PORTLAND, Ore. – Food blogger Leigh Anne Wilkes believes that using a slow cooker can reduce the stress of holiday cooking. Her new cookbook, "Holiday Slow Cooker," has recipes for feasts – such as Herbed Turkey Breast and Sausage Cornbread Dressing – as well as easy weeknight meals – Sesame Chicken, and Ham, Lentil and Vegetable Soup.
She says that her favorite way to cook brisket is in the slow cooker. For this simple recipe, use your favorite barbecue sauce to create a tender and tasty brisket. She uses liquid smoke to give it the flavor of being cooked outdoors in a smoker.
BBQ BEEF BRISKET
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1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 (3 1/2-pound) brisket
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
1/2 cup beef broth
1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
Mix together the cumin, cinnamon, smoked paprika, chili powder, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Rub the mixture into both sides of the brisket and let it sit for 30 minutes.
Place the brisket into a 6-quart slow cooker and cover with tomato paste on both sides. Add the beef broth and liquid smoke.
Cook on low for 6 to 7 hours or on high for 5 hours until the brisket is very tender and slices easily.
Slice across the grain and put the meat back into the cooker and cover with BBQ sauce. Let it cook on low for 30 to 40 minutes to allow the sauce to set up.
From "Holiday Slow Cooker" by Leigh Anne Wilkes, Page Street Publishing Co. 2017