers
Family Foodie says
Your photos of this brisket look incredible! The cauliflower mash sounds amazing with the brisket, as well!
Liz Berg says
I'm adding brisket to my shopping list...bit time yummy!
Chef Di says
Wow, this has some seriously yummy sounding seasonings in it! Can't wait to give this a try... and love that you mashed cauliflower too 😉
Martin D says
Um...I had to close my mouth, which I noticed was agape when I saw the first picture in this post. Great looking photos, and recipe I don't do low and slow oftern (ok never), but if I do...
Erin @ Table for 7 says
It looks delicious! What a great dinner it would be 🙂
You have no idea how long I've searched for a good brisket recipe. I tried one before and was so disappointed. I loving every single ingredient in this recipe so it has to be good. I am so making this for my second attempt at a brisket.
Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes says
The rub, the sauce, it´s all mouthwatering! Great recipe for today Renee!
german in pdx says
Oh wow - DH just said "this looks absolutely amazing" and yes! I will have to make this as soon as I get my slow cooker 🙂 ~ Bea @ The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Chris Baccus says
Looks like a good option for when I don't have 11 hours to use my smoker. Great combo of flavors.
Looks like an irresistible #SundaySupper, thanks for sharing!!
Cindys Recipes and Writings says
Great flavor combo. Sounds like it came out very tender!
Peanut Butter and Peppers says
Yummy! This looks beautiful! Love making meat in a Crockpot, it comes out so tender!
Laura Hunter says
Wow this looks incredible. And I love that you paired it with cauliflower mash instead of regular mash.
Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez says
There is not much that I wouldn't give to have that on my table right now. Seriously Renee, my tummy is rumbling!
There is beer BBQ sauce. I'm sold. This is also one of my favorite ways to prepare brisket.