Smoky Pulled Beef Brisket in the Slow Cooker

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Pulled Beef Brisket in a bowl and in the Slow Cooker is smokey, savory, tender, moist, and full of flavor. In a delicious sauce, it goes great on a sandwich, over polenta, on rice, or potatoes. #slowcooker #crockpot #brisket #beefbrisket #pulledbeef #pulledpork

Smoky Pulled Beef Brisket in the Slow Cooker is crazy-delicious!  Can I just tell you that there are good recipes and then there are OMG fantastic recipes.  This Smoky Pulled Beef Brisket is OMG fantastic.  It is smokey, savory, tender, moist, and full of flavor.  There are so many ways to enjoy this amazing beef, but one of my favorites is loaded onto a bun to soak up all the fabulous juices.  Then top with a melty cheese and some pickled onions for the perfect bite.   

Smoky Pulled Beef Brisket in the Slow Cooker is smokey, savory, tender, moist, and full of flavor. In a delicious sauce, it goes great on a sandwich, over polenta, on rice, or potatoes. #slowcooker #crockpot #brisket #beefbrisket #pulledbeef #pulledpork

Pulled Beef Brisket to Expand Kids Protein Palettes 

It’s important to me to expose my girls to a variety of foods because that’s the best way to get all of the vitamins and nutrients their little bodies need.  We definitely gravitate more toward lean meat proteins such as chicken, primarily because it has less calories and fat for Dave and I.  However, beef is a better source of iron and that’s very important. 

So, after doing some research, I found out that brisket flat-half (the leaner half of the whole brisket) is actually considered a Lean meat!  To be considered lean, a 3-oz serving of cooked beef must have less than 10 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat, and less than 95 mg of cholesterol.  And if you do get a layer of fat on the brisket, you will see below how incredibly easy it is to remove and discard. 

This Pulled Beef Brisket is a great way to get the girls to try beef and get more iron into their diet. 

Here are some delicious sides to serve with this Pulled Beef Brisket:

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

I made this recipe in a slow cooker. However, you could also make it in the oven in a dutch oven or small roasting pan with a lid.

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR SMOKY PULLED BEEF BRISKET

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

Since this is a slow cooker recipe, you can make the entire brisket in advance and simply reheat it when you are ready to serve.  Or you can do these couple simple steps ahead and cook it in the slow cooker on a weekday morning to enjoy that night!

Prepping ahead simply involves dicing the onion, mincing the garlic, and making the spice rub.  For this spice rub, I used 2 different Paprikas.  I used a Hungarian Hot Paprika which gives you all of the wonderful peppery flavor without as much smoke.  I also used Smoked Paprika for subtle smoky flavor.  If you want more smoke, you can just use double the Smoked Paprika in place of the Hungarian Hot Paprika.  However, you may want to consider adding a touch of Cayenne then for background heat.

Aside from the Paprika, I have garlic powder, chili powder, salt, and black pepper.  

Spices separated in bowl for Smoky Pulled Beef Brisket.  It's made in the Slow Cooker and is smokey, savory, tender, moist, and full of flavor. In a delicious sauce, it goes great on a sandwich, over polenta, on rice, or potatoes. #slowcooker #crockpot #brisket #beefbrisket #pulledbeef #pulledpork

Spices mixed in bowl for Smoky Pulled Beef Brisket.  It's made in the Slow Cooker and is smokey, savory, tender, moist, and full of flavor. In a delicious sauce, it goes great on a sandwich, over polenta, on rice, or potatoes. #slowcooker #crockpot #brisket #beefbrisket #pulledbeef #pulledpork

Finally, you can cut the Brisket into 2-3 pieces so that it fits into the slow cooker and then rub the spices all over and store in the fridge until ready to cook.

COOK YOUR SMOKY PULLED BEEF BRISKET 

When you’re ready to cook this baby, add half of the diced onion to the bottom of the slow cooker insert first.  Place the brisket pieces on top of the onion. Add the remaining diced onion and minced garlic. Pour Worcestershire sauce and beef broth over the roast.

Cook roast in slow cooker for 4-6 hours on High setting or 8-10 hours on Low.

