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Easy Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Brisket

This to-die-for Easy Slow Cooker Chipotle Beef Brisket is tender, smokey, slightly spicy, and super flavorful. It’s everything you love about chipotle flavors with all there is to love about a fantastic cut of beef.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, brisket, chipotle, dinner, easy, recipe, slow cooker
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 324kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (45 ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dry oregano
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 individual chipotle peppers from a can of Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of the adobo sauce from a can of chipotles in adobo
  • 3 lb. beef brisket
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) orange juice (about 1 orange)
  • 1 cup (240 ml) chicken or beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke (optional)
  • 2 bay leaves

Instructions

MAKE THE MARINADE:

  • Place garlic, lemon juice, brown sugar, oil, salt, black pepper, oregano, onion powder, cumin, chipotle peppers, and adobo sauce in a small food processor. Pulse until well combined, and a paste is formed.

MARINADE THE BRISKET:

  • Rub the brisket with the chipotle paste, rubbing it thoroughly on all sides. If time permits, leave for 30 minutes to 24 hours in the fridge, but I rarely do this.

SLOW COOK:

  • Place orange juice, chicken broth, liquid smoke, and bay leaves in the slow cooker; mix to combine. Add seasoned brisket into a slow cooker. Cover with the lid.
  • Slow cook for 8 hours (1.5 kg / 3 lb) to 10 hours (2 kg / 4 lb).
  • When the time is over, remove the brisket onto a plate or tray.

REDUCE THE SAUCE

  • Strain the cooking juices. Pour cooking juices in slow cooker into a saucepan. Bring to simmer over medium-high heat and reduce until it thickens to a syrup consistency, about 10 - 15 minutes.

CARAMELIZE IN THE OVEN

  • Turn on the broil of your oven. Line one baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking oil.
  • Place brisket onto a baking sheet, baste generously with sauce, broil for 3 – 4 minutes. Then remove and baste again, then return to oven for 3 – 4 more minutes until it caramelizes.
  • Cover the brisket with foil and let it rest 15 – 20 minutes before slicing. Slice brisket thinly across the grain and serve with remaining sauce.

Notes

 
STORE: This will keep well in the refrigerator for about 4 - 5 days. Reheat it in a low oven, wrapped in aluminum foil, for 20-25 minutes or so.
 
FREEZER: The brisket can be frozen for up to 3 months. To reheat, defrost it in the refrigerator for 24 hours, then cover it tightly with foil and reheat in a 300°F oven until hot, at least 30 minutes.
 
PRO TIPS:
  • When you order the brisket from your butcher, ask for a neat-shaped whole piece, trimmed of any excess fat on the side.
  • If the meat is so tender that it falls apart when you try to cut it, try cutting the meat with a very sharp knife in one direction only, in a smooth, even stroke. Don't run your knife back and forth.
 
If you’re going to make this recipe, please read the whole post content to get lots of tips, tricks, and variations. 
 
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Please note that nutritional information is a rough estimate, and it can vary depending on the products used.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 925mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g