Look no further if you’re looking for an easy and mouthwatering BBQ recipe! This BBQ brisket is rubbed with spices & liquid smoke and slow-cooked until tender & juicy. You’ll be sure to please a large group with this dish.

This brisket is seriously flavorful. The smokiness doesn’t cover up the taste of the barbecue sauce so that you can enjoy all the different layers of flavor in this dish.

barbecue brikset on wood cutting board with fork

 A few weeks ago, we took a trip to my husband’s Castle Rock, Colorado hometown. He spent his childhood there from around elementary school age until he moved to college. He loves going back and has many fond memories of the city–one of them being the annual Star Lighting celebration downtown.

One of my favorite places to go during Christmastime is “castle rock” along the I-25. Every year, they have a big festival with great food, fun activities for the kids, and even fireworks. This is one of the few places that embrace Christmas instead of just calling it a generic “holiday.”

photo of shredded Easy Barbecue Beef Brisket on cutting board

Recipes with memories

They pray and sing Christmas carols before lighting the star. Each year, essays from children on why star lighting is essential are submitted. My husband won one year and read it in front of everyone in town. Now we bring our kids annually and watch the star lighting with my husband’s family.

My husband’s family loves beef brisket, so he bought some while we were waiting to meet up with them. It was delicious, and that inspired me to find the best and easiest recipe for it.

photo showing fork shredding Easy Barbecue Beef Brisket in slow cooker

Just because something takes more time or effort doesn’t necessarily mean it will taste better. This BBQ Brisket recipe is a seven out of seven in our family, and that hardly ever happens.

BBQ Brisket cooked in a slow cooker is an incredibly easy and delicious way to enjoy the classic bbq dish. Not only is it convenient, but the slow cooking process ensures that you have tender and juicy brisket with minimal effort.

photo of Easy Barbecue Beef Brisket on cutting board with fork

This Easy Barbecue Beef Brisket is the perfect meal for anyone looking for something both delicious and easy to make. The liquid smoke makes it taste even better, and it’s sure to become a holiday tradition in your family!

This slow cooker BBQ brisket is the perfect meal to whip up and enjoy with family or friends. The slow cooking process allows the bbq sauce to seep deeply into the beef, intensifying the flavors. The bbq sauce also mellows over time, making for a sweet and savory dish everyone will love.

Ingredients for BBQ Brisket

This slow cooker BBQ brisket is easy to make and share with others. The longer it cooks, the more flavor from the sauce seeps into the beef. The sauce also becomes sweeter and savorier as time progresses, making it a dish everyone will love – regardless of age or taste preference!

  • Dried thyme leaves
  • Smoked paprika
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Ground cumin
  • 3 pounds of beef brisket, trimmed
  • Liquid smoke flavoring
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • BBQ sauce

How do you make BBQ Brisket?

Mix thyme, paprika, pepper, salt, and onion powder in a small bowl. Set this mixture aside for later use.

Rub the liquid smoke all over the brisket, then use the rub to cover the entire brisket.

To make this recipe, pour Worcestershire and barbeque sauces into the bottom of your slow cooker. Then, place beef brisket on top.

Simply cover the pot and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until the meat is fork-tender.

Pull apart or shred into smaller pieces, then serve and enjoy!

photo of Easy Barbecue Beef Brisket on a cutting board

What can you make in a slow cooker?

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Mashed Potatoes – This mashed potato recipe makes the creamiest mashed potatoes you will ever have.

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BBQ Brisket

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 8 hours
Total: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 491 kcal
This BBQ brisket is insanely delicious; rubbed with spices & liquid smoke and slow-cooked until tender & juicy.


  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 pounds beef brisket trimmed of fat
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons liquid smoke flavoring
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups barbeque sauce


  • Combine & mix together: thyme, paprika, pepper, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, and cumin in a small bowl; set aside.
  • Rub the liquid smoke all over the brisket, then using the rub that you just made rub that over the brisket as well, after you have rubbed it with the liquid smoke.
  • In the bottom of your slow cooker pour in Worcestershire and barbeque sauces; place beef brisket on top. Cover, and cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours or until fork-tender. Shred, serve and devour


Recipe adapted from Allrecipes
Calories: 491kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 48gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 140mgSodium: 1776mgPotassium: 1017mgFiber: 1gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 830IUVitamin C: 1.9mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 6.5mg
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  1. WOW! I am an American guy living in the countryside of Brasil and I had a hankering for a good brisket like my mom used to make. Found this recipe and made it this morning. WOW! I did not use the liquid smoke flavoring since I have no idea where to get that here or if they even have it here but this dish came out AMAZING!! So easy to make. The smell wafting through the house was a double bonus. Thanks so much!!! Cannot wait to make this again and pass this along to the world.

  2. How much meat do you think I would need if I’m serving 16 people? Also, do you think it would be ok to cook for less time on high, or should I wake up at 5am to turn this on low so it’s ready for lunch? 🙂

  3. I have a question!

    I don’t have a lot of experience with liquid smoke. Would it be ok to prep this the night before or would sitting that long make the liquid smoke make the marinade too stong?

  4. about to make this, this Sunday.
    though i have many who are not barbecue freaks , I will be making them without the sauce.
    hmmmmm…. can’t wait. to try the recipe.

          1. Varies but 8-12. It is typically 1/3 pound per person on briskets. But I have small kids so I can get more

          2. Hi Sandra!
            My husband really enjoys a good BBQ Brisket! He does, however, hate anything with any spice/food that adds HEAT. I see you have cayenne in this recipe. May I make it without that? Do I need to substitute anything?

            Thank you so much!
            Traci Starkweather

          3. Hi Traci!
            You definitely can leave out the spices as you’d like. I’d recommend leaving out the cayenne and lower the amount of paprika by maybe half, as some people find that adds heat. If you use a sweeter BBQ sauce, that would help as well! Let us know how it turns out.
            xo Jenn

  5. I don’t have a slow cooker. Can you do this in the oven covered with aluminium foil? If so, how long will you cook this for and at what temperature?

    1. Yes you can easily do this.

      As far as the time you cook 40 minutes per pound, so that would make this recipe about 2 hours. And I would set the oven temperature to 300 degrees. Good luck and let me know how it turns out.

  6. Wow, brisket in less than 10 hours is actually really good! I´ll need to try this. Of course, if you have the time, it is always worth trying the traditional smoked version.

  7. 1 star
    BBQ from a slowcooker? What a crock!

    @San – I am praying for your litter and their future battles with hypertension. Sooo much sodium!

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