Busy Day Barbeque Brisket


Brisket is rubbed with spices and liquid smoke and then cooked in a slow cooker with BBQ sauce until tender and juicy. This calls for just enough barbecue sauce for that smoky flavor while still allowing the flavor of the meat to come through. Hint: It's even better if you marinate it in the dry rub overnight.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 10 mins


  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • 3 pounds beef brisket, trimmed of fat

  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 ½ cups barbeque sauce


  1. Combine thyme, paprika, pepper, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne, and cumin in a small bowl; set aside. Rub brisket all over with liquid smoke, then rub with spice mixture.

  2. Pour Worcestershire and barbeque sauces into a slow cooker; place beef on top. Cover, and cook on Low, 8 to 10 hours, until fork-tender.

    close up view of sliced Barbeque Brisket with sauce slather on top and in a sauce cup, on a white plate with a spoon
    Allrecipes Magazine

Editor's Note:

Please note differences in ingredient amounts when following the magazine version of this recipe.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

370 Calories
24g Fat
19g Carbs
18g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 370
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 1194mg 52%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 344mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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