Tender Barbecued Brisket Recipe
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Tender Barbecued Brisket Recipe

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These tender slices of beef can be served as a main dish with potatoes for Sunday dinner or as barbecued beef sandwiches for a potluck or family get-together. this dish is popular with my large family, which includes 32 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. -Mildred Burk Parker, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Cook: 5 hours + standing
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + marinating Cook: 5 hours + standing
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 bottle (10 ounces) soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 fresh beef brisket (about 5 pounds)
  • 1 bottle (14 ounces) ketchup
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

Nutritional Facts

3 ounces equals 297 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 80 mg cholesterol, 2417 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 42 g protein.


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first seven ingredients. Add the brisket. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain and discard marinade. Place brisket on a large sheet of heavy-duty foil; seal tightly. Place in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 325° for 4 hours or until meat is tender.
  3. Remove brisket; let stand for 20 minutes. Thinly slice meat across the grain. Place in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Combine sauce ingredients; pour over meat. Cover and bake for 1 hour or until heated through. Brisket may be frozen for up to 3 months. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor's Note: This is a fresh beef brisket, not corned beef.
Originally published as Barbecued Brisket in Taste of Home February/March 2005, p38

Light-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Apr. 22, 2014

"I made this brisket for a family get-together. I had all of the marinade ingredients on hand which is one reason that I chose this recipe. I took it out after the 4 hours and it was so delicious, moist and tender that my husband didn't want me to add the barbecue sauce to it because he didn't want me to "mess with perfection". So, I can attest that the brisket was absolutely delicious without the sauce. However, I think that adding the barbecue sauce will give a bit of sweetness to the brisket that will complement the savory flavor."

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