Easy Beef Brisket


Easy Beef Brisket! How to cook beef brisket in oven, slathered in a mixture of BBQ sauce and soy sauce, wrapped in foil, and baked until falling apart tender. This beef brisket is simple and delicious.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Beef Brisket in the Oven!

Looking for an easy way to prepare beef brisket and still impress your friends? This is it! Bake the brisket in the oven. What’s crazy, is how good it is given how ridiculously easy it is to make.

How to Cook a Brisket in the Oven

There really is no easier way to prepare a beef brisket than this oven-baked version. With just a handful of ingredients including the beef brisket, an oven, and few hours, you have amazing brisket that took very little effort.

  1. Mix together some barbecue sauce, soy sauce, and water
  2. Slather the beef brisket with the sauce
  3. Wrap the beef brisket in aluminum foil
  4. Bake brisket in oven for several hours, until it’s falling apart tender

Slice across the grain

When the brisket is done, you’ll want to let it rest for 30 minutes before slicing to serve. You’ll want to make slices across the grain of the meat to break up the muscle fibers and make it even easier to eat.

Easy Beef Brisket Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 3 hours
  • Yield: Serves 8


  • 3 to 4 lbs of a brisket cut of beef
  • 3/4 cup barbeque sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup of water


1 Preheat oven to 300ºF.

2 Make the sauce: In a bowl, mix together the barbecue sauce, soy sauce, and water.

3 Roast the brisket in the oven (2 methods):

Foil method: Place the brisket roast on a large piece of aluminum foil. Spread the BBQ sauce mixture generously over meat. Wrap the brisket in aluminum foil and place it in a roasting pan.

Bake for 3 hours for a 3 pound roast and 1 more hour for every additional pound of meat.

OR, instead of foil, you can use an oven roasting bag:

Oven roasting bag method: Place the barbecue sauce and the brisket in an oven roasting bag. Sprinkle a teaspoon of flour into the bag. Poke a couple small holes in the bag. Place the bag in a roasting pan. You may find that the cooking time is faster with this method, or you can reduce the oven temperature to 275°F.

4 Let the brisket rest: Remove from oven and let rest in the foil for 30 minutes before serving.

5 Slice across the grain of the meat: The easiest way to serve the roast is to first cut it in half along the grain of the meat (poke the meat with the tip of a knife or tines of a fork to see which way the grain or lines of the muscles are going if you can't see it from the surface).

Then make 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch thick cuts across the grain to serve. (Cutting the meat across the grain will make it much easier to eat, as the cuts break up the muscle tissue.)

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Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Ml guy

    When you say wrap in foil is that tight like burrito or loose and tented.

  • Ed

    If I am cooking three 4lb briskets, how much time would you recommend? I have cooked a 4.5lb point cut for 5 hours at 275 and it turned out great. Now with three I am concerned I will need more time but I also don’t want to put it in for too long and overcook. Thanks!

  • Michela

    Amazing!!My family loved it. I prepared it for Shabbat. Elise, many thanks from Milan, Italy :)


  • Yolanda

    Thank you for this recipe. I was looking for a good quick and easy brisket recipe to make my first brisket and this worked out perfectly.. however I did make a few adjustments to the sauce using what I had in my pantry. I used barbeque sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Maggi sauce, and garlic powder. I also had a big brisket so I cut it in half and made two pans! One was baked for about 4 hours at 325. The other was a bigger thicker cut so it baked along side the first then once I took out the first temperature was brought down to about 250 for another 2 1/2hrs . Meat was super tender and tasted wonderfully.. I was super happy that my first brisket was a complete success!! Thank you so much ❣️ brisket sandwiches for lunch and dinner again and then frozen for future quick meals!! Thanx again ❣️


  • Lori

    Fantastic!!! I made this last night with a few adjustments. I used a dry BBQ rub on meat and then maybe a 1/4 cup water with the BBQ sauce and added 3 cloves of crushed garlic to the sauce and some onion powder. Baked at 275 and it melted in your mouth. Thank you Elise Bauer for helping me make my first Brisket!


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