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Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 6



  • 5 pound beef brisket
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 2 yellow onions, sliced thinly
  • 8 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • 4 bay leaves


  • Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium high heat.
  • Brown brisket on both sides (no need to cook all the way through, just until a golden brown crust is achieved on both sides).
  • While brisket is browning, whisk the broth, salt, pepper, paprika, turmeric and chili powder in a glass measuring cup or small mixing bowl.
  • Place half of the sliced onions and half of the garlic cloves in the bottom of your slow cooker's ceramic insert.
  • Place browned brisket on top of the bed of onions and garlic in the slow cooker.
  • Deglaze drippings in pan with the stock mixture: use a whisk or wooden spatula to scrape up beef drippings from the pan as you add the stock mixture.
  • Let the broth come to a boil and simmer until it's reduced by half, about 5 minutes.
  • Pour reduced broth mixture over the brisket in the slow cooker, then place the remaining onions, garlic and bay leaves on top of the brisket.
  • Secure lid on slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until cooked through.
  • Remove brisket to a cutting board and allow to rest for about 10 minutes, then slice and serve.