Onion-Braised Beef Brisket

5 stars based on 31 votes


This recipe was recently featured in Food 52’s Genius Recipes column.  It comes from Nach Waxman, owner of the New York City cookbook shop, Kitchen Arts & Letters, and was originally published in The Silver Palette New Basics Cookbook in 1989.  Apparently, it is the world’s most Googled brisket recipe and, since I love a good brisket, I had to try it. Three delicious brisket dinners later, I can tell you that the recipe lives up to the hype. It’s surprisingly simple: unlike all other briskets I’ve made, there’s no wine, stock or bottled sauces added. Instead, the brisket is cooked on top of a massive heap of onions, which slowly caramelize and release their juices, making a flavorful French onion soup-like braising liquid all their own.

Brisket is easy to make, but it’s a tough cut of meat that needs to cook for a long time. The most important tip I can give you is to ask your butcher for a well-marbled brisket with a thin layer of fat on top. The fat bastes the meat as it cooks, ensuring the meat becomes nice and tender. It’s also best to make brisket a day ahead of time, so the meat has time to reabsorb some of the braising liquid.

Begin by seasoning the meat with lots of kosher salt and pepper.

Dust both sides with flour.

Heat the oil in a heavy flameproof roasting pan or ovenproof enameled cast iron pot until shimmering, then sear the brisket on both sides until brown and crusty in spots.

Transfer the meat to a platter, then add the onions to the pan.

Cook, stirring and scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan, until softened and golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Place the brisket back in the pan on top of the onions and spread the tomato paste on top. Scatter the carrots and garlic around the edges.

Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil or a lid, and bake for 1-1/2 hours.

Remove the pan from the oven and transfer the brisket to a cutting board. Using an electric or sharp knife, slice the beef into 1/8-inch thick slices against the grain. It’s much easier to cut at this point than it is at the end.

Place the slices back in the pan on an angle, so that the top edge of each slice is showing. Baste the meat with the pan juices.

Cook for a few more hours, basting a few times, until the meat is tender. You can serve it right away, but it’s better to refrigerate it overnight and reheat the next day. It also freezes well.

Note: After making this brisket several times, I made a few minor changes to the recipe (for the original recipe, click here). For example, Waxman only uses one carrot in his recipe, but I call for six — I don’t mind the slight sweetness they impart (he does) and I like the idea of cooking vegetables along with the meat (that’s one less thing I have to do later!). I also added a bit of water to the recipe to help deglaze the pan while cooking the onions (I found it necessary to release all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan and prevent them from burning). 

Onion-Braised Beef Brisket

Servings: Serves 8-10
Total Time: 4-5 Hours


  • 1 5-6 pound first cut (a.k.a. flat cut) beef brisket, trimmed so a thin layer of fat remains in some spots (do not over-trim!)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 medium yellow onions, peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 6 carrots, peeled and halved
  • Handful fresh chopped parsley, for garnish (optional)


  1. Set an oven rack in the middle position and preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Season the brisket on both sides with salt and pepper. Lightly dust the brisket with the flour, then shake and turn to coat evenly. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a heavy flameproof roasting pan or ovenproof enameled cast-iron pot just large enough to hold the brisket and carrots snugly. Add the brisket to the pan and sear on both sides until crusty brown areas appear on the surface here and there, 5 to 7 minutes per side.
  3. Transfer the brisket to a platter, then add the onions to the pot and stir constantly with a wooden spoon, scraping up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pot. Cook until the onions are softened and golden brown, about 15 minutes. (If browned bits stick to the bottom of the pan and start to burn, add a few tablespoons of water and scrape with a wooden spoon to release them.)
  4. Turn off the heat and place the brisket, fatty side up, and any accumulated juices on top of the onions. Spread the tomato paste evenly over the brisket, then scatter the garlic and carrots around the edges of the pot. Cover the pot very tightly with aluminum foil (preferably heavy duty or two layers) or a lid, then transfer to the oven and cook for 1-1/2 hours.
  5. Transfer the brisket to a cutting board and, using an electric or very sharp knife, slice the meat across the grain into approximately 1/8-inch-thick slices. Return the slices to the pot, overlapping them at an angle so that you can see a bit of the top edge of each slice. The end result should resemble the original unsliced brisket leaning slightly backward. Check the seasonings and correct if necessary. If the sauce appears dry, add 2 to 3 teaspoons of water to the pot. Cover the pot tightly and return to the oven.
  6. Lower the heat to 325°F and cook the brisket until it is fork-tender, 1-3/4 to 2-1/2 hours, or longer if necessary. Check once or twice during cooking to make sure that the liquid is not bubbling away. If it is, add a few more teaspoons of water—but not more. Also, each time you check, spoon some of the liquid on top of the roast so that it drips down between the slices. It is ready to serve with its juices, but, in fact, it's even better the second day. It also freezes well.

