Have I ever mentioned that I love using my slow cooker? Maybe I did once or twice, I don’t know. I like to use it on Sundays so I can spend a little time prepping for dinner in the morning, then I can spend the rest of the day with my family and take care of things. It’s a nice feeling in the evening when I know that dinner is done and we can eat whenever we feel like it. My wife on the other hand likes to use the slow cooker on the weekdays when she has to work.
This is a recipe for Slow Cooker Brisket. The beef brisket is covered with a rub, and then slowly cooked in a sweet and savory barbecue sauce until it’s nice and tender. Then it can be shredded or sliced, served in a sandwich or by itself. The sauce for this recipe is a little spicy, but not too excessive. My wife and kids don’t like spicy food, and they really liked the flavor. Keep in mind; I’m the one who had to remove the heat from jalapeño peppers when making poppers. See my Not So Spicy Jalapeno Popper recipe for that deal.
I started this recipe by making the barbecue sauce. I put it together in a mixing bowl just so I could get better pictures. If I wasn’t making the recipe for this website I would mix it together in my slow cooker. I mixed together some ketchup, brown sugar, water, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and then I added a chopped onion. I hit it with some spices like garlic powder, adobo seasoning, and a decent amount of pepper. I stirred it together, and then added it to my slow cooker.
The next thing to be done was making the rub for the beef. In a separate container I mixed together a decent amount of paprika with some chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, garlic powder and some salt and pepper. I trimmed off any excessive fat from the brisket then cut it half. I covered both pieces in the rub, making sure to cover all sides, then I placed them in the slow cooker right into the sauce. I latched the lid, then set the timer for low heat for the next eight hours.
When we were ready to eat I simply removed the brisket from the slow cooker, cut it up into small pieces, and stirred it back in with the sauce. Finally I served it on Kaiser Rolls as sandwiches. My wife and kids really liked it and helped themselves to seconds so it must have been good.
This is the slow cooker that I use and I really love it. This one is much nicer than the old ones with the glass lid and the mechanical switch. It has a programmable timer from 30 minutes to 20 hours so I can set it on high or low heat for a certain time, then when the cooking time has ended, it will operate in a mode where it will just keep the food warm. This is nice because when I was single I would worry about the food getting overcooked if I had to stay at work longer than I planned.
One other thing I really like about this slow cooker is the lid which locks into place and has a gasket to seal the food inside. This is especially nice if you’re making something to bring to a party so there’s no worrying about the lid coming off in the car and food spilling all over your trunk. That is what sold me on this slow cooker.
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Adapted from Chow via Amy Wisniewsk