Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Brisket

by Erin

Everyone loves some good BBQ but most don’t have the time to cook it. With the help of a slow cooker you can have shredded BBQ beef brisket for dinner anytime!


Before I get into this delicious recipe for the Secret Recipe Club, let me first say how incredibly exciting yesterday’s soccer/futbol game between the USA and Portugal was to watch. I was beyond elated when the clock was winding down with a 2-1 USA lead, and then crushed with disbelief when Portugal tied it up at the last minute. Ahhh!! At least I had a fantastic meal in my belly to ease the pain – beef BBQ with coleslaw, baked beans and my dad’s potato salad.

For the Secret Recipe Club this month I perused the recipes on Shockingly Delicious by Dorothy. I came so close to cooking her Spicy Smoky Chicken Kale Stew but when I was planning dinner for the USA-Portugal game I wanted to make something more American. When I saw the recipe for slow cooker BBQ brisket it was the clear winner. I may be living in the heart of pork BBQ for the past 7 years but I still have a sweet spot for beef.

Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Brisket 1

Her recipe did not include the pop (or soda depending on where you are from) but in my experience with slow cookers it is beneficial to have some liquid in which to be cooked. There may have been enough juice from the meat and the onions but either way the beef came out perfectly. I have made slow cooker pulled pork in the past but this was the first time an onion was thrown in the mix and it added such great flavor to the meat. My parents enjoyed it so much that they plan on including it in their normal dinner rotation!

Check out some of Dorothy’s other recipes on her blog, Shockingly Delicious. I also bookmarked the Falafel Burgers and Spiced Snickerdoodles.

Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Brisket 2

As for the final group matches of USA-Germany and Portugal-Ghana (to determine the fate of the USA in the World Cup), unfortunately I will not be able to watch either of the two games live so I will be disconnecting myself from social media as much as possible until I get home in order to watch the DVR. Go Team USA!

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Serves 4


1 onion, peeled and sliced

12 oz. soda pop of choice (I used Dr. Pepper)

1 (1.5-2 lb.) boneless beef brisket, fat trimmed

1-2 cups favorite BBQ sauce, plus more for topping


  1. Spray the inside of the slow cooker with nonstick spray. Spread the onion slices evenly on the bottom, lay the beef on top, and pour the pop over the beef. Set on high and and cook for 4-6 hours, or until cooked.
  2. Drain the liquid and then shred the beef using two forks. Stir in BBQ sauce until it reaches a desired consistency. Serve warm on a toasted bun or with a side of cornbread.

Source: Adapted slightly from Shockingly Delicious.


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Tara June 24, 2014 - 8:43 am

My husband would absolutely love this. I haven’t used my slow cooker in a few months. Looks like it is time to bring it out again.

Traci June 24, 2014 - 8:16 am

This is the perfect summer meal. Great pick this month!

Joanne June 24, 2014 - 7:47 am

I love that you made this meal specifically to pair with the game! Now that is dedication!

Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm June 24, 2014 - 6:38 am

I love slow cooker recipes and I love pulled pork/chicken/beef sandwiches so this is a winning combination. Great SRC choice.

Couscous & Consciousness June 24, 2014 - 3:20 am

Goodness – I don’t eat a lot of meat, but this looks so beautifully tender and succulent I think I need to give this a try. Would be great to put it in the crockpot and come home from work to this :-)

Asiya @ Chocolate & Chillies June 23, 2014 - 10:14 pm

This looks amazing…..Great SRC pick!

Kirstin June 23, 2014 - 10:08 pm

Yum! Love a good pulled beef/pork sammy!!

Emily @ Life on Food June 23, 2014 - 7:46 pm

I only watched the last 10 minutes of the game. Crazy!! I am glad you went with the American meal. The sandwich looks great! Happy Reveal Day!

Renee - Kudos Kitchen June 23, 2014 - 7:09 pm

This is the perfect sandwich. Wish I had one for dinner right about now!

Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories June 23, 2014 - 5:34 pm

I love slow cooker brisket but have never tried using soda in the slow cooker. I am definitely giving it a try.

Amy @ Fearless Homemaker June 23, 2014 - 3:29 pm

I loooooove any sort of slow-cooker beef and this looks awesome. YUM! And love your addition of the soda – I always use soda in my slow-cooker pulled pork and I love the way it turns out!

Dad June 23, 2014 - 2:20 pm

Tasted as good as it looks.

Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel June 23, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Looks awesome!! I have used Dr. Pepper on pork in the crock pot but never tried a brisket. I love cooking in the crock pot in the summer when I don’t want the oven heating up my house!

Karen June 23, 2014 - 1:54 pm

OMG! I love pulled pork and I love brisket too, so this recipe is perfect for me! Such a great SRC pick Erin, Karen

Melissa June 23, 2014 - 1:36 pm

How delicious, and how easy!! This would be the perfect meal for a crowd, too. Great pick this month :)

susan @ the wimpy vegetarian June 23, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Dorothy’s blog is wonderful! And this slow cooker brisket would be perfect for our 4th of July party in a couple of weeks! Great pick!

SallyBR June 23, 2014 - 11:54 am

Hold the burger. I want THIS GORGEOUS Brisket concoction!


lk529 June 23, 2014 - 11:44 am

These sandwiches look fantastic. And you’re right, American! I wish you luck not watching Thursday’s game live. It’ll be gut wrenching one way or another. #ibelieve

Jess @ June 23, 2014 - 11:06 am

This sounds amazing and looks absolutely divine!

JJ - 84thand3rd June 23, 2014 - 7:02 am

I think my husband might go out and buy a slow cooker just to have me make this for him ;D Great pick!

Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious June 23, 2014 - 12:17 am

Thanks for cooking from my blog this month! Your BBQ brisket looks delectable!


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