When Tai and I were living in New York City there was a small BBQ place where we'd meet up for lunch. We kept going back there because they had some of the best brisket in the city. It was the kind that melted in your mouth after it had been smoked overnight. I thought in order to get a brisket like that, I'd need to have a grill or a smoker (both of which I don't have because living in apartments in cities means no outdoor space). But I was able to make a perfect Oven Baked Beef Brisket with no grill or smoker involved.
How to cook brisket
The secret to cooking brisket is time and a good rub. Brisket needs to cook for hours, it's not the type of meat that will be ready quickly. I cooked this brisket for 4 hours and it came out soft and tender, but with enough integrity to still hold together. After roasting it uncovered in the oven, to get it tender it will cook for several hours in liquid so that is marinates and stays juicy as it cooks. I used a rub with a lot of flavoring, which was not overpowering as the brisket is sliced thin to serve.
If you're wondering what to serve with your brisket, there are a multitude of foods to pair with it. I like making it into sandwiches with pickled vegetables and a bit of bbq sauce. You can also eat it with mashed potatoes, coleslaw and my Homemade Macaroni and Cheese for a true comfort food meal. There's no wrong way to eat this, no matter what it will be delicious!
My one caution for you when making brisket is to make sure you give it the time it needs. You can speed up the process a bit by using a crock pot or instant pot, but I found that I liked the texture and taste the best when I made Oven Baked Beef Brisket. Who knows, hopefully someday I'll be able to try out a recipe for brisket with a grill or smoker.
Make it a Meal
- Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots
- Balsamic Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Creamy Parmesan Polenta
- Roasted Broccoli and Garlic
- Other Side Options
Other Great Beef Dinners
Oven Baked Beef Brisket
- 4 Pounds Beef Brisket
- 2 Tbsp Chili Powder
- 2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
- 2 Tbsp Salt
- 2 Tbsp Black Pepper
- 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Ground Mustard
- 1 Bay Leaf Crushed
- 2 Cups Beef Stock
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 Cups BBQ Sauce if desired
- Preheat oven to 350
- Trim any excess fat off of brisket.
- Combine all dry ingredients and rub onto brisket, making sure all areas covered. Place in baking dish uncovered and cook for 1 hour.
- Add beef stock and worcestershire. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil and return to oven. Cook at 300 degrees for 3 hours.
- Remove from liquid and slice thinly cross grain. Serve and enjoy!
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