Spiced Shredded Beef Brisket

READY IN: 5hrs 10mins
Recipe by Smilyn

If you are looking for a different slow cooker recipe, try this one. From Family Circle. Very different than the usual bbq sauce, etc. Sub soft buns for flour tortillas. This could easily be cut in 1/2.

Top Review by jewel4352

I substituted boneless pork shoulder because my market did not have a small brisket. I also substituted low-sodium chicken broth for the beef broth (because canned beef broth isn’t that tasty). I added onions and crushed garlic instead of the powdered garlic. I served a rice pilaf instead of making into sandwiches. It was good and easy recipe to prepare for a weeknight meal. I will make again, but tweak the flavors a bit…maybe more garlic or something to brighten it up a bit.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Whisk beef broth, hoisin sauce, 1/2 cup water, vinegar, five-spice powder and garlic powder in a small bowl.
  2. Place celery and carrot strips in the bottom of a large slow cooker.
  3. Add the brisket (slice in half if necessary to fit); season on all sides with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour in beef broth mixture.
  5. Cover and cook on high heat for 5 hours or on low for 9 to 10 hours.
  6. Remove meat from cooking liquid to cutting board.
  7. Cool slightly (meat should be tender).
  8. Skim any fat off top of sauce in cooker and discard.
  9. If necessary, increase heat to high and add bok choy to slow cooker.
  10. Cook 15 minutes.
  11. Meanwhile shred beef with two forks.
  12. Add back to slow cooker.
  13. Stir to coat with sauce and serve with soft sandwich buns or warmed flour tortillas.

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