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Sweet and Savory Brisket

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 8 hours


10 servings

I like this recipe not only because it makes such tender and flavorful beef, but because it takes advantage of a slow cooker. It's wonderful to come home from work and have this mouthwatering dish waiting for you. The beef doubles as a warm sandwich filling, too.—Chris Snyder, Boulder, Colorado
Sweet and Savory Brisket Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 beef brisket (3 to 3-1/2 pounds), cut in half
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup grape jelly
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Place half of the brisket in a 5-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, jelly, soup mix and pepper; spread half over meat. Top with the remaining meat and ketchup mixture.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender. Slice brisket; serve with cooking juice.
Editor's Note
This is a fresh beef brisket, not corned beef.

Nutrition Facts

4 ounces cooked beef: 223 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 596mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 starch.

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  • Krista
    Sep 15, 2020

    Brisket been in fir about 6 hrs.....tasting a lot like jelly! Will that flavor blend more as it cooks? Im afraid it's going to tast like grape jelly!

  • NoodleNel
    May 28, 2020

    First tim making brisket and it was delicious!

  • 2769
    May 10, 2019

    Flavor was outstanding. I baked instead of using the crock pot, covered, with fat side up and half the sauce under the meat and the rest on top, in a 325 oven for 3 hours. When finished, I removed the top layer of fat, the sliced across the grain. The sauce made a wonderful BBQ style gravy.

  • changde
    Jun 5, 2017

    Used this recipe on numerous occasions. So easy and really good! Had to give away this recipe too many times. Thanks for the recipe!

  • ejshellabarger
    Mar 22, 2017

    The flavor was spot-on but my brisket came out more on the dry side. Definitely worth another try but I'd cook it for less time and see if that helps.

  • mnaso88
    Jan 17, 2016

    This was my first time ever making a brisket, so I wasn't sure what to expect. This recipe is awesome!!! I couldn't stop eating it!!

  • KickKick
    Nov 8, 2015

    OMGOSH!! I can't believe I FINALLY FOUND this recipe. I have SO MANY cookbooks and I have looked and looked, literally for years for this recipe. I made this back when our boys were still at home and they LOVED IT!!!! I remembered using an entire bottle of ketsup and asking the butcher for a brisket NOT CORNED BEEF. That is how I googled it and found it. This was the very best brisket EVER. SO glad I found it. Now going to make it for our boys and wives and the Hubster. Thanks Taste of Home.

  • gunslinger
    Apr 6, 2015

    Very tender and tasty! Sauce had a mild sweet barbecue flavor.

  • Kathy2688515
    Oct 25, 2012

    Absolutely supberb with grass fed/hormone free beef. Was definetley a family favorite and will make it over and over again.

  • cwbuff2
    Aug 4, 2012

    My husband raved about this recipe! The meat turned out incredibly juicy, which for me is a touchstone for a meat recipe. However, I also didn't cook it the full time given in the recipe, but for 5-6 hrs instead. I really wouldn't cook it any more than that. I served it with 2 other TOH recipes, Onion-Roasted Potatoes and Green Bean Bundles, and my husband and son said it was one of the best meals I ever made. We also made sandwiches the next day with the leftovers, and it was still terrific! The only thing I will do differently next time is to emulsify all the sauce ingredients in a blender first, before adding to the meat, so that it will hold better over such a long cooking time.