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brisket in the slow cooker with onions

Recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

Ah, Brisket, how do I love thee… I love thee in the smoker, on the grill, in the oven, and slowly braised to tender perfection in a slow cooker. This recipe is easy to prepare. The only hard part is waiting the eight hours it takes to slowly tenderize in the slow cooker. But, ohhh the wonderful smells that fill the kitchen while it’s cooking. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

yield 6 serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 8 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For brisket in the slow cooker with onions

  • 3-4 lb
    beef brisket
  • 2 Tbsp
    grapeseed oil
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • kosher salt
  • 4 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 2 md
    yellow onions, sliced
  • 2 c
    beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp
    brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/2 Tbsp

How To Make brisket in the slow cooker with onions

  • 1
    Remove the brisket from the fridge about an hour before cooking.
  • 2
    Gather your ingredients.
  • 3
    Combine all the BRAISE ingredients into a small saucepan and keep warm.
  • 4
    Slice the onions, and then cut into half moons.
  • 5
    Add the grapeseed oil to a large skillet, over medium low heat.
  • 6
    Add the onions.
  • 7
    Stir the onions until they brown and begin to caramelize, about 15-20 minutes.
  • 8
    While the onions are browning, season the brisket with a generous amount of kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
  • 9
    Remove the onions from the pan, and turn the heat up to high.
  • 10
    Sear the brisket until nice and browned on the top and bottom.
  • 11
    Add the brisket to the slow cooker, fatty side up.
  • 12
    Sprinkle the minced garlic on top of the roast.
  • 13
    Add the braise liquid.
  • 14
    Add the onions (some on top, some in the braising liquid).
  • 15
    Cook on low for six to eight hours, or until fork tender.
  • 16
    Chef's Note: Serve with your favorite sides… And spoon some of the liquid over the top. Enjoy.
  • 17
    Chef’s Tip: These make excellent beef sandwiches the next day. Just reheat the beef and use the liquid as an Au Jus.
  • 18
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.