Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (2024)

Jump to RecipePrint Recipe

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

This Slow Cooker Beef Brisket Recipe iswonderfully juicy, flavor exploding, melt-in-your-mouth and ideal to prep ahead for stress-free entertaining! Readers call it, “AMAZING!,” “outstanding” and “sensational” with a barbecue sauce “that is to die for!” So, I’ve if you’ve been intimidated or underwhelmed by crock pot brisket, follow this EASY recipe full of tips and tricks for “the best brisket ever!”

Slow Cooker Brisket Video

Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (1)

Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (2)

Slow Cooker Brisket Recipe

  • SO TENDER. If you have never made slow cooker beef brisket – it will blow your mind! This recipe creates crazy tender, juicy beef brisket every single time.
  • “HOLY BARBECUE HEAVEN.” “You need to bottle that goodness and sell it!! 🙂 I will never buy bottled BBQ sauce again.”
  • DYNAMITE SPICE RUB. The brisket receives rave reviews every time thanks to the paprika-chipotle spice rub, part of which is added to the barbecue sauce (no double work!)
  • CARAMELIZED CRUST. After the brisket recipe is juicy tender, it’s oven seared (SO EASY) to create a gorgeous caramelized crust.
  • IDEAL FOR STRESS FREE ENTERTAINING. It can be made days in advance then reheated in the slow cooker – which is actually my preferred method!
  • MAKE ANY TIME OF YEAR.Rain or snow, this crockpot brisket recipeis the answer to any potluck, get together or game day!
Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (3)

Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (4)

What is Brisket?

Beef brisket boasts the richest natural flavor of any cut of meat and is my choice meat whenever I dine at any barbecue restaurant. The flavor comes in part from the extra long cooking time required to break down the fibers of the meat as brisket comes from the front breastbone of the cow so there is a lot of connective tissue and muscle that supports much of the weight of the cow.

This means brisket holds its shape so you can either slice it OR shred it, unlike chuck roast and short ribs that shred easily when cooked for a long period of time. Why this is important is that you don’t have to worry too much about overcooking your beef brisket because it will hold together to the point of being shreddable.

When I cooked this beef brisket, it was so tender but I was still able to slice it AND I was still able to easily shred it as well. This also means beef brisket is ideal for slow cooking and ideal for stress free entertaining.

Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (5)

Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (6)


This slow cooker BBQ brisket truly is spectacular! Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe (measurements in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post):

  • Beef brisket: Trim the beef of any excess fat, rinse, and pat dry before using.
  • Beef bouillon: Adds a wonderful depth of flavor to the BBQ brisket.
  • Worcestershire sauce: You just need 2 tablespoons, but it really makes a difference to the brisket.
  • Soy sauce: I recommend using reduced sodium soy sauce so you can control the amount of salt in this slow cooker brisket.
  • Special spice rub: My homemade spice rub combines paprika, brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, and more. It’s incredibly flavorful!
  • Homemade bbq sauce: If you’re going to take the time to cook an expensive cut of meat like brisket, you really should make your own BBQ sauce to go with it. Trust me on this one! My homemade BBQ has received hundreds rave reviews on my BBQ Ribs post and will convert you forever!
Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (7)

Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (8)

Slow Cooker Brisket Substitutions

There are a few ingredient swaps you can make for the homemade BBQ sauce, if needed.

  • If you can’t find blackberry preserves, I’ve had readers comment they have also used strawberry preserves, raspberry preserves, fig preserves and apple jam with success.
  • You can use any brown sugar you have on hand – light, medium or dark.
  • You can use granulated sugar or honey if that’s all you have on hand but, in this case, I would reduce the sugar by a tablespoon or two and add extra molasses in its place. You can also use a blend of sweeteners.
Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (9)

Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (10)

How to Cook Brisket in Crock Pot

I love using my slow cooker during the holidays because not only does it free up the oven, but the results are wonderfully tender and every bit as delicious as oven results. Let’s take a closer look with step-by-step photos (full recipe in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post):

