Slow Cooker Beef Brisket is fall-apart tender, juicy, flavorful and easy! The only Slow Cooked beef brisket recipe you'll need! Serve as a side or in a bun. | natashaskitchen.com

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This slow cooker beef brisket is fall-apart tender, so juicy and flavorful and you won’t believe how simple the ingredient list is! This slow cooker brisket had everyone’s seal of approval – rave reviews every time!

Crockpot beef brisket is great as a side dish with mashed potatoes or served as beef brisket sandwiches. The slow cooked mushrooms are just as delicious as the slow cooked brisket. You will savor every bite. This one is also awesome for meal planning because leftovers refrigerate REALLY WELL!

And it’s about time we share more SLOW COOKER recipes!! We love easy, juicy, melt-in-your mouth meat and it is my favorite way to use our slow cooker. 

This Beef Brisket slow cooker recipe is adapted from theKitchn. Recipe updated 10/10/17 garlic amount reduced from 8 cloves to 6 to account for varying sizes of garlic cloves. Use 6 medium garlic cloves and be sure to chop the garlic (do not press garlic for this slow cooker recipe).

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket is fall-apart tender, juicy, flavorful and easy! The only Slow Cooked beef brisket recipe you'll need! Serve as a side or in a bun. | natashaskitchen.com

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Beef Brisket Recipe:

3 Tbsp Olive oil to sauté, divided
4 lb beef brisket
2 tsp salt and 1 tsp black pepper, or to taste
2 medium (1 lb) yellow onions, sliced into thick strips
1 lb mushrooms, thickly sliced
6 medium garlic cloves, peeled and chopped (not pressed)*
2 cups low sodium chicken or beef broth/stock
2 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket is fall-apart tender, juicy, flavorful and easy! The only Slow Cooked beef brisket recipe you'll need! Serve as a side or in a bun. | natashaskitchen.com

*Garlic Tip: it is easiest to mince this quantity of garlic in a food processor. Do not use a garlic press for this recipe.

How to Make Slow Cooker Brisket:

1. Generously season brisket with about 2 tsp salt and 1 tsp black pepper. Heat a large heavy skillet or cast iron pan over high heat. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil and when hot, add brisket (fat side down). Sear 4-5 minutes per side or until browned on both sides. Transfer to slow cooker with the fat side facing up.

Two photos of brisket being browned on a skillet

A browned beef brisket in a slow cooker

2. In the same pan, add 1 Tbsp olive oil and sliced onions. Sautee 5-7 minutes or until onions are caramelized. Place onions over brisket. In the same pan, add more oil as needed and saute mushrooms until softened (5 min). Place mushrooms into the slow cooker. Sprinkle chopped garlic over the mushrooms.

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket is fall-apart tender, juicy, flavorful and easy! The only Slow Cooked beef brisket recipe you'll need! Serve as a side or in a bun. | natashaskitchen.com

A slow cooker with beef brisket, sautéed onions and mushrooms, and garlic

3. Combine  2 cups chicken broth with 2 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce and pour mixture over the meat.

Two photos one of liquids in a measuring cup and one of the liquids being poured into a slow cooker

4. Cover and cook on low 7 to 8 hours or until cooked through and easy to pull apart with forks. Turn off slow cooker and rest for 15 minutes with the lid on. Remove and discard excess fat from the top** then pull the beef apart with forks and keep it in the slow cooker to soak up the juices which will add incredible flavor and keep the meat tender. Serve beef brisket and mushrooms, spooning the slow cooker brisket juices over the top.

Two photos of a slow cooker beef brisket

**Picky Eaters Tip – I prefer my meat to be really clean and lean so I transfer the meat to a platter to make sure I have removed all of the fat, then return the shredded meat to the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket is fall-apart tender, juicy, flavorful and easy! The only Slow Cooked beef brisket recipe you'll need! Serve as a side or in a bun. | natashaskitchen.com

This will thicken up when refrigerated but turns back into a beautiful broth when it is reheated ands YES, Leftovers keep super well in the refrigerator and can be warmed on a skillet or microwave, or the oven.

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Slow Cooker Beef Brisket Recipe

4.95 from 94 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
This slow cooker beef brisket is fall-apart tender, so juicy and flavorful. Slow Cooked beef brisket is easy and gets rave reviews every time! Perfect with mashed potatoes or as beef brisket sandwiches.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 to 10 as a side or sandwich
  • 3 Tbsp Olive oil to sauté, divided
  • 4 lb beef brisket
  • 2 tsp sea salt , or to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 lb yellow onions (2 medium), sliced into thick strips
  • 1 lb mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped (not pressed)*
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken stock or beef broth
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  • Generously season brisket with about 2 tsp salt and 1 tsp black pepper. Heat large heavy skillet or cast iron pan over high heat. Add 1 Tbsp oil and when hot, add brisket (fat side down). Sear 4-5 min per side or until browned on both sides. Transfer to slow cooker, fat side facing up.
  • In the same pan, add 1 Tbsp oil and sliced onions. Sautee 5-7 min or until onions are caramelized. Place onions over brisket. In the same pan, add more oil as needed and saute mushrooms until soft (5 min). Place mushrooms into the slow cooker and sprinkle chopped garlic over the top.
  • Combine 2 cups chicken broth with 2 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce and pour mixture over meat.
  • Cover and cook on low 7 to 8 hrs or until cooked through and easy to pull apart with forks. Turn off slow cooker and rest 15 min with the lid on. Remove and discard excess fat from the top** then pull the beef apart with forks and keep it in the slow cooker to soak up the juices which will add amazing flavor and keep meat tender. Serve beef brisket and mushrooms, spooning slow cooker juices over the top.

