Beef Brisket with Apricots

    3 hours 45 min

    This beef joint may take a while to cook, but the results are really worth it. The resulting beef is meltingly tender. Serve with the fruity gravy, mash potatoes and vegetables.

    50 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    • 1 (2.7kg) joint beef brisket
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 30g dry onion soup mix
    • 450g dried apricots

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:3hr30min  ›  Ready in:3hr45min 

    1. In a large heavy frying pan, heat oil over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, brown the beef on all sides. If the brisket is too large, cut it in half first and brown in two stages. Place the meat in a large casserole dish with a lid.
    2. Add onions to the drippings in the frying pan. Saute over medium heat until the onions are beginning to brown. Stir in garlic and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes. Pour over the brisket in the casserole dish.
    3. Sprinkle soup mix over the browned onions and meat. Arrange the apricots on top of the soup mix. Pour enough water AROUND outside of meat, not on top, to cover the sides of brisket. Cover with lid.
    4. Bake at 160 C / Gas 2 1/2 for 1 hour. Check liquid; if dish is starting to look dry, add a bit more water around meat. Cover and cook 1 more hour. Remove lid and stir apricots into gravy. Leave uncovered and cook for 1 more hour. Stir gravy again and add more water if the gravy is too thick. Meat should be very tender; if necessary, bake for an additional 30 minutes. Cut across grain to serve.

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    I made this in a crock pot -- I didn't have to make any adjustments. It was wonderful. Try it.  -  23 Dec 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was flavorful ... I added dried cranberries, too. There is an error in the cooking time, however (I looked at the 2 hours 30 minute cook time and it messed up dinner ... wound up serving it the next day). Following the directions, there should be 3 hours of cooking, plus an additional 1/2 hour if necessary. Gravy is excellent, though!  -  17 May 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made this recipe in my slow cooker . It was so easy and tasted excellent . I'll make it often .  -  16 Apr 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)