Much to my surprise and delight, my family has decided to try and have something different for Christmas. When I asked my brother what to make instead of the traditional ham, he suggested brisket, a cut of meat I'd never cooked before. (I was thinking roast beef, but when you get the ball, you have to run with it.) After reading lots of recipes and boggled by the options, I decided to blend them into this recipe. Made in a Crock Pot, it doesn't get any easier and the results are melt-in-your-mouth tender.