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Old-Fashioned Beef Brisket

Tender slices of beef smothered in onions in a sweet tomato sauce give this entrée an old-fashioned feel. It is simple to prepare and delicious comfort food.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 3 hours
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1 fresh beef brisket (4 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 large sweet onions, sliced
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine or beef broth


  • In an oven-proof Dutch oven, brown meat in oil on all sides; drain. Top with onions. Combine the ketchup, water and wine; pour over meat and onions.
  • Cover and bake at 350° for 3 to 3-1/2 hours or until meat is tender. Let stand for 5 minutes. Thinly slice brisket across the grain. Thicken sauce if desired; serve with beef.
    Freeze option: Place individual portions of sliced brisket in freezer containers; top with cooking sauce. Cool and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, gently stirring and adding a little water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
4 ounces cooked beef: 277 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 562mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 0 fiber), 31g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 starch.

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  • mars1105
    Dec 1, 2010

    I made it once with a lg brisket in a Nesco for 4 hours at 400 pour a bottle of ketchup and a bottle of duck sauce over it and thats it.