Brisket for a Beginner

READY IN: 3hrs 15mins
Recipe by Carrie Richman

This is our favorite Rosh Hashana main dish. The smell of this dish cooking is incredible and the meat will fall apart.

Top Review by Lutie

My mother-in-law taught me how to cook her Jewish brisket when I was a young southern bride in the 60's. This was her recipe, BUT the secret is to fry the onions for a long, long time in butter until they are deep golden brown and caramelize. After the onions are finished cooking, remove them and sear the brisket on both sides. Return the onions to the brisket, adding 2 cups of water. Let the brisket bake (or keep it in the dutch oven on top of the stove) for about an hour and a half. Remove it and cut it into even slices. Replace the slices back into the pan and mix the dry onion soup mix with the water and catsup (which you have already mixed together). Cook it for another hour or so until fork tender. This makes a little bit of highly-flavored gravy to serve over wide noodles or with potato kugel. Oh, there is not another meat recipe out there to rival this one. It has been my children's favorite their whole lives. Actually, it is so good that I have been known to go into the refrigerator and eat it cold. If possible, I cook this one day in advance so that the fat will rise to the top and I can remove it easier when it has been refrigerated. Slowly reheat it and the flavors will have really permeated the meat. It is even better left-over with left-over kugel.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 -4 lbs chuck roast or 3 -4 lbs beef brisket
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 12 cup water


  1. Line roasting pan with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray.
  2. Place beef in pan.
  3. Mix all ingredients together and pour over beef.
  4. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours at 350 degrees.

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