How to cook beef brisket in a slow cooker

Beef brisket is a cut of meat not often found in Australia but made famous by American cooking shows and situation comedies like Big Bang Theory with Howard banging on about his mother’s brisket.

There are now even American barbeque joints in Australian cities selling ribs and brisket.

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Slow cooker beef brisket with cabbage, potatoes and Brussels sprouts bathing in gravy Gary Lum
Slow cooker beef brisket with cabbage, potatoes and Brussels sprouts bathing in gravy
Beef brisket in a slow cooker on slow cooker Sunday
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 10 mins
Beef brisket slowly cooked is a thing of beauty. Here’s how to cook it like a boss. You can’t go wrong in a slow cooker.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 4
Calories: 1000 kcal
Author: Gary Lum
  • 1 kilogram Beef brisket
  • 100 millilitres Spicy barbeque sauce
  • 1 litre Warm water
  • 2 teaspoons Brown sugar
  • ½ cup Red wine vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • ½ piece Drumhead cabbage (shredded)
  • 250 grams Brussels sprouts (the baby ones)
  • 2 pieces Potato (halved)
  • 2 tablespoons Butter (room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons Plain flour
  1. To a slow cooker vessel add the Brussels sprouts, potatoes and cabbage. This will keep the meat off the bottom of the vessel.
  2. Add the water, brown sugar, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, chilli flakes, and garlic powder.
  3. On top of the vegetable trivet, place the meat and then add on top the spicy barbeque sauce.
  4. Place the cooking chamber into the slow cooker, seal the lid and set for 8 hours.
  5. After the timer goes off, turn off the slow cooker, unseal the lid and open the slow cooker. Remove the cooking chamber and remove the meat onto a cutting board. Place the vegetables into a bowl and empty the remaining juice into a jug and work out if it’s worth keeping.
  6. With a sharp cook’s knife, slice the meat into thickish slices for dinner and slice the rest for refrigeration for work lunches.
  7. In a saucepan, make a quick roux with butter and flour and then make a gravy with the leftover juices.
  8. Plate up the vegetables into a shallow bowl, add a few slices of meat and then pour over the gravy.
  9. Shoot a photograph.
  10. Eat the meal and then wash the dishes.
  11. Blog about the meal and hope your friends on social media will share the recipe and make you famous.

Let me know what you think

If you make this please let me know what you thought of the dish and the recipe?

What are vegetable options could you use?

I did think about serving this will coleslaw but it’s getting into mid-autumn and I need comfort vegetables. I had a friend on Facebook suggest making a vegetable au gratin like a sweet potato au gratin. It can also be done in the slow cooker with aluminium foil (not to my American friends, it’s aluminium).

Can the meat be frozen?

Well, yes it can, preferably vacuum packed to avoid freezer burn and so you can gently heat it up in a warm water bath for a pseudo sous vide meal.

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Disclaimer and a note on mass and energy

I have no culinary training nor qualifications. This post is not intended to convey any health or medical advice. If you have any health concerns about anything you read, please contact your registered medical practitioner. 

For recipe posts the quantities are indicative. Feel free to vary the quantities to suit your taste.
I deliberately do not calculate energy for dishes. I deliberately default to 500 Calories or 500,000 calories because I do not make these calculations. 

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