Crock Pot Brisket Recipe

Grilled for a short time first, this crock pot brisket recipe has plenty of great flavor, with the added bonus of getting some beefy, oniony gravy out of the deal. The grilling step browns the outside of meat, giving the crockpot brisket incredibly rich flavor.

The brisket flat can be grilled right before cooking in the crockpot, or the day before. Or grill a couple and freeze one to crockpot later.


When picking out the brisket flat for this recipe, get one that still has a layer of fat on top. The fat adds lots of great flavor to the final dish.

  • One 4 to 5 pound brisket flat
  • One and one-half cups water
  • One-half cup brisket barbecue sauce
  • One package dry onion soup mix
  • Two tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • One tablespoon soy sauce
  • One teaspoon black pepper
  • One-half teaspoon ground allspice
  • One tablespoon cornstarch
  • One-half cup cold water

Score the fat layer on the brisket, then season all sides with the black pepper. Mix the soy and Worcestershire sauces together, then pour over the brisket, either in a shallow baking dish or a large freezer bag. Turn the brisket so all sides get sauced. Reserve the remaining liquid for the crockpot.

Preheat your grill to high, then sear the brisket over direct heat. Flip the brisket over every few minutes to prevent burning, and cook until both sides are nicely browned.

Cut the brisket into quarters and place into your crock pot. Combine the onion soup mix, 1-1/2 cups water, remaining soy/Worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce and allspice, then pour into the crock pot.

Cook for 8 to 10 hours on low, or until the brisket is nice and tender. For the gravy, mix the cornstarch and the 1/2 cup water, then stirring into the brisket juices in the crockpot. Serve the tender crockpot brisket over mashed potatoes, all drenched with good amount of the oniony gravy.

If you decide to freeze the grill-browned brisket for later use in this crock pot brisket recipe, cut the brisket up and freeze the chunks separately. Place the frozen brisket chunks directly into the crockpot, then add the other ingredients.

For more crockpot recipes, take a look at these Brisket Crockpot Recipes, with even more at Barbecued Brisket Recipes.

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