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slow cooker bbq beef brisket on parchment paper

Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket

Easy slow cooked brisket in a delicious healthy homemade bbq sauce, finished off in the oven to give a nice caramelized crust.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brisket, beef, slow cooker
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 hours
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 656kcal
Author: Farah Abumaizar


  • Slow Cooker


For the brisket:

  • 1.5-2 kg brisket (3-4 lb)
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced

For the spice rub:

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1.5 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds or dry mustard powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

For the bbq sauce:

  • 1 carton tomato paste (200 g or 8 oz)
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 heaped tsp chili powder NOT cayenne pepper, see notes
  • 1 heaped tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2/3 cup water


For the brisket:

  • Mix together all the ingredients for the spice rub, and rub evenly all over the raw brisket. You can continue with the recipe, or place brisket in the fridge to marinade for 30 min- 24 hours.

For the bbq sauce:

  • Mix together all the ingredients for the bbq sauce until well combined. Pour the bbq sauce into the body of the slow cooker.
  • Add the sliced onion to the bbq sauce, then place the spice rubbed brisket on top.
  • Cook on low heat for 8-10 hours or until beef is tender and easily shredded with a fork.
  • Heat the oven to 200 C (390 F ). Rub the cooked brisket with a little of the bbq sauce, then . the vegetable oil and place on a roasting pan. Cook for 10 minutes or until the brisket turns a deep golden brown caramelised color. Meanwhile, turn the heat of the slow cooker up to high, and cook the bbq sauce until it reduces and thickens slightly, 10 minutes should be enough.
  • Once brisket is out of the oven, brush all over with more bbq sauce, and serve with the remaining bbq sauce, either sliced or shredded.


  • To make your own chili powder, mix together 2 tablespoons of paprika, 2 teaspoons oregano,  1 1/2 teaspoon cumin,  1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, 3/4 teaspoons onion powder, and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional).  Source: www.allrecipes.com
Brisket spice rub and cooking procedure rub adapted from Recipe Tin Eats
BBQ sauce adapted from Real Food Dietitians
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Calories: 656kcal