Easy Beef Brisket

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Easy 3-ingredient Beef Brisket! Here's how to cook beef brisket in oven, slathered in a mixture of BBQ sauce and soy sauce. Just wrap in foil, and bake until falling apart tender. This beef brisket is simple and delicious.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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.

VIDEO! Easy Beef Brisket Recipe

How to Cook 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

Many thanks to Karen Matthys for this great recipe!

Easy Beef Brisket

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.

What to Serve with Beef Brisket

Round out your meal of beef brisket with a few vegetable sides like Roasted Baby Carrots or Roast Potatoes and Asparagus. Serve with baked potatoes, cooked rice, or buttered noodles for a starch.

Storing and Freezing Brisket

Leftover brisket will keep refrigerated for up to a week. Brisket also freezes well for up to three months.

Can’t get enough brisket?

Updated March 10, 2020 : We spiffed up this post to make it sparkle! No changes to the original recipe.

Easy Beef Brisket Recipe

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

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 pounds of a brisket cut of beef
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup of water

Method

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 a large piece of aluminum foil in a roasting pan. Add the brisket and spread the BBQ sauce mixture generously over meat. Wrap the brisket in the aluminum foil so it's well sealed, like a package.

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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  1. Marisol

    It was delicious , easy to cook and fast . Very yummy !!!

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  2. Stephanie

    Yum was super good!!!!

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  3. Stephanie

    Came out pretty decent the old man said(which means its really good lol) and my 6 year old inhailed it! We cut it really thin with an old school electric knife. Was awesome. Also I added Kicken Chicken seasoning to it and it wasnt even spicy, just great flavor! Thanks for the recipe!!!!

  4. Nancy

    Had to use chili powder in stead of Cayenne and red pepper flakes instead of smoked paprika, (really need to update my spices ;). Put in the oven at 325f, it took 3 and a half hours for a 2.44 pound brisket. It was wonderful, my picky teenager asked if I’d put it on the menu ..meaning add it to the list of meals I make the most, the hubby said it was good, high praise from him. I’m not a spicy food fan, this had a bite to it after you ate each piece, but was sooo good, my son said it wasn’t spicy to him, more like sweet and savory. I highly recommend.

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  5. Jennifer

    First shot at brisket, amd it turned out perfect with this recipe.

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