Sweet & Smokey Texas Pulled Brisket

Everyone loves pulled brisket, and it’s easy to see why – tender shreds of meat piled high and mixed with a scrumptious barbecue sauce. This is one of my favorites – a sweet and smokey version with depth of flavor from the smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin, honey, and brown sugar. In this recipe, you are creating your own barbecue sauce , but it is so easy and worth the extra step – you can mix the sauce while the meat is searing.

It’s fun to serve this pulled brisket in a large bowl with rolls and Sesame Cabbage Slaw for a winning pulled brisket sandwich station.


  • 3 – 4 lb brisket
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 14 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 6 tbsp honey
  • 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Pinch of ground pepper


Place brisket in a crock pot. Combine the rest of the ingredients and pour over the brisket. Stir gently to coat the brisket.

Cook on high until the brisket is tender and pulls apart easily, about 5-6 hours. Transfer beef to a plate, and shred using two forks. Mix the pulled brisket with the remaining sauce and serve.

4 thoughts

  1. This sweet and smokey pulled brisket is a real winner! With every bite you can taste the rich robust flavor of the barbecue sauce which blends perfectly with the meat. Piled high on a brioche roll with cabbage slaw, this hearty and delicious sandwich gets my vote every time.

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