Slow Cooked Brisket!

Welcome to Day 3 of my 4th of July series!


I’m showing you a slow cooked brisket with yummy BBQ sauce. You can even use the remaining sauce as a dip for even more flavor!



I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I AM A HUGE CARNIVORE. I love meat and I LOVE a good brisket. Heck, I love good BBQ altogether, even though sometimes BBQ sauce hurts my stomach. But we’re focusing on the brisket here.


I’ve had tried a lot of slow cooked briskets. A LOT. Some were delicious, soft, tender and SO JUICY. Others were completely tough and dry. So I thought to myself, how hard would it be to figure out a recipe for brisket?



Figuring out how to make a slow cooked brisket was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be. Whenever I try to figure out a new recipe, I always hit the internet hard to do some research. I’ve found that everyone has their own special spice mixtures and everyone has their own cooking times with their own reasons behind it.



For my slow cooked brisket, I started cooking this in the morning. I rub the spices all over that piece of meat and it’s off to the slow cooker. Once it’s done in the slow cooker, I throw it in the oven and baste it there a few times before serving.



While cooking this in a slow cooker and oven may sound a little weird, don’t be afraid to throw it on the grill! Once it’s cooked, you’ll be amazed! Eat alone and dip in the BBQ sauce OR pile high on some burger buns and enjoy it that way! I would also recommend spreading some of the BBQ sauce on the buns and over the meat as well. SO SO YUMMY.


Let me know if you decide to try this recipe out! If you did it on the grill, I’d love to know how it came out for you! Well, even if you did it in the slow cooker and oven, I’d still love to know!


Ciao for now!


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Notes For Cooking Brisket


Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty when seasoning the brisket. Massage those spices into it. :)


I got a 2 1/2 lb brisket for this recipe. I left the brisket in the slow cooker for about 7 hours on low. However, I think since the brisket was smaller, 7 hours was a little too long. I also got distracted and didn’t pay attention (which shows that cooking doesn’t always go right :P) So I would probably shoot for 5 hours next time, or at least check in on how it looks at 5 hours and go from there.


Don’t forget to rest your brisket.



If you’re looking for other great recipes that you can add to your spread for a 4th of July Celebration, check out the following recipe!


Mac & Cheese – Add this cheesy mac and cheese to please both non-vegetarians and vegetarians! Or serve whenever you feel like having something nice and cheesy!


Cheeseburger Sliders – Prepare these bad boys on sliders or a full-sized burger! This will definitely be a crowd-pleaser.


Cost Analysis


Lastly, take a look at this cost analysis. It shows how much it costs to make this slow cooked brisket. We don’t realize it, but sometimes it so much cheaper to make things at home versus buying them at the store! Yes, sometimes it takes a while and sometimes it’s more convenient, but how can you deny that price?


Slow Cooked Brisket Cost Analysis

Slow Cooked Brisket!

Slow Cooked Brisket!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef, BBQ, BBQ Sauce, Beef Brisket, Brisket, Slow Cooker
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours
Servings: 10
Calories: 378kcal
Cost: $32.35



  • 2.5 lb Brisket $20.05
  • Oil
  • Burger Buns Optional $9.98

Dry Rub

  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar $0.63
  • 1 tsp Paprika $0.05
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika $0.05
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder $0.05
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin $0.05
  • 3/4 tsp Mustard Powder $0.05
  • 1 tsp Salt $0.05
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper $0.05

BBQ Sauce

  • 1 tbsp Garlic $0.04
  • 1/3 cup Vinegar $0.36
  • 1 1/2 cup Ketchup $0.91
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp Mustard Powder
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper


  • Take all the ingredients for the dry rub and distribute evenly on all sides of the brisket.
  • Refrigerate the brisket for 30 minutes.
  • In your slow cooker, add all ingredients for the bbq sauce.
  • Add brisket to slow cooker and cook on low for 5 hours.
  • Remove brisket from the slow cooker and into a pan. Drizzle some oil over the brisket
  • Put the brisket into the oven. 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime, take that BBQ sauce and put it into a large saucepan, and bring it to a simmer.
  • When the 10 minutes are up, take the brisket out of the oven and baste generously with the BBQ sauce.
  • Place the brisket back into the oven for 5 minutes. Baste again generously once the 5 minutes are up.
  • Place the brisket into the oven one last time until it caramelizes.
  • Let your brisket rest. It's had a long day of cooking.
  • Slice thin and enjoy dipping into the BBQ sauce OR pile it into a sandwich and enjoy!


Please note that *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Cost Analysis

Estimate: $ for servings or $ per serving.


Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 816mg | Potassium: 568mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 386IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 4mg