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!
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
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.