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Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beef Brisket


Feed a crowd without all that hard, strenuous work with this Slow-Cooker Barbecue Beef Brisket recipe. Let the slow-cooker do all the hard work and have dinner ready when you get home from work, or set and forget this brisket recipe, so you can focus on other things during the holidays or any other dinner party event.

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  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (5-pound) fresh beef brisket (not corned beef)
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium beef, chicken, or vegetable broth or water


Servings 10
Preparation time 20mins
Cooking time 490mins
Adapted from


Step 1

In a small bowl mix brown sugar, chipotle chili powder, cumin, celery salt, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Spray inside of 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place brisket in slow cooker; rub mixture all over brisket. In another small bowl, mix 3/4 cup of the ketchup, the apple cider vinegar, onion, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over brisket along with broth. Cover and cook on low heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or until meat thermometer inserted in center of brisket reads 160°F.

Transfer brisket to cutting board; let stand 10 minutes. Meanwhile, add remaining 3/4 cup ketchup to sauce in slow cooker; stir to combine. Thinly slice brisket; transfer to serving plate. Spoon sauce over top.

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