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Beef Brisket in Beer

One bite of this super tender brisket and your family will be hooked! The rich gravy is perfect for spooning over a side of creamy mashed potatoes. —Eunice Stoen, Decorah, Iowa
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh beef brisket (2-1/2 to 3 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke, optional
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 can (12 ounces) beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Directions

  • Cut brisket in half; rub with liquid smoke, if desired, and celery salt, pepper and salt. Place in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Top with onion. Combine beer and Worcestershire sauce; pour over meat. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or until tender.
  • Remove brisket and keep warm. Strain cooking juices; transfer to a small saucepan. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Serve beef with gravy.

Test Kitchen tips
  • This is a fresh beef brisket, not corned beef.
  • The addition of liquid smoke will give a depth of flavor to this recipe. Be careful not to overdo it; a small amount goes a long way.
  • Look for liquid smoke in the grocery store near the spices and marinades.

  • Editor's Note
    This is a fresh beef brisket, not corned beef.
    Nutrition Facts
    5 ounce-weight: 285 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 430mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 39g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1/2 starch.

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