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Barbecued Brisket

Total Time

Prep: 1-1/4 hours Bake: 3 hours


6-8 servings

For a mouthwatering main dish to star in a summer meal, this brisket can't be beat. Baked slowly, the meat gets nice and tender and picks up the sweet and tangy flavor of the barbecue sauce.—Page Alexander, Baldwin City, Kansas


  • 1 fresh beef brisket (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1-1/4 cups water, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Liquid Smoke, optional


  1. Place brisket in a large Dutch oven. Add 1/2 cup water. Cover and bake at 325° for 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add the ketchup, vinegar, lemon juice, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, cornstarch, paprika, chili powder, salt, pepper and remaining water. Simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add Liquid Smoke; mix well. Drain drippings from Dutch oven. Pour sauce over meat. Cover and bake 1 hour longer or until meat is tender.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 287 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 72mg cholesterol, 536mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 0 fiber), 35g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

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