Jewish Style Sweet and Sour Brisket


This is the best brisket you will ever taste. No matter who comes for dinner, they always make sure that I'll be making this brisket. It is a very traditional dish for Rosh Hashanah and Passover but it certainly is a winner any time of the year for anyone who loves very tender beef.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
11 hrs
10 servings


  • 4 pounds beef brisket

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup ketchup

  • ½ cup white vinegar

  • 2 onions, sliced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ¾ cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon salt


  1. Heat brisket in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook until browned on all sides. Stir in water, ketchup, vinegar, onions, garlic, brown sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Continue simmering until tender, turning brisket occasionally, 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours and 30 minutes.

  2. Remove brisket and allow to cool before slicing the meat against the grain. Place brisket slices in a 9x13 inch baking pan or large platter and pour gravy on top. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove any excess fat and reheat before serving.

    close up view of sliced Jewish Style Sweet and Sour Brisket served with mashed potatoes garnished with fresh herbs and Brussels sprouts on a blue plate
    Allrecipes Magazine

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

401 Calories
25g Fat
24g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 401
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 1020mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 331mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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