Growing up, my Mom used to make barbecued beef in the crock pot and it always tasted so good. It's definitely comfort food for me. After I got out on my own, I was determined to make barbecue beef just like hers, so I tried lots of recipes and finally came up with one of my own. I was so pleased! I called her to tell her and she laughed. She had always just used a bottle of barbecue sauce! We still laugh about that and now I've had to give her my recipe!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 hrs
total:
10 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the onion, brown sugar, pepper, salt, chili powder, paprika, oregano, garlic, ketchup, water, white vinegar, canola oil, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke in a slow cooker; stir. Lay the beef pieces into the sauce. Cook on LOW for 10 hours.

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  • Remove the beef from the sauce, keeping the sauce in the slow cooker, and shred with two forks. Remove 1/4 cup of the sauce from the slow cooker and pour into a bowl. Whisk the cornstarch into the sauce; stir the mixture back into the slow cooker. Add the shredded beef; stir. Serve hot on the whole-wheat buns.

Nutrition Facts

974 calories; protein 39.8g; carbohydrates 95.9g; fat 49.2g; cholesterol 98.1mg; sodium 1230.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2008
This got great reviews from everyone that tried it. I substituted an old beef roast for the brisket and also whisked the cornstarch right into the crockpot at the end (not sure how much I used -- I just kept dumping in a little at a time 'til I had a nice thick consistency). This made a lot that way and was quite tasty. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
01/05/2010
The meat got really tender and juicy but the flavor was terrible. Way too sweet for a beef dish. Had to rinse the meat off and add some bbbq sauce to the rest of it. Read More
(10)
35 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2008
This got great reviews from everyone that tried it. I substituted an old beef roast for the brisket and also whisked the cornstarch right into the crockpot at the end (not sure how much I used -- I just kept dumping in a little at a time 'til I had a nice thick consistency). This made a lot that way and was quite tasty. Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2009
Excellent choice. I modified this recipe in the following manner. I marinated the meet for 3 days then smoked it for 12 hours between 200-220. I wrapped meet in tinfoil for an hour and kept it in warming oven while I made the sauce. From the fat drippings I caramelized one large onion then added chicken broth and the remaining marinade and boiled that down to a gravy. Note I didn't use corn starch because it would have reduced the flavor of the marinade. Read More
(18)
Rating: 4 stars
04/03/2008
This made some really great barbecue. Great tangy smokey flavor. Nice blend of flavors and it was a hit with my family. Both my husband and son ate seconds. I used a chuck roast hickory liquid smoke and substituted dried minced onion and some onion powder for the real stuff. The only change I would make is to thicken the sauce more as it needed more body maybe more cornstarch? I loved that this used a homemade sauce and not some bottled stuff thanks Adrienne we really liked this barbecue! This is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2008
Very good. I'm not very experienced at all and found this recipe very easy and the family loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2010
I loved this recipe. The only changes I made were to saute the onions and garlic before adding to the pot and to omit the liquid smoke because we didn't have any. I cooled it skimmed off the fat from the broth and let the brisket rest in the broth overnight. The next day it was just delicious. The large amount of vinegar gives it a lot of tang so you could adjust it there if desired. My girls are native Texan BBQ fiends and they loved it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2010
Adrienne this is awesome!!!! I tried exactly as written (always do this first time before making changes) and found it to be incredible. It was even better the next day after the meat soaked in the wonderful sauce all night. I plan to do this again and again. Next time I might caramelize the onions first if I have time. Also I did not have the 10 hours needed so I cooked it on high for 4 hours and then low for 2. The meat wasn't as tender as it probably would have been had I had the whole 10 hours to just cook it on low. Next time I'll plan ahead. One great thing about your recipe is I had all the ingredients on hand - no special trip to the store needed. Even my picky husband who isn't a huge brisket fan went back for seconds! My mom wanted me to tell you that she loved it too:). Kudos!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2010
Leanest most delicious BBQ meat I've ever tasted! I followed the recipe exactly as written using the leanest brisket I could find. Trimmed whatever fat I could see before putting the meat in slow cooker. I was a bit weary about the liquid smoke flavor but am happy to report it wasn't overwhelming at all. This is the most delicious BBQ meat I've ever tasted - definitely a keeper!! It should be noted that despite adding corn starch at the end as directed in the recipe the liquid sauce is still very then - like broth. Next time I'm going to shred the beef add it back to the corn-starch-thickened sauce mix well drain in a strainer and then serve. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2009
Delicious! Served this for my son's 13th birthday to family & friends. Grandma & Auntie asked for the recipe:) We froze some & did add a splash of bbq sauce to liven up the flavor before serving a few weeks later. Thanks for a new family favorite! Read More
(10)
Rating: 2 stars
01/05/2010
The meat got really tender and juicy but the flavor was terrible. Way too sweet for a beef dish. Had to rinse the meat off and add some bbbq sauce to the rest of it. Read More
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