Diced onion in Slow Cooker insert for Smoky Pulled Beef Brisket.  It's smokey, savory, tender, moist, and full of flavor. In a delicious sauce, it goes great on a sandwich, over polenta, on rice, or potatoes. #slowcooker #crockpot #brisket #beefbrisket #pulledbeef #pulledpork

Spiced rubbed raw brisket in Slow Cooker insert for Smoky Pulled Beef Brisket.  It's smokey, savory, tender, moist, and full of flavor. In a delicious sauce, it goes great on a sandwich, over polenta, on rice, or potatoes. #slowcooker #crockpot #brisket #beefbrisket #pulledbeef #pulledpork

Adding Worcestershire sauce to onions and raw brisket in Slow Cooker insert for Smoky Pulled Beef Brisket.  It's smokey, savory, tender, moist, and full of flavor. In a delicious sauce, it goes great on a sandwich, over polenta, on rice, or potatoes. #slowcooker #crockpot #brisket #beefbrisket #pulledbeef #pulledpork

Adding water to onions and raw brisket in Slow Cooker insert for Smoky Pulled Beef Brisket.  It's smokey, savory, tender, moist, and full of flavor. In a delicious sauce, it goes great on a sandwich, over polenta, on rice, or potatoes. #slowcooker #crockpot #brisket #beefbrisket #pulledbeef #pulledpork

Once the brisket is done cooking, remove it from slow cooker to a plate or cutting board for pulling or shredding it apart.

Using a knife or a fork, scrape away any layer of fat. It should come off very easily. Discard the fat.

Fork taking cooked brisket out of the Slow Cooker insert for Smoky Pulled Beef Brisket.  It's smokey, savory, tender, moist, and full of flavor. In a delicious sauce, it goes great on a sandwich, over polenta, on rice, or potatoes. #slowcooker #crockpot #brisket #beefbrisket #pulledbeef #pulledpork

Fork scraping off fat layer from cooked brisket for Smoky Pulled Beef Brisket.  It's smokey, savory, tender, moist, and full of flavor. In a delicious sauce, it goes great on a sandwich, over polenta, on rice, or potatoes. #slowcooker #crockpot #brisket #beefbrisket #pulledbeef #pulledpork

Fork scraping off fat layer from cooked brisket for Smoky Pulled Beef Brisket.  It's smokey, savory, tender, moist, and full of flavor. In a delicious sauce, it goes great on a sandwich, over polenta, on rice, or potatoes. #slowcooker #crockpot #brisket #beefbrisket #pulledbeef #pulledpork

Then using 2 forks, start to shred the meat. If the piece of meat is really large, you can cut it in half so the beef strands are not too long.

Once the meat is shredded, add it back to the cooking liquid in the slow cooker.

Fork shredding cooked brisket for Smoky Pulled Beef Brisket.  It's smokey, savory, tender, moist, and full of flavor. In a delicious sauce, it goes great on a sandwich, over polenta, on rice, or potatoes. #slowcooker #crockpot #brisket #beefbrisket #pulledbeef #pulledpork

Forks shredding cooked brisket for Smoky Pulled Beef Brisket.  It's smokey, savory, tender, moist, and full of flavor. In a delicious sauce, it goes great on a sandwich, over polenta, on rice, or potatoes. #slowcooker #crockpot #brisket #beefbrisket #pulledbeef #pulledpork

Smoky Pulled Beef Brisket in the Slow Cooker is smokey, savory, tender, moist, and full of flavor. In a delicious sauce, it goes great on a sandwich, over polenta, on rice, or potatoes. #slowcooker #crockpot #brisket #beefbrisket #pulledbeef #pulledpork

Now, comes the fun part…eating!  I love to eat this deliciousness on a roll that soaks up all the beef juices.  I place the beef on the bottom of the roll and top with a melty cheese like monterey jack or mozzarella.  Then put it under the broiler to melt!  Finally, I top it with pickled onions to add sweetness, tang, and crunch!

Pulled Beef Brisket Sandwich made in the Slow Cooker is smokey, savory, tender, moist, and full of flavor. In a delicious sauce, it goes great on a sandwich, over polenta, on rice, or potatoes. #slowcooker #crockpot #brisket #beefbrisket #pulledbeef #pulledpork

However, you can also eat this plated with a starch such as polenta, risotto, rice, pasta, or potatoes. 

