can i cook beef brisket in a slow cooker

Pat it dry, then season all over with the dry rub. Place brisket in the slow cooker on top of the onions and carrots, with the fatty side facing up. The cooking liquid should reach just to the bottom of the brisket; if not, add a little water. Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours.

Slow cooker beef brisket is insanely delicious! Perfectly tender and juicy, this cut of beef is infused with the most amazing flavors! Use it for your next family dinner and everyone will go crazy over it!

A cut of beef that is covered with a delicious sauce that slices up like butter is not something that you want to miss! Pair it with this amazing Italian Chopped Salad, these soft Potato Rolls, and eat this sweet Classic Chocolate Cake for dessert! Then, you will really have a meal that everyone will remember!

Cooking brisket – in brief

  • What is brisket? A cut of beef that needs to be cooked slowly to break down the connective tissues. The unique thing about this cut of beef is that it can be slow cooked so it’s fork tender, yet is still sliceable. It also has a better beefy flavour compared to other slow cooking beef cuts like chuck.
  • Is there another name for brisket? There’s no other name for raw brisket, that is the name of the cut. But you will see it sold in stores already prepared in the form of corned beef, pastrami and silverside which is brisket that’s been brined.
  • What cut of meat is similar to brisket? There is no cut of beef with the same cooking qualities. For this recipe, the best substitute for beef brisket is rolled chuck, like you use for Pot Roast. Otherwise, try the Beef Ribs or Pork Ribs version of this recipe – both terrific!
  • How long does it take to cook? 8 to 10 hours in the slow cooker on low, 1 hr 15 minutes in a pressure cooker, or 5 hours in the oven at 320F/160C.
  • Is brisket supposed to be pink? No. Cooked plain brisket should not be pink, if it is, it is massively undercooked and will be tough. You cannot eat brisket rare. HOWEVER, pastrami and corned beef are pink even after cooking due to the special curing salt they use (like bacon).

can i cook beef brisket in a slow cooker

What is beef brisket?

Brisket is a cut of beef made for slow cooking, not fast cooking. It’s unique characteristic compared to other slow cooking cuts of beef is that it holds its shape even after hours and hours of slow cooking and can be sliced.

When you slow cook other cuts of slow cooking cuts of beef like chuck (like in Beef Stew), gravy beef (an Australian beef cut) and short ribs, they “fall apart easily because there is more connective tissues running throughout the meat which breakdown with slow cooking.

However, as you can see in the photos in this post, brisket holds together and can be sliced. But the slices are ultra tender and could be shredded easily, see?

can i cook beef brisket in a slow cooker

Brisket does shred well, but I prefer using chuck beef or ribs for shredding for recipes like slow cooked Shredded Beef Ragu, Shredded Beef Chili and Shredded Mexican Beef.

Those cuts have more fat running through the meat and so the shredded pieces are nice and juicy. Though brisket has a layer of fat on the surface, there actually is not that much fat or connective tissues running through it, so if you shred it then it’s pretty lean.

can i cook beef brisket in a slow cooker

How to Store Leftovers

Slow cooker beef brisket leftovers are so yummy! Follow these instructions and you can enjoy it just as tender and juicy on day 2!

  • Refrigerator: Once your brisket has cooled, place it in an airtight container and put it into your fridge. It will last 3-4 days!
  • Reheat: To reheat your brisket and keep it juicy, preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Take your leftover brisket out of the fridge and let it sit on a baking sheet on your counter for 20 minutes. Cover it with some beef broth. Cover the brisket with a thick layer of foil and make sure it’s sealed tight with no holes! Bake up your sliced brisket for 20 minutes and enjoy tender and juicy meat round 2!

can i cook beef brisket in a slow cooker

Pat it dry, then season all over with the dry rub. Place brisket in the slow cooker on top of the onions and carrots, with the fatty side facing up. The cooking liquid should reach just to the bottom of the brisket; if not, add a little water. Cover and cook on Low for 8 hours.

FAQ

How long can you leave brisket in slow cooker?

Leaving your brisket unattended for 10 to 12 hours is not an option; if you go that route, the brisket can go from tender to mush. Know when it’s done: A three-pound beef brisket will take six to eight hours in the slow cooker.

What is the best cooking method for brisket?

All brisket, no matter which cut you choose, is a tough cut of meat that needs to be cooked low and slow: think oven, slow cooker or indirect heat on a grill.

Will brisket dry out in slow cooker?

Leave it too long (easy to do in a slow cooker) and you end up with dry, stringy meat. Don’t leave it long enough, and you end up with a tough piece of meat.

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