Beer Braised Brisket

  • Recipe courtesy Susan Vu for Cooking Channel
Total Time:
4 hr 55 min
15 min
Inactive Prep:
20 min
4 hr 20 min
6 to 8 servings


  • One 5-pound beef brisket
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 cups low-sodium beef stock
  • 4 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 large carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 large red onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 small bundle fresh thyme, tied together with kitchen twine
  • One 12-ounce bottle dark German beer


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Pat the brisket until very dry and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, and then brown the meat well on all sides, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a large plate and set aside.

Combine 1/4 cup of the beef stock, the celery, carrots, bay leaves, onions and thyme in the same Dutch oven and cook until the vegetables have started to brown and soften slightly, 4 to 6 minutes. Pour in the beer, bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half, 2 to 3 minutes. Return the brisket to the Dutch oven, and then pour in the remaining beef stock. The brisket should be at least halfway covered by the liquid.

Cover the pot and transfer to the oven for 3 hours 30 minutes. Remove the lid and cook uncovered for another 30 minutes. Let the brisket rest in the liquid in the pot for 20 minutes before transferring to a cutting board.

To serve, slice the brisket against the grain, place on a platter and ladle some braising liquid on top.