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Slow Cooker Beef Brisket with Beer BBQ Sauce

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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!!

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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.


A closeup photo of a sliced Beef Brisket on a square white plate with mashed potatoes, gravy, and onions.

The ingredient list:

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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.
  • Serve.

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:

*Pimento Cheese Mashed Potatoes (shown below)

Why not give traditional mashed potatoes a little update? Pimento Cheese Mashed Potatoes are easy to make and taste amazing!!

A white oval bowl filled with Pimento Cheese Mashed Potatoes along with some russet potatoes in the background.

*Celery Root Mashed Potatoes (not shown)

The ultimate comfort food is kicked up a notch or two with these Celery Root Mashed Potatoes. The flavor of potato and celery root complement each other amazingly well.

*Sunflower Crunch Kale and Cabbage Salad (shown below)

Crunchy, healthy, and completely addictive. This Sunflower Crunch Kale and Cabbage Salad has it ALL going on!! Dig in! You’re going to love this colorful salad!

A round white bowl filled with sunflower crunch kale and cabbage salad

*Roasted Broccoli, Carrots, Shallots and Cashews (not shown)

It’s easy to turn vegetable haters into vegetable lovers with this dish of Oven Roasted Carrots, Broccoli, Shallots, and Cashews.

*Slow Cooker Brisket with Beer BBQ Sauce (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s super flavorful beef brisket dinner for the slow cooker.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

A Slow Cooker Beef Brisket on a white plate covered in gravy and onions.


Renee – Kudos Kitchen
This slow cooker brisket recipe may surprise you with its list of ingredients, but trust me when I tell you after your first bite, you'll be hooked!!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 20 mins
Course Slow Cooker – Main Course
Servings 8 servings
Calories 516 kcal


  • 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
  • 1/2 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.
  • -Serve


Serving: 1servingCalories: 516kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 60gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 181mgSodium: 1085mgPotassium: 1072mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 485IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
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Sunday 14th of February 2021

What is cocktail sauce


Monday 15th of February 2021

Hi, Don. 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, Renee


Thursday 6th of June 2013

I am going to have to try this. Cheers

Family Foodie

Monday 20th of May 2013

Your photos of this brisket look incredible! The cauliflower mash sounds amazing with the brisket, as well!

Liz Berg

Monday 20th of May 2013

I'm adding brisket to my shopping list...bit time yummy!

Martin D

Sunday 19th of May 2013

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...