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Slow Cooker Brisket

Preparing a brisket in a slow cooker is an easy method and while it is cooking your house will smell delicious.

3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon plus 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4-5 pound fresh beef brisket
1-1/2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup broth or water

1. In small bowl mix together brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, celery salt, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
2. Spray the inside of a 6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place brisket in slow cooker and rub all over with the mixture of spices.
3. In small bowl mix the remaining ingredients together setting aside 3/4 of this mixture for the end of the cooking cycle. Pour all but the 3/4 cup of liquid over the brisket in the crock pot.
4. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
5. Remove brisket to cutting board, let stand 10 minutes.
6. Drain all but 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid from the crock pot.
7. Add the reserved 3/4 cup of ketchup mixture to the 1/2 cup of the cooking liquids in the crock pot and cook on high for fifteen minutes.
8. Cut the brisket, transfer to serving dish and then pour the heated sauce from the crock pot over the meat.

This will serve up to 10 people, more if you use the meat in sandwiches.


  1. Ooo - that looks delicious. My son-in-law loves to cook and he makes brisket. Using the slow cooker for this is brilliant!

  2. Ellen, did you ever add liquid smoke to this recipe?

  3. A perfect cut of beef for a slow-cooker. Yum.

  4. Is there another name for brisket in Canada?

    1. Since Ellen is American, I will respond. As far as I know brisket is Canadian too. If you do not see it in the meat section in your grocery store, ask someone who works in the meat department. It is available at the Safeway where I shop.

  5. Oh my goodness! This sounds and looks wonderful!!
    Thank you so much for visiting me too. Such a joy to meet you!

  6. I'm in West Virginia and normally get my brisket from the butcher shop. I might pay a little more, but it's fresh!

  7. I have just tried and its taste is really great!

  8. A perfect cut of beef for a slow-cooker. Yum.


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