Smoky Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

slow cooker smoky beef brisket

Have you ever tried brisket? This cut of beef is amazing for a variety of meals and ideal for slow cooking. If you want a ‘set it and forget it’ kind of dinner, this is about as easy and delicious as it gets (this was my first time and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out). While I made this meal with Fall comfort food in mind, it really would be delicious year- round. I’ve teamed up again with Heritage Meats (see why I’ve shopped with them for years and check out delicious bison burgers in this post) to share a recipe idea that’s crowd- pleasing and pretty much fool- proof. This Langley store is my go- to for quality, organic meats and other specialty and gourmet foods (you an also read more about them below) and this brisket is proof of why they’re a popular spot for locals looking for quality options for everything from meats and deli items to gluten free and other specialty foods.

This smoky brisket is juicy and tender (I’m hoping to try pulled beef sandwiches next) and makes for a satisfying meal. You can enjoy it day- of, or serve it the next day (see my tip on why to give the 2- day option a try near the end of the recipe instructions). I served mine with rosemary mashed potatoes and seasonal veggies, but the combinations are endless. I’m looking forward to trying more recipes with this cut of beef and hope you’ll love adding this recipe to your Fall menu! 

Ingredients

3- 3 1/2 lb cut of brisket

1 tsp each:

–cayenne pepper

–cinnamon

— salt

— pepper

6- 8 cloves of garlic, crushed

2 tsp liquid smoke 

slow cooker smoky beef brisket ingredients

Directions

  1. Start by creating a foil liner for your slow cooker (I just folded two large pieces together) and mixing the dry rub together. 

slow cooker smoky beef brisket dry rub

2. Coat the entire surface area of the meat with the dry rub, working it in with your fingers.

slow cooker smoky beef brisket

Here’s how it looks after the dry rub has been applied. Those streaks of fat in the meat help make for a juicy and flavourful finished product! More on that juice below.

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3.  Crush the garlic and pour half of the liquid smoke and crushed garlic in the bottom of the foil liner (this will help flavour the bottom side of the meat as it cooks). Pour the other half of the liquid smoke and crushed garlic on the top side of the meat and rub it in.

slow cooker smoky beef brisket

slow cooker smoky beef brisket

slow cooker smoky beef brisket

slow cooker smoky beef brisket

4. Place the brisket in the foil liner and wrap up the top to seal in the heat. Slow cook on low for 6- 8 hours or high for 3- 4 hours (I opted for high since I started this recipe mid day and was it was as juicy and tender as ever). 

slow cooker smoky beef brisket

slow cooker smoky beef brisket

5. When cooked you can either serve immediately or allow to cool in the crock pot insert and refrigerate overnight. Tip: by allowing the brisket to cool in the insert overnight you can skim off the fat from the liquid that seeped out during the cooking process (none of the liquid in the photos was added, that’s all from the brisket- yum!). Leave the remaining liquid that’s full of flavour in the slow cooker to keep the brisket juicy while you re- heat it and use it to make a delicious gravy. This is purely preference and not a necessary step, but I recommend giving it a try when you have the time.

slow cooker smoky beef brisket

slow cooker smoky beef brisket

I served mine with rosemary mashed potatoes and fresh carrots and beans from our garden. I glazed them with a simple seasoning of olive oil, salt and pepper and put them under the broiler to cook. For the gravy I simply added 1 tsp of organic corn starch to some warm water and mixed it in with the juices left over from the cooking process. 

slow cooker smoky beef brisket rosemary mashed potatoes 

slow cooker smoky beef brisket rosemary mashed potatoes  

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slow cooker smoky beef brisket with seasonal vegetables 

slow cooker smoky beef brisket with seasonal vegetables

slow cooker smoky beef brisket with seasonal vegetables

slow cooker smoky beef brisket with seasonal vegetables   

slow cooker smoky beef brisket with seasonal vegetables and rosemary mashed potatoes

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Don’t have a slow cooker or wanting to upgrade? Here are 4 options to check out:  

Hamilton Beach 4 Quart Slow Cooker

Crock Pot 4 Quart Slow Cooker

Hamilton Beach 6 Quart Slow Cooker

Crock Pot 8 Quart Slow Cooker

About Heritage Meats

Located in Langley, BC, Heritage Meats specializes in gourmet, high- quality, and specialty foods including gluten- free, organic, and premium quality meats. Since opening in 2003, it’s become a destination, offering a selection of everything from deli items, pantry staples, and meat to gourmet and specialty items (including exotic meats!) hard to find in most stores. All of the meat and poultry carried in the store is non- medicated- no hormones, antibiotics, or animal by- products- and the friendly staff can help you with any questions you may have.

