Beef Brisket Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 4 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 5 hours

Beef Brisket is covered with an amazing dry rub, then roasted on low for hours until it practically melts in your mouth. Then, it’s drenched in homemade barbecue sauce and grilled or broiled until caramelized and charred. This is one of the best briskets you’ll ever try!

This slow-cooking cut is also perfect for homemade pastrami, slow-cooked Barbacoa beef, and Corned Beef, and they’re really fun (and so delicious) to make from scratch, too!

Easy beef brisket in oven 

Beef Brisket is THE BEST WAY to enjoy this incredible cut of beef. Every part of this recipe is bursting with flavor— the meat, the dry rub, and our amazing homemade BBQ sauce, which all get infused into the brisket during the slow roast. Now, don’t be overwhelmed by the number of spices we need, because most of these are common pantry ingredients.

And we promise you— it’s all worth it because nothing’s as delicious as beef brisket that’s 100% made from scratch! And once you’re prepped the beef, the oven does almost all the work.

What is a brisket?

Brisket is a type of meat cut that comes from the breast or lower chest of beef or veal. It’s a tougher cut with lots of connective tissues, which makes it absolutely perfect for slow cooking. Also, the low and slow heat melts those tissues down to give you super tender meat. This cut also has a unique quality— it can be both sliceable and tender at the same time, unlike other cuts which can only be shredded once they get soft.

What cut of meat is similar to brisket?

No meat cut comes close to the beefy flavor and sliceable quality of brisket, but for this recipe, you can swap it with a blade roast or chuck roast.

Oven Roasted Beef Brisket Ingredients

For the meat:

  • Brisket: We recommend using organic, grass-fed beef with lots of marbling for the best flavor and tenderness.
  • Broth: We’re braising the meat in beef broth, but you can also use homemade chicken stock or veggie in a pinch.

For the seasonings:

  • Powdered seasonings We’re using garlic and onion powder, plus mustard powder for a little tang and smoked paprika. In addition, cayenne or chili adds optional heat, while cumin infuses the meat with a warm, earthy flavor and a lovely aroma.
  • Brown sugar: For a hint of sweetness, and to encourage caramelization all over the surface.
  • Ground peppers: Cracked white, black, and red peppers add a great texture to the crust plus complex spice.
  • Olive oil: Helps all the seasonings stick to the crust.

Braising sauce:

  • Sauces: We’re combining BBQ sauce, ketchup for a subtle tomato flavor, plus Worcestershire and apple cider vinegar for tang. A little soy sauce adds a ton of umami and salt.
  • Garlic: Minced fresh garlic makes for an incredibly fragrant sauce.
  • Sweeteners: Molasses and brown sugar both add sweetness and encourages caramelization.

How to make Juicy Beef Brisket from scratch?

  1. Combined the spices
    First, whisk the spice mix together, and rub it all over the meat.
  2. Roast for the first hour
    Next, place the spiced beef on the tray. Pour broth into it, and then roast for 1 hour at 350F, covered in foil.
  3. Roast for another 3-4 hrs on LOW
    Bring down the oven to 300F and continue roasting for 3 to 4 hrs., or until the meat is really tender.
  4. Broil
    Raise the oven heat to 400F. Brush the meat with the BBQ sauce mixture and broil up to 10 mins until the crust starts to get caramelized. Brush with another layer of sauce and broil until the edges get charred. Afterward, take it out and rest for around 10 mins.
  5. Serve
    Slice the meat and serve with the rest of the BBQ sauce.

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Recipe variations and substitutions:

  • Use chuck: The best alternative if you can’t get brisket is rolled and tied chuck roast.
  • Add beer: Sub half of the broth with some dark beer like Guinness for more complexity.

Should brisket be pink?

No, it shouldn’t be pink anywhere at all because brisket should always be well-done, and never be eaten rare. In addition, almost 5 hours of low and slow cooking in the oven guarantees that the meat will be cooked through. If it’s still pink, it’s most likely massively tough and undercooked.

When people say “pink” brisket, they’re probably referring to pastrami or corned beef. Both use special curing salts which turn the meat pinkish.

What to serve with beef brisket?

A Southern-style spread is our favorite way of enjoying this brisket! That means a table full of cornbread, dirty rice, coleslaw, macaroni salad, and corn on the cob. We love this with some baked beans and mashed sweet potatoes, too!  

More Beef recipes to try:

How to store leftovers?

First, cool all the leftovers before transferring to a big container, then store leftovers in the fridge for up to 8 days. You can also transfer in a freezer bag and store frozen for up to 12 months (yes, it can last a really long time!)

Defrost before reheating. Heat the slices up in a 325F oven, cover with sauce then with foil, and roast for 20 mins until hot.

Recipe tips:

  • Cayenne pepper in the sauce is optional, but we highly recommend it. That heat takes the sauce to another level!
  • Alternatively, you can also broil the brisket on a hot grill if you have one.
  • For deeper flavor, I recommend marinating the meat overnight after rubbing it with a spice rub to get more flavor into it.
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5 from 4 reviews

Homemade Beef Brisket

Beef Brisket is covered with an amazing dry rub, then roasted on low for hours until it practically melts in your mouth.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 5 hours Total time: 5 hrs 30 mins

Ingredients

Beef Brisket Seasoning:

Sauce:

Instructions

Nutrition information

Calories: 595 Carbohydrates: 40 Protein: 49 Fat: 25 Saturated Fat: 7 Cholesterol: 141 Sodium: 2094 Potassium: 1079 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 32 Vitamin A: 838 Vitamin C: 1 Calcium: 59 Iron: 6
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Tara Pittman

I have never made a brisket. This recipe makes it sound so easy to make.

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Nikki Wayne

Gosh this looks so juicy. And the color is so nice. Yum!

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Monica Simpson

I have made pulled pork so many times but never beef brisket. I would love to try your recipe!

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Lynndee

I haven't had beef brisket in a while. Time to make a batch. Going to save your recipe.

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Kelli A

I have been trying new cooking methods during quarantine and a beef brisket sounds like something I need to try!

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Dwaine Kimmick

Want to make a Brisket that Everyone will love??? Try this SIMPLE RECIPE 1) 11-17lb Brisket 2) Large disposable roasting pan 3) Large bottle of Coke 4) Bottle of Claude's Brisket Marinade Place meat fat side down, pour Coke over meat till it reaches halfway up the roast, pour marinade over the top of meat, cover in foil and place in a pre heated oven at 275 degrees, cook for 9-12 hours..... Enjoy!!!

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Everything Enchanting

This looks so mouth-watering! I will have to give this Beef Brisket recipe a try soon 😍

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Kita Bryant

The true smoking meat is brisket. It is one of my favorite summer time meats.

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IceCreamnStickyFingers

It has been a very long time since I’ve had a homemade brisket. I personally don’t own a grill and it’s just two of us at home. It would end up being way too much. But if I decide to have a get together I’ll have to use this recipe.

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