Easy Slow Cooker Brisket Recipe: Tender and Tasty!

This Slow Cooker brisket is cooked in a simple homemade BBQ sauce until it’s super tender and flavorful. You can enjoy it with some Coleslaw or Macaroni Salad and steamed corn. Or make tasty sliders by piling them onto rolls!

It’s the kind of dish that makes your home smell cosy and inviting, perfect for snuggling on the couch. I hadn’t made beef brisket in ages, but once I learned I could make it in the slow cooker, I fell in love with brisket all over again.

Slow Cooker Brisket Recipe

Slow Cooker Brisket Recipe

Get excited for the tastiest brisket ever, and guess what? You can whip it up super easy in your slow cooker or Instant Pot! If you want a delicious but simple Sunday dinner to warm you up during the chilly winter or to serve for the upcoming holidays, look no further: it's classic beef brisket made in the slow cooker.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 805 kcal


  • Slow Cooker
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Tongs
  • Measuring cups and spoons


  • 3 ½ pounds Beef brisket not corned beef
  • 1 tbsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Onion sliced
  • 2 cups Low sodium beef broth
  • 3 tbsp Soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • ¼ cup Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp Cold water


  • Mix salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano in a small bowl.
  • Rub the spice mix all over the brisket.
  • Put the brisket in the slow cooker, fat side up.
  • Sprinkle minced garlic over it and add sliced onions.
  • In a bowl, mix beef broth, soy sauce, and ketchup. Pour it over the brisket until it’s covered.
  • Cook on LOW for 8 hours.
  • Once done, keep it warm in the slow cooker or transfer it to a cutting board, cover with foil, and let it rest for 20 minutes.
  • Mix arrowroot powder and water in a small bowl to make a slurry.
  • Pour it into the liquid in the slow cooker and whisk. It’ll thicken in 2-3 minutes.
  • Slice the meat and serve with the sauce


  • Prep Ahead: You can make the brisket up to 3 days early. Just keep it with the veggies in the gravy. When you want to eat it, heat it in the slow cooker or the oven at a low temp, covered with foil.
  • Storing Leftovers: If you have extra, it stays good for up to 5 days. Keep the beef in some extra gravy to keep it moist.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories805 kcal
Saturated Fat52g
Unsaturated Fat63g

What Can I Serve With Brisket?

What Can I Serve With Brisket?

You’ve got lots of tasty options! Baked potatoes, peas, coleslaw, roasted veggies, steamed greens, or bread rolls all make great sides for beef brisket.

Why Cook the Beef Twice?

Both steps are important. The slow cooker makes the beef tender and juicy, while grilling gives it a crispy edge. Plus, it helps make the potatoes crispy too.

Does Brisket Need to be Covered in Liquid in the Slow Cooker?

Yes, the meat should be at least partially covered. It doesn’t need to be swimming in broth, but having some liquid is important. For a 3-pound piece of meat, about 2 1/2 cups of liquid should work. Adding a bit of cornstarch to the liquid helps thicken the sauce too.

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