  1. Making and serving beef brisket on the same day can be difficult, however, unless you plan ahead because the brisket requires a good 8-10 hours of cooking time. That is why I like to prepare my brisket the day before.
  2. To do this, we first make our brisket by rubbing it in our custom spice mix that elevates this BBQ beef brisket to restaurant quality. The Spice Rub is anintoxicating blend of paprika, brown sugar, chili powder, chipotle powder, onion powder, garlic powder, dried thyme, salt and pepper. The rub is not too spicy, not too sweet, but just plain flavorful.
  3. Next, we oven sear the beef brisket by simply baking it at 425 for 30 minutes. This seals in the spices/juices, renders some of the fat and adds a depth and complexity of flavor that can’t be achieved any other way.
  4. Meanwhile, we whisk up our tantalizing homemade barbecue sauce that I first used in my Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs and my Crockpot BBQ Chicken. This Barbecue Sauce is a reader favorite and the “only barbecue sauce I will ever use,” according to many. So while you can use your own bottled barbecue sauce, I highly recommend this version. It is sweet and tangy and just right.
Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (11)
  1. We add ½ cup of this barbecue sauce to our slow cooker along with 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire, 1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce and 1 tablespoon beef bouillon.
  2. Squish in our oven seared beef brisket and let it cruise on low for 8-10 hours until brisket is very tender, flipping over half way through cooking. If your brisket feels tough, it just need more time cooking – so cook on…
  3. After your beef brisket is cooked, this is when I remove the slow cooker ceramic insert and refrigerate it with the brisket and all the juices for 1-3 days. Not only does the flavor improve, it becomes even more tender and makes prep the next day a snap. When ready to serve, simply skim off the hardened fat then cook on low for 1-2 hours until warmed through.
  4. At this point, you can serve as is, or I like to remove the brisket to a foil lined baking sheet and smother all over with our homemade barbecue sauce and broil for 5-10 minutes, until slightly caramelized which enhances the savory meaty, complex “nutty” flavor.
  5. Your now fork tender, flavorful, juicy, rich Slow Cooker Brisket is ready to be sliced across the grain or shredded and slathered in tangy barbecue sauce. The brisket can be served as is or piled high on a bun for the Best Beef Brisket Sandwich of. your. life.

Any way you serve it, this comforting, convenient, luxurious beef brisket will have you and all your guests “oohing” and “ahhhing” for more!

Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (12)

Can I prep Crockpot Brisket in Advance?

Yes! I often will cook my brisket until tender, then remove the removable ceramic insert and refrigerate the brisket in the juices. The next day, I skim off all the hardened fat then cook on LOW in the slow cooker for 1-2 hours until warmed through and proceed with recipe.

Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (13)

Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (14)

Crock Pot Brisket Tips

  • Homemade BBQ sauce really is best for this recipe, but if you’re short on time and energy, store-bought will work.
  • This slow cooker brisket needs to cook on low for a looong time. Don’t try cooking it on high, otherwise the BBQ brisket won’t turn out as fork tender.
  • If your brisket isn’t tender, it just needs more time – so cook, even 30 minutes can make a difference.
  • Feel free to slice or shred this BBQ beef brisket — it’s delicious either way!

Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (15)

Crockpot Brisket Recipe Variations

You can change the flavor of this slow cooker beef brisket simply by tweaking the homemade BBQ sauce!

  • Make it sweeter:Add more brown sugar.
  • Make it tangier:Add additional apple cider vinegar.
  • Make it smokier:Add additional liquid smoke, ½ teaspoon at a time.
  • Make it spicier:Add additional chipotle chili powder for smoky heat or cayenne pepper for penetrating heat.
Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (16)

Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (17)


This BBQ beef brisket pairs well with any number of comforting sides. Here are a few of my favorite beef brisket sides:

  • Million Dollar Macaroni and Cheese
  • Best Baked Beans
  • Corn Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing
  • Award Winning Sweet Moist Cornbread
  • Kicked Up Classy Creamy Potato Salad
  • Company Mashed Potatoes
  • Baked Parmesan Fingerling Potato Fries
  • Cheesy Pull Apart Pesto Bread
  • Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
  • Perfect Fruit Salad with Honey Citrus Dressing
  • Creamy Bacon Pea Pasta Salad with Lemon Parmesan Dressing
  • Greek Pasta Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Feta Pesto
  • Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Ranch
Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (18)

Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (19)

How to Store Slow Cooker Brisket

This slow cooker brisket should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. It’ll last 4 to 5 days.

Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (20)

How to Reheat Crock Pot Brisket

Reheat this slow cooker beef brisket in the oven or in a skillet over medium heat. Avoid using the microwave on such a nice cut of beef.

Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (21)

How to Freeze Slow Cooker Brisket

Slow cooker BBQ brisket freezes really well! To freeze:

1. Prepare the brisket according to directions.
2. Cool to room temperature.
3. Add the meat to a large freezer bag OR portion into smaller size sandwich bags.
4. Press bag(s) flat and squeeze out excess air to prevent freezer burn.
Seal, label, and freeze for up to 3 months.
5. To thaw, place in your fridge overnight.

Crockpot Brisket Recipe FAQs

Does the brisket in a slow cooker need to be in liquid?

Yes, the brisket needs to cook in a few inches of liquid, but should not be swimming in it or it will boil. Adding some liquid, such as broth and barbecue sauce, helps keep the brisket moist and infuse it with flavor as it cooks.

Should you brown brisket before slow cooker?

Yes, searing the brisket in the oven before slow cooking seals the spices into the meat so they don’t fall off while cooking, and further enhances flavor by creating a Maillard reaction, adding depth and richness that cannot be achieved any other way. It also helps seal in the juices so the brisket is juicier and more tender.

How do you keep brisket moist in a slow cooker?

To keep brisket moist in a slow cooker, sear before cooking to trap in the juices, add liquid (broth, BBQ sauce), cook on low heat, and avoid lifting the lid frequently to retain moisture.

Why is my brisket still tough after 8 hours in the slow cooker?

If your brisket is tough after 8 hours, it likely needs to be cooked longer in order to bread down the connective tissues and tenderize the meat. Even 30-60 minutes can make a world of difference! Continue to cook until the brisket is tender.

What is the secret to a tender brisket?

The secret to a tender brisket is to sear the meat first to trap in the juices, then cook low and slow in a few inches of liquid, allowing enough time for the collagen to break down.

Which side of brisket goes up slow cooker?

Place the brisket fat side up in the slow cooker. This allows the melting fat to baste the meat during the slow cooking process, contributing to added flavor and moisture.

Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (22)

Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (23)

More like this Slow Cooker Brisket Recipe:

Balsamic Slow Cooker Roast Beef
BBQ Brisket Sandwiches
Beef Barley Soup
Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
Chioptle Beef Barbacoa
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Italian Beef Sandwiches
Beef Tips and Gravy
All of my slow cooker recipes!

Want to try thes beef brisket slow cooker recipe?



©Carlsbad Cravingsby

Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (29)

How to make Brisket in Crock Pot

Wonderfully juicy, flavor exploding, melt-in-your-mouth Slow Cooker Beef Brisket is “better than any restaurant” according to my food critic husband!It’s the ultimate easy company dinner because it can be made days in advance then reheated in the slow cooker for stress free entertaining (which is actually my preferred method)!

Servings: 8 -10 people

Total Time: 9 hours hrs 15 minutes mins

Prep Time: 15 minutes mins

Cook Time: 9 hours hrs

Save This Recipe To Your Recipe Box

You can now create an account on our site and save your favorite recipes all in one place!

Print RecipePin RecipeSave Recipe


Slow cooker

Spice Rub

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tsp EACH garlic powder, salt
  • 1 tsp EACH onion powder, chipotle powder, pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional for more heat

Barbecue Sauce


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with sides/jelly roll pan with parchment paper or foil for easy clean up. Set aside.

  • Spray 6 quart (or larger) slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.

  • Trim brisket of excess fat and rinse and pat dry. If your brisket is extra long then slice it in half so it will fit in your slow cooker.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together Spice Rub ingredients. Remove 1 tablespoon Spice Rub and add to a medium bowl to use in your barbecue sauce. Rub all remaining Spice Rub evenly all over the meat then place brisket on prepared baking sheet. (You can let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes or refrigerate up to 24 hours if desired). Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 425 degrees F to sear meat.

