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Slow Cooker Coffee Rub Brisket Recipe

Smoky and spicy Slow Cooker Coffee Rub Brisket is a fantastic recipe that takes minutes to prepare. The slow cooker does the rest. Enjoy delicious tender brisket. Perfect for family dinner. feeding a crowd, and tailgating.
Course Main Course, Slow Cooker
Cuisine American
Keyword #FallFlavors, fall comfort food, slow cooker beef, Tailgate Food, winter favorites
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
marinate time 0 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 529kcal
Author Eileen Kelly


Homemade Coffee Rub

Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

  • 4 pound beef brisket
  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced thin
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 14.5 ounce can of fat-free beef stock Note 1
  • 1 cup black coffee Note 2
  • 2-3 drops liquid smoke
  • 2-3 drops Worcestershire sauce

Coffee Rub Brisket in Oven

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil This is the only addition ingredient needed besides all the above for making this brisket in the oven.


How to Make a Coffee Rub

  • In a small bowl combine ground coffee, chili powder, garlic powder, ground black pepper, onion powder, smoked paprika, Kosher salt, cumin, ground dry mustard. Set aside.

How to prepare the Coffee Rub Brisket

  • Trim excess fat from brisket.
  • Rub the coffee rub over the entire brisket.
  • Wrap the brisket in plastic or foil.
  • Place brisket in the fridge to let flavors marinate the brisket at least 8 hours to overnight. (for best flavor, overnight)

How to Make Slow Cooker Coffee Rub Brisket

  • Remove brisket from fridge.
  • Place in Slow Cooker Vessel.
  • Add sliced onion and garlic to the vessel.
  • Pour in beef stock, coffee, liquid smoke, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Set slow cooker to low 5-8 hours. Brisket is cooked when its temperature is 165 degrees.
  • Brisket can also cook on high for 3-4 hours.

How to Cook Coffee Rub Brisket in the Oven

  • Follow instructions to make the coffee dry rub.
  • Remove slow cooker from fridge.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Over medium high heat in a Dutch oven, add olive oil.
  • Sear the brisket to brown on all sides. Remove and set aside.
  • Add into the pot the onions and brown for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic, stir for another minute.
  • Add the browned brisket back into the pot.
  • Pour in the beef stock, black coffee, liquid smoke, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Place lid on the pot. Put the Dutch oven in the oven, center rack.
  • Bake for about 3 hours. Brisket is cooked when it reaches internal temperature of 165 degrees.

How to Slice and Serve Coffee Rub Brisket

  • Once beef is cooked. Remove from the cooking vessel and let rest for about 15 minutes.
  • Slice beef against the grain. Serve and enjoy.


Note 1: Full fat stock can be used.
Note 2: A cup of black coffee. I generally use the same coffee type that is in the dry rub.
Note 3: Trim your brisket of unnecessary fat before seasoning. 
Note 4: Be sure to use a brisket that is at least 4 pounds before cooking. Anything smaller, the meat will be tough.
Note 5: Rub the entire brisket with the rub and keep well covered in the fridge least 8 hours, preferably overnight.
Note 6: My crock pot cooks very fast. My brisket is ready on low settings in 5 hours. 
Note 7: A cooked brisket internal temperature should be 165 degrees.



Serving: 6servings | Calories: 529kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 65g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 814mg | Potassium: 1275mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 955IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 7mg