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Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 5 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Nikki


  • 3 to 4 pound beef brisket


  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

BBQ Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce


  • Place Rub ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine.
  • Rub all over brisket with your hands. 
  • Pour BBQ Sauce ingredients in the slow cooker. Mix then add the brisket and press brisket into sauce.
  • Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours, high for 4 to 5 hours.
  • Remove brisket from slow cooker onto a baking tray. Drizzle a few tablespoons of pan drippings on the brisket.
  • Pour liquid from slow cooker into a sauce pan and simmer over medium high heat until it thickens to a sauce like consistency.
  • Oven Method: Meanwhile, cook Brisket in 400 degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes until it begins to brown a bit. Remove from oven and mop on BBQ sauce cook for 5 minutes turn over and repeat for 5 to 10 minutes or until caramelized. Or do this on the BBQ Grill on medium high heat. Cook time for caramelization may be shorter. Then remove.
  • Slice Brisket thinly across the grain and serve with BBQ Sauce.


*If you want to prepare meat ahead of time you can store with rub on in refrigerator for 24 hours before cooking.  I usually just put on before cooking.
*If you want less spicy omit or cut back on cayenne pepper