Slow-Cooker Brisket

Slow-Cooker Brisket

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If you’ve always avoided making brisket because of how labor intensive it may seem, let us introduce a superhero: the slow cooker. This cut of beef benefits from the low-and-slow treatment, and using the slow cooker takes out all of the work—in fact, you’ll barely lift a finger. Simply add all your ingredients, and in a handful of hours you’ll have an extremely tender cut of beef ready to be served at your Hanukkah dinner or for any Sunday meal. Fair warning—this dish will make your kitchen smell divine.

What is beef brisket?

Beef brisket is a larger, tougher cut of meat that needs to be cooked low and slow: indirectly on the grill, in the slow-cooker (like we did here), or in the oven. A longer cook time will help get your brisket extra-tender and flavorful, but doing this in the slow-cooker makes that process even easier.

Do I need to sear my brisket before slow-cooking it?

Nope! The beauty of this recipe is how completely hands-off it is. Simply place your beef brisket in the slow cooker along with all your seasonings and ingredients, and let it do all the work for you.Do I need to cover my brisket in liquid in the slow cooker?You don’t need to cover your brisket fully in liquid, but it should be at least partially submerged in the slow cooker. For our brisket, 2 cups of chicken stock was perfect. 

How do I make sure I don’t overcook my brisket?

You definitely can overcook brisket in the slow cooker, so we highly recommend two tips to ensure your brisket is perfectly cooked: cook low and slow, and keep an eye on it. Make sure your slow cooker is set to low instead of high to avoid overcooking. Although it does take awhile, that’s where the flavor develops (plus, it’s completely hands-free!). After around 6 hours or so, make sure to check on your brisket and adjust your cooking time. This would also be a great time to see if you need to adjust your seasoning.

What should I serve with my brisket?

The best thing about this dish? You can throw your veggie sides into the slow-cooker along with your brisket. Not only will your sides be ready at the same time as your main dish, but they’ll also get deliciously flavorful cooking alongside your main protein. We added onion, but feel free to throw in carrots, mushrooms, or potatoes to add a bit of heartiness.

We love to spoon our sauce over our brisket, but feel free to serve with BBQ sauce if that’s more your thing. 

How should I store it?

Any leftovers can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 days and up to 2 months in the freezer.

Gave this slow-cooker recipe a try? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!

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Total Time:
8 hrs 10 mins
  • 3 lb.

    beef brisket

  • 1

    small white onion, sliced

  • 2

    garlic cloves, smashed and peeled

  • 2 c.

    low sodium chicken stock

  • 2

    sprigs fresh thyme

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper


    1. Step 1Place all ingredients in slow cooker and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook 6 to 8 hours on low, or until brisket is completely tender. 
    2. Step 2Remove from slow cooker to slice. Serve with jus. 

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Lena Abraham


Lena Abraham is a freelance contributor with Delish, and was formerly Senior Food Editor, where she developed and styled recipes for video and photo, and also stayed on top of current food trends. She’s been working in the food industry for over 10 years, and will argue that the best fish tacos in the world are made in New York. Don’t @ her.

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