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!
Why does she sleep like this? I'll never know but she's been doing this since she was a kitten. So weird but so cute!
Dan Zehr says
My family loves everything that is associated with beef. Interesting idea! Deliciously. This recipe is perfect for me and my family. I'm sure it is very tasty!
I love that you didn't let not having a grill stop your meal plan. This oven baked beef brisket looks perfect.
Karyl Henry says
I've become a big fan of brisket since moving to Oklahoma. I don't think I've ever had it oven-baked before though. This looks really good, and would go perfect on a sandwich, or just eating pieces straight off the cutting board 🙂
Claudia Lamascolo says
my husband orders brisket out all the time he loves it. I am glad to run into this recipe I have never cooked it and I am sure this is super tender by looking at it!
Veena Azmanov says
Now that looks so simple, easy and delicious. Love the color on this brisket. Saving for later. Can't wait to try.
Brisket is such a great budget-friendly cut to meat. Perfect for feeding a crowd. Great for sandwiches, put in sauces or add to salads too.
Lauren Vavala says
I don't know why brisket is so hard to find near me, but I have started seeing it every once in awhile. I assumed we'd have to use the grill or smoker to make it, but I LOVE that it can be made in the oven and it looks soooo good!
That is such a simple, flavorful and easy to make dish. Brisket looks absolutely decadent and is great to make for company too.
Noel Lizotte says
Brisket is usually pretty affordable around here. That means I can try this recipe pretty darn quick!
Your cat cracks me up! All stretched out like she owns the place!
Marisa Franca says
We are super big meat eaters and beef is at the top of the list!! Hubby and I don't make brisket just because our two sons are master at it. They make the most flavorful brisket in the world. They smoke it and season it to perfection. Now, we may just have to try your method since we don't have a smoker.
Your pictures are outstanding! This looks so mouthwatering and I love your recipe for this. The spice mixture sounds fantastic!
Eileen Kelly says
Brisket is a favorite of my family! Although it takes a few hours in the oven if you have a great rub like this brisket,its just a matter of coating the brisket with the rub and the oven does all the work, The brisket looks absolutely delicious and I happen to have one in the freezer that I want to make this week! I am using your recipe! Yummy!
Jenni LeBaron says
Brisket is one of my all time favorite things to eat and you're totally right about not needing any fancy equipment for it. It can be done in an oven with a little patience and a good rub. This looks tasty!
I agree with this perfect beef brisket. Love this juicy and delicious brisket. with spices, Since bbq season is over, this oven baked beef brisket is great option.
First of all, Arya is sooooo CUTE! My cat used to sleep just like that, so weird I know. That beef looks beyond words delicious. I love the addition of mustard and the sauces. Soooo yum! And super easy to make. I'm saving this recipe!
Found this on Pinterest and we LOVED it! We may kick back on the chili powder and pepper a little in the future, but so, so tender and delicious! We skipped the BBQ sauce because we didn't feel it was needed. Has been added to our rotation! Thanks!
Glad you enjoyed it! I'm so happy to hear you want to keep it in your rotation 🙂
Hi, can you help me understand what makes it 50 carbs ? Are you including the BBQ sauce in that count?
Hi Juliet, I just looked over the calculations from the nutrition plugin I use and it looks like the carbs are coming mainly from the brown sugar used in the recipe, the beef stock, and the bbq sauce. So fortunately if you are carb conscious, some of these can be substituted or removed (like the bbq sauce).
I was so excited to try this recipe. I could not find a small brisket. I found a 91b on That’s basically all they had. How long should I could this one for?
Wow 9 pounds is definitely a lot but doable! I'd increase the cook time to 5-6 hours and use an instant read thermometer. Cook until the meat is at 165 degrees in the center and tender 🙂
Ann Bonert says
Very good!! First time making it It very easy and tasted delicious will definitely make again
If I were to double this, would I still cook it for four hours? Or would I have to cook it longer?
Hello looking forward to trying this recipe. Just curious when to add the bbq sauce. Thanks!
Michelle Boulé says
I actually have a version with BBQ sauce. I add it towards the end of cooking and cook uncovered so the sauce has time to caramelize. https://www.coldweathercomfort.com/oven-baked-bbq-beef-brisket/