Crockpot Rookie

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I never blogged about dinner last night because I was waiting (im)patiently for it to finish cooking!

Crockpots are amazing, but if you wait until the afternoon to start your dinner, you’re not going to eat it until nearly 9:00 PM. Oh, well. I’m still a Crockpot Rookie. Live and learn, right?

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So, what was I waiting for all night?

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Coffee-Braised Brisket with Potatoes and Carrots!!! Coffee-braised meat?!? Sign me up! Yes, it’s as delicious as it sounds! 😀  

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I’m actually sort of obsessed with this meal. Here’s why:

  • It was so easy to make! Just throw everything in a crock pot, stir a few times, and wait 7 hours.
  • It was budget-friendly! Brisket is a very affordable cut of meat””even at Whole Foods! I was pleasantly surprised.
  • There weren’t too many dishes to clean. Crockpots rule.
  • It tasted amazing! I still can’t get over the flavors and texture of the brisket. Holy yum!

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I loved this meal, but there’s always room for improvement. Here’s what I would change:

  • Stronger coffee flavor. Next time, I’ll use a coffee with a more bold flavor. I used Eight O’clock Coffee, which was good, but I think a brand like Starbucks or Peet’s would give the meat more coffee flavor.
  • Crusty bread. I wish I had some bread to sop up the delicious sauce! I totally dropped that ball on that. Clearly, I’m a Crockpot Rookie.


The photos above are from last night’s dinner. I ate the leftovers for lunch today.

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I had a bowl of Coffee-Braised Brisket with Potatoes and Carrots and a Carrot Cake Muffin on the side.

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Murphy, of course, kept a close watch on my food.

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Off to work on my taxes. Boo.



  1. I love crockpot meals!! But yeah, you definitely have to start them first thing in the morning to have it ready in time for dinner. I remember sitting near my mom while she would be starting crockpot meals when I was younger..and I kept asking why she was starting it so early because we just had breakfast!

  2. YUM, I love the combination of coffee with red meat! I like to mix equal parts coffee grounds and steak seasoning and use it as a rub for flank steak. The grounds give the steak such an awesome crust!

  3. Coffee Braised Brisket sounds delicious and interesting! I would have never thought of braising meat with coffee. 😉
    PS – Those Carrot Cake Muffins sound delish – I’m gonna check them out over at TUDT right now… 😀

  4. I wanted to warn though, that sometimes turning to up to High WILL cook the meat faster, but often times it is not as tender. 🙂 Especially on tougher cuts like brisket.

  5. The meal looks good. I agree with JessicaE, turning it up too high will result in a tougher chewier meat.
    I used my crock pot today and quickly added the ingredients in around 11 am this morning for it to be ready for dinner by 6pm!

  6. I love crockpot meals. Be careful, overcooking it is just as ‘dangerous’ as leaving too little time to cook. Glad you enjoyed, it looks yummy.

  7. Mind if I ask what brand/type of crockpot you use and how you like it? I’m in the market for a new one and Amazon reviews are overwhelmingly mixed!

  8. Crockpots are the best! I love coming home to a delicious smelling house after my crockpot has been cooking away all day. Its the greatest!

  9. I bookmarked this page a while ago and finally got around to making it today…for some reason after 8 hours on low my meat was still super tough 🙁

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