Beef Brisket

With its tempting fat and gorgeous grain, brisket is the holy grail cut of beef for Texas BBQ enthusiasts.

One of the nine primal cuts of beef, brisket comes from the lower front of the cow near its front legs. Essentially, brisket is the animal’s breast—one of the most used muscle sections. The cut is most often separated into two halves—the flat and the point.

Beef brisket has a rich, mouthwatering flavor. Smoke it on the grill or braise it low and slow in a slow cooker.

How to Cook Beef Brisket

The ButcherBox Kitchen has your guide to cooking a spice-rubbed beef brisket with sweet apricots.

Our Favorite Beef Brisket Recipe

We love this sweet and smoky brisket recipe—and letting the slow cooker do the heavy lifting for dinner.


Slow-Cooker Molasses Smoked Brisket

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Protein: Beef
Cut: Beef Brisket
Diet: Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 1 day 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 1 day 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 1 pkg ButcherBox Beef Brisket

Dry Rub

  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp coriander
  • 1 Tbsp ginger powder
  • 1 Tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Braising Liquid

  • 3 Tbsp liquid smoke
  • ½ c molasses
  • ¼ c tomato paste
  • 2 c beef stock
  • 1 ea onion sliced
  • 1 ea carrot chopped


  • Remove brisket from package, pat dry, salt well, place on wire rack on baking sheet and refrigerate overnight uncovered.
  • Mix ingredients for dry rub together and rub all over brisket. Preheat cast iron pan on high heat and sear all sides of brisket. Set aside.
  • Turn slow-cooker on the high setting and place braising liquid and vegetables inside and mix together.
  • Add brisket to slow-cooker, cover and cook for 2 hours. After 2 hours on high reduce cooking temperature to the low setting and cook for additional 4 hours or until brisket is fork tender.
  • Let brisket rest in slow-cooker for 20 minutes before slicing against the grain.
  • After brisket has rested and removed from braising liquid, place liquid and vegetables in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Serve with sliced brisket and enjoy!
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