Slow Cooker Texas Style Beef Brisket

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You’ve never had brisket as juicy and tender as our Texas Style Beef Brisket. After marinating overnight in savory juices and spices, this mouth-watering recipe offers flavor as big as the state of Texas. Healthy beef recipes are tough to come by, especially those that offer all the simplicity of slow cooker recipes. We’ve got you covered with this beef brisket that is filled with flavor and great for any occasion.

Many dieters opt to completely abandon beef. Generally, red meat gets a bad rap when it comes to health. It contains more saturated fat than some of the alternatives and instead of taking the time to figure out how much and what type of red meat is healthy enough on occasion, many people just give it the boot. If they are happy eating a diet that is beef-free this is not a big deal, but some people love red meat and feel deprived by eliminating it from their diet. Fortunately, there are ways to eat beef that are delicious and healthy! It is not an every night meal, but by choosing the correct cut and preparing in a healthy manner, you can enjoy beef on occasion without concern for damaging your health.

Try Texas Style Beef Brisket shredded atop a whole wheat bun with fresh slaw or our Southern Style Green Beans. This is one of our most popular recipes because barbecue is such a hit with so many people. It makes a great party recipe and is ideal for a variety of different occasion. This recipe also freezes well, so you can make a big batch and have dinner on hand in a few weeks, too. And like all slow cooker recipes, it takes just a few minutes to prepare and is ready and waiting for you after a long work day.

Looking for other great slow cooker ideas? Check out our collection of slow cooker chicken recipes.

Slow Cooker Texas Style Beef Brisket

Slow Cooker Texas Style Beef Brisket

Yields: 6 | Serving size: 1 cup | Calories: 423 | Total Fat: 26 g | Saturated Fats: 10 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 107 mg |Sodium: 600 mg | Carbohydrates: 25 g | Dietary fiber: 1 g | Sugars: 19 g | Protein: 22 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 15 |


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean beef brisket
  • Marinade
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can diced green chilis
  • 1/2 cup broth, low sodium, fat free (beef, chicken or vegetable will work)
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 1 cup spicy barbecue sauce, more or less to taste (we like Annie's Naturals, BBQ Sauce) or check out our recipe


  1. Combine all the ingredients--except barbecue sauce--in a bowl, stir and pour over brisket. I like to marinate the brisket right in the slow cooker insert. Marinating is optional but it really adds to the flavor. Marinate brisket in the refrigerator over night if preferred, otherwise move to the next step.
  2. Note: If your brisket has a layer of fat, be sure to place the brisket fat side up in the slow cooker. After brisket is done and goes in the roaster pan, remove fat and discard before shredding, slicing or adding barbecue sauce.
  3. All marinate ingredients go in the slow cooker, stir and add brisket. Cover and cook on low 8 hours or until tender and easily flakes with a fork.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add brisket, along with 1/2 cup juices from the slow cooker, to a roasting pan. Discard the remaining liquid along with bay leafs. Either pull the brisket apart with 2 forks or slice thinly across the grain. Pour barbecue sauce over brisket and heat for 15 minutes. Serve on toasted wheat buns or rolls if desired.
  5. TIP: To lower the calories, fat and carbohydrates, simply cut the serving size in half...which will equal 1/2 cup.

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6 Comments on "Slow Cooker Texas Style Beef Brisket"

  1. Carrie  January 7, 2013

    Just tried this. Wasn't sure what it meant by (2.5-3) on meat weight but just assumed it was a typo!

    Worked really well. Quite spicy which the OH will like. A new hit in our house I think!

  2. christine  March 3, 2014

    I've got this in the crockpot today. I had just bought a huge piece of pork which I cut up into chops and roasts so I used that instead of the beef. Cannot wait to eat it tonight!!

  3. Lindsey  May 22, 2016

    Has any tried this without bbq sauce? My child has horrible GERD, means no red sauce of any kind. I think the spices alone may be okay…just wondering if anyone knew?

  4. Joy  April 10, 2017

    Having a hard time finding beef brisket can I use pork shoulder?

  5. Joy  April 10, 2017

    Thanks Gale


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