Although I'm not much of a cook, I'm always tapped to make the Hanukkah brisket for about 12 people. Since I have access to two crock pots larger than my largest pots, I though I would try crock pots this year. Normally I pan sear the brisket after rubbing it with seasonings, remove it from the pot, brown onions and carrots and return the meat to the pot with water. At what point should I move the meat to the crock pot? After browning the onion and carrots? Any suggestions for making crock pot brisket would be appreciated, including how much brisket to buy for 12 people with leftovers.