Brisket is a tough cut of beef that benefits from being cooked slowly over low heat. When cooked properly, brisket is meltingly tender and full of flavor. This step-by-step guide will show you how to make a perfectly cooked brisket in your slow cooker.
Step One: Trim the fat.
Before you cook your brisket, you need to trim off any excess fat. Place the brisket on a cutting board, fat side up, and use a sharp knife to remove any thick layers of fat. You don't need to remove all of the fat, but you should trim off any large pieces.
Step Two: Season the brisket.
Once you've trimmed the fat, it's time to season the brisket. Rub your chosen seasoning all over the meat, then place it in the fridge for at least an hour (and up to 24 hours) so that the flavors can meld.
Step Three: Sear the brisket.
Searing the meat before you cook it helps to lock in the flavor and juices. Place a heavy skillet over high heat and add a little oil. When the oil is hot, add the brisket to the pan and sear for 3-5 minutes per side.
Step Four: Add the brisket to the slow cooker.
After searing, add the brisket to your slow cooker along with any other ingredients you're using (like onions, garlic, BBQ sauce, etc.). Set the cooker to low and let it cook for 8-10 hours.
Step Five: Remove and slice the brisket.
When the meat is cooked through, remove it from the slow cooker and place it on a cutting board. Allow it to rest for 10-15 minutes so that you can easily slice it against the grain. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!
There's nothing quite like a perfectly cooked piece of brisket. The key to making this tough cut of beef turn out juicy and flavorful is to cook it slowly over low heat until it's meltingly tender. With this simple guide, you'll be able to make delicious slow cooker brisket that will impress your guests and have them coming back for seconds (and thirds!).
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