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Beer-Braised Brisket

Beer-Braised Brisket

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  • Makes: 12 to 16 servings
  • Hands On 30 mins
  • Total Time 4 hrs

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Compared to classics like turkey or roast beef, which require precise timing, brisket is an amazingly forgiving holiday main dish. (It actually tastes better when made ahead and reheated!) Not to mention, it actually makes its own gravy as it cooks, a luscious sauce that's begging for mashed potatoes.


  • 1 3 1/2 - 4 - pound flat cut beef brisket, trimmed, leaving 1/4-inch layer of fat
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried sage, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons coarse ground mustard
  • 3 onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped (leafy tops reserved for garnish, if desired)
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 12 - ounce bottle brown ale (such as Newcastle Brown Ale)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees . Season beef on both sides with 1 teaspoon each salt and cracked pepper. Heat oil in a 4- to 5-quart Dutch oven. Brown meat well on both sides, cutting in half to fit if necessary. Remove from heat; turn meat fat side up. Sprinkle with sage and spread with mustard. Add onion, carrots, celery and garlic to pot.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together ale, the water and tomato paste. Pour mixture over meat. Bring to boiling over high heat. Cover and transfer to oven. Bake for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or until fork tender.
  3. Transfer meat to a cutting board to cool slightly. Meanwhile, prepare sauce by pureeing cooking liquid and vegetables in the Dutch oven with an immersion blender (or cool 15 minutes and transfer to a blender). Season to taste. TO SERVE IMMEDIATELY: Thinly slice meat across grain. Arrange on a platter and top with some sauce. Top with Celery-Horseradish Garnish if desired. Pass remaining sauce. TO SERVE SOON: Thinly slice meat across grain. Arrange in a casserole dish or on an oven-safe platter. Top with some sauce and cover with foil. Keep warm in a 275 degrees to 325 degrees oven for up to 1 hour. Top with Celery-Horseradish Garnish if desired. Pass extra sauce, rewarmed if necessary. TO SERVE LATER: Wrap cooled meat and transfer sauce to a covered bowl. Chill up to 2 days. To reheat, slice beef across grain; arrange in a casserole dish. Top with sauce (remove congealed fat first) and cover with foil. Warm in a 325 degrees oven for 1 hour or until heated through. If you like, transfer beef to a platter and sauce to a pitcher. Top with Celery-Horseradish Garnish, if desired.


  • *Celery-Horseradish Garnish In a small bowl, combine 3/4 cup chopped celery leaves, 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley, 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt.

Nutrition Facts

(Beer-Braised Brisket)

Servings Per Recipe 12, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2, carb. (g) 7, Niacin (mg) 4, calcium (mg) 39, Monounsaturated fat (g) 14, iron (mg) 3, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, fiber (g) 1, sugar (g) 3, pro. (g) 22, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, cal. (kcal) 412, vit. A (IU) 3140, Folate (µg) 27, Fat, total (g) 32, vit. C (mg) 12, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 2, chol. (mg) 91, Thiamin (mg) 0, sodium (mg) 498, sat. fat (g) 12, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Potassium (mg) 507

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