Easter and Passover Recipes: Mom’s Beef Brisket

13 Mar

You can tell this wasn’t my plate because all of the food is VERY close together and the juices are all running onto each other. Yikes.


Today’s recipe is one I’ve eaten tons of times but never actually made myself. It’s for my mom’s beef brisket. She makes it when she’s having a crowd, or having a holiday or if she wants to make something in advance to freeze. This recipe is good for all of those things and it’s so delicious. One of my friends, Sue, is Jewish and she has used this recipe for her holiday meals for years and years, ever since having it at my parents’ house a while back.

With Easter and Passover coming up this weekend, I thought today would be a good day to post this recipe in case you’re looking for something new and different and of course, delicious, to make for your holiday meal.

I’ve put the recipe below exactly as my mom has typed it up for us, back in 2006. Thanks Mom!


My parents’ beef brisket is tender and delicious! Try it for yourself and see!


This recipe is a family favorite.  It’s easy to prepare and can also be made ahead and easily reheated, either from refrigerator or freezer.  It’s a dish that I’ve often been asked to bring to family gatherings, and it’s one of the first to disappear.  Leftovers, if there ever are any, are also delicious.


4 – 5 lb. (flat cut) fresh beef brisket  (not corned)

2 tsp. salt

1 small onion, sliced thin

1/2 tsp. garlic salt

1/4 tsp. dry mustard

1/4 tsp. rosemary leaves

1/4 tsp. thyme leaves

1 c. ketchup

1/2 c. water

1 bay leaf

1 tbl. brown sugar

Place meat in baking dish (corning ware or pyrex) or pan that is close to same size as meat.  Mix all ingredients and pour over meat.  Cover with heavy duty aluminum foil and bake 3 1/2 to 4 hours at 300 to 325 (until fork pierces easily).  (I usually set oven at 325.)  Remove from baking dish, slice on the diagonal and place sliced beef in clean baking dish (either another one same size or same one washed out).  Strain pan juices, if desired, and if so, use spatula or spoon to push through strainer.  Add 1/3 cup Pale Dry Sherry to pan juices.  Pour over sliced beef, cover * and heat for an additional 30 minutes (or longer if it doesn’t seem tender enough at that point).

* (Can be prepared up to point where beef is sliced and sherry is added to liquid and poured over beef.  Cover with plastic wrap.  Then refrigerate until about an hour before serving time.  Remove from refrigerator and remove plastic wrap.  Cover with foil and heat for about 45 minutes or so at 325 — until pan juices are bubbling and meat is hot.)

NOTE:  Meat is easier to slice if cold.  If you decide to slice cold, then separate meat from juice and chill separately.  Then slice meat, add Sherry wine to juice and pour over meat.  Then either continue to cook or freeze and continue to cook later (when reheating).

This is good if served with either the pan juices or mustard.


5 Responses to “Easter and Passover Recipes: Mom’s Beef Brisket”

  1. Sue Meyerson April 3, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    Yea!!! and YUM!!! thanks for mentioning me! I just LOVE that recipe! will probably be making some next week!
    Happy Easter to you and your family!

  2. Chris April 5, 2012 at 1:46 am #

    Favorite….we are having it Sunday!

  3. Jen U April 8, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Yum! I always loved when your mom made this! Will need to make it soon 🙂

  4. Sue Meyerson March 13, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    oooh! Look at my post from last year! Hooray for the recipe! I just made it this past weekend, and it’s sliced and in the freezer, awaiting Passover at our house this year! And I just gave the recipe to my friend Judy, yesterday…I also told her…DO NOT slice it while it is hot!!! A royal pain, and a shredded mess! Cold is much better…and slice it before you put it in the freezer, so when you take it out to cook, it is one less thing you have to do or think about! Perfect timing on the post!!! PS…decided I didn’t have enough brownies from the other day, after sharing some, and eating some, so I just made more for tomorrow night! Duncan Hines this time, Ghiradelli on Monday night…will have to do a taste test…care to join me?????

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