In addition to the exotic meats mentioned in this post, they also carry a selection of other quality meat and deli items:

– Beef (non medicated Alberta beef, dry aged for flavour and tenderness)
– Chicken (local, non medicated, air chilled)
– Pork (local, non medicated, free run)
– Sausages (made in house, no fillers, gluten free)
– Entrees (made in house by the shop’s chef, with a large selection of gluten free options)

To learn more about the store and it’s product offerings, visit the Heritage Meats website and find them on social media:

Facebook: Heritage Meats & Gourmet Specialty Foods | Twitter: @HeritageMeats

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Yummy Mummy Monday: Gluten & Dairy Free Freezer Meal Menu

When I was pregnant with Ari I wasn’t able to stock my freezer as well as I would have liked in preparation for the busy weeks following her arrival. Luckily we had family popping in with meals for us for the first two weeks, making it one less thing we had to find energy to do. But if it hadn’t been for them, we would have probably eaten an unhealthy amount of take out due to exhaustion and lack of energy to cook. This time around we have a toddler to feed- and our diets have changed substantially since 2013- so I had to make sure we were stocked with healthy & tasty options that we could all enjoy. Pizza and takeout are just not options, so I was determined to pre- prepare as many meals as possible that could be pulled from the freezer & popped into the slow cooker or oven for those first few weeks when you need to simplify whatever you can. It took me a little while to accumulate a selection of ideas that were both gluten and dairy free- thank you Pinterest!- but I’m pretty happy with the variety of meals I was able to make.

I made these meals over a few days with the help of my Mum & Dad and as I had the time, but it’s definitely a great feeling if you’re able to put aside a few hours and pump them out all at once. Here’s how I stocked my freezer for #2:

Gluten Free Chicken Noodle Soup*

*my Mum’s recipe- I’ll post soon) 🙂
Quantities:
Shepherd’s Pie *4
Cabbage Rolls *2
BBQ Ribs *2
Chicken Fajitas *1
Mongolian Beef *1
Hawaiian Chicken *1
Asparagus & Salmon *1
Soups & pasta sauce *1 batch each (for the sauce 1 batch= 4- 6 meals for the 3 of us) 
I also made sure to stock up on dry goods like gluten free pasta, rice, rice noodles, etc to serve with the freezer meals that don’t already have them included. 
How did you stock your freezer in preparation for baby’s arrival? What are your favourite make- ahead freezer meals?

April posts sponsored by Little Dreamers Consulting

Yummy Mummy Recipe: Taco Salad

When the weather gets hot I tend to crave lighter options but still crave full- flavoured food with a kick. Enter the taco salad- a Summery dinner idea that will leave you content and satisfied. Plus you can make this as healthy (or naughty!) as you like! It’s also one of those quick meals that’s a crowd pleaser- making it a perfect mid- week dinner idea for busy families. 
Yummy Mummy Recipe: Taco Salad
Serves 4
Ingredients:
Ground beef (or turkey if you’re wanting a leaner choice)
Pasta
1 Head of leaf lettuce
1 tomato, diced
1 avocado, chopped
1 onion, chopped
Taco Seasoning (I used Epicure’s Taco Seasoning courtesy of my gal pal Renee)
Fresh cilantro for garnish
Directions:
1. Bring a pot of water to a boil & cook up your pasta
2. While pasta is cooking, saute your ground beef with the seasoning and some onion if desired
3. While the meat & pasta are cooking cooking, layer your fresh ingredients on a plate, starting with the lettuce as a base
4. When the pasta is cooked, drain & layer on top of veggies
5. Top with ground beef & garnish with fresh cilantro
Serve with salsa, Greek yoghurt or sour cream, and some yummy guac. Ole!
Healthy Sub Suggestions: 
– You can make this super healthy and use a lean ground meat other than beef (or go with a vegetarian version)
– …Or pack on extra veggies and lighten how much meat you’re loading on
– Use a whole wheat or nutritious gluten free pasta
– Skip the store- bought condiments & make your own salsa & guacamole to cut out unnecessary salt and additives
BIG THANKS to my friend Renee for the delicious taco seasoning! 
Want some for yourself? Check out her website & Facebook page to order some! You can also enter to win a $25 credit to use towards Epicure products from Renee. Check out our Contests Page to enter!

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Yummy Mummy Recipe: Slowcooker Shredded Beef

Some of my Mama friends who have been returning to work have commented on how difficult it is trying to balance coming home from work and putting a delicious & healthy meal on the table. After some thought, we all decided a great idea would be to share our favourite meals that are quick & easy and/ or perfect for the slow cooker. A little bit of extra time (and sanity!)? Yes please. So here’s the first of what I hope will be become a regular feature on the blog: Yummy Mummy Snappy Recipes for busy Moms on the go: Slow Cooker Balsamic ShreddedBeef from Shugary Sweets.
Here’s what my friend Celine- who sent me this recipe- had to say about it:
My son loved this. I love the slow cook balsamic vinegar taste and it didn’t need the extra sugar. I peeled the potatoes and carrots the night before and had them sitting in the fridge ready to go for when I got home. All I had to do after work was quickly cook them for 10 minutes and dinner was done
Ingredients
  • 4-5lb beef chuck roast
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
Directions:
  1. Whisk together all the ingredients and add to the bottom of a slow cooker. Add roast. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Remove roast and shred with a fork, return to juices.
  2. Serve and enjoy. The gravy is delicious with mashed potatoes too!
Image Source: Shugary Sweets

Yummy Mummy Recipe: Mongolian Beef

One of my friends told me about this recipe and raved about how good it was. Since it came so highly recommended I thought I’d give it a try. While this was delicious, I can’t take credit for this recipe. All credit goes to Julie at tablefortwoblog.com.

Image Source: http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/2013/01/07/take-out-fake-out-mongolian-beef/

I served mine over brown rice and got 2 thumbs up from the Hubs. We’ve added this to the ‘make again’ list. 🙂

Check out the recipe here.

http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/2013/01/07/take-out-fake-out-mongolian-beef/