Slow-Cooked Brisket in a Crockpot

Get ready to make a super yummy brisket that’s so tender and full of flavor, it’ll make your taste buds dance! We’re going to use a crockpot, which is like a magic pot that cooks your food slowly while you do other things. No need to stand over the stove! We’ll mix some special spices together to rub on the meat, and we’ll also whip up a homemade BBQ sauce that’s sweet, tangy, and a little bit smoky. This brisket recipe is perfect for when you want a delicious meal without a lot of fuss. Let’s get started and make your kitchen smell amazing!


  • 1 beef brisket (size depending on your crockpot)
  • Beef bouillon (enough to cover the bottom of your crockpot, about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

For the Special Spice Rub:

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • Additional spices to taste (such as onion powder, cumin, and a pinch of cayenne for heat)

For the Homemade BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mustard (yellow or Dijon)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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  1. Prepare the Spice Rub:
    • In a small bowl, mix together the paprika, brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, and any additional spices you’re using. Rub this mixture all over the brisket, ensuring it’s well-coated.
  2. Layer the Crockpot:
    • Pour the beef bouillon into the bottom of your crockpot. This will help keep the brisket moist as it cooks.
  3. Add the Brisket:
    • Place the spice-rubbed brisket into the crockpot. Drizzle the soy sauce over the top.
  4. Cook:
    • Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until the brisket is tender and easily pulls apart with a fork.
  5. Make the BBQ Sauce:
    • While the brisket cooks, prepare the BBQ sauce. On medium heat, in a saucepan, mix together ketchup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Simmer for about 15 minutes, or until thickened. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  6. Finish the Brisket:
    • Once the brisket is cooked, carefully remove it from the crockpot and place it on a cutting board. Let it rest for a few minutes before slicing against the grain.
    • Serve the brisket slices with the homemade BBQ sauce on the side or drizzled on top.

Enjoy your slow-cooked brisket with a side of mashed potatoes, coleslaw, or your favorite vegetables for a comforting and satisfying meal. The crockpot does all the hard work, leaving you with a deliciously tender brisket that’s sure to impress.