This Slow Cooker Beef Brisket, infused with warm, savory flavor, is deliciously tender and oh-so-easy to make! Pair it with a refreshing green goddess salad dressing and creamy one pot mac and cheese, and you’ll have all of your guests drooling! 

Slow cooker beef brisket with a few strips sliced.

What Is Beef Brisket? 

Brisket it a cut of beef that comes from the lower breast region or pectoral muscles of a cow. A fairly large cut of meat, it contains a lot of connective tissues that make it pretty tough. 

As a result, it’s best when cooked slowly on a low temperature with recipes like this slow cooker brisket. The long cooking time allows the connective tissues to break down, creating a truly mouthwateringly tender recipe. However, unlike other slow-cooked meats, brisket does not fall apart. 

Is There Another Name for Beef Brisket? 

No, beef brisket is the name of the specific cut of meat we’re using in this recipe. However, you may see brisket prepared and sold as corned beef, pastrami, and silverside

Ingredients You Need 

You don’t need a long list of pantry staples to make restaurant-worthy beef! Instead, just a handful of ingredients create a bold flavor that’s unlike anything you’ve ever had before. 

  • Beef Brisket – We recommend using flat-cut brisket for this recipe. If you don’t see it already sliced, ask your the butcher at the meat counter at your local grocery store or butcher’s shop to pick one for you. 
  • Onions – Slice the onions, and place them in the slow cooker with the beef to impart extra flavor. 
  • Herbs and Spices – A combination of smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, bay leaves, and thyme create a savory, herbaceous taste. 
  • Beef Stock – Used to submerge the beef, keeping it tender and juicy. 
  • Worcestershire Sauce – This is the secret to adding extra depth to the flavor and creating a slightly smokey taste. 

How to Make Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

Slow cooker recipes are our kitchen superheroes! They swoop in to save the day, making dinner a breeze without breaking a sweat. And this slow cooker beef brisket? It’s practically the rockstar of our dinner rotation.

  1. Season the Meat. Rub the spices on all sides of the brisket, coating it completely. 

Tip! For the absolute juiciest texture, don’t trim any excess fat off the meat. 

  1. Combine the Ingredients. Add the onions, herbs, beef stock, and Worcestershire sauce to the slow cooker, and stir to combine. Place the seasoned brisket into the mixture, submerging it in the liquid. 
  2. Cook. Cover the slow cooker, and cook on low heat until the beef is tender and has reached an internal temperature of 195 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  3. Rest. Transfer the beef brisket to a cutting board, and let it rest for a few minutes to redistribute the juices. 
  4. Serve. Use a sharp knife to slice against the grain, forming thin or thick slices. Then, plate your brisket with the onions and a ladle of the cooking liquid, and enjoy!
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Serving Suggestions

This slow cooker beef brisket recipe is the VIP of versatility! It mingles well with all your favorite sides. Need some inspiration? Here are some of our go-to pairings: 

A cooked beef brisket in a slow cooker with onions.

How to Store 

This recipe makes A LOT! Luckily, leftovers store super well for quick, easy meals throughout the week. 

  • Refrigerator: Let the brisket cool completely. Then, transfer it to an airtight container, and keep it stored in the fridge for up to three to four days. 
  • Freezer: If stored with the gravy, leftovers can be frozen for up to two months. Or, discard the gravy, and keep them in the freezer for up to three months. 
  • To Reheat: Let your frozen brisket thaw in the fridge overnight. Then, transfer it to a baking dish, cover it with aluminum foil, and place it in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until warm. 

Common Questions About This Slow Cooker Beef Brisket Recipe

How long does it take to cook beef brisket in a slow cooker? 

Depending on the size of your brisket and your individual slow cooker, cooking times will vary. However, we find that eight to ten hours is generally the sweet spot. 

Does brisket in a crockpot need liquid? 

Yes, it’s not crucial that the brisket is fully submerged in the liquid, but it should be at least partially covered. Otherwise, you run the risk of it drying out and becoming tough. 

Can you overcook beef brisket in a slow cooker? 

Yes, if you leave your brisket in the slow cooker too long, it can become super mushy and not all that pleasant to eat. 

Should I flip my brisket in the slow cooker? 

We tend not to flip the brisket, but doing so can help it cook more evenly. 

Do you need to sear brisket before placing it in the slow cooker? 

We don’t! However, some people prefer to sear their brisket in a skillet before adding it to the slow cooker to enhance the flavor and keep it tender. 

Can you eat brisket rare? 

You may see some brisket like pastrami or corned beef that appears pink, but slow cooker brisket should not be consumed rare. Otherwise, it will be very tough. 

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Slices of slow cooker brisket.

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket Recipe

4.17 from 30 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 12 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Prepare this slow cooker beef brisket recipe for a flavorful, hands-off protein that pairs well with all your favorite side dishes for the perfect family-friendly meal!


  • 1 (3 pound) beef brisket
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 large onions sliced
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce


  • Season the beef brisket with smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, rubbing the spices into the meat.
  • In a slow cooker, combine the sliced onions, bay leaves, thyme sprigs, beef stock, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well to combine.
  • Place the seasoned beef brisket into the slow cooker, making sure it is submerged in the liquid mixture. Add a little extra salt to taste, if desired.
  • Cover the slow cooker, and cook on low heat setting for approximately 8-10 hours, or until the beef brisket is tender and easily pulls apart. It should reach an internal temperature of 195 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Once the brisket is cooked, carefully remove it from the slow cooker, and transfer it to a cutting board.
  • Allow the brisket to rest for a few minutes before slicing it against the grain into thin or thick slices, according to preference.
  • Serve the tender slow-cooked beef brisket with the flavorful onions and a ladle of the cooking liquid.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days.


To Freeze: Transfer the brisket to a freezer-safe container. Stored with the gravy, it will stay fresh for up to two months. Without the gravy, it will keep for up to three months. 
To Reheat: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Transfer the brisket to a baking dish, cover it with aluminum foil, and bake for 20 minutes or until heated through. 
Note: You can serve the brisket with your preferred side dishes such as mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or coleslaw. Enjoy the delicious and melt-in-your-mouth slow cooker beef brisket, packed with rich flavors and tender texture!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 20826mg | Potassium: 808mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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    1. Yes! We recommend reheating it covered in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until warm. We hope you enjoy!

      Alia & Radwa

  1. I’m about to make this recipe… you you cut off the fat or leave it for flavor? Mine has a large fat layer on the bottom. Thank you for you help. Love the recipes/ page! 😊

  2. 5 stars
    oh my goodness so delicious. we have a Sub shop, I have been searching and searching for a recipe like this for our brisket subs that my team can prep when I am away.
    so so good.