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    I have prepared this brisket several times, although I use to slice midway through, I find that braising till done about 3 to 4 hours and then refrigerating and slicing cold the next day works great, the last brisket was over 7 lbs and huge in my turkey roaster, and did not have enough space for all the carrots needed for the amount of servings , so I added carrots after taking out brisket and cooked more carrots in the oven in the onion juice for another 2 maybe 3 hours, the carrots were great and the onions a delicious sauce.

    - Claire Anne on November 20, 2015 Reply
  • Help! I’m putting in the brisket this morning but cooking it for one long stretch. How long and at what temperature? Thanks!

    - Cathy on November 5, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Cathy, So sorry I’m just reading your question, and realize I’m too late. But for what it’s worth, I would keep the time and temps the same, and just skip the rest in between.

      - Jenn on November 8, 2015 Reply
  • One more question: can you do this in a le creuset pot? Can you use a disposable foil roasting pan? Just trying to get all options. Thanks again!

    - Cathy on November 2, 2015 Reply
    • Yes and yes :)

      - Jenn on November 2, 2015 Reply
  • Hi

    Can you put this in the oven for a long stretch and then refrigerate overnight and cut the next day? I can’t find the time to do it in two sections with slicing in between. Thanks!

    - Cathy on November 2, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Cathy, Yes, that will work.

      - Jenn on November 2, 2015 Reply
      • Great. How many hours in the oven for one long stretch? And at what temperature? Planning on cooking Thursday for Friday night dinner. Thanks so much for responding!

        - Cathy on November 3, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Truly amazing!!!! Made for my family of 4 tonight,I don’t think I EVER had a more flavorful piece of meat. I’m going to make your potatoes au gratin with it next time. It takes a little but more effort than the average piece of meat but I assure you…..worth the effort. I had it in the oven this morning by 8:00 am, was done by about 11:00 – 11:30 and let it sit loosely covered until 5:00 then reheated. Next time, I’ll try the overnight thing. Thanks Jenn.

    - Dan on November 1, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Also Jen I’ve got to say your website is really really fantastic. I am getting so many great recipes off this site and do appreciate your help. Thanks again Terry

    - Terry on October 29, 2015 Reply
  • Hi. I would like to follow your advice and refrigerate this for a day before serving. At what temperature should I reheat it? I’m certainly not going to microwave it. Thank you Jen

    - Terry on October 29, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Terry, I would reheat, covered, at 300°F.

      - Jenn on October 29, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This brisket is so easy and so delicious! The huge mountain of onions cook down to almost nothing and exude all their goodness into the meat! And so very easy to make wonderful gravy to go with roasted or mashed potatoes! Kudos!

    - Karen Aamodt on October 29, 2015 Reply
  • Do you think a disposable aluminum pan would work well?
    I don’t have a pan that is the right size.
    Thanks in advance.

    - Dan on October 27, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Dan, That will work fine :)

      - Jenn on October 27, 2015 Reply
  • if halving recipe is the cooking time same

    - mark on October 15, 2015 Reply
    • Yep :)

      - Jenn on October 15, 2015 Reply
  • Can I make this recipe early in the morning and serve it for dinner the same evening?
    It’s too late for me to start now.

    - Michele on September 19, 2015 Reply
    • Yes, it will be even better :)

      - Jenn on September 19, 2015 Reply
      • 5 stars

        I would give this 100 stars! No one even talked- we were all just devouring like it was our last meal. Followed the recipe exactly- cooked it early in the day, let it sit in the pan and reheated it for dinner. I did get the meat from Whole Foods- just to be sure I had a good piece of beef and it was!!!
        Awesome recipe, Jenn

        - Michele on October 17, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made your brisket yesterday. Turned out great. Do you have any suggestions on how to reheat before serving tonight? What temperature? How long does it take?
    Thank you!!

