The Easiest Slow Cooker Brisket Recipe. Tender, savory, eat with a fork slow cooker brisket. Brisket is perfect for sandwiches, tacos, salads, sliders, quesadillas, or even pizza!
I can’t believe I went 29 out of 31 years of my life without eating brisket! Now that I’ve eaten brisket, beef brisket has been in my monthly recipe rotation! Whether I make it in my slow cooker or in my Instant Pot there’s no way you can go wrong!
WHAT IS BEEF BRISKET?
So, if beef brisket is a foreign word to you like it was to me 2 years ago, let me give you a quick rundown. All I basically knew about brisket was that we sold a lot of it around St Patrick’s Day when I used to work at Publix. That and cabbage LOL. Basically, brisket is a cut of beef or veal and it’s from the breast or lower chest area.
Brisket can be cooked many ways, but low and slow in a liquid, braising the beef, helps to tenderize the beef as brisket is a tough cut of beef. Brisket typically comes with a layer of fat and it is recommended to leave that ‘fat cap’ on to keep the meat from drying out during the low and slow cooking process.
HOW TO COOK BRISKET IN A SLOW COOKER
I like to do a super simple slow cooker brisket recipe. I don’t even use broth or brown the brisket first! So here’s what I do…I cheat a little by using corned beef aka brisket that has been brined (I love the color that it produces!).
Fist I add 1 cup of water into the slow cooker. Next I open the brisket bag, I drain most of the juices into the sink. I don’t use the peppercorn seasoning packet that comes with the brisket. Instead, I like to make my own seasoning.
I season my beef brisket with salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder. I set the slow cooker to low heat and set the timer to 8 hours. That’s it! Super simple and super tasty!
HOW LONG TO COOK BRISKET
If you cook your brisket in a slow cooker, you can cook it in 8 hours on low heat. If you cook it in an Instant Pot, you can cook it on manual high pressure for 1 hour and do a natural pressure release.
BEST WAY TO COOK BRISKET
Many people swear by cooking brisket in a slow cooker or crockpot, but I typically cook my brisket in an Instant Pot.
IF YOU LOVE INSTANT POT RECIPES, GIVE THESE A TRY!
But what I really want is a smoker and to try cooking it in that! So many people in the keto field have smokers and absolutely RAVE about smoked brisket. Another thing I want to try doing is making brisket with a sous vide. All I’ve cooked with it so far have been ribeyes, which were some of the best ribeyes I’ve ever eaten!
HOW TO MAKE BRISKET TENDER
To make brisket tender, the best ways I’ve found is either time or pressure. You can cook the brisket for an extended period of time in a crockpot or smoker which will make the brisket tender. OR you can cook brisket in a pressure cooker or instant pot for a much shorter time (think 1 hour vs 8 hours) and this will make the beef brisket nice and tender too!
If you LOVE your slow cooker then you’ll love these other slow cooker recipes
- Slow Cooker Pork Ribs with Bourbon BBQ Sauce
- Slow Cooker Roast Beef
- Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy
- Slow Cooker Carne Picada
- Slow Cooker Comfort Food Recipes
Whether you’re going to eat your brisket right out of the slow cooker, pile it high on a bun, or top it on a pizza, this recipe is sure to please your entire family! You might not even get to have any leftovers!
The Easiest Slow Cooker Brisket Recipe
- 3.5 pound brisket
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- In a small bowl, combine all dry seasoning ingredients. Set aside.
- Add 1 cup of water into the slow cooker.
- Next open the brisket bag, drain most of the juices into the sink. Place the brisket in the slow cooker, fat side up. Sprinkle top of brisket with seasoning mixture.
- Set the slow cooker to low heat and set the timer to 8 hours.
- Once 8 hours is up. Remove the brisket from you slow cooker and enjoy.
- Save some of the juices to reheat with the leftovers if applicable (this helps keep it nice and moist).