Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sweet and Tender Brisket for #SundaySupper

For a long time I had thought about how to incorporate my recipes into Daddy Knows Less. Then the #SundaySupper crew came along and the rest, as they say, is in this blog. This week marks the one year anniversary of this wonderful movement that has given me a platform to share my love of cooking, and the family stories that go with it, with my regular readers and beyond. While I only participate once or twice a month, I am always overwhelmed with all of the support these wonderful food bloggers have shown little-old-dad-blogger me. They have welcomed me with open arms because at the end of the day, we all love to cook for our families. With every new recipe post, they bombard me with comments, compliments, and encouragement.

Tender, Juicy, and Delicious.
So along with the rest of the #SundeySupper team, I am celebrating its first birthday with my experience cooking someone else's recipe: Sweet & Tender Brisket from Juanita's Cocina. I'd wanted to make brisket for years, but was afraid. Afraid that it takes so long I wouldn't have the patience to pull it off; afraid that brisket is expensive and I'd ruin it. But Juanita's simple crock pot recipe eased my mind and inspired me. So here's what I did one football Sunday last fall:

  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. fresh parsley or parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp. each salt & pepper
  • 1 12 oz. bottle lager beer (I used Yuengling. And yes, I cried a little when I poured it in.)
  • 8 oz. BBQ sauce. (I LOVE Trader Joe's brand and use nothing else.)
  • 1 beef brisket, trimmed (2-3 lbs.)
  1. Combine first four ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Rub onto brisket until it's evenly spread. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to marinate overnight.
  2. The next morning, place brisket in crock pot. Pour in barbecue sauce and beer.
  3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until you've achieved your desired tenderness.
  4. Slice with a butter knife, because it's so soft and tender, and enjoy.
Making it Peanut-friendly:
  • She doesn't like red meat. It's not a political statement. She just doesn't care for the texture. But when it's tender like this it might as well be chicken. So she eats it,
  • "Peanut-friendly," to me, is also something that's easy. Dry marinating a brisket overnight and then putting it in a crock pot in the morning? Can't get much easier than that. 
I thought you deserved to see what my
antique crock pot looks like.
(Notice bottle cap from empty Yuengling.)

Enjoy these other dishes by the rest of the #SundaySupper team, as we all tried each other's recipes:

Soups and Breads:
Main Dishes:
Desserts and Snacks:
Breakfast Faves:


  1. I love brisket and it has been so long since I have had it! What a great recipe!! Looks good!!

  2. Thank you so much for making a new version of one of my dishes! I am craving brisket again!

  3. This would be so up my hubby's alley, I will have to show him this recipe for sure!!

  4. Love brisket and slow cooker brisket is even better!

  5. Hail to the crock pot. Nice and easy. Can't wait to try this one.

  6. Mmmm, I love brisket. I think I need to make brisket again very soon. And love the classic crockpot!

  7. Never thought of mixing beer and bbq sauce, but this sounds awesome! I really must try it soon.

  8. I've been baking a lot with beer lately (marshmallows, donuts...) but nothing beats meat marinated in beer with a bit of BBQ sauce! I've never made brisket before--I'm slowly getting more confident about cooking. Last year I made braised short ribs, but that was before I discovered the magic of slow cooker and the wonderful things it can do for meat. Adding this to my list of food to make!

  9. I love the beer and barbecue combo in your brisket and cooking in the slow cooker must have enhanced the flavors!!Lovely recipe :)

  10. I have an antique crock pot too. Same one except mine is a different color. It's been going strong for 25+ years (knock on wood). I have only made one brisket and I wasn't pleased with the flavor. I'll have to try this recipe since it is approved by both Jen and you.

  11. I haven't had brisket since I moved over to the UK, it isn't a common cut of meat here so you can't find it in the store. But looking at this recipe again makes me want to find some and try it. By the way I actually love your crock pot, it is tall rather then wide so it looks like it would take up a lot less room then mine.

  12. I haven't made brisket in forever, mostly because it kept coming out dry. I can't wait to give this version a try. Pinned and tweeted :)

  13. i've always loved brisket too and been afraid to screw it up. Now, i'll have to go for it!

  14. Aaaarrrggghhh every amazing recipe that features a crock pot makes me want to run out and buy one. I almost got one during a work Christmas party one year but we were playing that darn game where you can steal other people's presents and it was taken from me. I love brisket as much as I love easy, simple recipes so this is perfect. I'm glad it was Peanut approved!

  15. I've feared the brisket as well...I need to step up and just do it!

    BTW...I love the way you write! I always look forward to your posts!

  16. Tender is right! This looks wonderful. Gotta love the crockpot...and Trader Joe's.

  17. Can't wait to try this recipe - delicious and easy to prepare too!

  18. That sounds fantastic! Now I only need to get a crockpot...I also love Trader Joe's BBQ sauce. It is so good!!! ~ Bea @ galactosemia in PDX

  19. Such an easy and delicous recipe for brisket in the crock pot. The finace loves and I mean loves brisket. Need to make this for him for a special treat!

  20. That sounds fantastic! I'm really excited to have found you via #FF. Oh, and little something special, just for you. <3


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