Grandma Selma's Brisket

READY IN: 4hrs 45mins




  • In a bowl, mix the brown sugar, salt, garlic powder, cayenne, paprika, black pepper, cinnamon, cocoa, coriander and white pepper.
  • Rub the mixture all over the brisket, set it in a baking dish and cover with foil; refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the oil.
  • Add the brisket, fat side down, and brown well over moderately high heat, 6 minutes per side & transfer to a plate.
  • Reduce the heat to moderate and add the onions.
  • Stir well, cover and cook, stirring, until softened, about 15 minutes.
  • Add the carrots, cover and cook, stirring, until the carrots begin to soften, 5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a bowl.
  • Add the Coca-Cola, tomatoes and ketchup to the pot and stir over moderate heat.
  • Add the brisket and any juices and spread the onions and carrots around the meat.
  • If necessary, add enough water to half-submerge the brisket in liquid.
  • Cover tightly and braise in the oven for 2 1/2 hours.
  • Transfer the brisket to a cutting board, cover with foil and let stand for 30 minutes.
  • Raise the oven temperature to 425°F
  • Slice the meat across the grain 1/4 inch thick, return to the casserole and spoon the sauce over the meat.
  • Return the pot to the oven and cook uncovered for 1 hour, or until the meat is fork-tender.
  • Check every 20 minutes; if necessary, add water so the meat is half submerged.
  • Remove from the oven and let stand for 15 minutes.
  • Transfer the meat to a platter, spoon the onions, carrots and sauce over and serve with potato kugel with fried shallots or crispy potato latkes and caramelized broccoli with garlic.