Monday, February 17, 2014

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket



So excited - I did it!!  I finally remembered to use my slow cooker on my busy "lotsofafterschoolactivitiesandnotimetocook" day!  Do you have those days?  I think we all have those days but maybe you have a different name for it.  For me it's Wednesdays, I help out in my daughters class at school and then I grab the kids when school ends and we head to two dance classes and a karate class.  We get home around 7:30. Coming home to an amazing aroma in the house and knowing that dinner is ready and I don't have to scramble to get something on the table is a wonderful feeling.

This delicious and full of flavor brisket would have been ready to serve when I finished the gravy but I had this craving to serve it over egg noodles, it reminded me of a stroganoff for some reason.  It is definitely not a stroganoff but that's where my head went - I can't really explain it.  I didn't have any egg noodles in the house so Hubby grabbed Little Mans favorite pasta, farfalle or butterflies, and made them.  This was also an attempt at getting Little Man to be happier about dinner.  My little guy gets pickier and pickier about his meals, if it's not pasta or meatloaf he doesn't want it.  I am having a lot of trouble dealing with this. Sweet Girl never had this problem - she will eat (almost) anything.

There is an added bonus to this dish - you will have enough for leftovers!  I heated it up in the slow cooker the next day too - I just popped it in the pot before our second karate day and it was waiting for us when we got home  - does it get any better than this?  I've been spoiled though, now I think dinner should always be waiting for me instead of me waiting for it....enjoy!!!



Slow Cooker Beef Brisket
recipe adapted from The Saucy Southerner
Ingredients:
3-4 lb beef brisket
2 onions, sliced thin
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
salt and black pepper
1/4 cup flour
parsley for serving

Directions:
Lay the sliced onions on the bottom of the slow cooker.  Pour in enough water to cover the bottom of the slow cooker and come about half way up the onions. Lay the brisket fat side up on top of the onions and season with salt and pepper and the minced garlic.  
In a separate bowl whisk together the tomato paste, vinegar, Worcestershire and brown sugar.  Once it is combined spread it evenly over the top of the brisket.  Cover and cook on high for about 8 hours.
Before serving, remove the brisket and onions from the crock pot.  In a small bowl add flour and about 1/2 cup of the liquid from the sauce.  Whisk until smooth (adding more liquid if needed.)  Add this mixture back to the slow cooker and whisk into the sauce.  Let cook for a few minutes and whisk until sauce thickens. Serve sauce over the brisket and onions or add everything back into the slow cooker and combine.

Top with a bit of parsley when serving (optional.)

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43 comments:

  1. awesome! i've recently started using a slow cooker as well. i find it works best if i set it to cook at night. thanks for the recipe idea!

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  2. My husband smokes a mean brisket and I have an awesome brisket recipe for the oven, but I've never tried to cook one in the slow cooker. I love slow cooker recipes and I'm definitely giving this one a try.

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  3. You know I love me a slow-cooker meal and this one looks SO good, especially with the pasta. YUM!

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  4. I love my slow cooker when I remember to use it!

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  5. This looks awesome! I love my slow cooker year round, but especially in the winter. I'm always looking for great recipes to try and I can't wait to give this a shot!

    Amy | Club Narwhal

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  6. the pasta part looks really yummy!! :D

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  7. OMGOSH!!! Two things I love the most!! Recipes and crockpots!! I am becoming a brisket lover very fast so I will be trying this now that track is coming up fast for my daughter!! Thanks for this awesome recipe!! It looks delicious!!! I will be trying this for my church as well since I cook for our bible study nights!!

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  8. Hmm, I have never thought to put leftovers in the crockpot to heat them up for later. I'm not sure why not, but it's a genius idea. This recipe looks soooo yummy and it's making me hungry! Pinned it to my Foods to Try board!

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  9. Yum! I love the slow cooker too. And, I never would have thought to serve over noodles. Looks mouth watering good! Thank you!

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  10. Yum! Looks delicious!