  • Meanwhile, add all of the Barbecue Sauce ingredients to the 1 tablespoon reserved Spice Rub and whisk to combine. Remove ½ cup barbecue sauce and add to slow cooker along with 1 cup water, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire, 1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce and 1 tablespoon beef bouillon. Whisk to combine (the bouillon will not be completely dissolved but will dissolve during cooking).

  • Using tongs (so you don’t burn yourself) carefully transfer brisket to slow cooker. It will be large so you will have to squish it in. Not all of it will be under the liquid.

  • Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours until brisket is very tender, flipping over half way through cooking. If your brisket is tough, it just needs to cook longer.

  • Remove brisket to a foil lined baking sheet. Brush with barbecue sauce and broil 5-10 minutes, until slightly caramelized. Meanwhile, microwave or simmer remaining barbecue sauce until warmed through.

  • Brush brisket again with barbecue sauce and slice across the grain or chop if desired. Serve with remaining barbecue sauce plain or they make delicious sandwiches. (See side dish suggestions below recipe.)

  • MAKE AHEAD: I often will cook my brisket until tender then remove the removable ceramic insert and refrigerate the brisket in the juices. The next day, I skip off all the hardened fat then cook on LOW in the slow cooker for 1-2 hours until warmed through and proceed with recipe.



Don’t miss the “how to make” recipe video at the top of the post!

*Liquid smoke can be found next to the barbecue sauce in most grocery stores. It adds a wonderfully smoky flavor.

Never Miss a Craving

Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (31)

Did You Make This Recipe?

Tag @CarlsbadCravings and Use #CarlsbadCravngs

Leave a Review, I Always Love Hearing From You!

©Carlsbad Cravings Original

This post first appeared on The Slow Roasted Italian website where I am a contributor.

Looking for more slow cooker recipes?:

Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef

Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Beef

Slow Cooker BeefStroganoff

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

You Might Also Like

Taco Spaghetti Recipe

Best Pierogi Recipe

Best Black Bean Soup Recipe

Lasagna Roll-Ups

One Pot French Onion Pasta

Tacos Carnitas

See More Recipes

Reader Interactions

leave a review


  1. Cassidy says

    I made this and love it. The sauce won’t freeze for me, though. Is it possible to bottle the sauce?


    • Jen says

      Hi Cassidy, I’m sure this sauce would can very well, but unfortunately, I’m not an expert, so I would direct you to google. Good luck!


  2. Hollie says

    Amazing. This was my first time attempting a brisket and it was so good. A definite keeper.


    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Hollie, I’m so pleased it was a success!


  3. Ali says

    Hi Jen! I am having a huge crowd (26 people) to my home for dinner on Christmas night. I just did a trial run of this brisket and as all the other reviewers say, IT WAS AMAZING! Had never cooked one before. I’m so proud! 🙂 Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe and the fabulous, detailed instructions. Here’s my question. The butcher at my grocery seemed to have no experinece with “trimming” brisket and asked me exactly how much of the fat to trim. There was a thick layer on one side of the meat and another layer on the other side. Do you need to leave some of the fat for flavor, or can you trim all of it? I had him leave some, but it did gross me out a bit in the pot when it was cooking. Please advise! Thank you again, and my family will be thanking you on Christmas night!


    • Jen says

      Hi Ali, I’m so sorry for responding so late – it is a crazy season and we are moving! Anyway, I trim the fat off in this recipe because it is being cooked in the slow cooker and doesn’t need it. If you leave thicker fat on the pork, it will be trimmed off anyway before eating, along with any spices and caramelization. I hope that helps, Merry Christmas!


  4. Joanne says

    This was absolutely delicious. The bbq sauce was amazing. I have a great recipe for pulled pork but this was so good I think I’m going to use this recipe for the pork instead. My husband doesn’t like sauces that are too seeet and he enjoyed this one.


    • Jen says

      Thank you so much, Joanne! I am so happy to hear this is such a hit! Thanks for making my recipes!