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Pulled Beef Brisket in a bowl and in the Slow Cooker is smokey, savory, tender, moist, and full of flavor. In a delicious sauce, it goes great on a sandwich, over polenta, on rice, or potatoes. #slowcooker #crockpot #brisket #beefbrisket #pulledbeef #pulledpork

Smoky Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

Smoky Pulled Beef Brisket made in the Slow Cooker is smokey, savory, tender, moist, and full of flavor. In a delicious sauce, it goes great on a sandwich, over polenta, on rice, or potatoes. #slowcooker #crockpot #brisket #beefbrisket #pulledbeef #pulledpork

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Beef, Brisket
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 14 servings
Calories 613 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 3.5 lb Beef brisket, Flat Half
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Hungarian paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Spanish Paprika
  • 2 small onions
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth

Instructions

Prep Ahead Instructions for your Beef Brisket

  1. Dice the Onion. Mince the garlic.

  2. Cut the Brisket into 2-3 pieces so that it fits into the slow cooker.

  3. Mix the 6 Spice Rub ingredients and rub all over the brisket pieces.

Cook your Beef Brisket

  1. Add half of the diced onion to the bottom of the slow cooker insert.

  2. Place the brisket pieces on top of the onion. Add the remaining diced onion and minced garlic. Pour Worcestershire sauce and beef broth over the roast.

  3. Cook roast in slow cooker for 4-6 hours on High setting or 8-10 hours on Low.

  4. Once the brisket is done cooking, remove it from slow cooker to a plate or cutting board for pulling or shredding it apart.

  5. Using a knife or a fork, scrape away any layer of fat. It should come off very easily. Discard the fat.

  6. Then using 2 forks, start to shred the meat. If the piece of meat is really large, you can cut it in half so the beef strands are not too long.

  7. Once the meat is shredded, add it back to the cooking liquid in the slow cooker.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: If you do not have a slow cooker, no fear!  Simply follow all of the same steps, but cook it in a dutch oven or small roasting pan with a lid in the oven at 375 F degrees.for 4 hours or until it is fall apart tender.

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5-Ingredient Mini Meatloaf Muffins

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Mini Meatloaf Muffins on a plate. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free. Parmesan gives salty and nutty flavor.  Ketchup on top cooks down into a thick, deep-flavored tangy, salty, and sweet glaze.

Mini Meatloaf Muffins are small bites with BIG flavor!  There are only 5 simple ingredients, but each serves a special purpose for texture and flavor.  Onions give moisture, flavor, and a little crunch.  Parmesan gives big salty and nutty flavor.  Ketchup brings a richness and slight sweetness.  And egg binds it all together to create a beautifully set little muffin.  Finally, ketchup on top cooks down into a thick, rich, tangy, salty, and sweet glaze on top of each muffin.  They are perfect for making ahead and eating throughout the week…dinner for the kids, packing in lunches, or snack.  They’re also great to make for a weekend party appetizer too!

BTW, put practically anything in a mini muffin tin and my little one will eat it up!   

Meatloaf Muffins: Small Variation with BIG Benefits

These little meaty bites of love are an adaptation of one of my most popular recipes on the Talking Meals Blog, 5-Ingredient Easy Meatloaf.  It really surprised me actually.  Of all of the interesting, exotic, international cuisine options available, at the end of the day, people love comforting familiar foods.  And Meatloaf is definitely that, a comforting and familiar food.  Mini Meatloaf Muffins are even BETTER in a lot of ways!

Less Cooking Time.  The biggest difference is the cooking time.  The original recipe takes 60 minutes to cook, because it’s all in one loaf.  These little Mini Meatloaf Muffins only take 30 Minutes! 

Goodness in Every Bite.  The mini muffins are about 1-2 bites each.  That means you get the crunchy meatloaf outside with a bit of the delicious ketchup glaze in every bite!  No more fighting for the ends of the meatloaf.  

Kids LOVE these!   The fun mini muffin size and the delicious ketchup in each bite make these irresistible for kids.   

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

Aside from a large mixing bowl, mini muffin tins are the only special cooking equipment you need for this one!

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR MINI MEATLOAF MUFFINS

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

This recipe is so easy that there’s not much to prep ahead.  In fact, you can make these entirely ahead and reheat them later.  Therefore, I highly recommend you spend a few extra minutes on the weekend to make your own ketchup!  My super easy recipe uses honey and it’s delicious!  Check it how here homemade ketchup recipe, but feel free to use the store bought stuff!

Aside from making ketchup, it’s really just finely dicing the Onion.

HACK: Worried about crunchy onions in your meatloaf muffins?  Or, don’t have a fresh onion on hand?  Dice several onions in advance and freeze them in in a storage bag!  The onions will already be soft from being frozen and they cook beautifully.  You also always have freshly frozen onion on hand!  For more Freezer Hacks to make meal prep easier, download this FREE FREEZER HACK SHEET!

Mix all ingredients (except the 1/3 cup Ketchup reserved for the tops) together in a large bowl with a fork or with hands: beef, parmesan cheese, onion, egg, ketchup, salt, pepper.

