How Long Does Beef Brisket Take to Cook?

At Pellicano’s Marketplace, we swear by 18 minutes per pound for the perfect beef brisket. Since ovens can differ, always check for tenderness with a fork towards the end. If the fork slides through the meat effortlessly, your brisket is ready.

Tips for Tender, Juicy Brisket:

Season Generously: Channel your inner Italian chef by seasoning early and well. Use kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper for maximum flavor. Take the brisket out of the fridge, season all sides liberally, and let it sit until it reaches room temperature. This helps start the tenderizing process, much like a simplified dry brine.

Low and Slow Cooking: Brisket is a tougher cut, so slow and steady wins the race. Begin by cooking it in a 425°F oven to achieve a rich, golden-brown crust. Then, lower the heat to 300°F, add broth and seasoning, cover with foil, and cook for another 2 hours and 30 minutes or until tender. If you’re short on oven space, our slow-cooker method is just as effective.

Use the Right Roasting Pan: Opt for your largest, heaviest, high-sided roasting pan. While a disposable pan can work in a pinch, a heavy-duty one ensures even cooking and perfect caramelization, akin to baking a hearty Italian lasagna.

Fat-Side-Up: Always roast brisket with the fat side facing up. This allows the fat to baste the meat and any accompanying vegetables, enhancing the flavors. However, trim the fat to about ⅛ inch to avoid a greasy result.

Slice Against the Grain: After roasting, let the brisket rest before slicing against the grain. This breaks up the muscle fibers, making each bite more tender—similar to preparing a succulent Bistecca alla Fiorentina.

Make It Ahead:

For the best flavor, roast your brisket a day before you plan to serve it. After cooking, let it cool slightly, slice against the grain, and return the slices to the juices. Refrigerate overnight, allowing the brisket to absorb all the delicious flavors. Reheat gently before serving.

Serving Suggestions:

Our recipe includes roasted potatoes, but the options are endless. Pair your brisket with a farro salad or a carrot ginger soup for a complete meal. For a more festive occasion, check out our favorite brisket sides or pair it with classic BBQ dishes for a versatile feast. Don’t forget to pick up some fresh produce from Pellicano’s Marketplace to complement your meal perfectly.

Brisket Leftovers:

Store leftover brisket in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. One of our favorite ways to enjoy leftovers is in a breakfast hash with fried eggs—a perfect start to your day. Grab some fresh eggs and herbs from our store to make the most of your brisket leftovers.

Have you tried this recipe? Share your experience in the comments below!

8 – 10 servings

10 mins

4 hrs 25 mins


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