Sweet and Smoky Beef Brisket
An easy, oven braised brisket that’s the perfect combination of sweet and smoky, thanks to the dry spice rub, liquid smoke, coffee and molasses. After a few hours in the oven, you’ll have juicy, tender beef brisket that everyone will love.
Beef Brisket Recipe
Earlier today I posted the brisket dry rub that I use on this brisket recipe. I’ve learned in my food blogging journey that sometimes recipe elements need to be separated, so that you guys can find them when you’re searching. For instance, if you’re smoking or grilling your beef brisket outdoors all you need is the dry rub and you’re good to go. So click over to that and enjoy.
If you don’t have a smoker or grill (like me, currently) then you’ll need this full recipe for the most delicious and easy beef brisket that’s braised in the oven. This brisket recipe is great for those of you who want all that sweet and smoky flavor but perhaps live in an apartment or urban environment. Yep, you too can have amazing brisket.
Tips to Flavor and Tenderize Beef Brisket
The dry rub is a combination of maple sugar and smoky spices. But this recipe gets kicked up a notch with the addition of liquid smoke, coffee, molasses, apple cider vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. When all this liquid is wrapped tightly with the brisket and cooked low and slow, you’re rewarded several hours later with flavorful, tender, fall apart beef brisket.
So let’s chat about the recipe. I mention on the dry rub recipe why I don’t use brown sugar, but you can see below we’ve added the molasses back in (sans white sugar). The liquid smoke imparts that outdoor smokiness flavor without being cooked outdoors and the apple cider vinegar helps to tenderize a typically tough cut of meat.
You know what else tenderizes the brisket? Freshly brewed black coffee. If you watched my recent YouTube video, you saw how I brew coffee in my Chemex – it’s the best. And coffee is great for brisket because it’s acidic and the natural enzymes in coffee break down muscle fibers in beef. So brew a cup of coffee in the morning, then save a little for this recipe.
When it comes to the Worcestershire sauce, if you’re gluten-free like me, please do read labels. Many brands of Worcestershire sauce are NOT gluten-free as they contain soy sauce or malt vinegar. So you may be wondering, is the Worcestershire sauce really needed? If you can’t find a gluten-free version, then definitely omit, but I think there’s just something about this sauce that imparts that traditional beef brisket flavor.
How Long to Cook Beef Brisket
Remember that brisket takes several hours to cook (approximately one hour 15 minutes at 250 degrees fahrenheit per pound of beef), plus some extra time for letting the meat rest once it’s removed from the oven. So plan ahead.
If you’ve removed the brisket from the oven and it’s not fork tender, more than likely, it’s undercooked. Just pop it back in the oven. You could also slice the brisket after the allotted time and cook for additional 30 minutes to an hour, with the slices laying in the juices, to make it tender.
And lastly, brisket becomes even more tender after it’s been refrigerated overnight in the juices, then reheated in the oven. So don’t fret if it’s your first time making brisket and it’s not as tender as that restaurant favorite of yours. There are several ways to resurrect it and be rewarded with a tasty, tender, flavorful brisket.
Serve this beef brisket recipe up with my easy Cucumber Salad (pictured) for a meal that everyone will love.
More Delicious Meat Recipes
- Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
- Slow Cooker Kalua Pork
- Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs
- Cabernet Braised Short Ribs
- Rosemary Grilled Lamb Chops
Sweet and Smoky Beef Brisket
- 5-6 lbs beef brisket
- 1 recipe brisket dry rub
- 1/4 cup black coffee
- 1/4 cup liquid smoke
- 2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- Preheat your oven to 250 degrees fahrenheit.
- Liberally apply the dry rub on both sides of the brisket. If the brisket was refrigerated, let it sit for 30 minutes or until it comes to room temperature.
- Whisk all of the liquid ingredients together and pour into a roasting pan. Add the brisket to the roasting pan and cover tightly with aluminum foil.
- Cook for 6 hours or until an instant read thermometer reaches 190 degrees fahrenheit.
- Remove the brisket from the oven and let rest for 30 minutes before slicing. Then, slice against the grain for the most tender pieces of brisket.
- Depending on the size of your brisket, you'll want to cook it for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes per pound of brisket.
- Please make note of my comment above regarding Worcestershire sauce, as many do contain gluten. For a gluten-free version I recommend this one.
- When it comes to liquid smoke, this all natural hickory smoke is my favorite.