When the weather turns cold and the holiday madness picks up, I love to make simple crockpot stews to keep my family warm, grounded and well-nourished.  Here’s one of our family favorites for a heart brisket!

Crock Pot Brisket & Spiced Apricots

A simplified version of brisket with apricots that you can throw in the crock pot for a nourishing dinner!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time8 hours
Total Time8 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apricot, brisket, crock pot, Dairy-free, gluten-free, holiday recipes, Paleo, slow cook, stew
Servings: 8 people


  • Slow cooker / Crock Pot
  • Food processor


  • cup quartered dried apricots (about 4 ounces)
  • 9 large garlic cloves
  • 3 ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 4½ to 5 lbs flat-cut beef brisket
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cups chopped onions
  • 2 medium carrots coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbsp minced, peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • tsp cayenne pepper optional
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 2 cups homemade beef stock or canned low-salt beef broth
  • cup pitted prunes quartered
  • fresh cilantro chopped


  • Combine 1/3 cup apricots, 3 garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon cumin, salt, cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in food processor. Pulse to a coarse puree.
  • Place brisket fat side down. Using small sharp knife, make 1/2-inch-deep slits all over brisket.
  • Press apricot mixture into slits.
  • Transfer brisket fat side down and place into crock pot.
  • Sprinkle brisket with salt, pepper, cumin. coriander, cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Add onions, carrots, ginger, remaining 6 garlic cloves and prunes to the slow cooker.
  • Add wine and beef stock to the slow cooker.
  • Cook for 8 hours on low if you're running out the door (or 1 hour on high and 6 hours on low if you have the time)
  • Serve and top with chopped fresh cilantro. Enjoy!


By Thyroid Loving Care (J. Wittman)
Adapted from Epicurious

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