    - Davina Cook on September 13, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Davina, Cover tightly with foil and reheat in 300 degree oven til hot, 15-20 min. Hope everyone enjoys it tonight!

      - Jenn on September 13, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Perfect Rosh Hashanah main course. I don’t alter the recipe at all except for roasting the brisket and onions in a very old cast iron vessel, nonstick foil tightly over the meat plus a lid. I haven’t had a problem with too little liquid. Make sure the fat layer is thin and, by all means, don’t omit the tomato paste. I use Cento in the tube for tastiest results.

    - Steve on September 12, 2015 Reply
  • I have a friend who is allergic to tomatoes. Any suggestions to substitute for the tomato paste?

    - Lisa on September 11, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Lisa, I think it’d be fine to just leave it out. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on September 12, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Yum! I like the way you carmelize the onions and release the goodness into the sauce–I also like more carrots, too (my kids like baby carrots in this recipe)

    - Brenda on August 28, 2015 Reply
  • 3 stars

    The flavor of the meat and the tenderness was amazing, but the ‘gravy’ was more like a puddle of grease. Couldn’t eat that part. Our family doesn’t do anything with grease. Will try this again with some modifications.

    - Gali on June 24, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Gali, You may need to trim the brisket a bit more. You definitely want to leave some of the fat on, but trim any excess.

      - Jenn on June 24, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The brisket recipe is amazing! Thank you. One of my twins is special needs and has oral muscle issues. He will only eat potted meat and fall-of-the-bone poultry. It’s challenging to find different recipes and I’m dependent on my crock pot. When I had my son taste the sauce, he grabbed the spoon and started to dig into the crock pot. You have no idea how much this means to me, since he recently started to shy away from eating meat and poultry. Thank you so much!

    - Blair on June 6, 2015 Reply
    • I’m so happy he enjoyed it, Blair :)

      - Jenn on June 7, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I have made this awesome brisket many times by popular demand, however, with the warm weather I decide to Whiskey Smoke the brisket on the Charcoal BBQ,
    Unbelievable flavour so juicy and tender, the onions turned into an onion broth the organic carrots were succulent, the Brisket, well speechless, thanks for this fantastic recipe.

    - Claire Anne Gallagher on May 10, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    I made the brisket and all I can say is wow. The onions just melted in the sauce. Made roasted red potatoes with it. The carrots gave the sauce a nice sweet flavor

    - Dan on May 10, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    It’s the tomato paste that makes this. I wouldn’t have thought of it.

    - Margot C on May 7, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Oh my goodness this was so amazing. When my husband asked if I should make this again, my younger daughter immediately said “Yes!” My older daughter said “A++” and my husband just kept eating and eating.

    - Dana on May 7, 2015 Reply
  • Hi. The recipe calls for three cloves of garlic. Do you place the cloves in whole ? Thanks. Sounds delicious.

    - Tracy on April 11, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Tracy, Yes, whole — they eventually just melt into the sauce.

      - Jenn on April 11, 2015 Reply
      • 5 stars

        Thanks for your prompt reply. I made the brisket last night and served it today. It was the most tender and juicy brisket I’ve ever had. Everyone loved it. Thanks again!

        - Tracy on April 12, 2015 Reply
        • So glad!

          - Jenn on April 13, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this recipe for Passover and it was a huge hit. I tweaked it a bit — ketchup in addition to tomato paste and cooked it at 250 for 5 hours. The onions do melt into the meat juices and create a delicious gravy. I did have a really hard time searing the meat as I didn’t have a stovetop safe pan large enough but I managed to fight through it. I’m so grateful for this recipe and plan to make it for many more special occasions!

    - paula on April 7, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    The beef brisket came out perfectly. My Dad’s rating for it is a 10++. Thanks for another wonderful recipe Jenn!

