Salt and Pepper Brisket

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Salt and Pepper Brisket

Tender and deeply flavorful, our recipe might be the best brisket you’ve tasted. It’s great for gatherings, easy to make and the gluten-free blender gravy makes a fantastic finishing touch.

Serves: 6-8
Difficulty: moderate
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 4 hours
Special equipment: roasting pan with lid, blender, parchment paper


4-5 lb beef brisket
2 T kosher salt
2 T cracked black pepper
1/4 c olive oil
2 yellow onions, halved then quartered
1 carrot, peeled and sliced
12 garlic cloves, crushed
1 c red wine (such as Syrah or Merlot)
2 c beef broth
2 bay leaves
2-3 lg sprigs fresh thyme
3 T balsamic vinegar


Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Salt and pepper the brisket generously on all sides. Add oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat and sear brisket, top and bottom. Place beef in a deep roasting pan with a tight-fitting lid (or foil). Add onions and carrot to skillet and sauté over medium-high heat 2 min. Add garlic and cook 1 min more. Add wine; bring to a simmer. Add broth, bay leaves and thyme and bring to a boil. Pour vinegar over brisket. Add hot broth mixture to brisket and cover with parchment and lid (or foil). Roast 4 hr until tender in center.

Remove brisket, reserving pan juices. Slice brisket 1/4″ thick. Discard bay leaves and thyme sprigs from pan juices, as well as half of the surface fat. Transfer brisket to serving platter.

Strain vegetables from pan juices (reserving all liquid) and puree all vegetables in a blender, adding pan juices, as needed, to reach desired gravy consistency. Taste and adjust seasoning of gravy, adding a little beef broth, salt and pepper if necessary. Serve gravy over sliced brisket with Roasted Spring Onions and a side of horseradish, as desired.