This is a crock pot brisket recipe that uses cola to flavor and tenderize the meat. The end result is a ridiculously easy beef brisket recipe that’s not only delicious but will feed a hungry crowd. Perfect for your next family gathering. Serve this one over mashed potatoes.
For such an ordinary cut of meat, once brisket is cooked, turns into an extraordinary meal. And it’s perfect for feeding a crowd on about any occasion. Sunday football parties, dinner for friends, or as an easy meal to transport to a neighborhood pot luck.
And there are so many reasons to love brisket:
- You only need one pot
- Recipes are usually very simple
- Brisket’s always better the next day
- Everyone seems to love it
- And the meat shreds into a delicious tender melt in your mouth experience
A large brisket will cook low and slow in the oven in a roasting pan, a smaller brisket fits nicely in a Dutch oven, and a crockpot will produce a beautifully tender cooked brisket. Your house will smell wonderful with the long slow cook, no matter which method you choose.
Cooking a Brisket
When you buy a brisket you are faced with a choice of cuts. The flatter cut is referred to as first cut, and the second cut is is thicker and sometimes labeled “point.” I have purchased both and can’t tell if one is better than the other. They both cook beautifully.
Leaving the layer of fat on the brisket helps keep the meat moist and tender. You can easily scrape it off after the meat is cooked. If you’re looking for a leaner and less greasy sauce, trim all but about 1/4 inch of the fat off the meat before you cook it. You need a little fat to keep the meat flavorful and tender.
Make sure you choose a pot that has a good fitting lid. Or use heavy duty foil that will seal nicely around the pan. I use foil when I’m cooking a larger brisket in a roasting pan.
You can cover the brisket about half way with liquid. This is called braising. More liquid than that and you’re officially stewing instead of braising. For this crock pot brisket recipe, we’ll be covering the meat with liquid for low and slow stewing.
I’ve never smoked a brisket so I can’t address this method with confidence, but my friend Larry gives some great tips in his post about Poor Man’s Surf and Turf with Hot Smoked Brisket.
To marinade is to soak food in a seasoned and sometimes acidic liquid before cooking. The desired results are to tenderize and flavor…especially when working with tougher cuts of meat.
For this beef brisket recipe cola is used to accomplish both tenderizing and flavoring. Coke is often used in steak and chicken recipes to infuse a sweet and acidic flavor. Even though this recipe does not call for a long marinade before cooking, the acid in will help to tenderize the beef brisket as it cooks long and slow in the crock pot.
Enough technical talk, let’s take a look at this slow cooker brisket recipe.
Cola BBQ Crock Pot Brisket Recipe
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And if you have a favorite crock pot brisket recipe, let me know, I’d love to give it a try.
- Slow Cooker Coffee Glazed Brisket from Liz over at That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Crock Pot Beef Brisket in Balsamic Blackberry Sauce, Lemons from LuLu
- Slow Cooker Brisket with Red Wine and Onions, The Little Ferraro Kitchen
And if you’d rather use your oven: Oven Brisket with BBQ Sauce
This is a crock pot brisket recipe that uses cola to flavor and tenderize the meat. The end result is a ridiculously easy beef brisket recipe that's not only delicious, and will feed a hungry crowd. Perfect for your next family gathering. Serve this one over mashed potatoes.
- 2 - 4 pounds Beef brisket
- 4 cups yellow or sweet onion thin sliced
- 2 cups BBQ sauce your favorite, any kind
- 2 liters cola generic will work, no diet
If you have a removable stove top slow cooker insert, heat the insert over medium high heat. Add 3 tablespoons vegetable oil. When oil is hot, sear brisket on both sides until browned. Remove to a plate and add slices onions. Cook onions for about 3 minutes, stirring often. Add brisket back into the pot and on top of onions.
All all remaining ingredients to the crock pot.
You won't need all of the cola but the meat needs to be almost completely submerged by the cola. Slow cook 8 hours or until brisket is fork tender.
When the meat is done, remove to a large cutting board and slice against the grain, then shred.
Keep the shredded meat moist by adding about a cup of the cooking liquid. This will also serve as some gravy for the mashed potatoes.
Serve over mashed potatoes or as a sandwich on a Kaiser bun. Serve with a drizzle of BBQ sauce on top.