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Brisket in a Bag Recipe
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Brisket in a Bag Recipe

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This tender brisket is served with a savory cranberry gravy that's made right in the bag. You'll want to serve the slices with mashed potatoes just so you can drizzle the gravy over them. —Peggy Stigers, Fort Worth, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 large oven roasting bag
  • 1 fresh beef brisket (5 pounds), trimmed
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix

Nutritional Facts

6 ounces equals 324 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 81 mg cholesterol, 544 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 40 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 6 lean meat, 1 starch


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Place 1 tablespoon flour in oven bag; shake to coat. Place bag in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking pan; place brisket in bag.
  2. Combine cranberry sauce, soup, tomato sauce, soup mix and remaining flour; pour over beef. Seal bag. Cut slits in top of bag according to package directions.
  3. Bake 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until meat is tender. Carefully remove brisket from bag. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Thinly slice meat across the grain; serve with gravy. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor's Note: This is a fresh beef brisket, not corned beef.
Originally published as Brisket in a Bag in Taste of Home August/September 2007, p31

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

"This may seem like a strange combination of ingredients but this recipe is delightful! I did however use mine in a crock pot as oppose to the oven. Worked great!! Not only did the house smell wonderful while cooking but flavorful gravy was wonderful served over mashed potatos. You will not be disapointed!"

Reviewed Mar. 29, 2013

"The meat comes out so tender and the gravy is delicious"

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2012

"Oh my gosh.....this is soooo good! Everyone loved it! YUMMY Followed recipe exactly."

Reviewed Apr. 6, 2012

"Tasty and super easy to make.."

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2011

"This was easy to put together, and really tasty. I cooked my brisket in a stoneware dish and covered it with tin foil. Baked it at 300 for 6 hours. Thanks for this recipe"

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