Tender, super moist beef brisket made in the slow cooker with amazing bark!
A Classic Recipe for Slow Cooker Beef Brisket!
Hey friends! I have a spring and summer friendly recipe that you all are going to love! I’m going to show you how I make my super tender, mouth watering beef brisket in the slow cooker. This recipe is super easy and straight forward. It’s almost impossible to mess this up. I use my Rosamae BBQ Rub for my brisket along with apple cider vinegar, liquid smoke, and olive oil. I mixed the ingredients, and rub it all over the beef brisket, and let it cook overnight in my slow cooker. I then remove the brisket from the slow cooker, and place it in the oven on broil to darken the bark. The outcome is a melt in your mouth- seasoned to perfection- smokey brisket. I kid you not, this brisket is just as good as smoked brisket!
Let me show you how I do it!
You will need 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar, and 1 tbsp of liquid smoke. Combine it with my homemade barbecue seasoning (Yes…ALL of it).
Once everything is mixed, rub it all over a 7-8lb beef brisket. I left the fat on my brisket (because I believe that it adds flavor) but you can trim it off if you want to!
Once the seasoned mixture is rubbed all over the brisket, spray your slow cooker with non stick spray.
Next place the brisket into the slow cooker, set the slow cooker on low, and let cook for 12 hours.
Once done, there will be a lot of juice from the brisket in the pot. Carefully remove the brisket from the slow cooker, and place it in a foil lined dish.
Turn your oven on broil, then place the brisket in the oven . Let it stay in there long enough until the ” bark” (the rub) darkens.
Once done, remove the brisket out of the oven, and cover it with foil. Let it rest for 1 hour!
If the pictures weren’t enough, check out this video tutorial! 😋
Slow Cooker Beef Brisket
- 7-8 lb beef brisket
- 3 tbsp Rosamae Seasonings BBQ Rub
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp liquid smoke
- Combine the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, liquid smoke, and bbq rub.
- Once everything is mixed, rub it all over a 7-8lb beef brisket.
- Next, spray the slow cooker with nonstick spray.
- Place the beef brisket in the slow cooker.
- Set the slow cooker on low and let cook for 12 hours.
- Once done, carefully remove the brisket out of the slow cooker.
- Place the brisket in a foil line baked dish.
- Turn your oven on broil, then place the brisket in the oven. Let it stay in there long enough until the ” bark” ( the rub) darkens.
- Once done, remove the brisket out of the oven, and cover it with foil.
- Let the brisket rest for 1 hour!
- Serve and enjoy!
Rosie!!!!! Oh my goodness!!!! Words can’t describe this recipe…….scrumptious! This is the best looking bisket I have seen in a looooong time! The juicy meat with the bark is calling my name. Definitely going on the menu ASAP. Pinned. Thanks for sharing!XOXO
And it’s super easy! Thanks for coming by Mary!
It doesn’t stick with no liquid added?
Nope. Check out the video 🙂
Instead of putting it under the broiler at the end, could I sear it first before putting it in the slow cooker?
When it cooks in the slow cooker, it will release liquid. So searing before won’t keep it crisp. If you want a crisp outter part, the oven is a must. 🙂
Fixed this and it was amazing! It browned in the slow cooker so putting it under the broiler wasn’t necessary. Easy peasy and oh so good!
Thanks for trying my recipe Kim!
I have a small brisket- 3 lbs. Would I reduce the crockpot time to about half?
That may work 🙂
Noni Kimbrough says
This brisket is the bomb Rosie
This was amazing. Looked just like the picture and tasted delicious. I’ve always been afraid to cook brisket, but I will always make it this way whenever I do!
Hi Angela! Glad that you tried, and liked my recipe! XOXO
So delicious! Will be a hit with my family!
Thanks for coming by!
Delia Schenk says
Rosie, does the liquid smoke give the meat a strong smoked flavor or just a hint of smoke????
It depends on how much you add. You can add as much or as little as you’d like.
What sides would I make with this??
Try potato salad, baked beans, macaroni salad…. any barbecue side dishes
Woooow! This recipe is unbelievably delicious! My sister sent me this recipe to try because I was wanting more recipes for my slow cooker. My family and I never had brisket before so I thought, let’s give it a try. It was so good, my kids were just complimenting on how yummy it was with every other bite lol. Thank you for sharing this with us Rosie!
