Cousin David's Slow Cooker Brisket Recipe -
Cousin David's Slow Cooker Brisket Recipe
  • READY IN 10+ hrs

Cousin David's Slow Cooker Brisket

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"This is a family recipe passed along by my late cousin David. It is so simple...just four ingredients thrown in the slow cooker! Not only is it great to come home to a hot delicious meal...your home will smell wonderful too! It is great with the extra gravy spooned over egg noodles or mashed potatoes."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    10 hrs

    10 hrs 5 mins


  1. Place the beef brisket into a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix together the chili sauce, onion soup mix, and garlic powder. Pour over the brisket. Cover, and cook on the Low setting for 8 to 10 hours. Slice the brisket against the grain, and pour the gravy over the slices.
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  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 31, 2006

With the diversity of reviews, I almost didn't try this, but it was either a rave or unedible, so I made it. Very glad I did. It is a very tasty dinner that we have enjoyed and will make again and again. Suggestions: 1. Meat Selection - Do NOT use corned beef brisket.. plain beef brisket should be somewhat marbled with fat for super tender results. 2. Chili Sauce - Use 12oz bottles of Heinz Chili Sauce. If you can't find it, mix 1C Catsup, 1Tbs Worchestershire sauce and 1tsp dried mustard per pound of brisket instead of the chili sauce. 3. Sliced Onion - Put on bottom of crock pot. 4. Sliced mushrooms are a great addition. 5. Potatoes and carrots - Very tasty addition but cook at least 4 hours, but OK to put in the crock pot at the start. 6. Gravy - I used 2Tbs flour mixed in 1/4 Cup water added to the gravy after removing the meat and veggies. We planned to do sandwiches the next day, but liked the veggies so well that I added more veggies and made more sauce/gravy without putting meat back in. 7. Extend sauce - I used 2 Cups catsup, 2 packs onion soup mix, 3 Cups water and 3 beef bullion cubes. Thickened with flour/water mixture after cooking additional mixture 4 hours.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 14, 2010

The first time I made this I did not like it at all. It took a lot of brown sugar just to make it edible. The taste was too vinegar-y for me. However, I decided to try again and used half bbq sauce and half chili sauce and again added brown sugar; and the second time I thought it turn out really good.

Mar 06, 2006

If I could give this 10 stars, I would. My kids LOVED this. The only reason this recipe doesn't have a solid 5 star rating is because some people used red pepper sauce instead of CHILI sauce. Look for "CHILI sauce" near the ketchup. Hint: the ingredient is labelled "Chili Sauce". I added sliced onions and 1/2 tsp of black pepper to increase the flavor, but it doesn't need that. Serve with mashed potatoes, green beans and a salad.

Sep 16, 2009

I have eaten brisket made this way since I was a little girl. The only thing my family did was add sliced mushrooms to the rest of the ingrediets. On Jewish holidays Mom would add a kishke to cook in the pot during the last hour or so. YUMMY! Your Cousin's legacy certainly lives on. Also just a note to you not familiar with brisket. Brisket and corned beef are not the same thing, although a corned beef is made out of a brisket of beef. Corned beef has been cured, or "pickled" before it is cooked - and has a very distinct taste all its own. The Guiness rcipe on this site is wonderful for corned beef. However the BRISKET called for here is just the plain cut of beef. I can't imagine what a horrible mess this recipe would be if you used a corned beef............

Apr 14, 2006

I needed a brisket recipe that I could do in the crock oven space! The flavor was good, and the meat was very, very tender. I cooked the brisket overnight, refrigerated during the day, then sliced it, poured the sauce on top and reheated it (covered) in the oven before serving. I will make all my briskets in the crock pot from now on!

Mar 20, 2006

This is a delicious & simple recipe. My brisket was about one & a half pounds, so I only used one jar of chili sauce. I cooked it for ten hours, and it was fantastic. The leftovers were good too. Thanks for sharing.

Sep 27, 2006

Very good. My husband loved it. I served it with carrots and potatoes. I had the chili sauce but didn't have any onion soup mix so in a pinch, I substituted brown gravy mix and added my own sliced onions. The beef was very tender and the gravy was delicious. Because I used the brown gravy mix, I didn't have to thicken the sauce. It did that on it's own. This one's a keeper.

Apr 06, 2004

This was very good, but I only used 1 bottle of chili sauce, because that's all I had on hand. I am not sure we would have liked it with both bottles. There was plenty of gravy for the mashed potatoes even without the additional chili sauce. Salad, Crusty bread and salad along with the potatoes and you have a great easy meal.


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  • Calories
  • 606 kcal
  • 30%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.4 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 138 mg
  • 46%
  • Fat
  • 46.6 g
  • 72%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 35.6 g
  • 71%
  • Sodium
  • 923 mg
  • 37%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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