Brisket with Sweet-and-Sour Onions


This brisket recipe is from Jessamyn Rodriguez, the founder and CEO of Hot Bread Kitchen, the New York–based social enterprise that helps immigrant women and others launch careers and food businesses. She calls the brisket her “crowning glory,” and says the secret is cooking it low and slow. Slideshow: More Brisket Recipes 

Brisket with Sweet-and-Sour Onions
Photo: David Cicconi
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs


  • One 5-pound brisket, preferably first cut

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

  • 4 onions, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rings

  • 1/4 cup ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • Small cilantro sprigs, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 300°. Season the brisket generously with salt and pepper. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, spread the onions in a single layer and lay the brisket on top. In a small bowl, whisk the ketchup with the tomato paste, soy sauce, brown sugar and garlic. Spread the sauce all over the brisket.

  2. Cover the casserole and transfer to the oven. Braise the brisket for about 3 hours, until the meat is very tender. Uncover and continue cooking for 1 hour, until the sauce has thickened. Let the brisket cool slightly in the sauce for 30 minutes.

  3. Transfer the brisket to a work surface and slice across the grain. Arrange the slices on a platter and spoon some of the sauce over the top. Garnish with cilantro and serve with the remaining sauce on the side.

Make Ahead

The brisket in its sauce can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.

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