    - Jen on April 7, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This is excellent! I tweaked it a bit — used potato starch (vs. flour) to sear, used about 5 onions per brisket, added some ketchup on top along with the tomato paste and cooked it at 250 for about 5 hours (sealed very tightly with foil). I also do not stop mid way to cut the brisket but find that it’s best cut the following day cold and then reheated in the delicious gravy (also at 250 for about an hour). I’m a Catholic married to a Jew and this brisket passed the Seder test with flying colors!! Thank you!

    - paula on April 7, 2015 Reply
  • I am trying this recipe for the first time and printed it months ago. I followed the directions and it is in the oven for first 1.5 hour. Just re-checked recipe on line and it doesn’t look like I browned the onions (or beef) as much as photos. Am I still ok?

    Not eating it until tomorrow so I cannot rate until then.

    - Jen on April 5, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Jen, You’re fine :)

      - Jenn on April 5, 2015 Reply
  • For the onion braised brisket are there any other alternative cooking method in regards to a roasting pan?

    - Euclid on April 4, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Euclid, You can use a large sauté pan to sear the meat.

      - Jenn on April 6, 2015 Reply
  • Making this right now for Passover tomorrow – can’t wait to try it! Do you serve the onions and carrots on the side, or are they really just for flavoring the meat?

    - Sheri on April 3, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Sheri, The onions melt into the sauce and the carrots are served alongside. Hope everyone enjoys it!

      - Jenn on April 3, 2015 Reply
      • 5 stars

        Jenn, this is our new family favorite! The brisket came out perfect, the carrots were even better and everyone asked for the recipe. :) I finally invested in a fat separator for the sauce and so glad I did! Thank you!! :)

        - Sheri on April 6, 2015 Reply
  • Should the fat side be up or down? Thanks!

    - Laura on April 1, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Laura, It should be up.

      - Jenn on April 1, 2015 Reply
  • How do I double this recipe? I have about 11 lbs of meat. Thanks!

    - Judy on March 28, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Judy, Just multiply all of the ingredients x2 — and I would cook in two separate baking dishes for best results.

      - Jenn on March 29, 2015 Reply
      • Hi Jenn,
        I am in the same situation as Judy and have 11 lbs of meat. You wrote to cook in two separate baking dishes, does this mean cutting the meat in half first before starting any of the preparation/cooking?
        Thank you!

        - Cassie on April 1, 2015 Reply
        • Hi Cassie, I would cut it in half — that way you can just double all the ingredients, each piece will fit into a separate 13 x 9-inch pan and the cook time will be about the same. The smaller pieces are also just easier to handle. Good luck, and please come back and let me know how it turns out!

          - Jenn on April 1, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi, Jenn.

    Thank you for that quick response, I will try that, hopefully this weekend, as I bought quite a few on sale and just need to pick up some more onions. Again thank you and I already have several recipes (from your site) that I am trying. I love to cook (and eat) and my family loves my “experiments” as they call them.

    - Pauline on March 24, 2015 Reply
  • Ref. to Onion braised beef brisket. I love brisket, but since it is a tough meat I have usually just cooked in a slowcooker, was wondering if I can do the same with this recipe? It looks soooo good and I can just smell it here, so would love to try in my slow-cooker, if not will just have to suffer thru the heat of the oven and try this one.

    - Pauline on March 21, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Pauline, You’d still need to go through all the initial steps on the stovetop, but then you can place it in the slow cooker.

      - Jenn on March 24, 2015 Reply
  • Hi Jenn,
    My daughter has asked that I make a brisket for Passover and I found your recipe. Reading the comments, this brisket sounds like it’s a hit however what would you suggest I use instead of flour? Matzo meal or Potato Starch? Thx!

    - Nadine on March 21, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Nadine, Potato starch will work. Hope you enjoy it :)

      - Jenn on March 21, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Just made this wonderful recipe, was fun and easy to put together. Owing to my ethnic origins, I sprinkled a tiny bit of ground cinnamon and even smaller amount of ground clove on top of the tomato paste, and scattered a few bay leaves among the carrots and onions right before putting the pot into the oven. Wonderful!

    - Linda Stone on March 1, 2015 Reply
    • That sounds delicious, Linda. I may have to try that :)

      - Jenn on March 1, 2015 Reply
      • Cinnamon and clove are traditional seasonings to beef cholent made for Eastern European Sabbath meals. Especially with clove, a little goes a long way–you just want to deepen the flavor, not actually taste either spice.

