BBQ Brisket with Onion Threads

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top rib with onions

For me, Brisket (especially on Passover) is the most 'unfahribledich' cut of beef around. You can put it on low heat to cook for hours and forget about it! Left alone it just gets softer, sweeter and love me tender! And, if left for a little too long, it allows you to call it pulled beef!

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  • 6 - 7 lbs fresh or pickled brisket (if it's pickled wash it very well!)
  • 4 large onions cut in half and then into rings
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 2 cup coke (no diet)
  • 2 tsp coffee powder disssolved in 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup chutney (or 1/2 cup apricot jam and 1/4 cup tomato paste)
  • 3/4 cup tomato ketchup
  • salt and crushed black pepper


Preheat oven to 350 deg. F

Place onions into a large roasting pan and place beef on top of onions.

Mix the remaining ingredients together and pour over the brisket.

Roast covered for 1 1/2 hours.

Reduce the heat to 320 and continue to cook for another 2 - 2 1/2 hours.

It should have a nice sticky glaze. If after checking, the sauce looks a little loose, then remove the lid, turn the heat up to 350 and allow to cook a little longer until the liquid evaporates and thickens up (this is called reducing) . Pesach time we want our meat to be saucy and easy to warm up, so remember not to allow it to dry out too much because you still have to warm it up. I would cook it Friday, allow to cool then slice and place back into dish with sauce. You really want your food to look as nice as it tastes.

However, if you find the sauce is drying out a bit then add a little water, scrape up all the bits off the bottom of the pan and stir until a glaze consistency is formed.

Pickled beef does take a little longer to cook through than fresh beef. So if you are using pickled beef increase the roasting time by another hour once you've reduced the temp to 320.