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Beef Brisket with Caramelized Onions | Slow Cooker

Tender beef brisket in a rich, caramelized onion sauce.

Slow Cooker Brisket and Caramelized Onions

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To make Beef Brisket with Caramelized Onions you will need:

  • sweet onions
  • ghee or unsalted butter
  • paprika
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • sea salt
  • cayenne pepper
  • beef brisket
  • garlic
  • honey
  • tomato paste
  • beef broth
  • white wine
  • “minute” tapioca
  • fresh thyme
  • bay leaves
  • slow cooker
  • knife

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This recipe begins with two sweet onions, peeled and sliced. I use Vidalia onions if I can.

sliced onions

The sliced onions cook in a skillet with a little bit of ghee.

sliced onions in skillet

The key to beautifully caramelized onions, is to cook them low and slow. Patience is key here!

caramelized onions in skillet

The brisket is rubbed with a lovely blend of seasonings, and then sandwiched in the slow cooker between layers of the onions and other ingredients.

seasoned brisket

And with that, the hands-on portion of this dish is complete. Your slow cooker does the rest for you.

This can be served as sliced or shredded.

Slow Cooker Brisket and Caramelized Onions

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Yield: 6

Beef Brisket with Caramelized Onions

Beef Brisket with Caramelized Onions

Tender beef brisket in a rich, caramelized onion sauce.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 25 minutes


  • 2 sweet onions, peeled and sliced
  • 2 Tb ghee or unsalted butter
  • 1 Tb paprika
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 lb beef brisket
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tb honey
  • 1 Tb tomato paste
  • 1 c beef broth
  • 1/4 c white wine
  • 2 Tb "minute" tapioca
  • 1 springs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaves


  1. To begin, melt the ghee in a large skillet and add the sliced onions. Cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender, golden and caramelized. Low and slow is the key here.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the paprika, salt, pepper and cayenne in a small dish. Sprinkle the mixture all over the brisket and rub it in.
  3. When the onions are ready, stir in the garlic, honey and tomato paste.
  4. Add in the broth, wine and tapioca. Stir.
  5. Carefully pour half of the onion mixture into your slow cooker.
  6. Lay in the brisket.
  7. Place the thyme and bay leaf on the brisket, and add in the remaining onion mixture.
  8. Cover and cook on low heat, for 6-7 hours.
  9. Discard e bay leaf and thyme stem.
  10. Slice or shred the brisket.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 568Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 176mgSodium: 428mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 45g
This data was estimated and provided by Nutritionix. Accuracy not guaranteed.

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