Best Barbecue Hickory-Smoked Brisket

"This original recipe was printed in the insert cookbook that came with my crock pot many years ago. I adjusted it to suit our taste. This brisket is often requested for potlucks and during our football booster club days, it was prepared and sold at all home games. It can be served on buns with sliced onions and dill pickles or by itself. The cooking time reflects the marinade and cooling time."
Best Barbecue Hickory-Smoked Brisket created by PaulaG
Ready In:
36hrs 30mins




  • Place brisket on large piece of foil.
  • Sprinkle with onion seasoning and pour liquid smoke over, fold brisket in half if needed to make a compact packet that will fit in the crock pot.
  • Seal foil, place brisket in refrigerator overnight.
  • In the morning, place brisket in the crock pot on low heat, cook 8 hours.
  • Remove brisket, strain broth into glass jar.
  • Place brisket and broth in refrigerator and allow to cool completely.
  • Skim fat from broth and mix 1 1/2 cups broth with barbecue sauce.
  • Return the sliced brisket to crock pot and pour sauce over.
  • Turn on low and allow to cook for 4 to 6 hours.

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  1. Jimmbob1
    I did just what ya said and it turned out GREAT! I used a wood smoker too. I love to cook everything on it. Try smoked noodles sometime,do them in a metal collander, will surprise ya. Thanks. JimBob
  2. faerychic
    Very good. I brought this to the office pot luck and it was a hit! I was unable to find a brisket on short notice so I used a 4 pound rump roast sliced lengthwise. Other than that I followed all other directions using Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce. Will definitely make this again.
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  4. Nimz_
    The title says it all. This is without a doubt the best barbecue brisket I've ever had, and I'm not a huge fan of brisket until now. I made this with your barbecue sauce <a href="/99023">Memphis Barbecue Sauce</a> which made it all the better. Thanks so much for posting. This will be made again and again.
  5. French Tart
    I followed this to the letter & it worked brilliantly!!! ALL my family AND friends loved it. The flavour was superb and not too smoky - I was lucky enough to have some liquid smoke that an American friend had sent me, but I think it would work just as well without it as long as you had some barbeque sauce handy.I would make no changes at all. I served it with hot jacket potatoes and roasted summer Vegetables for a "meal" rather than a sandwich snack. We DID have hot beef sarnies later though......with the left overs! Thanks for a great recipe. P.S. I used a French brand of instant French Onion Soup - it worked great!



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