bbq beef brisket

BBQ Beef Brisket Recipes

Dry Rub + BBQ Sauce for Maximum Flavor

On its own, lean beef does not always make sense, which makes it the ideal canvas to show your favorite sauces and more. This recipe involves both a dry rub and the application of smooth BBQ sauce to introduce a unique flavor to your meats.

Unlike the conventional dry rubs, you can mash this particular version into soft butter. Then, you can also apply it all over the exterior of the meat to impart a unique taste. The butter is essential because it helps to maintain the moisture of the meat.  More so, the smoky and spicy flavors of the dry rub are infused to the turkey, and the potato you placed underneath.

Even if a slow cooker makes it easy to prepare dinner this thanksgiving, it won’t give the meat the unbelievably crisp taste. Thus, you should add one more step to the procedure. By applying some homemade or store-bought sauce to the meat, then placing it under a broiler, it will have a light and unique burn result.



  • Two tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • Two tablespoons of paprika
  • Freshly chopped onions
  • Freshly chopped and mashed garlic
  • Two teaspoons of light brown sugar
  • One cup of barbecue sauce
  • Two pounds of medium sweet potatoes
  • One teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • Two teaspoons of kosher salt 
  • 500g of beef brisket 
  • One tablespoon of ground cumin


  1. Grind the butter, sweet paprika, cumin, garlic powder, sugar, smoked paprika, and pepper in a small bowl. Then set the mixture aside. 
  2. Remove any excess fat, but remember not to compromise the quality of the meat. Pat the meat dry by using paper towels. Use your fingers to remove any excessive fat from the meat without removing it entirely. Then, apply some of the spicy butter onto the meat under the skin. Ensure that you reach all the way to back to ensure the meat seasons as required. Apply the remaining half of butter on the exterior of the meat.
  3. Put the potatoes in a 5 quart or large slow cooker. Then, pour in the broth you had prepared earlier. At this point, you will place the beef brisket on the top section of the potatoes. Also, ensure that you cover it well and let it cook until the briskets reach temperatures of 165°F on an instant-read thermometer.
  4. The next step is to position an oven rack a few inches below the broiler, and then heat the oven as required. Remember that controlling the heat levels during the broiling process is crucial towards the quality of meat. You can also use an instant read thermometer at this point to help you regulate the heat levels. 
  5. You will then have to transfer the beef brisket to a baking sheet. Then, cover the slow cooker and continue to prepare the potatoes. The next step is to brush the beef brisket with some barbecue sauce. Once it’s ready, broil the mixture, and the sauce becomes piping hot. Then, let it sit.
  6. Transfer the beef brisket to a clean cutting board. Remember to let it sit for a few minutes such that the juices redistribute throughout the meat. Then cut the meat. Remove the sweet potatoes from the slow cooker and transfer them to a serving dish. Discard the remaining cooking liquid, and then serve the meat.

Recipe Notes

Storage – Keep the Leftovers in an Airtight Container for a Few Days

Prepare ahead – you can prepare the spiced butter a few days before and freeze it. Then, let it thaw to room temperature before you apply it to the meat. Also, you can rub the turkey with the spiced butter and freeze it for a few hours before cooking. If you prefer meals with lots of chilli, using the chopped types would be best. Why? Because it will impart a unique taste to the meat, as when compared to using the powdered types.

What Goes Well with BBQ Beef Brisket?

what goes well with bbq beef brisket

Every leading role also requires a supporting one. That said, when it comes to barbecue meats, a sidekick meal can pack a serious punch. The short ribs are appealing on their own, but can be better when next to a place of a well-chosen side dish. We are drawn to barbecues for the meat and the side dishes as well. Barbecue sauces run the gamut, from salty and crunchy, too sweet and tangy. More so, they bring a unique “push and pull” taste to the meat. Plus, you can serve it in a luxurious place with some hot sauce. Below are some side recipes to serve with the BBQ brisket

1. Vegan Potato Salad

Vegan mayonnaise provides this meal potato salad meal a creamy taste. Also, it goes well with diced onion and some celery to add some crunchiness to the meal. The best part is that you can prepare it a day ahead and store it in the fridge. Also, it makes up for an excellent BBQ side dish, which you can enjoy with family or friends.

2. Creamy Southern Succotash

Succotash is a popular southern side dish among people who love bbq meat. It can contain a host of unique condiments. The common ones include lima beans, chopped pepper seasoned in butter, and with some heavy cream. Like all other side dishes, you can prepare the succotash ahead of time and store it in the fridge.

3. Kansas City Baked Beans

Baked beans are also common among those who love bbq meat. They also make up for an excellent way to complement the barbecued brisket. Usually, the baked beans are flavored with small pieces of cooked meat. To improve the flavor, the beans might contain onions, freshly chopped pepper, bacon, barbecue sauce, and more.

4. Mexican Street Corn

Grilled Mexican street corn has a sweet, salt, creamy and crunchy taste with every but. Also, you can use Mexican cheese, fresh cabbage, chopped chili, and some mayonnaise to up the flavor.

5. Simple Coleslaw

The simple coleslaw recipe is ideal for traditionalists, who still want the freedom to add many condiments to their meal. The recipe requires a few ingredients, including vinegar dressing and mayo. Also, you can use it as a topping for various types of beef, including fish tacos or even pork sandwiches.

6. Grilled Potato Skins

You can set up a serve and potato skin bar, with some vegetables as a side dish for the barbecue. Once you are done preparing the potatoes halves, you can cook them for a few minutes. Then, they should be ready to crisp up on your grill.

7. Vegetarian and Vegan Quinoa Salad

Nutty cooked quinoa is also an excellent recommendation for your bbq brisket meal. You can complement with several diced vegetables, and with a tangy sauce to match the salad. Also, if you prefer to gluten and carb free, you have the option of going for low carb barbecue sauce.