  5. Joanne says

    I forgot to add something when I commented before. When it was finished I added a corn starch slurry to the pan juices to thicken it and served that with the meat. Amazing!!


    • Jen says

      Good idea! Thanks for taking the time to comment!


  6. Julie says

    Are you able to make this in a Dutch oven in the oven? If so, what temp would you recommend? Looking forward to trying this for Easter!


    • Jen says

      I would cook it at 300 degrees F for 5-6 hours or until fork tender. Happy Easter!


    • Libby says

      My oven has a slow cook setting and it’s 224*. I use it in place of the crock pot/slow cooker all the time. It’s amazing.


  7. Mary says

    Wondering if the barbecue sauce can be made ahead of time – a week or less before using it – and refrigerating it? I think it just might taste even better doing that since the ingredients can really combine.


    • Jen says



  8. Summer says

    Can this be made gluten free?


    • Jen says

      Yes! I believe the only gluten ingredients are soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce. So use gluten free soy sauce/tamari and gluten free Worcestershire. Double check the rest of the ingredients are gluten free.


  9. Jenn says

    Hi Jen,
    This looks amazing. I don’t have a slow cooker. Can I make this in an instant pot? If so, for how long and do I process with the remaining steps once it’s done cooking. Also I can’t find blackberry preserves anywhere. What can I substitute it with. Thank you in advance.


    • Jen says

      The Instapot should work great! Cook 90 minutes or until very tender and then continue with the remaining steps. As for the blackberry preserves, I’ve had readers comment they have also used strawberry preserves, raspberry preserves, fig preserves and apple jam with success.Hope you enjoy!


  10. Kara says

    WOW! This brisket is FANTASTIC! I’ve never made a brisket before and as a “trial run” before Christmas next week. The flavor of the brisket was amazing, as was the barbeque sauce! The family LOVED it! We are more than stuffed at the moment…..tasting the meat multiple times as we slice it and then making our plates. Lol. The meat was tender — pretty much falling apart — but my husband thinks maybe I cooked it an hour too long, as it was really tender but not that moist. I think the low setting of my slow cooker runs pretty hot. (The liquid was boiling pretty much the entire time it was cooking — is that normal?) Do you have a suggestion of when I should possibly check the meat and at what temp I should turn the slow cooker off?


    • Jen says

      Thank you! I’m so thrilled it turned out great! A slow cooker is supposed to simmer on the low setting, so yours does seem to run hot! You’ll know it’s done cooking when the thickest part of the meat reaches 195°F to 205°F and is tender. Hope this helps!


  11. Alle’ Benavides says

    I made this for Christmas and was in a rush so I had to substitute the bbq sauce with Sweet Baby Ray’s. I followed the directions otherwise. After the oven sear I slow cooked for 8.5 hours and it was outstanding! Can’t wait to make it again with the bbq sauce in the recipe! Thank you for this!


    • Jen says

      Thank you so much! I’m so thrilled it was a winner!


  12. Jezebelle Lang says

    Hi I saw someone asked about only having a 3 lb. Brisket already but I’ve never cooked brisket myself before. So how do I know that it’s done and tender? Should I start checking at hour 6 or 7? Also I’ve never broiled anything before either, how do you do that? Thanks for the help can’t wait to cook this later today.


    • Jen says

      Hi! I would start checking it at hour 8, and once it can easily pull apart with a fork you know it’s done! Hope you love it!


See More Comments

Crockpot Brisket Recipe (+Video!) (2024)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Kareem Mueller DO

Last Updated:

Views: 6808

Rating: 4.6 / 5 (46 voted)

Reviews: 93% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Kareem Mueller DO

Birthday: 1997-01-04

Address: Apt. 156 12935 Runolfsdottir Mission, Greenfort, MN 74384-6749

Phone: +16704982844747

Job: Corporate Administration Planner

Hobby: Mountain biking, Jewelry making, Stone skipping, Lacemaking, Knife making, Scrapbooking, Letterboxing

Introduction: My name is Kareem Mueller DO, I am a vivacious, super, thoughtful, excited, handsome, beautiful, combative person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.