Melt in your mouth Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Brisket - a delicious rich hearty dish that is pure comfort in a bowl.
Ever since we took the kids to Disney in September, I have been craving some beef brisket in a slow cooker dish like this Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Brisket
Being a food blogger, we couldn't have picked a better time to take the kids to Disney World, we were lucky enough to be there when the 2017 Food and Wine Festival was on and seriously if you love food, it is the best time to go.
As you walk around all the countries of the world in Epcot, there are amazing little booths offering delights from all over the world. I was seriously in heaven, trying out all that amazing food.
I was totally inspired by two different dishes I enjoyed while sampling all the delights at Epcot. One was the bbq beef brisket on garlic toast from the USA and the other being a slow-cooked beer braised beef from Belgium with delicious creamy mashed potatoes. In fact, I made a mistake of only get one sample of those dishes and then having to go back for more because the kids devoured it right before my eyes.
I sometimes forget that being a food blogger means my kids absolutely love sampling different foods because they are often my taste testers for which recipes pass it for the blog. So I knew once I got back I had to create some recipes inspired by our trip.
We totally surprised the kids with the trip too, didn't tell them until the morning we were going, when we woke them up for school and gave them a surprise bag each with Disney goodies. They were totally ecstatic and it was so lovely to see the pure joy on their faces. Such an amazing trip and a family holiday we will talk about for years after.
It was a totally must that this recipe had to be beef brisket. It's a common cut of beef used in the USA, usually with some kind of tangy bbq sauce, but for me, I knew pairing it with some Guinness for a rich delicious gravy was the way to go.
The funny thing is, as a drink I'm not a lover of Guinness, but it's an amazing ingredient in stews and casseroles. It adds such a lovely deep and hearty flavour to the sauce, that you just won't get with anything else. This Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Brisket is pure heaven in a bowl.
As this Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Brisket has a delicious wholesome gravy, it just had to be paired with Mashed Potatoes and for some additional speed these Garlic Sauteed Shredded Brussel Sprouts.
I do recommend seeking the beef brisket for this recipe if you can, as it is just so tender and mouthwatering. But a similar cut of beef that is suitable for slow cooking will work fine too.
For the gravy of this Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Brisket, I used a 330ml bottle of Guinness which I had been saving since Christmas, with the intention of making this recipe, I just needed the main ingredient, that lovely beef brisket.
I cooked this Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Brisket in my slow cooker, but will be testing it very soon in the Instant Pot (pressure cooker too), at a guess I would say 60 mins high pressure with a natural release should be sufficient, and then add the cornstarch slurry in afterwards switching to saute mode till thickened.
If you don't have a slow cooker, you can easily convert this to the oven in a dutch oven type pot. I recommend about 162/325f for 2 hours to get that lovely melt in the mouth beef brisket.
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HOW CAN I ADD A ⅓ VEGETABLES TO THIS SLOW COOKER GUINNESS BEEF BRISKET?
There are already shallots, celery and carrots in the dish that will count as part of your ⅓ speed foods. I served with sauteed Brussel sprouts for some additional vegetables, but it would pair really well with any vegetables of your choice. Another great option would be this Cauliflower Mash.
WHAT KITCHEN ITEMS DO I NEED TO MAKE THIS SLOW COOKER GUINNESS BEEF BRISKET?
- slow cooker or dutch oven
- Kitchen Scales
- Measuring Jug
- Measuring Spoons
- Wooden Spoon
- Santoku Knife (perfect knife for chopping veg)
- Chopping Board
- frying pan
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Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Brisket
This recipe is dairy free and Weight Watchers friendly
*suitable for freezing
- 1.35kg/3lbs of Beef Brisket - trimmed of all visible fat - or similar cut of beef
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 350g/12.5oz of shallot, halved
- 3 stalks of celery, chopped
- 2 large carrots, chopped
- 1.5 cups (360ml) of beef stock/broth
- 1 x 33oml bottle of Guinness
- 3 level tbs of tomato paste
- 1 tbs of balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbs of cornstarch
- salt and black pepper
- pinch of dried thyme
- pinch of dried rosemary
- spray oil
- fresh parsley - chopped
- Season the brisket well with salt and black pepper.
- Add the shallots, garlic, carrot, celery, rosemary and thyme to the slow cooker.
- Spray a frying pan over a medium high heat with spray oil. Add the beef brisket and brown on all sides.
- Transfers to the slow cooker.
- In a bowl or jug mix together the stock, tomato paste and balsamic vinegar and pour this into the slow cooker over the brisket.
- Pour in the bottle of Guinness. Cook for 8 hours on low.
- When there is just an hour remaining. Mix the cornstarch with a little water to make a slurry paste and stir this into the slow cooker (it will thicken the gravy) and leave to continue to cook for the remaining hour.
- Once it has cooked for the remaining time, carefully remove the beef brisket from the slow cooker to a board, allow to rest for about 10 mins and then you can slice and add back to the gravy.
- Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley.
- Serve with your choice of sides.
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving Calories 437Total Fat 16.2gSaturated Fat 6.1gSodium 323mgCarbohydrates 19.2gFiber 1.8gSugar 7.2gProtein 47.2g
Catherine Smith says
The liquid in the recipe wasn't enough to cover the meat even after adding 11,2oz Guinness so I added the rest of the beef stock that was in rhe carton...which was 32oz in total..I pushed the meat down so it completely covered.. I wanted to start it an hour ago so will do 2hrs on high then reduce it to slow...think that's ok?
Shevy (Slimming Eats) says
This was measured out very carefully. You will end up with a lot more liquid due to adding extra. Remember in a slow cooker, liquid does not reduce and meat releases a lot of its own juices as it cooks. Meat does not need to be fully covered by liquid in a slow cooker. So once cooked you will perhaps need to reduce down liquid on a stove or remove some before adding the starch as the amount of liquid will now be too high a ratio to the starch.
Teresa Feldman says
Cooked this in my slow cooker last night. It was absolutely meltingly delicious. I give it 5 stars ⭐️. I served it with fine green beans and hasselback potatoes. Everyone was very complimentary. Will definitely be making this again. Thank you.
Shevy (Slimming Eats) says
so glad you enjoyed it 🙂
Hi, did you also try this in the instant pot? Thank you
Shevy (Slimming Eats) says
hi there I haven't yet tested in the instant pot, but it should work fine.
Made this for tea tonight and used Plum Porter instead of Guinness and was really nice. Also used less beef (diced beef) as couldn't get hold of 1.35kg in the shops and added gravy granules at the end as the sauce was quite thin. Cooked for 5 hours on high. Really nice and has gone down well with mash potato and kale as suggested on the 'Beef and prune stew' recipe on this page. Thank you!
I love this recipe. It’s a hit with the whole family. Served with new potatoes and long stem broccoli
Just made this but cooked in instant pot using pressure cooker result delicious will certainly make again