Total Time
2hrs 53mins
Prep 8 mins
Cook 2 hrs 45 mins

This is an absolutely fabulous brisket recipe I got from a cooking site on Prodigy many years ago. The resulting sauce has a wonderful barbeque-like flavor, and it's my personal favorite brisket recipe. I have prepared this not only as directed, but in the hotter months, when I haven't wanted to keep the oven on for hours, I've baked it in an electric covered frying pan right on my counter. The results are a bit different; the sauce does come out a lot thicker and darker. But it is still great, and a wonderful way to get a long-cooking comfort food meal when you don't want to heat up the kitchen, or just don't have an oven available. Great for those dorm room meals! I used a 350 setting for the same 2 1/2 hours. Just watch carefully so it doesn't burn, reduce the heat if necessary, and stir the sauce a bit more than you would if using the oven.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 450; you'll also need a roasting pan with a lid large enough to hold the brisket easily with a little space (but not too much) around it.
  2. Aluminum foil can be used to cover the pan if necessary.
  3. Put the meat in the roasting pan, and sear uncovered for 15 minutes.
  4. While the meat is searing, combine the cranberry sauce, onion soup mix and ketchup in a bowl; mix well.
  5. Remove the pan from the oven and lower the heat to 350.
  6. Pour the cranberry sauce mixture over the brisket, then pour enough ginger ale into the pan so it will cover the meat about half way up (you don't want it completely covered).
  7. Bake, covered, for 2 1/2 hours, occasionally spooning some of the sauce over the meat if desired.
  8. Slice the brisket on the diagonal, against the grain.
  9. You can return the slices to the sauce to reheat, if desired.
  10. NOTE: The amount of ginger ale you need will depend on the size of the brisket and your pan, but I've found usually 1-2 cans (1 1/2 to 3 cups) usually will do it.


Most Helpful

This was a super easy lifesaver recipe for a house full of last minute company. I used a second can of cranberry sauce because the piece of meat I had was enormous and mixed in a bottle of dark beer instead of the ginger ale (which I forgot to buy). I didn't bother to sear the meat but cooked it at 350 for 4 hours covered in a disposable roasting pan. Beautiful presentation and every one loved it! Thanks - we'll make this one again!

studio city girl December 28, 2008

This was very tasty! I cooked this in my Nesco Roaster and it came out delicious! Thanks for a great recipe!

*sweetomato* May 01, 2006

We love this. I have made it several times and appologise for not reviewing sooner. I make this on the stove top as I usually have something in the oven. I have made this with mashed potatoes, egg noodles, cous cous, and for sandwiches. I am planning to make this for Hanukka and serve it on bruschetta as part of my holiday cocktail buffet. Thanks for a great recipe. This is a Shabbat favorite especially durring the winter.

Ilysse November 16, 2005

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