Crock Pot BBQ Beef Brisket

Brisket beef bbq
Diana Rattray
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 9 hrs
Total: 9 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings

This easy crock pot beef brisket makes fabulous sandwiches. Shred the tender brisket and add barbecue sauce for a delicious meal. The brisket would make a great rainy day barbecue, and the slow cooker makes it a snap to prepare and cook.

The brisket is marinated overnight with seasonings and liquid smoke, so plan accordingly.

If you're making brisket for a crowd, allow about 1/2 pound per person. If you want leftovers, add a few pounds. The recipe is easily doubled for a party or tailgating. 

We served the brisket with homemade baked beans and coleslaw. See the tips and variations for a basic homemade barbecue sauce and some other ideas.

This is the only slow cooker brisket recipe you'll need.


  • 3 to 4 pounds ​beef brisket (not corned beef)
  • 1/4 cup liquid smoke
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Optional: prepared barbecue sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Sprinkle the beef brisket with liquid smoke and seasonings. Do not trim the fat; it will keep the beef moist and succulent.

  2. Wrap the beef in a large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Refrigerate overnight if desired.

  3. Place the foil-wrapped beef brisket in the slow cooker.

  4. Cover and cook on low 9 to 12 hours.

  5. If desired, shred the beef and return it to the slow cooker. Add about 1 cup of barbecue sauce and continue cooking for about 30 minutes.

  6. Serve the beef brisket in toasted split buns for sandwiches or as a main course with baked potatoes or fries and coleslaw.


  • If you happen to have some leftover brisket, add it to baked beans or a hearty Brunswick stew.
  • There are so many great barbecue seasonings you might use on this brisket. Sprinkle the brisket with some mesquite seasoning or your favorite grill seasoning blend.
  • Place some sliced onions on the foil before you wrap the brisket.
  • Easy Homemade Barbecue Sauce: In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of ketchup with 4 tablespoons of molasses, 3 tablespoons of packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup of cider vinegar, 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, a dash of cayenne pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. 

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