        - Linda Stone on March 1, 2015 Reply
  • I made this today to serve for dinner tomorrow. After about 5 hours in the oven the meat is still tough and there’s a ton of liquid in the pan. I just took it out of the oven to cool. Is there any way I can rescue it by tomorrow’s dinner?

    - Dorit on February 12, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Dorit, I’m just now seeing your comment and looks like I’m too late to help you save dinner. Did the brisket ever turn tender? Sometimes you just get a bad cut of meat…

      - Jenn on February 14, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi Jenn: This brisket has been a big hit and have made it 3 times now. Today will be the 4th time, I marinate the brisket first for a day or 2 in the fridge with a nice spicy rub. I order a complete brisket and cut it in half , that way the 2 pieces fit in my big turkey roaster. I will add a few parsnips with the carrots this time. thanks

    - Claire Anne on January 25, 2015 Reply
    • So glad you enjoyed, Claire! Love your idea to use a spice rub.

      - Jenn on January 25, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made this for Christmas dinner and it was absolutely delicious! I followed the advice to cook it the day before and heated it up at dinnertime. It was amazing! Everyone loved it.

    - Christina on December 27, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I was going to make something different for Christmas dinner, but, got your email about the Onion-Braised Beef Brisket. I wound up making that with yukon gold mashed potatoes and caramelized brussel sprouts with crispy bacon and prosciutto. I made a few tweaks to your recipe. I added more carrots which I seasoned first, I also used Campbell’s Beef Consomme to deglaze onions, and used after I sliced the beef to put into the oven to finish. The sauce was definitely like onion soup and more gravy-like. It also made extra gravy so the next day was even more tender and tasty.

    - lisa on December 27, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I made the Onion Braised Brisket for Christmas dinner. It was to die for! I can hardly cook but this was so easy and turned out so well. I’m so grateful to you!

    - DD Katz on December 25, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    What a great brisket recipe. Made it today for my second annual Hanukkah Dinner on Christmas Day! My brisket was 3.5lbs so I reduced the amount of onions. Big mistake. Now I have no gravy. Is there any way to use the small amount of onions to make more gravy

    - Janis Woodley on December 25, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Jen, I too am a classically trained Chef and this recipe is so close to the one my mother made everytime she made brisket. Her recipe dates back to the 1930’s. The only difference is the addition of carrots and the tomato paste. I’ve been making it for 40 years or more to rave reviews. My recipe (that come close to my mother’s taste) is the match the weight of the brisket with taht of the onions. I add a couple of bay leafs too.

    - Chuck Love on December 24, 2014 Reply
  • This recipe looks delicious! I’d like to try to make it in the slow cooker. How many hours should it be on for? Should I put it on high or low? And would I still need to slice it somewhere along the cooking process? Thanks!

    - Dorit on December 23, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Dorit, You could try it in a slow cooker (I’m guessing 8-9 hours on low) but you’d still need to sear the meat first on the stovetop so I think it’s probably easier (and faster) to just keep it in the same pan and oven roast it as per the recipe. But, if you go with the slow cooker, I’d slice it about halfway through cooking. Please come back and let me know how it turns out.

      - Jenn on December 24, 2014 Reply
  • This recipe looks incredibly delicious and looking forward to preparing for Christmas Eve. Will it release enough liquids so I can make gravy to serve? Thanks Cheryl Thomson

    - Cheryl Thomson on December 23, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Cheryl, There will be plenty of gravy but it’s not the type of gravy you’d put in a gravy boat and pour; it’s on the thicker side as the onions sort of melt into it. You wouldn’t need to make any additional sauce for it. Hope you enjoy and please come back and lmk how it turns out :)

      - Jenn on December 23, 2014 Reply
  • Just discovered the recipe….I think it’ll be delicious….comfort food for the chilly, rainy days right now. Will prob. add some extra garlic as I love it so. I’m pleased I’ve discovered you Jennifer. I like the clarity of your explanations…and the fact that your available to answer questions!! Other recipes look yummy also!
    Happy Holidays

    - Salima on December 20, 2014 Reply
  • Can you use your crockpot and what would
    the cooking instructions be? Thanks

    - diane on December 19, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Diane, I’m sure you could probably cook but I can’t give you specific instructions because I’ve never tried it. Also, you’d still need to sear the meat first on the stovetop so I think it’s easier to just keep it in the same pan and oven roast it.