Hi Jacel! I love this recipe too! It is by far my easiest brisket recipe, and it always comes out perfect.
So I made this for my husband monday night and was ready for him to take burritos to work, tuesday morning. He absolutely!!! Loved them! Now problem is, im making his lunch today and since the brisket has sat over night in the fridge , it doesnt have same juciness and flavors it had tuesday.. And since his coworkers now just how good the burritos were, he wants me to make a few extra for a few of them. How can i fix the dryness and bring that flavor back , from the brisket sitting in the fridge over night? Fyi i shredded it (all) maybe thats why its dry…. But next time i wont…. Please help!
Hi Sonya! I’m glad that you liked the recipe! Next time reserve some of the juice from the slow cooker, and pour it over the shredded meat. That should keep in moist. XOXO
My man loves him some brisket, I can’t wait to make this! Thanks Rosie!
Mine too! This recipe is sooo easy & delicious!! It never fails me.
Lawd…made this today….and it is finger lickin GOOD! ! I used the flat brisket from Costco, and reduced the cooking time. ..did I mention…finger lickin GOOD!!! LOL Thanks for sharing
Hi June!! So glad that you liked the recipe!! Wasn’t it super easy?! I love it!
Lisa Davis says
I just made your salsbury steak recipe it came out awesome, this is the next one i want to try But my husband is from southeren Texas he doesn’t like vinager tasting brisket can i leave the vinager out? Is there something else i should add ti replace the liguid in the slow cooker?
Thank you for all your wonderful recipes! I now have lots of new things to make.
Hi Lisa- You can replace the vinegar with water! 🙂
I’m so glad I kept reading! I want to start mine now (0244) So it can be ready in time for dinner. I didn’t have apple cider vinegar so I’ll just use water instead! Thank you
Thank you so much for your recipes. All of your recipes are on point and delicious. I have no doubt that this will be the same. At my local grocery store they have Corned Beef Brisket. Is this the same as Beef Brisket? The picture did not look like a Corned Beef Brisket. Thank you for your help.
Hi Jewel! No, this isn’t corned beef. This is beef brisket. Corned Beef is cured in salt & sugar. This is not.
Im backkkkkkk! lol! So i took your advice and i kept
The juice from the brisket to keep it moist, it was such a hit the first time lol I literally made it three times in about a week maybe a week in a half because my husbands coworkers absolutely loved it lol. Someone even asked if i could make a 13-14lb brisket for him, i was like ummm i dont know about that lol, i am brisketed out. But i loved it and so did my husband and his coworkers, so thank you for the tips. HEY! Do you have a one bake recipe like veggies and meat all in one dish? I saw one on fb, this woman had salmon with corn , broccoli, red potatoes and it actually looked pretty good. She used olive oil, parsley, old bay, butter …. Id love to see your spin on a dish like that! Thank you again!!
Hi Sonya! I will definitely work on more ” one pot” dishes! I’m glad that everyone liked the brisket recipe! I’m going to upload recipes for leftover brisket soon. LOL
could i cook it for 6 hrs on high in the slow cooker ?
Bridget Thomas says
This recipe turned out great Rosie thanks for sharing.
Thanks for giving my recipe a go!
In a word “WOW” another word “Awesome”
Charles Jones says
Can I cook the brisket in 6 hrs instead of 12
For best results stick to the recipe.
Hi Rosie I made the barbecue brisket recipe and everyone loved it. I came back to your website to find the barbecue rub recipe so I can make it again but couldn’t find it can you please help?
Hi Magaly! The recipe is here.
Deloris Jean Bellew says
Rosie, Need to know what spices are used for the rub and how much of each.
The rub is here.
My brisket is too big for my slow cooker. Can I cook this in the oven instead? If so, what temp and how long?
Hi Dee, I have a post on how to cook brisket it the oven HERE
I have a brisket that is a little under 4 pounds. Would I still cook it for 12 hours? It’s only my husband and I and I thought the 7-8 pound might be too big. I’m very anxious to try this. It looks delicious!
Hi Vicki! Try 8 hours 🙂
Awesome! I am making thisSaturday! My Brisket is 4.5lbs, so i was thinking 8 hours and found my answer right here! 🙂 Now, approximately how long does it broil for?
