If you love smokehouse BBQ restaurants but don’t want to spend the money to go out, or maybe you have a smoker at home but don’t have 16 hours to wait, this Smokehouse style slow cooker beef recipe brings those aromas, flavors, and tender cuts of beef to your kitchen.
Dan here, Debi’s husband, with a new husband-approved recipe! I created this recipe because I wanted a smoky delicious yet easy recipe for making at home.
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Do you love smokehouse BBQ pit restaurants?
Do you love the aroma that hits you as soon as you walk in? Does your mouth start to water at the thought of the fall apart tenderness of the meats and that wonderful smoky flavor? Yeah, me too! But those restaurants can be pricey and sometimes I don’t want to spend the money or time to go out. I know people who have invested the money to get a home smoker and invested the time to get good at it.
While I love the results they get, I don’t have the space for another backyard item and honestly I can’t imagine getting up in the cold, dark morning to get the smoker going. And let’s be honest, don’t we all want to be able to serve up an amazing platter of smoked beef for our friends and family?
This recipe is for you
If you agree, then this recipe might be the thing for you. This recipe brings those aromas, flavors, and tender cuts of beef to your kitchen in about 4 hours! It takes less than an hour to bring everything together in the slow cooker and then you are free to try and get something else done while your house fills with delicious smokehouse aromas! Just don’t blame me if your neighbors show up unannounced.
We’ve made this Smokehouse style slow cooker beef a few times, and it’s great with all different kinds of steak meat. Use whatever’s on sale that week, like brisket, tri tip, or New York strip. I’d pass by the expensive cuts like Filet mignon, save that for a special occasion, and don’t make that in the crock pot.
Serve the cooked beef in
- On mashed potatoes
- With rice
There are a bunch of different brands that my grocery store carries. I’m sure all of them are great. We used this brand, which seems to be available in lots of places.
My go-to broth base now is Better Than Bouillion. There are so many things I love about it (and they aren’t sponsoring this post, I do just really love it).
It’s condensed, so you only have to buy one small jar and you get many uses out of it. If you bought that much canned broth you’d take up a whole pantry full! It tastes great, with a rich and complex flavor, not like simple most broths. It’s easy to use. I add it to lots of places that need a flavor boost, like gravy, soups, stews, ramen, and it doesn’t water anything down.
If you want to use homemade or canned broth for this recipe, simply use 2 cups broth in place of the water and Better than Bouillion.
This is the brand and flavor of liquid smoke that we use. It’s what my grocery store carries. It tastes great. I’m sure that just about any brand will be good. Have you ever seen how they make liquid smoke? It’s pretty interesting.
It really is made from smoke. Wood chips or sawdust from hardwoods such as hickory or mesquite are burned, and the smoke is collected in condensers. The resulting liquid is concentrated down for a stronger flavor. So the flavor really is the same as what you get from a smoker. Want to watch a video and learn more, check it out here.
Smokehouse style slow cooker beef
Smokehouse style slow cooker beef
2 pounds less expensive steak meat, like brisket, tri tip, or New York strip
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons Mesquite spice
- Trim the steak of any of silver skin, gristle, and excess fat. If the steak is large, don’t be afraid to cut it into smaller pieces so it fits in the crock pot.
- Mix the rub ingredients (salt, pepper, and mesquite spice) together in a small bowl. Rub both sides of the steak with the spice mix and let it sit while you work on the rest of the recipe. At least 15 minutes should do.
- Pour the water, liquid smoke, and Better Than Bouillion in the crock pot, mix together, and turn on high.
- Sear the outside of the steak until browned; this can be done on the grill or in a pan on the stove. Don’t worry if the steak is cooked all the way through, you’re just trying to get a nice browned crust on the outside.
- Add the browned steak to the crock pot, cover, and cook on high until tender and delicious. Time will vary depending on how thick your cut of beef is but figure on about 4 hours. I start checking it after about 3 hours. Check it by pushing on it with the back of a spoon. You can cook it just until tender or keep cooking it until it falls apart for more of a pulled beef style.
Serve the beef using a slotted spoon to drain off all the juices. I like to save the beef broth and use it when reheating the meat to pour over and moisten the beef. You can also use the beef broth as a gravy or a soup.