365 Days of Slow Cooking: Day 365: Texas-Style Beef Brisket
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Day 365: Texas-Style Beef Brisket

The last slow cooker meal...eaten with my family and friends!

Me, preparing the meal (notice there are 3 slow cookers)

Me with my 2 kids, Reagan and Skyler (the sign says "congrats Karen, you did it. You're the best around)

I've never made a beef brisket before. I figured the 365th day was a good day to make it.

Serves 12

3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 bay leaves
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp liquid smoke
6 lbs beef brisket, fresh
1/2 cup beef broth

Combine first 6 ingredients in large resealable plastic bag. Cut visible fat off the brisket. Cut brisket in half and place in bag. Rub the seasonings all over the meat and refrigerate overnight. The next morning place the beef in the slow cooker. Add broth. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours or until tender. Thinly slice the meat and serve with your favorite barbecue sauce.

Dear Crockpot,
I'm so over you. Consider yourself officially dumped.
Relieved, liberated, released, reprieved. This is how I feel. I kind of feel like when I finished a marathon a few years ago and I swore to myself that I would never run another marathon again. I mean what the heck was I thinking when I started this project? I guess I'm a little rash. Not that it was all bad, it really was a good experience. It's just so good to be done. Mostly, it was just very difficult for me to think of seven new and different recipes each and every week, with no breaks. Meal planning from now on will be a cinch. I've learned so much and had some really great experiences. I'm thankful for it and even more thankful that it's over. Thanks to all of you for following this blog and all your comments! I really, truly love them so much. I hope that this blog will continue to be a wonderful resource for your meal planning and simplifying your life.
Anyway, the review of the brisket. It was good. I had a couple of friends over for dinner and they gave it 4 or 4 1/2 stars. I don't know what else to say...I'm a little burned out.


  1. wohoo! you did it!

    i can imagine you're burned out. i love using the crock pot, but honestly, i hate having to WASH it afterwards!

    i bet you won't be making any crock pot meals for a long while, but when you do, you'll have tons of recipes to fall back on!! :-)

  2. Congratulations!!!
    I love your blog and will continue to use it as a great resource for crockpot recipes.
    Thank you!!

  3. Congrats. I don't think just anyone could have done it; it took real determination. I think this is something you will look back on with great admiration.

  4. yayyyyy! Day 365 :) That's quite an accomplishment.

    Very cool idea for a blog. I bet it's been a long year ;)


  5. Congratulations! I've visited your blog from Day 3 {I think}, and I've really enjoyed learning about slow-cooking with you. Thanks for the great recipes; I appreciate having this resource available.

  6. Yay! A year is a long time! Good job :)

  7. Congrats on day 365. The brisket looks delicious.

  8. Congratulations Karen!!! I've LOVED following your year of crockpot recipes and can't thank you enough for the yummy recipes you've shared! I think you deserve a lot of eating out over the next while! :)

  9. I like that you had a whole team to celebrate with. You truely are the best around.

  10. I am so proud of you Karen :) Thanks for all the delicious meal ideas. Now go treat yourself to Cafe Rio or something!

  11. I'm going to miss seeing your updates every day. I've been reading your blog for a whole year and even though I don't know you, I feel like I do. Congrats on the great job. I love the cookbook and love the recipes. You are great!

  12. WOW girl!! Congrats.. Thank you so much for doing such an amazing job and sharing w/us the love (ok maybe not so much at the end! lol) of the Crockpot. As for someone who has just discovered theirs this is has been a wonderful scorce and I wil con't to stop by I mean after all there is a years worth of ideas! :)

  13. Can't believe I found your blog on the very last day of your "little" project. What a champ you are for undertaking such a thing and sticking with it! Gotta go now. I need to check out all your tips and recipes.

  14. I came over here via www.youaremyfave.com. Very impressive, and congrats on being done! I look forward to finding some good recommendations in your archives.

  15. Congrats Karen! You are so awesome! I think Greg needs to take you out for a really nice dinner now that you don't have to cook!

  16. Anonymous26/1/10 18:32

    CONGRATS! I love your blog - you have made it fun to cook again - but I can't imagine for a minute doing it every single day. . . .but at least now I have lots of great - and pre-tested recipes. THANKS!

  17. Congrats! You did it. Thanks so much for pulling me through the remodeling of our kitchen. You saved us from fast food. :)

  18. YAY!! Congrats on 365!

  19. I came here via "You are my fave!" I'm sorry I just learned about your blog now, but I can't wait to go through and look at all your yummy posts. I got a slow cooker for Christmas and haven't made anything yet!