I just broil mine until I get the color that I want. Maybe 2 minutes or so. Just keep a close eye one it 🙂
What do you think about putting the rub on the brisket and letting it set overnight in the frig. Then popping it in the slow cooker in the morning to cook? Would the flavors be too intense? Would it change the texture of the meat? Anxious to try it. Have a brisket thawing in the frig now.
I think seasoning, and letting it sit overnight would be fine! XOXO
I have a brisket thats a little under 2lbs (Just me plus 1) how long do I cook it for?
Try 4 hours 🙂
Yuliana Marquez says
First timer here. My crockpot doesn’t have low to high it goes by temperature, what temperature should I use? Thank you
Hi there Yuliana! The temperature should be 190 F, for 12 hours.
This brisket was such a hit this holiday dinner! I didn’t have 12 hours to cook so I slow cooked mine for 6 on high and it was AMAZING! Thanks for the easy and tasty recipe and can’t wait to see what other goodies are on your website!
Glad that you liked the recipe.
Rosie if I have a roast @2.8 lbs how long would you suggest I cook the brisket on low for?
A roast? Check out my roast recipe here.
Sorry i forgot to mention how many hours to cook on for 2.17 brisket that will make it tender enough for me to shred the meat when its done ?
Try 4-5 hours.
Hi i keep posting my question and it seem like it gets deleted . i just wanted to know how long u cook a 2.18 lb brisket for in the crockpot ?
Hi Dontashia. I noticed that you’ve asked this question several times on my blog, and on YouTube. I responded earlier 🙂
Yes im sorry about that . i kept reposting because i never seen your answer posted. Everytime i would check to see if you commented , my question wouldnt be there anymore.
No, you’re fine! I was worried that you didn’t get my message. 🙂
This recipe rivals, if not surpasses other briskek dishes I’ve had, including those from BBQ establishments. People’s tastes for things will always be subjective, but for those who know what they want in a roast or any other recipe involving their favorite cuts of meat, they can tell almost right away just by looking at the recipe and I already knew by looking at yours! The rub alone was delicious!!! Thank you for a FANTASTICK Brisket recipe!!!
This was excellent ! I will make it again when I have company so that they too can enjoy it.
Thanks for trying my recipe Susie! XOXO
Can you make gravy from the juice left over from the slow cooker? do you have a recipe for that? I would love to try to make it this weekend.
Hi Cheryl. I’m sure that you can. I just don’t have a recipe posted on it.
Aaron Goldstein says
Hi Rosie! I’m about to give your recipe a try. I have a 5 pound brisket. Is 12 hours on low too long? I noticed the brisket in your sample recipe is 8 pounds. Also, will I have any issues with cutting the brisket while it’s hot? Lastly, I have an internal temperature gauge. What should the internal temperature of the Brisket be after cooking. Thank you!
Hey there Aaron. You have a lot of technical questions. LOL! No need for all he headache. Simply reduce the cooking time by 2 hours or so. Let the brisket rest for a while before cutting it.
Thanks Rosie! I have so many questions because I don’t want to mess it up! Is an hour long enough to let it rest?
Hi hun! You can let it rest for 30 minutes 🙂
You’re the best Rosie! I’ll let you know how it turns out!
Maria Lomeli says
Hi do you have to use BBQ Sauce can it be omitted?
BBQ sauce was not used in this recipe.
I found this recipe on Pinterest, and I have 2 crockpots almost done. (My dad gave us a Huge brisket and I had to cut into 3 pieces to fit my crockpots.)
My question is: once done, can I leave in the crockpot a while and then put it into the oven to create the Bark? It’s gone from midnight until noon.
Thank you for your help! And the deliciously smelling house!
Hi Erin! I wouldn’t keep it in the slow cooker too long, before transferring it to the oven.
Saundra Martz says
Made this last night to serve today. Followed the recipe exactly and will be making it for Memorial day. Can’t say enough. This is great! We have our own farm raised beef and This will now be a go to recipe. Thank you
Hi Saundra! Thanks for trying my recipe! I’m glad that you enjoyed it!
Hi Rosie, if I use a 3-4 lb. brisket, how long do I cook it for in the slow cooker?
Hi Calle. Try 8 Hours:-)
Jan Carson says
This was flippin’ awesome. I was out of liquid smoke but substituted smoked paprika so probably a similar effect. Couldn’t believe how it tasted and carved like authentic smoked bbq. Will be using this recipe again.
Hi Jan! Glad that you like the recipe!
