What is Brisket?
- Beef brisket
- Red pepper
- Balsamic vinegar
- Brown sugar
- Minced garlic
- Worcestershire sauce
How to Make Crockpot Beef Brisket in Balsamic Blackberry Sauce
- In a small bowl, combine the paprika, cumin, red pepper, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper until blended.
- Rub your dry spices all over the brisket.
- Place your brisket into the crockpot.
- In another bowl combine the sauce ingredients.
- Pour the blackberry sauce over the brisket.
- Cook on high for 1 hour and then reduce the temp to low and cook for another 6-7 hours or until the brisket is fork tender.
- Fork tender means to cook until the food item is soft enough that you can easily pierce it with a fork. For example, a baked potato is ready when you can easily insert the fork prongs without resistance. that’s what you’re looking for to determine if your brisket is ready. If you can easily price it with your fork or cut the meat using the side of the fork, it’s soft enough to serve.
If you love this sauce enough that you’d like to try it with different cuts of meat some popular ideas include chicken, pork, and lamb. This sauce would go nicely with different cuts of chicken, pork chops, pork tenderloin, or even lamb chops.
The brisket will get softer as you cook it. It’s one of those meats that starts tough but eventually cooks to the point where you can shred it with two forks. If after a few hours your brisket is still tough, there’s a good chance that it is because you haven’t finished cooking it. Let it cook longer or increase the temperature for the final few hours.
Can you overcook brisket in slow cooker?
Yes, like any meat you can overcook it if the mat is left unattended or cooking for too long. while you can cook brisket to the point of being able to shred it with forks, you may not wish to cook it that long. Once the meat is soft enough to shred it doesn’t take long for it to cook beyond that point and become an unappetizing-looking pile of mush.
Should brisket be submerged in slow cooker?
You do not need to have the meat fully submerged and covered in sauce but there should be a good amount of sauce to meat ratio. In this recipe, we use a 3-3.5 pound brisket which works perfectly for the amount of sauce we have. If you use a larger cut of brisket, please increase the sauce ratio accordingly.
Do you cook brisket fat side up or down in a slow cooker?
Brisket should be placed into the crockpot with the fat side up. this way as the meat cooks, the fat will melt and drip down over the meat to help tenderize it and add juicy goodness so it doesn’t feel dried out.
Crockpot Beef Brisket in Balsamic Blackberry Sauce
I love this recipe – berries are so perfect right nOw, and this is such an original way to use them!
I agree, the berries I have been bringing home have been so sweet, which is why I had to use them in this dish!
I love my balsamic, especially paired with berries. This crock pot dish sounds like a winner!
Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says
Oh my Gosh this looks amazing! My hubby loves brisket! I am going to have to try this out!
We LOVED this, Chandra!
I adore my crock pot too! Saves me from having to pull out my hair after work trying to get supper on the table while juggling a 1 year old or just bribing her with food 🙂
Meghan @ The Tasty Fork says
Wow lady! You sound so busy! This brisket looks amazing!! Makes running around a lot more enjoyable!
Meg Robins (@SweetTwist_Meg) says
I hate being late also and my hubby always seems to make us late.
This looks amazing, love the sauce.
Sure, blame it on the husband Meg. Just kidding!!
Hi, I love crockpot meals and the flavors of this look wonderful. My hubby is a brisket fan and I love blackberries. Pinned!
Thanks Deb! I really love brisket too!
That sounds amazing! I love my Crockpot but need to use it more!
Gloria Phillips (@simplygloria1) says
Love crock pot recipes especially in the summer time! Your recipe rocks! My husband would love coming home from work and having this for dinner!
I need to have more crock pot recipes! This was such a hit. My husband LOVED it!
Love the sauce!! Sauce is the only thing that makes food worth eating, right…..!? 🙂
Yes, yes it is!!!
Julie @ This Gal Cooks says
That looks delicious, Tanya! I love cooking roasts in the slow cooker. They always come out phenomenal! Pinning this!
I agree Julie! In fact, I don’t think ever even use my oven to roast meat.
Lisa@ Cooking with Curls says
That looks amazing Tanya!!! OMG…you guys are going to make me learn how to use that crock pot aren’t you? 🙂
Yes Lisa, the crockpot is your friend!
Jen Nikolaus says
Oh man, this sounds perfect. My family would devour it. Definitely trying it soon, thanks so much for sharing Tanya!
It was a winner Jen! Thank you.
Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says
Ooooh Brisket in the crock pot! That is one of those cuts that seems fancy like I need to be at a BBQ place or something. Love that you threw it in the crock pot! Also– the blackberries? Um, yes.
I flipping HATE being late. It stresses me out soooo badly and Chad is late All. The. Time. But we do not have 3 kids. Only 2. And they don’t go with him to work so I think you get a free pass (but I will continue stress when HE leaves here late every day).
I always thought brisket was a fancy piece of meat too! But it is so easy and the crockpot worked beautifully! Thanks Heather! And yeah, being late totally stresses me out, but I can’t seem to change it!
BruCrew Life says
I hate to tell you this, but I am always late. Always! My mom was the complete opposite of yours and we were always late growing up. Sadly now I am the late mom…or the fashionably late mom as I call it. It’s not a good habit to have and I try. But then I’m late anyway! Haha! Anyway, I am loving this sauce…I was actually just thinking about adding blackberries to my crockpot but I wasn’t quite sure what or how to do it. You solved all that for me 🙂 It looks amazing!!!
Thats funny Jocelyn! I think I have to accept that I am now a person this always late! Thanks Jocelyn!
Ed M says
I do own a smoker and am SO going to try this.