Notes

*Garlic Tip: it is easiest to mince this quantity of garlic in a food processor. Do not use a garlic press for this recipe.
**If you prefer really clean and lean meat; transfer the meat to a platter to make sure all of the fat is removed then return the shredded meat to the slow cooker. 
Note on Nutrition: the nutrition label will vary greatly based on how much you trim the fat from your meat. Also, keep in mind some of the salt and liquid may get discarded at the bottom of the pot. 

Nutrition Per Serving

450kcal Calories9g Carbs50g Protein22g Fat6g Saturated Fat140mg Cholesterol835mg Sodium1113mg Potassium1g Fiber4g Sugar6.8mg Vitamin C38mg Calcium5.3mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Beef Brisket Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
450
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
22
g
34
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Cholesterol
 
140
mg
47
%
Sodium
 
835
mg
36
%
Potassium
 
1113
mg
32
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
50
g
100
%
Vitamin C
 
6.8
mg
8
%
Calcium
 
38
mg
4
%
Iron
 
5.3
mg
29
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Slow Cooker Beef Brisket
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 450

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Garnish with chopped chives or green onion to fancy it up. Garnish adds a beautiful pop of color and fresh flavor to everything. It is the easiest way to make your dish more beautiful for a dinner party.

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket is fall-apart tender, juicy, flavorful and easy! The only Slow Cooked beef brisket recipe you'll need! Serve as a side or in a bun. | natashaskitchen.com

I hope you fall in love with this brisket recipe slow cooker style! It’s so juicy and flavorful. I look at that photo and want it all over again! 😉 Enjoy this my friends!

P.S. Crazy for crockpot recipes? If you loved this crockpot brisket, don’t miss our most popular slow cooker lasagna!

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket is fall-apart tender, juicy, flavorful and easy! The only Slow Cooked beef brisket recipe you'll need! Serve as a side or in a bun. | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Theresa Tate
    February 24, 2024

    Made this brisket recipe and it was so delicious and flavorful. Natasha’s Kitchen recipes never disappoint!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 24, 2024

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with me, Theresa!

      Reply

  • Louise Marencik
    January 24, 2024

    How can I rescue a very dry brisket? I have company coming and can’t serve this. Can you help me please?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 24, 2024

      You can try to add your favorite marinade, or even something like a barbecue sauce. To take it a step further, you could transfer some of the sauce into a saucepan and flavor it to taste then bring it to as simmer (and even reduce it down for stronger flavor), then pour that sauce over the meat. I hope that helps!

      Reply

  • Katherine Dwan
    October 20, 2023

    Wondering if I am having 23 people over. Wondering if I can make it the day before and then heat it up in the crockpots the next day. Do you think I should triple or quadruple the recipe? Will that change cooking times if I double it in each crockpot or should I use a roaster? Thanks

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 20, 2023

      Hi Katherine! I haven’t tried doubling this but you would have to have a huge slow cooker to fit that much meat into it. It would be best to use 2 slow cookers.
      This reheats great, so it can be made ahead.

      Reply

  • Thomas J. Glover
    June 17, 2023

    Why mince the garlic rather than press, what is the difference?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 17, 2023

      Pressed garlic can have an intense garlic taste that will overpower this dish.

      Reply

  • Len Roessler
    March 23, 2023

    Instead of time is ther a temperature using the probe that would be correct cooking stop?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 24, 2023

      Hi Len, I wish I checked it that way, but following these steps the brisket should be perfectly cooked.

      Reply

  • Lilly
    February 27, 2023

    If I had a 1kg cut of beef brisket (2.2lbs) would I just halve the rest of the ingredients and how long would I need to cook it on low for? Thanks!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 27, 2023

      Hi Lilly! Yes, you can cut this in half. The meat needs to be subjected to low temperatures for many hours in order to achieve that prized tenderness so you can keep the cooking time the same.

      Reply

  • Brooke
    February 22, 2023

    Hi again! I want to make this recipe soon, but I was wondering what you typically like to serve it with? It sounds delicious, easy and great for a family gathering!

    We love ALL of your recipes! I have made so many of them, and I can’t wait to keep trying more! I found your site in September, and since then your recipes have inspired me to love cooking again!

    Thank you so much sharing! I absolutely can’t wait to buy bundles of copies of your cookbook this October!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 22, 2023

      Hello Brooke, great to hear from you and I’m happy that you’re enjoying my recipes! You can eat this on a sandwich, side it with mashed potatoes, veggies or rice and so much more options. My cookbook will be ready by October of this year, thank you for the support!

      Reply

  • Lindsay
    December 26, 2022

    This was incredible! Everyone loved it and we had lots left over; it’s still in the crockpot container, so with more family coming over today, how long would you suggest reheating it and on low/high heat?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 26, 2022

      Hi Lindsay! I’m so glad it was a hit! The leftovers keep super well in the refrigerator and can be warmed on a skillet or microwave, or oven.

      Reply

      • Lindsay
        December 26, 2022

        thank you so much for your prompt reply! would it reheat well in the crockpot as well on low heat for a little while?

        Reply

        • NatashasKitchen.com
          December 26, 2022

          Hi Lindsay! Leftovers keep super well in the refrigerator and we usually warm them in a skillet, in the microwave, or oven. It is not recommended to reheat it in a crockpot.

          Reply

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