Favorite BBQ Brisket

This is my favorite brisket recipe!  I use the mild Two Fat Guy’s BBQ sauce.  Pre-warning, after the initial browning of the meat, this needs to cook in the oven 3-4 hours, with a few checks in there to turn the meat and the BBQ sauce is not added until the last 30 minutes.


  • 4 Lbs beef brisket, trimmed (grass fed works best)
  • 1 TBS of chili powder
  • 1 TBS (sweet) paprika (I use a little more, especially if meat over 3lbs)
  • 1 TBS packed brown sugar (I use at least 1.5 TBS)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • vegetable or grapeseed oil
  • 1-2 yellow onions
  • 1 jar Two Fat Guy’s Mild BBQ sauce

Rinse the brisket and pat dry with paper towels.  In a small bowl stir together the following ingredients for the rub: chili powder, paprika, sugar, salt, and garlic.  Rub mixture all over meat, then place meat in a large ziplock bag and refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours.  (I tend to take the meat our 1 hour before cooking and then add the rub).

If the meat is refrigerated with the rub, remove an hour from cooking time and let come to room temperature.  Preheat oven to 325.

Remove meat from bag.  Coat the bottom of a dutch oven (or another pot large enough to hold the brisket) with oil.  Set pot over medium-high heat and when oil shimmers, put meat in pot.  Let cook until deeply browned on the bottom and lifts easy from the pot.  (The meat will almost looked burnt, I usually cook 5-8 minutes per side depending on size of brisket).  Transfer meat to a plate.

Add the onion to the pot and cook, stirring, until lightly colored, about 5 minutes.  Pour in 2 cups of water, stirring to release browned bits.  Return meat and any juices to the pot, then place a piece of foil over meat, cover to the edges of the pot and tuck the foil in.  Cover pot with a tight sealing lid and transfer to the oven; cook for 2 hours.  Remove pot, carefully lift off foil, and turn meat over.

If the sauce looks dry, add an additional 1/2 to 1 cup of water.  Replace foil and cover, then return pot to oven.  If adding vegetables like carrots I add at this point.  Continue to cook until meat is fork tender, but not falling apart, about 1 hour more.  

When the meat is tender, remove from oven and discard foil, tilt pot and spoon off as much fat as possible.  Pour BBQ sauce over the meat, cover pot and return to oven until meat is very tender and sauce is reduced, about 30 minutes.  Remove and let brisket stand 10-15 minutes before serving to allow flavors to settle.  Slice across grain and add/offer additional sauce.

Save additional BBQ sauce and meat for hot brisket sandwiches the next day!


Braised Beef Brisket


Brisket is one of my favorite meals to braise in the oven, cooking slowly for several hours.  It is a great Sunday meal or perfect to simmer in the oven for a few hours if you have errands to run or a longer cardio session during the week.  Brisket is generally a tough cut of meat but with a little love can turn into a delicious, tender dinner.  Cooking the meat at a lower temperature in a dutch oven (my favorite cooking pan), allows the meat to slowly break down the connective tissues as it braises in liquid.


I like to cook the meat about 1 hour per pound, basting every 90 minutes to an hour.  If the meat is not cooked long enough, the brisket will remain tough.  When using tomato juices in the liquid, make sure to layer the top of the pan with parch paper and then tin foil as the acidity of tomatoes can cause a reaction with aluminum foil, causing small pinholes in the foil.


    • 1 (3-5-pound) brisket of beef
      • Can also substitute chuck roast
    • salt, pepper seasoning to taste
    • 1 garlic clove chopped or 1 tsp garlic seasoning
    • 1 tsp sweet paprika
    • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil (higher smoke point than olive oil)
    • onion, celery, carrot mix peeled and diced
    • 1 (26.46 Ounce) Pomi chopped tomatoes
    • 2 cups red wine (medium body) (I used Sleeping Bear Red)
      • This wine is a Burgundy-style blend of five different grapes, light-to-medium bodied with definite tart cherry and red-currant flavors.
    • 1 cup chicken broth
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1-2 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
    • 1-2 sprigs fresh rosemary, chopped
    • 6 to 8 carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal
    • 6-8 medley of small yellow, red, and purple potatoes, quartered
  1.  Remove the meat from the fridge and let come to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Sprinkle salt pepper to taste over the brisket and rub with the garlic and paprika.
  3. Heat the grapeseed oil until it shimmers, then sear the brisket on each side (2-4 minuter per side) until browned.  Remove brisket from the pan and set aside.
  4. Add onions to pan and cook until softened and begin to caramelize.
  5. Add the brisket back to the pan, fat side up (so fat can seep into meat while it cooks).
  6. Add the chopped thyme, rosemary and bay leaves.
  7. Pour tomatoes, broth and wine into the pan and bring to just a boil.
  8. Cover (don’t forget the aluminum and parch paper!) and transfer to oven; bake in the oven (1 hour per pound), basting hourly with the pan juices.IMG_1132Snapchat-8494526538160828331-169x300
  9. With an hour remaining add the carrots and potatoes, continue cooking until both meat and vegetables are fork tender.
  10. To test if the meat is done, place a fork in the brisket and see if it slowly pulls away from the meat when removed, or “falling off the fork”.
  11. Remove the meat from heat, place on a cutting board,  venting tin foil over it for 10 minutes to cool.
  12. Place the pot back on simmer burner to keep vegetables and sauce warm.
  13. Cut the brisket against the grain, serve with sauce and vegetables.IMG_1140 IMG_1141 IMG_1144 IMG_1147