Dinner Tonight: Chopped Beef Sandwiches

My friend Sheaffer and I always joke that when we cook dinner in the crock pot, we feel like rock star wives.  There is just something about walking into your house smelling a yummy dinner cooking away in the slow cooker that makes you feel satisfied.  This is super easy, can cook all day, and will make your house smell delicious!
Shopping List
2 pound beef brisket
1 small bottle of liquid smoke (any flavor…hickory, mesquite…it doesn’t matter)
1 cup water
1 large yellow onion
Burger Buns
BBQ sauce
Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Salt and Pepper…always in my recipes
Ok…let’s get something straight here before I begin.  I use to hate slow cooker recipes that called for browning the meat before putting it in the crock pot.  Why waste my time doing that and dirtying up an additional pan???…I would just skip right over the recipe and go on to the next.  However, I’ve since seen the error of my ways and I highly, highly recommend taking the few extra minutes to do this.  (Heck, do it the night before if you like and pop it in the fridge until the next morning).  It makes a huge difference.  (Right now, my mom is disagreeing with me but trust me Mom, it does!)
In a large dutch oven, heat a few tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat.  Salt and pepper brisket and brown each side (3-4 minutes per side).  Transfer to slow cooker set on low heat (Use a slow cooker liner!  They’re fabulous!!)  Add in liquid smoke and water.   Let cook in slow cooker all day…7-8 hours if you like.
About 30 minutes before you’re ready to eat, heat skillet with oil, add in sliced onion with some salt and pepper.  Saute until nice and caramelized.
Remove brisket from slow cooker.  Let it rest 5 minutes or so, then chop (or slice if you prefer) beef for your sandwiches.  Layer bun, beef, onion, and sauce.  Yum.  Yum.
If you have some brisket left over, use it the next night for brisket tacos or quesadillas.  You won’t be disappointed.
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  • Amber Massey September 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I LOVE slow cooker recipes! I have BBQ chicken in my crock at home as we speak!! This is totally going into my rotation next week. Thanks!!!

  • Lauren September 15, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Amen for the slow cooker!! I've got Pioneer Woman's chicken tortilla soup cooking in mine now! Thanks for giving me another recipe to try in my crock pot, this sounds delish!
    By the way, I am LOVING your Europe pics, what a fun vacation!! So glad your kids travel well! šŸ™‚

  • Linda September 15, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Hello, my sweet Shay,

    I played bridge with your grandmother today. She was bragging on your new recipe blog, and I told her I knew all about it and look at it daily. I don't cook any more, but I think I must try one of your cakes very soon. Check your email–I left you a message while you were enjoying your wonderful trip!

    Linda Stovall

  • Sheaffer, Chris, Scout, and baby Carter September 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

    YUM. I am cooking this next week for sure. The crock pot was MADE for fall, and I can't wait to start breaking it out all the time. These look delicious.
    The Other Rock Star Wife

  • Jeni September 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I LOVE the crock pot as well! I too used to hate the "browning" process UNTIL I got the williams sonoma crock pot with the cast iron insert. You can pop it on the stove to brown then pop it back into the crock pot. AMAZING! & its beautiful šŸ™‚

  • Amber Massey September 20, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    UPDATE: This recipe is is smelling up my home right now! Ready to chow! šŸ™‚