Hi, Rosie! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe!!! I didn’t mean to buy brisket because I’ve never tried to cook before. However, it was sale and my husband wanted me to do cook somehow!!! Pinterest saved my life!!!! I found your brisket picture. Fewest ingredients and fewest steps… I cooked this yesterday for Father’s Day dinner!! Everybody LOVED it!!! Your homemade BBQ rub is also AWESOME!! I just love your technique: Rub, cook in slow cooker, Broil and rest. These are easy steps and definitely foolproof!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
You are so welcome! Glad that you found my blog! XOXO
Wow!!! I was skeptical at first, but since my husband didn’t make it over the weekend (in the smoker), I decided to try and have meat ready for dinner today (Tuesday) before it was “too old”; if it wasn’t for brisket sandwiches, I could at least shred it and make tacos, but…
It was awesoooooome!! I can say that it was better than the one in the smoker!! Thank you for the recipe, delicious!!
The fat tasted great and kept the meat super moist!
Hi Zoe!!! I’m glad that you liked the recipe! It’s definitely one of my favorites!
I am making it for the first time today in the slow cooker as we speak. Mine was a little big for th crockpot curled up a little on the sides do you think it will still be ok in the crockpot?
It should be fine, because it shrinks when it cooks 🙂
Linda Bro says
Searching Pinterest for a recipe for beef brisket and came across yours. Heading to the store tomorrow! looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
Hi Linda! So glad that you found my blog!
Looks really juicy. can’t wait to try it. i do not have a dry rub recipe yet. i just bought a brisket today. i will be making this soon
Be sure to try my BBQ rub. It’s perfect for this recipe.
Hey Rosie, thanks for sharing this tasty looking recipe. I was wondering, you know the seasoning packet that normally comes with corn beef briskets, should I not add that to this recipe? I didn’t see you use it but I was just wondering. Thanks so much and have a great holiday.
Hi Ronnie! Please note that this recipe is NOT corned beef. This is a regular beef brisket, which does not come with a package of seasoning 🙂
Okie doke, thanks for the fast reply. I guess I was a bit confused because the meat I purchased says “corn beef brisket.” So I’ll stick to the corn beef slow cooker recipe. Glad I asked before I started cooking lol. Thanks again
Yeah, it can be confusing. I’m glad that we caught it before as well! LOL
Can’t wait to try this. By the way I have a slab of corned beef that was on sale. Do you by chance have a recipe for it via slow cooker or oven? I’ve never cooked one. Looking forward to subscribing.
Hey Aundrea! I’ll see what I can do as far as the corned beef recipe 🙂
Happy New Years, just made this for our New Years Lunch and wow!!! My company absolutely devoured the brisket, they loved it, and i loved it as well, easy no brainer but man, it was absolutely delicious, thanks for a great recipe Rose, looking forward to more great meals, thank you.
Thanks for trying my recipe Chris!!
Thank you for this amazing recipe! I would usually smoke my brisket but we just moved and I didn’t want to drag it out. My hubby was skeptical about putting in the crockpot but needless to say he went back for thirds!
So glad that you like the recipe Kristina!
I can’t wait to try this recipe. I tried your bbq rub on boneless pork chops and my 12 year old daughter loved it. Can you please tell me approximately how much rub you used before you added the liquids? Thank you!
Hi Rosie, just made my brisket and it looks fab. I’m just letting it rest at this point. I was wondering how do you store your leftover brisket? Should I pour some of the leftover juices over the brisket to keep it moist? The “juices ” looks to good to waste. Thanks in advanced for the pointers.
Hi Ronnie! Yes, I store it with the juices 🙂
Hi Rosie, your recipe mentions a BBQ rub. Do you have one you specifically use or recommend? I can’t wait to try this recipe this week.
Hi Cammy! Here is the link to the BBQ Rub
The page doesn’t work for the recipe
Hello Marina. I’m not sure why you’re not able to see the recipe on your end, but I see it on my end.
I made this last night/this morning. This was my first brisket ever, so I chose this recipe carefully. I bought the brisket on sale, and since I knew nothing about brisket I had the butcher choose it for me. I followed the recipe to the letter and I have to say that I was skeptical about the bark part, I didn’t see how it could make a nice bark after being in the crock pot all night. I put it under the broiler, and voilà! It barked! Woof! Now, I’m a believer! My very first attempt at a brisket was highly successful due to your video/recipe! This is better than any brisket I have ever eaten!