      - Jenn on December 21, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I am looking forward to making this brisket! I am a little unclear as to searing the brisket and cooking the onions. Is this done on the stovetop, and the brisket is later transferred to the oven? If so, should I use two burners on the stovetop to evenly heat the roasting pan?

    - Angela Boyce on December 16, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Angela, Yes, that’s how it’s done. It depends on the size of your roasting pan, but it’s probably a good idea to use two burners.

      - Jenn on December 16, 2014 Reply
      • I had a very large roasting pan and I used 3 burners to sear the brisket.

        - Franklin Troiso on December 16, 2014 Reply
  • What temperature should the oven be set to? I can’t find that anywhere…
    Thank you

    - Sophie on December 14, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Sophie, Scroll down to the actual recipe and you will find the oven temp. It starts at 350 and then gets reduced to 325.

      - Jenn on December 14, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Made the brisket yesterday. Delicious.

    - Chris on December 10, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This brisket turned out amazing. As it was suggested, I cooked this a day ahead and served it the following day. The meat was incredibly tender and flavourful. We will definitely make this dish again

    - Areti on December 3, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I followed your recipe exactly and I want to say it was the best brisket I have ever cooked and eaten.
    I am so happy I ran across your wonderful website.
    Thank you for a great recipe.

    - Frank on November 29, 2014 Reply
  • Can you cook this in the slow cooker?


    - Kathryn on November 3, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Kathryn, Yes, but you’ll still need to sear the meat first on the stovetop.

      - Jenn on November 3, 2014 Reply
  • Hi. Do I have to use the flour? Would corn starch work instead? Thanks.

    - Stephanie on October 26, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Stephanie, Yes, corn starch would be fine.

      - Jenn on October 27, 2014 Reply
  • Hi Jenn,
    I am making this Rosh Hashanah next week. If I make it one day in advance, do I cook it the entire way? Or stop cooking at the slicing point? What is the best way to reheat?
    Sorry for so many questions?

    - candi on September 18, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Candi! I would definitely cook it the entire way; it will taste even better the next day. And you can reheat it, covered, in a 300 degree oven. I would allow 35-40 minutes for it to get hot. Hope you enjoy it!

      - Jenn on September 18, 2014 Reply
  • I’m making a 5 lb brisket for a small dinner party and will have plenty of leftovers. What is the best way to freeze the leftovers?

    - Aaron Hacker on September 17, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Aaron, I use zip lock freezer bags; just be sure to remove as much air as possible from the bags before sealing so that frost doesn’t have room to form.

      - Jenn on September 18, 2014 Reply
  • Hi Jen. Looks like yet another great recipe! Thank you! Gonna make this for sure.

    - Heather Lampman on April 12, 2014 Reply
  • Hi Jen,
    I wanted to thank you for your input last year. I followed your advice and sliced the brisket 1/2 way through the cooking and you and Nach Waxman are right! Slicing it 1/2 way through the braising process makes for an incredibly moist brisket with all of the liquids seeping into the meat and making it “to die for”. My friends husband didn’t mind one bit that he I robbed him of getting to do his manly thing by carving the brisket. In fact, it made it a lot easier when it came to serving to appear at their door with a fully carved and delicious brisket, waiting to be devoured by hungry masses. Suffice it to say, while he didn’t get to do the ‘manly thing’, his ego survived the blow, but his waistline didn’t since he did do the “piglet” thing and had 3 servings!

    The only thing I changed was adding a full head of garlic to the recipe (I’m 1/2 Jewish and 1/2 Italian so the more garlic the better in my book). Since the garlic cooks along with everything else, it becomes wonderfully mellow and if you’re lucky enough to be able to fish out a few cloves of garlic when you’re serving and then smashing them on top of the brisket, the mellowness of the flavor, coupled with sweetness of the onions and deep flavor of the meat, serves to increase the depth of flavor.

    One last question….I’ve seen some recipes where they refrigerate the meat 1/2 way through, then slice it cold the next day and continue the cooking process. I’m wondering if you or anyone else has tried that method and what they thought of it.


