I used to love puttering around the kitchen — dicing, mixing, measuring, making roux. (Yes, I made roux.)
Sometime between the first kid and the third, I gave up my love of puttering. Now I love easy. Quick. Simple.
Of course, I don’t want to feed my family a steady diet of frozen pizza, so I’ve had to figure out how to achieve that simplicity without compromising flavor.
This Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Recipe fits the bill perfectly. It requires as few as two ingredients and takes less than two minutes to prepare!
Mind you, it also takes a good 7-8 hours to cook. But thanks to my slow cooker, I don’t have to be involved in that part of the process at all.
Easiest Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Recipe
2-3 lbs of brisket
1/2 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce (I’m a big fan of Mendel’s)
1 onion, cut into quarters (optional)
4-5 garlic cloves, peeled, left whole (optional)
Put the brisket into a slow cooker (we use our 6-qt cooker for this). Layer onions and garlic cloves on top of the meat.
Pour half a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce on top. You can use more or less, depending on how “saucy” you like your beef.
Turn the slow cooker on low and cook for at least 6 hours, or as many as 9-10 hours.
About an hour before you want to serve the BBQ Beef, shred the beef by using two forks, pulling in opposite directions. The beef should be very tender and pull apart easily. If it doesn’t, you need to cook it longer.
Serves 5-7 people.
Tip: Don’t cook your beef on high, even for an hour. It will toughen up the beef and prevent you from being able to shred it. Ask me how I know!
We make this often for Shabbat dinner, serving it as BBQ beef as sliders with homemade coleslaw (I love the recipe in the Spice & Spirit Cookbook). And yes, we have sliders for Shabbat dinner on occasion. Don’t tell the Fancy Police.
If we want a slightly more sophisticated looking plate, though, I’ll serve it bun-less with a side of creamy mashed potatoes (or mashed cauliflower) and roasted Balsamic brussels sprouts. Even my very particular 6 year-old will gobble it up!
What’s your go-to easy meat recipe?