Glad that you liked the recipe Barbara!
Oh my! This recipe is amazing. I’m so glad I found this as I’m sure your recipe will be a repeat and favorite. Thank you for sharing with all of us. Rosie, you are simply amazing!!!
***I put together a video. You can find it @ Carey Weisweaver, Arbonne Independent Consultant within FB.
Hi Rosie. I’ve never seen liquid smoke in my part of the world. Can I leave it out or what can I substitute it with? Thanks
It adds plenty of smokey flavor, but can be omitted if needed.
Hey Rosie, would love to try this recipe out soon! My question is, can I make this ahead of time and how should I heat it up? My party is at 6pm and I would like to make it the evening before since it requires 12 hrs. Thank you thank you!
Yes! You can make it ahead of time. Simply warm it up in the oven on 325 F until it’s warm.
Thank you replying <3
Of course hun! Xoxo
Hi again Rosie,
Here’s my plan for making ahead:
1. Cook in slow cooker at 6pm the evening before (for a 6pm next day party).
2. Take the brisket out of slow cooker at 6am.
3. Rest at room temprature till 5pm.
4. Broil according to intructions and let it rest before slicing.
What do you think? Will the brisket dry out at Step 3?
My Crockpot is a 5 Qt., how do I adjust Brisket size and cook time?
You don’t have to adjust the time, just find a piece that can fit into the slow cooker 🙂
Hi Rosie, I love brisket and I’m trying this tomorrow! Did you used all the Rub, for the meat? Thank you!
Yes, I used it all.
Would you say this recipe yields a better brisket or the oven roasted brisket recipe?
I prefer the slow cooker recipe.
Esther Karwath says
A-MA-ZING!!!!! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe with the rest of the world! 😀 You’re the best!
Rosie what are the ingredients for the rub. Sorry thinker I missed it.
Here’s the link the link to my bbq rub
I had given up on brisket , I had a piece in the freezer and had to use it . I came across your recipe and tried it !! OMG Rosie ! This was the best … since it was a smaller piece I slow cooked it for 10 hours instead of 12.. everyone loved it ..Thank you so much for sharing !!! Now with your recipe in hand , I’m ready to tackle brisket once again !!
YAY!! I’m glad that you liked the recipe Stella!
My husband bought a salt and pepper brisket at Aldi, I think it’s already rubbed with salt and pepper if that makes sense. Would I need to adjust the rub so it doesn’t get too salty or too peppery? Thanks!
Absolutely. You have to change it up since seasoning is already added.
When you use the broiler, are you using high or low?
Sorry if this was asked previously. I believe I read through the comments completely and I’m not seeing this.
Thanks in advance!
Try low 🙂
Nicholle Massey says
I made this on Christmas and everyone LOVED it. I can’t really afford to make brisket all the time but on holidays and special occasions I will use this recipe for now on. I’m going to make your black eyed peas on New Years Day and I hope they are just as delicuous
Amazing! Made for Easter and it was a huge hit! Followed your rub and recipe to a T and even reheated the day after it was moist and flavorful! Thank you gor making me look like a pro!
Hi Ms Rosie dont mind me asking but wat was the rub u used r wat to use to put on the brisket
Hi Ms Anna. The recipe is here.
Vivian Evans says
Hi rose i used my ninja foodi airfryer/pressure cooker to cook my brisket and i used the broil function on that without having to take out the meat and it browned nicely
Very good recipe.
Wendy Malloy says
I never leave reviews but just had to after I tried your recipe!! WOW!! I put the rub on the night before and let it marinate in the fridge. Added some cumin and hot and sweet paprika. Put the brisket over a bed of sliced onions, then pureed the juices and onions. The brisket with the bark was soooo good. So juicy!! Great flavor too!! I’ve been missing my smoker but this more than did the trick!! Thanks for a wonderful recipe!! Posted a picture of it on your Pinterest recipe site!
Peggy P says
Excellent. Great flavor. 2.27 lb. 6 hours- 4 hours wrapped- 2 hours unwrapped. I did NOT trim fat cap, usually I do. I had lots of juice when I unwrapped. I injected some back into the meat while the slow cooker perfectly darkened the brisket. I usually smoke my briskets. My husband said this was my best brisket yet. Fell apart – so juicy and lots of flavor. ❤️❤️❤️