Sweet and Sour Brisket


This is heaven in a pot and couldn't be easier to make! The sweet and sour flavors come together nicely with melt-in-your-mouth brisket. Serve with mashed potatoes, potato pancakes or roasted potatoes and bread on the side to soak up the scrumptious sauce. If you like intense flavors, you will not be disappointed.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 35 mins
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 (3 pound) beef brisket, top cut or thin cut

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste

  • 2 large onions, thickly sliced

  • ½ cup beef broth

  • ½ cup dry red wine

  • 1 cup bottled chili sauce

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar

  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy roasting pan over medium-high heat; pat brisket dry with paper towels. Rub meat with garlic and cracked black pepper and place into the hot oil. Brown brisket on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove brisket and set aside.

  3. Reduce heat to medium and cook and stir onions until very browned, about 10 minutes; stir beef broth and red wine into the Dutch oven. Scrape up any brown bits and bring the mixture to a simmer.

  4. Stir chili sauce, brown sugar, cider vinegar, and bay leaf into the red wine mixture; place brisket in the sauce. Spoon sauce over the meat and cover the Dutch oven.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the brisket is tender, 2 to 3 hours. Let brisket cool in pan. Remove brisket, slice the meat, and return the slices to the pan.

  6. Return to oven and bake until the sauce is bubbling, 10 to 15 minutes.

Cook's Note:

For even better results, this dish gets even tastier if you prepare it the day before and refrigerate overnight. Reheat at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes, stirring halfway through.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

580 Calories
36g Fat
35g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 580
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 743mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 12mg 58%
Calcium 52mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 552mg 12%

* 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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