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Not only is this apple and onion smothered beef brisket easy and delicious, it's also very fast (for a brisket recipe)! Cooking it low and slow often results in dried-out meat, so instead we dial up the temperature slightly and bake it in about half the time to ensure it's both tender and moist.

Recipe Summary

3 hrs 55 mins
8 hrs
12 hrs 15 mins
20 mins
1 3-pound brisket


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist
For the Braising Liquid:


Instructions Checklist
  • Season both sides of the brisket generously with salt, pepper, and cayenne. For best results, place brisket over an aluminum foil "rack" set over a plate and refrigerate, uncovered, 8 to 12 hours.

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and salt. Cook and stir until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, rosemary, and apple juice. Increase heat to high and boil until liquid is reduced by about half, about 3 minutes.

  • Transfer half of the apple-onion mixture into a baking dish. Place brisket fat-side up on top; cover with remaining apple-onion mixture. Cover baking dish tightly with foil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees F (121 degrees C) and bake until fork-tender, about 2 hours 15 minutes. Check for doneness after 2 hours.

  • Transfer brisket to a plate and tent with foil.

  • Pour the onions and braising liquid into a large measuring cup or bowl. Skim some fat off the top. Puree with a stick blender to create a gravy.

  • Slice brisket across the grain and serve with the gravy.

Chef's Notes:

If you decide to use a whole brisket, this method will work as shown, but you'll probably need to give it a little more time at the end to ensure it's fork-tender.

Substitute apple cider for the juice if you like.

Nutrition Facts

338 calories; protein 17.9g; carbohydrates 6.3g; fat 26.5g; cholesterol 77.5mg; sodium 1268.1mg. Full Nutrition