Ingredients in bowl for Mini Meatloaf Muffins. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

Mixed meat ingredients in bowl for Mini Meatloaf Muffins. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

At this point, you can store the mixture in the fridge or continue on to cook.

COOK YOUR MEATLOAF MUFFINS 

Tear a small piece of bread off the size of the muffin tin bottoms and place it at the bottom. This will help to soak up the fat from the meat.  Using a small ice cream scoop, a tbsp measuring spoon or just a spoon, add about 2 tablespoons of the meatloaf mixture to each mini muffin slot.

Bread in bottom of muffin tin slots for Mini Meatloaf Muffins. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

Adding raw meat mixture to bread in bottom of muffin tin slots for Mini Meatloaf Muffins. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

Adding raw meat mixture to bread in bottom of muffin tin slots for Mini Meatloaf Muffins. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

Adding raw meat mixture to bread in bottom of muffin tin slots for Mini Meatloaf Muffins. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

Spread the remaining Ketchup over the top of each of the meatloaf muffins.

Spoon spreading ketchuo on Raw Mini Meatloaf Muffins in muffin tin. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

Spoon spreading ketchuo on Raw Mini Meatloaf Muffins in muffin tin. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes.  Admittedly, coming right out of the oven, these are not the prettiest foods ever.  The juices and fat from the meat will start to cook out and over the top of the muffin.  But, they sure taste darn good! 

Pop each meatloaf muffin out using a fork.  Then pull off the bread from the bottom of each muffin.  You actually, don’t need to pull off the bread, but it’ll be soaked with meat fat and bit soggy.  

Cooked Mini Meatloaf Muffins in muffin tin. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

Fork removing cooked Mini Meatloaf Muffins in muffin tin. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

Hand holding cooked Mini Meatloaf Muffins They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.

Serve and Enjoy!

😍 Carrie

Mini Meatloaf Muffins on a plate. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free. Parmesan gives salty and nutty flavor.  Ketchup on top cooks down into a thick, deep-flavored tangy, salty, and sweet glaze.

5-Ingredient Mini Meatloaf Muffins

Mini Meatloaf Muffins are small bites with BIG flavor!  There are only 5 simple ingredients, the recipe cooks in 30 minutes, and they are gluten free. Parmesan gives big salty and nutty flavor.  Ketchup on top cooks down into a thick, deep-flavored tangy, salty, and sweet glaze on top of each muffin.  They are perfect for dinner for the kids, packing in lunches, as a snack or party appetizer! #meatloaf #familydinner #kidsdinner #dinner #easydinner

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Beef, dinner, meatloaf
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 18 muffins
Calories 317 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 16 oz 90% Lean Grass-Fed Ground Beef
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese grated
  • 1/3 cup Onion finely diced
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup for mixing with beef see my recipe for homemade Ketchup!
  • 1/3 cup Ketchup for spreading on top of muffins - see my recipe for homemade Ketchup!
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 5 slices Bread

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Finely dice the Onion.

  3. Mix all ingredients (except the 1/3 cup Ketchup reserved for the top together in a large bowl with a fork or with hands: beef, parmesan cheese, onion, egg, ketchup, salt, pepper.

    Ingredients in bowl for Mini Meatloaf Muffins. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.
  4. Tear a small piece of bread off the size of the muffin tin bottoms and place it at the bottom. This will help to soak up the fat from the meat.

    Bread in bottom of muffin tin slots for Mini Meatloaf Muffins. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.
  5. Using a small ice cream scoop, a tbsp measuring spoon or just a spoon, add about 2 tablespoons of the meatloaf mixture to each mini muffin slot.

    Adding raw meat mixture to bread in bottom of muffin tin slots for Mini Meatloaf Muffins. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.
  6. Spread the remaining Ketchup over the top of each of the meatloaf muffins.

    Spoon spreading ketchuo on Raw Mini Meatloaf Muffins in muffin tin. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.
  7. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
    Spoon spreading ketchuo on Raw Mini Meatloaf Muffins in muffin tin. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.
  8. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Pop each meatloaf muffin out using a fork.  Then pull off the bread from the bottom of each muffin.

    Hand holding cooked Mini Meatloaf Muffins They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

    Mini Meatloaf Muffins on a plate. They have only 5 simple ingredients, cook in 30 minutes, and are gluten free. Parmesan gives salty and nutty flavor.  Ketchup on top cooks down into a thick, deep-flavored tangy, salty, and sweet glaze.