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Customer-Favorite Braised Brisket

A long-time customer at our Madison Avenue shop in Manhattan shared this recipe with Stanley Lobel. This is how she always prepares the briskets that she buys in our shop, and says the recipe is just so delicious she had to share it with us. Stanley agrees and also notes that it's a great recipe to use for traditional Jewish holiday meals.

Cooking Method:
Braising Braising
Prep Time :
4 hours - 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Ingredients
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  • 1 (4.5-5.5 lbs.) USDA Prime Beef Brisket
    1/4 cup light brown sugar
    2 tbsp. kosher salt
    1 tsp. garlic powder
    1 tsp. (or more to taste) cayenne pepper
    1 tsp. sweet paprika
    1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
    1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    1/2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
    1/2 tsp. ground coriander
    1/2 tsp. freshly ground white pepper
    4 tbsp. vegetable oil
    4 large onions, sliced 1/2 inch thick
    2 lbs. carrots, cut diagonally 1/8 inch thick
    2 cups cola
    1 (23 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
    1/2 cup ketchup
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    In a bowl, mix the brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, black pepper. cinnamon. cocoa powder, coriander, and white pepper. Rub the mixture all over the brisket, set in a baking dish, and cover with foil. Refrigerate overnight.
    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large enameled cast iron casserole, heat the oil. Add the brisket, fat side down, and brown well over moderately high heat, six minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
    Reduce the heat to moderate and add the onions. Stir well, cover and cook, stirring, until softened, about 15 minutes. Add the carrots, cover and cook, stirring until the carrots begin to soften, 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
    Add the cola, tomatoes and ketchup to the pot and stir over moderate heat. Add the brisket and any juices and spread the onions and carrots around the meat. If necessary, add enough water to half-submerge the brisket in liquid. Cover tightly and braise in the oven for 2 1/2 hours.
    Transfer the brisket to a cutting board, cover with foil and let stand for 30 minutes. Raise the oven temperature to 425. Slice the meat across the grain 1/4 inch thick, return to the casserole and spoon the sauce over the meat.
    Return the pot to the oven and cook uncovered for 1 hour, or until the meat is fork-tender. Check every 20 minutes, if necessary, add water so the meat is half-submerged. Remove from the oven and let stand for 15 minutes. Transfer the meat to a platter, spoon the onions, carrots and sauce over the brisket, serve.