This tangy, sweet brisket recipe makes a wonderful main dish, or a fabulous appetizer when paired with crackers or bread rounds. It's been a favorite with my husband's family for years. This recipe can also be prepared in a slow cooker.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
4 hrs
total:
4 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place brisket in 9x13 inch pan.

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  • In a medium bowl, combine dressing, soup mix, and cranberries. Pour over brisket, and cover pan with foil.

  • Cook for 3 to 4 hours, or until brisket is extremely tender. Brisket will get very dark/caramelized; this adds flavor, and doesn't mean that you have overcooked it.

Nutrition Facts

341 calories; protein 14.4g; carbohydrates 7.7g; fat 27.9g; cholesterol 61.3mg; sodium 368.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2003
About a week before you plan on serving it, prepare the meat and let marinade over night in the refrigerator. (I added fresh carrote and sliced onions) Cook it, let cool then slice it and freeze. Reheat in the cooking liquid. When heated take the liquid, cranberries, and vegetables and puree them. Cook the liquid down and you have a wonderful gravy to go with a delicious brisket! I made this for Thanksgiving along with my turkey. I have turkey left but not a bit of Brisket! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/14/2006
this recipe sounded and smelled delicious but when it was done we found that the cranberry flavor was lost to the onion soup flavor. The onion flavor was overpowering. Maybe if half a packet of soup mix was used it would be better. Read More
(16)
63 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2003
About a week before you plan on serving it, prepare the meat and let marinade over night in the refrigerator. (I added fresh carrote and sliced onions) Cook it, let cool then slice it and freeze. Reheat in the cooking liquid. When heated take the liquid, cranberries, and vegetables and puree them. Cook the liquid down and you have a wonderful gravy to go with a delicious brisket! I made this for Thanksgiving along with my turkey. I have turkey left but not a bit of Brisket! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2007
I've made this several times in the crockpot and it's always a winner. This same sauce is also good baked on chicken. I bet it would even be good with pork. Very versatile and delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2005
I have been making this recipe for awhile now. This recipe may sound strange, but is very, very good. The tangy and sweet are excellent together. So easy to make too. I usually make "Super Squash" with this recipe, which is found on this website as well. This is the best recipe I make, and I make alot of recipes. Definitely try this. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2006
I made this for New Year's day dinner & it was fantastic!!! I'm Texan & I still say this sauce is better than BBQ anytime!:o) I too used a can of whole cranberries instead of fresh. I sliced it plated it & poured the sauce over the slices; served it w/ green bean bundles black eyed peas salad & cranberry ice (from allrecipes) for dessert. It will become our traditional Texan New Year's Day dinner............................................................................ I made this again for a church potluck where several other BBQ briskets were brought & just wanted to tell y'all that my cranberry brisket was chosen over all of their's 3 to 1. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2003
I prepared it as a main dish for a pot luck party. EVERYONE asked for the recipe. It is very very easy to prepare. The serving amount of brisket recommended in the recipe is for 6 not 16 (unless you are using it as an appetizer). I had a group of 16 so I used a 6.5 pound brisket. I cooked it for 4 hours which was plenty of time. I sliced the brisket then mixed it back into the sauce- it was delicious! I'm using this recipe again for another party. My husband was disappointed that there were no leftovers so I'll to get an even bigger brisket next time! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2005
This was great. I made it in a slow cooker and used a can of whole cranberry sauce instead of fresh cranberries. Also I had a small bottle of Catalina dressing which turned out to be less than one cup but that didn't seem to matter. There was plenty of sauce to serve over the meat and the kids loved it. I'll definitely make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/18/2005
I made this recipe for a special dinner with my mom and her friend and we all agreed that it was excellent! I kept getting compliments all night...even after dinner was over! It was so different from any other brisket we have ever had. So easy and so good! I only made two changes to the original...I used a sweet honey catalina dressing and dried cranberries only because I couldn't find any fresh. It turned out wonderfully! Thank you so much for this YUMMY brisket!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/14/2006
this recipe sounded and smelled delicious but when it was done we found that the cranberry flavor was lost to the onion soup flavor. The onion flavor was overpowering. Maybe if half a packet of soup mix was used it would be better. Read More
(16)
Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2003
Using Catalina makes a wonderful difference. I used dried cherries in place of cranberries and it was still moist. My family left no leftovers. Read More
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