    - Judy on March 29, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Judy, So glad you enjoyed the brisket. The idea behind slicing it cold is the same as slicing it half way through; it’s just easier to cut.

      - Jenn on March 30, 2014 Reply
  • Made it exactly as written. Burnt to carbon.

    - Terry on January 23, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Terry, I’m so sorry you had trouble with the brisket. You might need to need to calibrate your oven – sounds like the temperature might be off.

      - Jenn on January 23, 2014 Reply
  • Sounds delicious. I suggest using a cheap London Broil cut to save money.

    - Pete on January 7, 2014 Reply
  • This was my favorite recipe for brisket ever. I also cooked an entire bag of carrots, not just 1 as the recipe indicates. Loved it….

    - PATRICIA on November 14, 2013 Reply
  • Boy am I glad I found you Jenn! Thank you for all the wonderful recipes. I finally have a variety of foods I can cook and follow step by step. Thank you for all the pictures, they are so helpful! Keep up the good work as it is an inspiration to me because I love cooking and need all the help I could get.

    - Ana Melendez on October 8, 2013 Reply
  • can i use big chunk beef for this recipe? similar cut like your beef stew with carrot and potato?

    - mala on April 20, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Mala, I don’t see why not. If you try it, please let me know how it comes out.

      - Jenn on April 20, 2013 Reply
      • hi jenn… i’ve tried it with big chunk beef and the taste is fenomenal.super easy and delicious.but i can tell that its much more better looking dish with brisket.. thanks for sharing

        - mala on April 29, 2013 Reply
  • Hi Jennifer,
    I am making this now for Passover Seder. Just wondering, there is no braising liquid when you put it in the oven? Does the liquid come from the fat and the onions? I want to make sure I don’t burn it, I”m used to a braiding liquid.

    - Lori on March 26, 2013 Reply
    • Don’t worry, Lori. The onions release a ton of liquid and the brisket will not burn or dry out. I know it’s a different cooking method but it works!

      - Jenn on March 26, 2013 Reply
  • This has been my favorite brisket recipe for years! I’m wondering if anyone has ever made it but has not sliced it midway through cooking. I’m bringing this to a friends house and her husband likes to do the manly thing and slice the roast so I’m wondering what you all think.

    Appreciate the help folks!

    - Judy on March 26, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Judy, In my opinion it’s better to slice a brisket midway through cooking, as in this recipe, or after it’s cooked and chilled (before reheating). If you try to slice a brisket hot, it can tear to shreds.

      - Jenn on March 26, 2013 Reply
  • Absolutely love this recipe!! You can never have too many onions or carrots in this recipe. I didn’t have a use for the leftover tomato paste so I used the whole can and it was not a problem. Great site for great recipes!!

    - Michelle on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • love this recipe. meat always turns out so tender. And is always better the next day.

    - Shebrina on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • Definitely making this one for my Passover Seder this year

    - Sharyn on March 10, 2013 Reply
  • Love this recipe, It is so easy and delicious. Sometimes oldies and goodies really are the happiness of the kitchen.

    - Kathy on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • It was delicious and a real keeper. All loved it and wanted the recipe.

    - Clifford Anglin on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • Looking forward to serving this on Passover. It was a hit the last time that I served to friends.

    - Carol on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • This recipie was fantastic! I also poured some Guinness beer in the dish to give it a little extra moisture and flavor! Amazing :)

    - Nicole Conger on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • Hi Jenn – I have had brisket failure in the past, but love your step-by-step instructions and can’t wait to try this one. If I am making a 3-lb brisket, is there a rule of thumb for how I should adjust cooking time for each of the oven-cooking steps?

    - Sarah on January 30, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Sarah, Definitely cook it for 1-1/2 hours before slicing it, then place it back in the oven and check it again after 1-1/2 hours. It may be done at that point, but if not just keep checking every 15 minutes or so. Hope that helps and it comes out good!

      - Jenn on January 31, 2013 Reply
      • Thanks, Jenn! The brisket was a huge hit!

        - Sarah on February 24, 2013 Reply
  • Made this for a large family gathering over the holidays. It was a big hit. very tender and flavorful. I bought a trimmed brisket, but had quite a bit of liquid in the pan after cooking it. Almost to the top of the brisket. Was this due to my brisket not being trimmed enough? The only water I added was a couple of tablespoons while sauteing the onions to help loosen the browned bits on bottom of pan.

