Beer-braised beef brisket

Beer-braised beef brisket


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About this recipe: Brisket is an inexpensive cut of beef taken from just below the shoulder, and benefits from slow cooking and braising. This recipe results in fork-tender beef that melts in the mouth! Enjoy as an alternative to your Sunday roast.

Anna B.

Serves: 6 

  • 1.8kg beef brisket joint, trimmed of fat
  • salt to taste
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 330ml beer
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown soft sugar
  • 1 beef stock cube, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 2 tablespoons water

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:4hr  ›  Ready in:4hr10min 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
  2. Season the beef brisket with salt, and place in a baking dish. Cover the entire joint with onion slices. In a medium bowl, mix together the beer, dark brown soft sugar, beef stock cube, pepper, garlic bay leaf and thyme. Pour over the brisket. Cover with aluminium foil.
  3. Bake for 4 hours in the preheated oven. The brisket should be fork-tender. Mix together the cornflour and water; stir into the juices in the baking dish to thicken. Remove the bay leaf. Slice and serve the meat.

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Reviews (4)


Used this recipe for dinner today and it was delicious. The gravy/sauce was packed full of flavour. A definite hit in our house! Will definitely be making again. - 16 Nov 2014


- 17 Feb 2013


I usually use my own recipe when cooking beef brisket, but I wanted to try something different, so I tried this recipe instead. Very simple to make and the meat was tender, but there is too much black pepper in the gravy to suit my taste at 2 tablespoons. I only used a half tablespoon and it was still too peppery; I would recommend using salt and pepper to suit your own individual preferences, rather than the amount stated here. - 03 Jan 2015

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