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A sweet and savory brisket flavored with a salt rub, sweet and savory marinade - cooked over a long period at a low temperature
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time3 hours
Total Time3 hours 20 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Beef
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Author: Ellen


  • 1 - 4 lb brisket ( fat trimmed off as best you can)
  • garlic salt (about 2 tsp - to taste)
  • coarse pepper (3 or 4 turns with the pepper mill)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/3 cup onion (diced)


  • Preheat oven to 325
  • Line a 9x13 pan with foil
  • Set brisket in pan and sprinkle top and bottom with salt and pepper, rub in
  • In a medium bowl add vinegar, water, tomato sauce, brown sugar, garlic, and onions - mix until fully incorporated
  • Lift brisket up and pour half the sauce in the bottom of the pan
  • Place brisket back down and pour other half of the sauce over the top of brisket
  • Cover entire pan with two layers of foil, sealing tight
  • Place in oven and bake at 325 for 3 to 3 1/2 hours (meat should be tender, at minimum temperature of 170 degrees, and easily cut)
  • Remove from oven, drain sauce into a medium pot
  • Let brisket set for 30 minutes before cutting - cut against the grain to serve
  • Bring sauce to a boil and let simmer for 20 minutes or so to reduce
  • Serve brisket with sauce