BBQ Brisket

bbq brisketWhile living in Texas for many years, I became a devout fan of barbecue. In Texas, barbecue is an art and everyone competes for the best barbecue sauce. I loved all that I tried and now when I visit Texas, I have to make a stop at some of my favorite barbecue restaurants.

I never could duplicate the recipes to my liking, mainly because of the amount of time it takes to slow cook on the barbecue grill to get the true essence of great tender, flavorful barbecue. Eventually I found an easy and very delicious method for making barbecue beef brisket. Brisket is a tough cut of meat and needs marinating and slow cooking in order to become tender.

So I put my trusty Crockpot to good use!

I marinate the brisket 3 to 4 hours and sometimes overnight (the best) right in the liner of the Crockpot and I just need to put the liner back in the pot. I turn it on either a high or low setting, depending how much time I have alotted before serving. This is a delicious version of Texas Barbecue Beef.


Serves: 6

  • 5-6 lb beef brisket
  • 18 oz bottle barbecue sauce (1 3/4 cups)
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 2 tsp coarse black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp liquid smoke


  1. Combine all ingredients except brisket in removable liner of Crockpot.
    barbeque crockpot beef
  2. Add brisket and turn to coat well with sauce.
  3. Marinate brisket in liner with lid for 3-4 hours or overnight in refrigerator.
  4. Place liner in base, cover and cook on Auto for 8 hours. Low for 9-11 hours or High for 5-6 hours.
    slow cooked texas beef
  5. Remove brisket from Crockpot when fork-tender and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
    barbeque beef sandwiches

Serve with side dishes, such as baked beans and cole slaw. Also, can be served in a Kaiser or Hoagie roll with chopped onions and sliced jalapeƱo peppers and extra sauce. Delicious!

10 Responses to “BBQ Brisket”

  1. Anna says:

    Glad I stumbled upon your site, BBQ brisket was excellent! Your recipes remind me of all the dishes I grew up eating.
    PS- I grew up and attended Hicksville Schools K-12, class of ’75, went to Old Country Rd Elementary!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Anna,

      Happy to hear the BBQ brisket was a winner for you. It is so easy to prepare and is always enjoyed by my guests and family.

  2. carlo says:

    Mary, I am very impressed with your cooking. Just like my grandma and mother used to do. Simple ingredients with delicious and true flavored outcomes. I laugh how you put reggiano parmesan in all your dishes …… just like my grandma !! I look at today’s recipes and the ingredients make my head spin in most cases. Thank you for the simplicity, yet quality.

    Comfort food is my favorite and thru your website I’m able to cook up dishes with memories from my childhood. Thank you for the website.

    • Mary says:

      I am pleased to know you are enjoying my recipes. I agree that memories around food bring us closer to our heritage. Thanks so much for the lovely comment.

  3. Eva says:

    Made this recipe a few times and always a hit. Misplaced my printed copy and took a while to find this again but now am making sure to bookmark this page so i will never lose it again!!! Plan on making this for some friends this weekend and just know it will be a huge hit!

  4. Steve says:

    Loved your brisket. Only thing is mine did not come out like yours it kinda became shredded BBQ . Can you help me to see what I did wrong in cooking it? Thanks

    • Mary says:

      Hi Steve:
      It sounds like the brisket cooked too long. I hope that you still enjoyed it since when it is shredded it makes fabulous pulled beef sandwichs served in a bun with some pickled jalepenos (if you like spicy). A true Texas sandwich.

  5. sheri says:


    My husband a true texan (me californian) needless to say, can you turn me onto a good bbq sauce you prefer? I live in Burleson, Texas and would like to impress as not working currently. Lol

    • Mary says:

      Hi Sheri:
      I use bottled BBQ sauce in this recipe as I find there are many delicious bottled sauces out there and saves time in preparing this recipe. Thanks for commenting and enjoy Texas.

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