Slow Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Brisket


A few hours in the slow cooker and this beef dish will be melt-in-your-mouth delicious by the time you're ready to eat it.  Recipe Tips from F&W Editors More Beef Dishes

Slow Cooker Sweet-and-Sour Brisket
Photo: © Andrew Purcell
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
9 hrs 30 mins


  • One 4-pound first-cut brisket

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1/2 cup ketchup

  • 1/2 cup lightly packed dark brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • 2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • Buttered egg noodles, for serving


  1. Season the brisket with salt and pepper. In a very large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Cook the brisket over moderately high heat, turning once, until browned on both sides, about 10 minutes total. Transfer to a slow cooker.

  2. In a medium bowl, mix the ketchup with the brown sugar, chicken broth, onions and 1 tablespoon of the red wine vinegar. Pour the mixture over the brisket. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, until the brisket is tender.

  3. Transfer the brisket to a cutting board and let stand for 5 minutes. Skim the fat from the sauce. Slice the brisket across the grain 1/4 inch thick and return the meat to the sauce. Cover and cook on high for about 1 hour, until the meat is very tender. Transfer the brisket to a warm platter. Add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of vinegar to the sauce and season with salt and pepper. Serve the brisket with the sauce and with buttered egg noodles.

Make Ahead

The cooked brisket can be refrigerated in its sauce for up to 2 days before serving.

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