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Slow Cooker Beef Brisket
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Slow Cooker Brisket

Slow Cooker Brisket is coated in a spice mix and slow cooked with beer. It's so tender and juicy. Cut it into slices and serve it with an easy 2-ingredient sauce. There's no easier way to make a brisket.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Southern
Keyword crock pot
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 461kcal


  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 (4-pound) beef brisket
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup beer, I use Guinness
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce, I use Heinz
  • 1/2 cup bbq sauce


  • Lightly grease a 6-quart slow cooker and place onion in the bottom.
  • Trim excess fat from brisket. You want to leave about 1/2-inch thick layer on top.
    Rub brisket with salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add brisket and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side to brown. Transfer brisket to slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle both sides of the brisket with chile powder, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper.
  • Pour beer and chili sauce around the brisket.
  • Cover slow cooker and cook on LOW for 8 hours.
  • Remove brisket from slow cooker and place on a cutting board or serving platter.
  • Mix 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid with the bbq sauce and serve with the brisket. You can drizzle extra cooking liquid over the brisket once you slice it to keep it moist.


Calories: 461kcal