|The Slow Cooker Photo property of BVMRD|
My wife and I bought a slow cooker a few years ago and we are always looking for things to cook in it. A few years ago we also started hosting Passover so we needed to find a brisket recipe. Thankfully the folks at Epicurious.com had a simple solution for us: Slow Cooker Brisket. This recipe is super simple and you don't need much prep or cooking time. Most of the time is hands off while the brisket cooks in the slow cooker.
Since we've been hosting so many folks for Sukkot (and I took the day off work on Friday to take my daughter to school) it was a perfect storm to make some brisket for Shabbat dinner. I scooted off to Trader Joe's to buy some of the ingredients but since I've made this a few times, we had most of the stuff already.
|Ingredients for our slow cooker brisket. Photo property of BVMRD|
The first thing you do with this brisket is to brown the sides of the brisket in a hot pan. Browning does one main thing: it adds flavor! It turns a "ho hum" brisket into a "OMG that was amazing" brisket. Yes, it adds one more step and one more dish to clean but it worth it. The key is to get the pan hot, set the meat down and not to touch it again for about 4-5 minutes. If you try to move it too early, it will stick and that's not good.
|One side of the brisket browned. Photo property of BVMRD|
|Potatoes added to the slow cooker. Photo property of BVMRD|
While the onions are cooking, I assembled the ingredients for the sauce in a bowl and mixed them up. You are basically making a BBQ sauce.
Once the onions are done, the deglazing liquid is added to the slow cooker, the BBQ sauce is added and you are done.
You can cook the brisket on high or low settings. I have done both and they are equally good. Once the brisket is done cooking you'll notice how some of the sauce has reduced. You'll know the brisket is done because you will be able to just pull a piece off with you hand.
Take the brisket out and scoop out the potatoes. Slice the brisket across the grain of the meat and plate it up. I made it this weekend with some broccoli and farfalle pasta. This dish is great for everyone. Kids will eat it, your friends will think you are a genius and your spouse/partner will not even think twice about doing the dishes for you because you are such a culinary God!
|BBQ sauce ready to be added to the slow cooker. Photo property of BVMRD|
|Everything added to the slow cooker Photo property of BVMRD|
|The finished product in the slow cooker Photo property of BVMRD|