I grew up in the midwest, where we always ate pork barbecue. After moving to Texas, I was introduced to brisket (it’s all about the beef here). After marrying a Texan, I decided that I should try to tackle the beef BBQ thing myself. The crockpot really makes cooking brisket so easy!
For best results, use a small brisket. I have found that larger pieces of meat overwhelm the crockpot and don’t cook down as well. Also, fat around the meat is good (it will help the meat to become tender and it will peel off easily after cooking) but try to avoid buying a brisket with a lot of fat marbling throughout (fat running through the piece of meat is much harder to remove after cooking).
- small brisket (3-4lb)
- 18 oz barbecue sauce
For the Rub:
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
Don’t worry about trimming up the meat, any fat around the piece of meat will easily come away from the meat after cooking (and the fat will help to keep the meat moist while cooking). Sprinkle brisket generously with salt and pepper. Mix together other dry ingredients and rub into meat. For more flavor, wrap in plastic wrap and let sit in fridge over night.
Make your own barbecue sauce or grab your favorite bottled sauce. Place brisket (fat side up) in a crockpot or slow cooker and pour half of sauce over meat. Cook on low for 9-10 hours. The meat should release juices that keep everything moist, but if the crockpot seems to be drying out, mix together a little barbecue sauce with some water and add that to the crockpot. You can tell that meat is done when it shreds easily with a fork. When ready, pull meat out of the crockpot to cool before cutting. The meat really was so tender, I couldn’t get it out of the crock pot all in one piece.
If you want shredded meat, use two forks and pull meat apart. For chopped meat, slice thinly across the grain. You can pour the rest of barbecue sauce over meat, or serve it on the side.
I’m not usually a big fan of beef but this was so good (it’s my husband’s new favorite), I’ll definitely be making it again. I hope you try it, brisket really shouldn’t be intimidating!
If you end up with any leftover barbecue meat, try my BBQ Mac & Cheese Grilled Cheese!