Spicy Baked Beef Brisket

Prep Time: 3½ Hours
Yields: 12 Servings

Comment: Man, I've been dying for a beef brisket sandwich all day! This delicious and tender brisket is fantastic on a sandwich or eaten alone. It takes a little time and patience, but it is well worth the effort.


  • 1 (6-7 pound) beef brisket, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 cups celery, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 (3-inch) piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • ½ cup chopped garlic
  • ¼ cup Creole mustard
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • 1 (12-ounce) can Coca-Cola
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsps coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground chili powder

Preheat oven to 350°F. Add all ingredients except the brisket to a food processor. Process until all ingredients are smooth. Season the brisket lightly with salt and black pepper. Place brisket fat side up in a large heavy bottom-baking pan and pour puréed ingredients on top. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and cook 2½ hours. Turn brisket over and bake covered for an additional hour or until fork tender. Uncover and allow to brown 15-20 minutes. Remove brisket from the sauce. Strain the sauce into a separate bowl. Allow brisket and sauce to cool then refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 350°F. Transfer the brisket to a cutting board and remove the fat. Slice brisket against the grain with a sharp knife. Skim the fat from the top of sauce. Transfer sauce to a pot, bring to a boil then season with salt, pepper, cumin and chili powder. Return sliced meat to the baking pan and cover with sauce. Warm brisket in 325°F oven for approximately 1 hour or until thoroughly heated. Serve thinly sliced on hot French bread.

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