Chanukah Family Recipe: The Best Brisket Ever

brisketMy husband is an Irish Catholic and as such, his strict childhood diet of potatoes and steak did not prepare him for the march on his intestines that is Jewish cuisine. Holiday after holiday I watch him move food around his plate and drive through somewhere unmentionable on our way home.

Except when my Mom makes the brisket. When my Mom makes the brisket, he wears his one size up “eatin’ jeans” and piles his plate high (don’t worry, the picture is of the serving platter, not his helping). My parents are foodies to begin with, and this recipe is one that’s been passed down through generations of really. good. cooks. That brisket is NO JOKE. (I for one was totally shocked to learn that my gourmet Mama uses ketchup instead of fresh tomatoes! The family secret is officially unleashed.)

And so, it is with great pleasure that I introduce my Mom, Mema Margie, to share her world class Brisket recipe. {It should be noted that when she says “well trimmed” she really means it. Her brisket is lean, mean, and crazy delicious.}


  • One or two briskets, FIRST CUT.  Should total about 5 pounds, well trimmed.
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 8 tbsp of Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 cup of red cooking  wine (a little more or less, depending on Brisket size…..can’t screw it up.)
  • 2-3 cloves of Garlic cut up
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • Parsley

Start by sprinkling paprika all over brisket (both sides) and brown for 30 minutes on each side in a 450 degree oven.

Reduce heat to 350 degrees and add salt, pepper, and onion.
In a bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Pour over meat. Cover and cook for two hours.

Take out and check with meat thermometer (instant read if possible)
Let meat rest maybe 15 min.
Slice against grain with a good carving knife.

Serve surrounded by parsley on a flat platter. Enjoy! Serves: 10-14.

From my family to yours, HAPPY CHANUKAH!!!

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