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Zippy Barbecued Beef Brisket

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. + marinating Bake: 3 hours + standing


10 servings

This is an authentic Texas dish from a good friend. The tangy sauce not only helps tenderize the meat but also provides fantastic flavor.—Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3 celery ribs, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Dash pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Liquid Smoke, optional
  • 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce
  • 2 teaspoons celery seed
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon each salt, garlic salt and onion salt
  • 1 fresh beef brisket (about 5 pounds)


  1. For barbecue sauce, in a large saucepan, combine the first 13 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Strain sauce, discarding bay leaves and vegetable pulp; set aside.
  2. For marinade, in a large resealable plastic bag, combine the Liquid Smoke if desired, teriyaki sauce, celery seed, pepper, salts and 1 cup reserved barbecue sauce. Add the brisket. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight, turning occasionally. Cover and refrigerate remaining barbecue sauce.
  3. Drain and discard marinade. Place brisket on a large sheet of heavy-duty foil; seal tightly. Place in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 325° for 3-4 hours or until meat is tender.
  4. Remove brisket to a serving platter; let stand for 15 minutes. Reheat reserved sauce. Thinly slice meat across the grain. Serve with sauce.

Nutrition Facts

4 ounce-weight: 341 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 99mg cholesterol, 1144mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 42g protein.

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