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It’s still too cool to turn on the BBQ, so why not turn on your slow cooker for this delicious, melt-in-your-mouth slow-cooker BBQ Beef Brisket? Homemade Spice Rub and BBQ sauce make this drool-worthy brisket a family favorite!


Homemade Spice Rub smells so fragrant and so much more flavorful than store-bought!


Slice the Brisket half-width, then cover it with the seasoning rub.


BBQ sauce and brisket in the Slow Cooker.


Place Brisket in BBQ sauce, Cover with lid, and cook on Low for 10 hours or High for 3-4 hours.


The tender brisket falls apart when sliced. When done, place it on the cutting board and slice or shred the BBQ Beef Brisket. This recipe serves 8.



Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 10 hours 55 minutes

This Beefy brisket is transformed into tender morsels of barbecue goodness. Rub the beef with a combination of chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, cayenne, and garlic, then slow-cook it in a sweet-savory sauce that includes smoky chipotle chiles. After 10 hours of gentle cooking, the meat can be sliced or shredded, tossed with the sauce, and stuffed into a sandwich. Serve with baked beans, coleslaw and my zesty potato salad.


  • For the barbecue sauce:
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 chipotles in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • For the brisket:
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
  • 1 (5-pound) beef brisket


  1. Place all of the barbecue sauce ingredients in a 3-quart or larger slow cooker and stir to combine.
  2. Place all of the measured brisket ingredients except the brisket in a medium bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Place the brisket on a cutting board and cut it in half widthwise. Evenly coat it with the spice rub and place the 2 brisket pieces in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low until fork-tender, about 10 hours.
  4. Transfer the brisket to a clean cutting board. Pour the barbecue sauce from the slow cooker into a medium heatproof bowl and set it aside.
  5. Remove the excess fat from the brisket and discard it. Slice the meat against the grain into 1/4-inch-thick pieces and return it to the slow cooker. (Alternatively, you can shred the meat with 2 forks.)
  6. Use a spoon to skim and discard the fat from the surface of the barbecue sauce. Return the sauce to the slow cooker and stir gently to combine it with the meat. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.

Nutrition Information


8 servings

Serving Size

2-3 slices

Amount Per Serving Calories 211Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 22mgSodium 1532mgCarbohydrates 37gFiber 3gSugar 28gProtein 9g

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Shirley Weinberg

Sunday 30th of August 2015

Nettie this slow cooked BBQ brisket looks fabulous. Will make for my next gathering, Big thank you.


Tuesday 1st of September 2015

I think you will love it Shirley!

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