Skip to main content New<> this month
Get the Allrecipes magazine

Apricot Brisket

Rated as 4.43 out of 5 Stars

"Serve this brisket and the fruity gravy with mashed potatoes, salad, and hot rolls."
Added to shopping list. Go to shopping list.


3 h 45 m servings 822
Original recipe yields 6 servings


{{model.addEditText}} Print
  1. In a large heavy skillet, 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 Dutch oven with a lid.
  2. Add onions to the drippings in the skillet. Saute over medium heat until the onions are beginning to brown. Stir in garlic, and cook for 2 or 3 more minutes. Pour over the brisket in the Dutch oven.
  3. Empty one package of dry, instant onion soup mix over the browned onions and meat. Arrange all of 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.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees F (160 degrees C) for 1 hour. Check liquid; if dish is starting to look dry, add a bit more water around meat. Cover, and cook another hour. Remove lid, and stir apricots into gravy. Leave uncovered, and cook for another 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 1/2 hour. Cut across grain to serve.


  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 822 calories; 43.8 52.4 56.3 185 550 Full nutrition

Explore more


Read all reviews 43
  1. 51 Ratings

    Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars
    Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars
    Rated as 3 out of 5 Stars
    Rated as 2 out of 5 Stars
    Rated as 1 out of 5 Stars
Most helpful positive review

I made this in a crock pot -- I didn't have to make any adjustments. It was wonderful. Try it.

Most helpful critical review

Obviously I am at odds with every other reviewer, but I found this recipe just awful. The apricots went really badly with the beef, to just give a really unpleasant flavour. Must just be me.

Most helpful
Most positive
Least positive

I made this in a crock pot -- I didn't have to make any adjustments. It was wonderful. Try it.

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 i...

I made this recipe in my slow cooker . It was so easy and tasted excellent . I'll make it often .

Great recipe! Here's how I tweaked it after reading everyone's feedback: I used Knorr French Onion Soup Mix. I chopped up the apricots and used only 3/4 cup. I used a 3 pound chuck roast, browne...

This recipe is WONDERFUL! If you think it would be too sweet with the apricots, you're wrong! This makes a lovely, savory gravy. My family loved it! I made it for Passover and got RAVES! Th...

I have been making this recipe for a few years now with some modifications that make this recipe out of this world. Firstly, I braise the beef in butter and olive oil. Second, I add shallots a...

This was my first brisket and aI was nervous, but it was so delicious! I dont have a Dutch oven, so I used a roasting pan and tin foil. I cooked the meat for about 4 - 4 1/2 hours and it came ou...

This was a simple recipe with great results. The apricot really gave it a nice tang. I was a little worried since it was my first brisket, but it came out great. A couple of notes: I used ha...

not too long ago I made this sort of thing accept I used apricot jam, and I added some soy sauce. this is DELISH!