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Beef Brisket

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + marinating Bake: 3 hours + standing


6-8 servings

As a native Texan, I love beef. My brother and I made special grills to cook and smoke 20 briskets at a time for parties. I created this beef brisket recipe to achieve a similar fork-tender, sweet and spicy result using the oven. —Scott Post, Clayton, North Carolina


  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground allspice, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, seasoned salt and sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 fresh beef brisket (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup cola
  • 1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • Additional barbecue sauce, optional


  1. Combine the dry seasonings; cover and set aside. Place brisket in a shallow dish or large heavy-duty resealable plastic bag. Combine cola and Worcestershire sauce; pour over meat. Cover or seal and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Drain meat; discard marinade. Rub seasoning mix over brisket; place in a large shallow roasting pan. Combine vinegar, butter and soy sauce; pour over meat. Cover and bake at 325° for 2 hours, basting occasionally. Drain drippings. Pour barbecue sauce over meat.
  3. Cover and bake for 1 hour or until the meat is tender. Remove meat from pan; let stand 15 minutes before slicing. Serve with additional barbecue sauce if desired.
Beef Brisket Tips

Can you make this beef brisket recipe in a slow cooker?

Yes. Prepare the recipe as directed. Instead of putting it in the oven, however, transfer beef to a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Pour the vinegar mixture over beef. Cover and cook on low until tender, 6-8 hours, basting occasionally. You can also try this Texas-style brisket recipe that's made in the slow cooker.

How do you make beef brisket tender?

Simply put, brisket naturally benefits from long, slow cook times. The cooking process is usually enough to tenderize brisket, but some swear by these tips—as well as resting the meat before slicing and cutting against the grain when serving.

How do you store beef brisket?

Store cooked beef brisket in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

What can you serve with this beef brisket recipe?

Brisket is great served alone with barbecue sauce and pickled red onions, but it can also be served with side salads like coleslaw or on a sandwich or brisket sliders.

Rashanda Cobbins, Taste of Home Food Editor
Beef Brisket
This is a fresh beef brisket, not corned beef.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 361 calories, 19g fat (10g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 1165mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 37g protein.