    At the risk of being one of "those" people who always has a solution for everything (I don't, I promise!)... have you read "French Kids Eat Everything?" Fun and practical read if you ever have a chance. :)

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  11. Love all the add-ins - I don't eat beef, but I could use chicken too right?

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  12. I love my slow cooker! A great addition to my running slow cooker recipe list!

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  13. Looks YUMmy! I am all about using my crockpot, I just wish I would take more time to use it. I know this is a recipe my husband would love!

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  14. This looks delicious... and I love the angle in that first picture. Mel, visiting from #weeklylinkparty1

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  15. I love crock pot recipes! I have never had brisket. What is it like? What do people serve it with?

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  16. This looks amazing! I will probably do more of a BBQ brisket for sandwiches, but the process would easy to modify! Adding this recipe to my bookmarks!

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  17. This looks absolutely delicious! I am definitely making this one this week. Aren't slow cookers the best!? My husband will love it too! Thanks!

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  18. That looks delicious. My husband loves brisket.

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  19. I love slow cooker recipes and this looks DELICIOUS! I don't have many of those days with becoming a stay at home mom, but there are some days that I just don't feel like cooking. Thank you for sharing.

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  20. Love my crockpot!

    That looks really delicious! I pinned it and I have feeling it will show up on my menu fairly soon!

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  21. Looks yummy. I need to make my crockpot more useful. :)

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  22. Oh, beef brisket is delish and this recipe is even better because it's in the slow cooker! Thank you for sharing. Oh, and I like your photography and all!

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  23. This looks delicious! I'm always looking for new crockpot recipes, so will definitely have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. I need to invest in a slow cooker! That meal looks so tasty, thanks for the recipe.

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  25. That looks so good, and I love the fact that you can make it in the slow cooker!

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  26. I am all four slow cooker meals! We don't have those crazy busy days yet but some days it's a challenge to have dinner ready when my husband comes home. I will have to try this recipe!

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  27. YUMMO! Yes, my crockpot saves the day all of the time. I use it at least once a week. Start it at 10 am and by the time 5pm comes around we have an awesome fullfilling meal. I will have to write down this recipe as well, my kiddos would love it, thanks!

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  28. Yum! When we have a full schedule, I always turn to my crockpot options to ensure we have a great meal ready to go.

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  29. yummy! Thank you for sharing your recipe! I often have those crazy days when I don't want to cook. I need to use my crock pot more often. I would be less stressed about meal time if it were already fixed.

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  30. I use my slow cooker at least once a week. I couldn't live without it. Nothing better then walking into your house after a long day at work and smelling dinner ready to eat. Your recipe looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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  31. I love the slow cooker! I have two! This recipe looks delicious. Pinned and saved! ♥

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  32. This really makes me hungry! I love that you added balsamic vinegar to your recipe, it gives it just the right acid content to tenderize better. Can't wait to try this.

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  33. Looks delicious! I love using the crockpot for yummy comfort foods. Thank you for the great recipe :)

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  34. I don't know if I've ever had a beef brisket before (I know, I know, I grew up under a rock), but based on the ingredients (and the pictures!), that sounds delicious! Pinned it so I can remember to try it some time. :-)

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  35. Excellent recipes for moms on busy days! Thanks for sharing. Something I'll definitely try.

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  36. That looks totally amazing, I really need to get me one of these crock pot things lol

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  37. This is a great recipe. I love two-fer meals and this one seems to be a winner. I'm pinning and following along. Thanks for sharing.

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  38. Looks amazing. Love my slow cooker. It's like my personal chef. I have all of the ingredients for this recipe except balsamic vinegar. Wonder if Apple cider vinegar would work just as well?

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  39. Another great recipe to try! Have to buy a crock pot now!

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  40. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  41. This looks so good! It's making my stomach growl. It doesn't seem hard to make either, so I'm going to have give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  42. I love my crock pot for just the same reason! Easy on those busy nights. This recipe looks GREAT! Thanks for sharing with Foodie Friends Friday linky party. Hope to see you next week!

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