    - Danita on January 3, 2013 Reply
    • Hi Danita, Was your pan on the smaller side? This would cause the braising liquid to rise higher. Either that or you had very juicy onions :) Either way, it doesn’t affect the brisket one bit; in fact, the more braising liquid the better.

      - Jenn on January 3, 2013 Reply
  • Jennifer,

    I just read that it’s better the 2nd day, but I plan to make it tomorrow for NYE dinner and serve the same night. Is it still delicious and worth serving or should I find another main dish to serve?


    - Erin on December 30, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Erin, No worries, it’s still delicious!

      - Jenn on December 30, 2012 Reply
  • Hi Jennifer,

    What kind of pan are you using for this recipe? I have a big roasting pan, but it seems too big for what you describe in this recipe.

    Recipe looks great, hoping to make it for New Year’s!


    - Erin on December 26, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Erin, I use a flame-proof roasting pan but a Dutch oven would work just as well. If you don’t have either of those, you can sear the brisket and start the onions in a large skillet, then transfer it all to a baking dish.

      - Jenn on December 27, 2012 Reply
  • I have a small brisket, (about half the original recipe), curious, how long should I cook it to ensure it will be just as tender as the original recipe?

    - Katzzz on December 18, 2012 Reply
  • Jennifer,

    You do inspire me. I made this and it was very good. Thank you for sharing.

    - Sheree on December 18, 2012 Reply
    • So nice to hear, Sheree! Glad you enjoyed!

      - Jenn on December 18, 2012 Reply
  • Doubled this recipe (11lb piece of brisket) for large family gathering of 16. Cooked the day before exactly as recipe stated and it was delicious. Even the kids loved it. Wasn’t even a scrap left for the poor old dog.

    - Catherine on December 17, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Catherine, I need to do this for an upcoming event. How long did you cook the 11 lb brisket?

      - Danita on December 18, 2012 Reply
      • Hi Danita
        So sorry I didn’t reply but I just never looked at the reviews again. At this point I can’t even remember how long it took just remember it being so good. Hope it worked out for you. I live in the U.K. but my sister is in the U.S. so we love sharing our attempts at recipes on this blog. So far everything great. She just did the chocolate muffins and said they were terrific.

        - Catherine on March 7, 2013 Reply
  • This looks like it’s about to fall apart! It’s hard to hate a good brisket…

    - Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen on December 10, 2012 Reply
  • oops! well, we shall see how this goes.. it is still quite moist with an hour to go. thanks!

    - Emily on December 9, 2012 Reply
  • hi there, am making right now….smells and looks incredible. question: do you cover it again with the foil after slicing it?

    - Emily on December 9, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Emily, Yes, it should be covered the whole time.

      - Jenn on December 9, 2012 Reply
  • I have been craving BIG MEAT (as Chef Anne Burrell puts it) for a while now… but it’s 70 degrees in December so methinks I need to wait till the temp drops. I swear, I do a double take every time I see my Christmas tree in my living room with the windows open. Nutso. This will DEFINITELY go on my list to make- I love that there are no packaged ingredients, and it looks easy to make! THANKS!

    - The Food Hound on December 9, 2012 Reply
  • We have friends coming over for dinner next week – i think I’ve found our main course! Thanks for the straightforward instructions and lovely step-by-step photos.

    - Cynthia on December 6, 2012 Reply
  • I could almost smell this oe while reading your email. And it smells great!

    - MickMil on December 6, 2012 Reply
  • Wonderful Site!!!!!!

    - Fran on December 6, 2012 Reply
  • Hey Jenn, what’s the best way to reheat this if served the day after it’s made?

    - Jennifer on December 6, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Jennifer, Cover it tightly with foil and reheat in a 350 degree oven for about 25-35 min., or until heated through.

      - Jenn on December 6, 2012 Reply
      • Thank you!!

        - Jennifer on December 12, 2012 Reply
  • Finally, a step by step with pictures to follow. I have never made a good brisket as of yet, but now it is within my reach. Thanks

    - Tamyla Abraham on December 6, 2012 Reply

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