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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Perfectly Pickled Onions

Perfectly Pink Pickled Onions in a mason jar with lid off. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Get ready for your new favorite condiment!  But first, let’s get something straight, this is not just a condiment, this here is a game changer!  Perfectly Pickled Onions are transformational!  They go on just about any savory food and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good! 

Tart, tangy, sweet, and savory…they are everything.  This Pickled Onions recipe uses Honey as a natural sweetener, so no refined sugar here.  Only minutes to pull together and then after a few hours soaking, you get magic!   Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

 

LET’S GET PICKLED

First, let me say that onions, while polarizing, are super good for you!  They’re high in vitamin C, B vitamins and potassium.  They also have antioxidants that may help reduce heart disease risk factors, such as high blood pressure.  And…onions are a rich source of fiber and prebiotics, which are necessary for digestive health!  

So…want to eat more onions?  Pickle them and put them on everything!

Are you or someone you know “allergic” to raw onions?  I don’t mean literally, I mean if they see one they freak out and cannot even go near the food.  My Dad is like that and my Mom would try to sneak them into food all the time.  My daughters are like that too, saying they are “too spicy”.  BTW, they also say that black pepper is “too spicy” so take it for what it’s worth.

Well, then pickling is a wonderful way to get those onion-avoiders on board with onions!  Pickling takes the bite (or spice) out of the onions completely, and leaves them with a sweet, tangy, fantastic onion flavor.

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. 

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR PERFECTLY PICKLED ONIONS

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)

Ok, so let’s start with the pickling liquid.  The primary ingredient here is vinegar.  I’ve tried this recipe with Apple Cider Vinegar, White Wine Vinegar, and Red Wine Vinegar.  All worked great.   In the images you see here, I used Red Wine Vinegar.

In a saucepan, bring vinegar, honey, and cumin powder to a boil. 

Adding Sugar to vinegar in a pot for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Adding Cumin to vinegar in a pot for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

While the pickling liquid is warming up, you can prep the onions.  Simply thinly slice the onion and then separate the slices into a bowl that is large enough to cover the onion with the pickling liquid.

Knife cutting red onion into slices for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Slices of red onion for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Slices of red onion in a bowl for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Then pour the hot mixture over the onions. Let sit until room temperature, then cover and place in refrigerator until ready to use.

Slices of red onion in bowl with vinegar about to be poured over top for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Slices of red onion with pickling liquid in bowl covered for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

I love to make a ton of these pickled onions and store them in 16 oz mason jars. I use these pickled onions in salads, on sandwiches, in rice bowls, with grilled meats, and so much more.

Pickled Onions being transferred to a mason jar. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

USING YOUR PERFECTLY PICKLED ONIONS

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

You can store these in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks!  

Now, here comes the fun part!  What to put your Pickled Onions on!  Well, my friend, the options are endless!  Here is a short list…

I’m sure you will think of lots of other ways to use these magical, Perfectly Pickled Onions!

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Perfectly Pickled Onions

Get ready for your new favorite condiment!  Perfectly Pickled Onions go on just about any savory food and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Tart, tangy, sweet, and savory...they are everything.  This Pickled Onions recipe uses Honey as a natural sweetener, so no refined sugar here.  Only minutes to pull together and then after a few hours soaking, you get magic!   #pickledonions #easycondiment #tacos #grilling #burgers #condiments #toppings #easyrecipes

Course Condiment, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword burgers, grilling, onions, pickled onions, tacos, toppings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 Large red onion
  • 2 Cups White or Red wine vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, bring 2 cups white vinegar, 6 Tbsp Honey, and cumin powder to a boil and then turn off the heat and stir.

    Adding Cumin to vinegar in a pot for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!
  2. While the pickling liquid is heating up, cut the red onion in half and then thinly slice and separate thin slices into a bowl that is large enough to cover the onion with the pickling liquid.

    Slices of red onion for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!
  3. Pour the hot mixture over the onions and push onions down to make sure they are completely covered by the liquid. Let sit until up to room temperature, then place in refrigerator to soak for at least 2 hours.

    Slices of red onion with pickling liquid in bowl for Pickled Onions in a bowl soaking. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!
  4. Once the onions have soaked in the fridge and pickled for a couple hours or more, I like to transfer them into storage mason jars.  First I add the onions and then fill in the picking juice.

    Pickled Onions being transferred to a mason jar. They are tart, tangy, sweet, and savory.  They go on just about anything and are so unbelievably delicious, they can make a shoe taste good!  Best part, you can make a ton of them ahead!

Recipe Notes

Serving size is based on 1/4 cup.  Therefore, you may get more servings out of this recipe if less is used.