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Marching to the Barbecue Beat



The real reason I slow-cook a spicy, hearty beef brisket in the thick of a scorching, humid South Florida summer and not save it for a more weather-appropriate chilly day is because I’m time-pressed for love.

And we don’t have chilly days in South Florida, anyhow.

Even if you can fry an egg on the pavement outside and the weatherman is begging you to please stay cool, keep yourself hydrated, spend the day in the pool, I pull out my slow-cooker and my fieriest spices.

My husband stopped by for a visit a few days ago. Most spouses live in the same country but mine doesn’t, so, it was a rare treat to share time with him at home without the children.

That investment in summer camp is all the worthwhile when you can spend time together running errands, joking around, gazing dreamily at each other, sharing great wine, and eat amazing food without having to care for anybody else.

Yes, we still gaze dreamily at each other. Go figure.

Three days is not nearly enough time for all the meals I’d love to share with him, but, this one, a spicy, slow-cooked, chipotle, BBQ brisket, came to mind. After all, my husband has a bit of Texas in him, having lived in the Lone Star State for part of his childhood. And once that state gets in you, it’s hard-pressed to come out. I have tripped over many a pair of his misplaced cowboy boots over the years to know this is true.

I’m not even sure if this BBQ hails from Texas, actually. It is brisket, which is favored there, but, truth be told, it doesn’t really matter. Barbeque is code for telling my husband that I love him; his heart melts a bit and his eyes light up when I serve him this dish, even if we are in the middle of another scorching South Florida summer where most culinary folks are suggesting we eat salad and chilled soups. That’s when ice-cold beer comes in handy.

We march to our own drumbeat together, always have. Ours is a long and winding tale of breaking rules for the sake of love. I’ll save those stories for another day and stick to offering up this meal, which is hassle-free and outrageously delicious, leaving plenty of time for eye-gazing and holding hands.

Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket


  • Adapted from Amy Wisniewski from
  • For the barbecue sauce:
  • 1 ½ cups ketchup
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 3 tablespoons malt vinegar
  • 4 chipotles in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • For the brisket:
  • 1/8 cup paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (2-pound) beef brisket


  1. Place all the barbecue sauce ingredients in a large slow cooker and stir to combine.
  2. Place all the brisket ingredients (except the meat) in a medium bowl and mix well.
  3. Evenly coat the brisket with the spice rub.
  4. Place brisket in slow cooker and cook, until fork-tender. (10 hours is best, but most slow-cookers have a “fast” version, of about 6 hours, which works fine.)
  5. Transfer brisket to a cutting board and slice against the grain.
  6. Pour sauce into a serving dish and place brisket on top.
  7. Serves 6