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Slow Cooked Barbecue Beer Beef

Rated as 4.62 out of 5 Stars

"Delicious slow-cooked barbecue beef. Served this at a Super Bowl® party and it was a big hit!"
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10 h 35 m servings 374
Original recipe yields 16 servings


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  1. Place the onion and garlic into a large slow cooker. Pour in the ketchup, beer, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke; set aside. Combine the salt, pepper, chili powder, paprika, oregano, and brown sugar until evenly blended. Rub the spice mixture all over the beef brisket. Place the brisket into the slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining spice mixture over top.
  2. Cover, and cook on Low until the beef is easily shredded with two forks, 10 to 12 hours.
  3. Remove the beef from the slow cooker, and place into a large bowl. Ladle the fat from the remaining sauce in the slow cooker and discard. Pour about 2 cups of the sauce from the slow cooker into a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Dissolve the cornstarch in the water, and stir into the simmering sauce. Cook and stir 5 to 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Meanwhile, shred the meat into small pieces using two forks.
  4. Pour the thickened sauce and remaining sauce from the slow cooker into a blender, filling the pitcher no more than halfway full. Hold down the lid of the blender with a folded kitchen towel, and carefully start the blender, using a few quick pulses to get the soup moving before leaving it on to puree. Puree in batches until smooth and pour into a clean pot. Alternately, you can use a stick blender and puree the sauce right in the slow cooker.
  5. Stir the shredded beef and pureed sauce together in the slow cooker. Use tongs to serve the beef on the potato buns.


  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 374 calories; 19.2 35.2 15.4 47 494 Full nutrition

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This was wonderful! The only thing I left out was the liquid smoke flavoring. I slow cooked it for about 10 hrs. and it was very flavorful and moist. I used whole wheat buns and veggies to compl...

Most helpful critical review

My husband said it tasted strange. I though it was okay. I'm going to try this again and change something or look into another recipe like this.

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This was wonderful! The only thing I left out was the liquid smoke flavoring. I slow cooked it for about 10 hrs. and it was very flavorful and moist. I used whole wheat buns and veggies to compl...

I decided to make this for our Super Bowl party. I like to cook something easy and it has to have great spices/seasonings to have a wonderful flavor. This was AWESOME! Friends & family walked...

my family also licked the bowl! great recipe:) I even doubled it because I have a hard time finding a 3-4 pound brisket, the ones in my store are usually closer to 7 or more AND I'm glad I did b...

A super recipe for Barbecue sauce!

This is AWESOME! Makes the house smell great all day long Just remember (As the recipe says) to put a towel over the top of the blender and hold on tight. I didn't and got a bit of scalding jui...

My husband and I loved this. I didn't quite follow the recipe to the letter. I used Quorn steak strips (a meat substitute) and put all the ingredients into a medium saucepan, brought it to a b...

TFirst time ever making Beef Brisket, This was Fantastic!!! Will definitely make again! The only thing i didnt put in (because i didnt have it) was the liquid smoke. And I used an entire bottle ...

Unfortunately I had to omit the sugar, beer, cornstrarch and buns (Atkins) and used zero carb ketchup and this was still amazing straight out of the crockpot. Can't wait to try the original reci...

Ooooo this was yummy!! I prepared the beef the night before and "marinated" it in the dry rub overnight in my crockpot insert in the fridge. I also made up the bbq sauce the night before cooking...