Tender, juicy, flavour infused slow cooker Beef Brisket smothered in a homemade BBQ Sauce. This is the stuff food dreams are made of! Quick to prepare, pop it in your slow cooker or pressure cooker, then finish it off on your BBQ or oven to get that gorgeous caramelised, sticky surface. The ultimate roast beef dinner or pile it on SLIDERS!
Farewell Calgary! I know many of you think I was crazy for not getting out to sight see all the natural surrounds of Calgary. Too pressed for time for this quick trip – it was 5 short days. But Calgary – I WILL BE BACK for more stampeding and next time, I am determined to get out into the wild. Instead of zipping in and out quickly, next time I visit Canada I will do it properly!
I wasn’t planning to share Slow Cooker Beef Brisket until next week, but after visiting the Calgary Stampede earlier this week and seeing all those BBQ stands, I simply had to bring this forward!
I really am not a girls’ girl when it comes to food. I don’t gaze in wonder at stunningly decorated multi-tier cakes. I don’t ooh and aah over pretty little chocolates. I have no interest in learning how to make candy.
But I do go gah-gah over sights like this – a giant hunk of flavour loaded meat.
I’m all class. All class.
Beef brisket is an up-and-coming cut of beef in Australia. It’s not yet sold in supermarkets, though I have noticed pre marinated brisket appearing on the shelves.
Brisket is a cut of beef made for slow cooking, not fast cooking. It’s unique characteristic compared to other slow cooking cuts of beef is that it holds its shape even after hours and hours of slow cooking and can be sliced. When you slow cook other cuts of slow cooking cuts of beef like chuck, gravy beef (an Australian beef cut) and short ribs, they fall apart because there is more connective tissues running throughout the meat which breakdown with slow cooking.
However, as you can see in the photos in this post, brisket holds together and can be sliced. But the slices are ultra tender and could be shredded easily, see?
Brisket also shreds well, but I prefer using chuck beef or ribs for shredding as they have more fat running through the meat and so the shredded pieces are nice and juicy. Though brisket has a layer of fat on the surface, there actually is not that much fat or connective tissues running through it, so if you shred it then it’s pretty lean.
Come to think of it, it’s a great leaner option for shredded beef recipes!
For this particular recipe, I’m keeping this Slow Cooker Beef Brisket whole and slicing it. Serve up a hearty Southern style supper with sides of Homemade Southern Style Baked Beans, Corn Bread (or try my favourite Corn Bread Muffins!), Creamy Corn Casserole, Coleslaw, Potato Salad or mashed potato. Or pile it onto sliders – this is the way I usually serve it because brisket is a perfect recipe for feeding a crowd!
This is one of those recipes that I consider trans-seasonal. Meaning – it’s terrific for those in the dark depths of winter, and everyone sweltering in the summer sun! Use your slow cooker or pressure cooker to avoid steaming up your whole kitchen with the heat from the oven, or perhaps if it’s freezing where you are then you prefer to use the oven!
Whatever your choice, you’ll find the directions in the recipe below. My favourite way of making slow cooked meats like this is to use the slow cooker. It’s the most hands off and easiest.
Happy weekend everyone! – Nagi xx
PS Oh – did I mention where I am now…..??
HELLO NEW YORK!!!
SLOW COOKER BEEF BRISKET with BBQ Sauce
Beef brisket slow cooked until tender, then finished in the oven or BBQ to get that gorgeous caramelisation, basted with a homemade BBQ Sauce that the brisket is cooked in. The BBQ Sauce has a mild tingle of spiciness from the black pepper and cayenne pepper. Slice it and serve as part of a hearty Southern style supper (see notes for suggestions for sides) or pile it up high on sliders! Video below.
1.5 – 2 kg / 3 – 4 lb beef brisket ((Note 1))
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp paprika powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- 3/4 tsp mustard powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2 garlic cloves (, minced)
- 2 tsp EACH black pepper (, onion powder, mustard powder)
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce