Holiday Beef Brisket: Make Ahead In Your Slow Cooker

Holiday Beef Brisket is a delicious Christmas main dish! This easy slow cooker recipe is made ahead so you can enjoy stress-free festivities. The brisket is infused with the savory flavors of onion soup mix and the tangy sweetness of cranberry sauce.

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Today I’m sharing what will be your favorite Holiday main dish! What could be better than making a scrumptious Christmas dinner main dish ahead of time in a slow cooker? I have made this recipe a dozen times, and it is just so good! Holiday Beef Brisket is a real family favorite.

After a huge fancy brunch, lots of gift-giving, nibbling on cheese trays and hors-d’oeuvres, eating our weights in cookies, and time with family, the last thing I want to do is make a complicated meal Christmas evening.

So I have several easy company-worthy dinners up my fur-cuffed sleeves to quickly and almost effortlessly put a gorgeous Christmas dinner on the table! One of my favorite main courses is Holiday Beef Brisket.

HOLIDAY BEEF BRISKET- A scrumptious, slow cooker. make ahead, Christmas main course.

What Is Holiday Beef Brisket

Holiday Beef Brisket is a melt-in-your-mouth Christmas brisket recipe served as a main course. It is also known as Jewish Brisket or Christmas Brisket.

Why You Will Love Beef Brisket

  • EASY TO MAKE – Put everything in a slow cooker and forget it!
  • THREE INGREDIENTS – Three ingredients work their culinary magic to make this the best recipe for the holidays.
  • DELICIOUS – A true crowd-pleaser. It has a holiday taste.
  • MAKE AHEAD– This recipe is an easy make-ahead main dish.

What You Will Need To Make Holiday Beef Brisket

Just 3 ingredients and a bit of time will give you a scrumptiously tender, full-of-flavor, meaty Christmas main dish!

Beef Brisket: Brisket is part of the pectoral muscle of the cow and gets lots of exercise. When you can get a first or flat-cut brisket because it is more even in thickness and has less fat. Beef brisket has a deep, beefy flavor and, when it is cooked low and slow is very tender.

Onion Soup Mix: Use one dry packet of Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix.

Cranberry Sauce: One can of cranberry sauce or cranberry jelly will give the Brisket sauce a tangy flavor.

Salt And Black Pepper: Salt and pepper are flavor enhancers that work to tenderize the brisket.

Instructions For Making Holiday Beef Brisket

This recipe is so easy to make. Make Holiday Beef Brisket a day or two before you want to serve it for dinner.

  1. Sprinkle the brisket with salt and pepper and put it in a large slow cooker.
  2. Evenly sprinkle one packet of Lipton Onion Soup over the brisket.
  3. Add a 14oz can of cranberry sauce or cranberry jelly to the slow cooker and cut it apart, spreading it over the brisket.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  5. The brisket should be fork tender or falling apart. Remove to a plate. When the brisket is cool, wrap it tightly in foil and put it in the refrigerator.
  6. Put the liquid in a container in the fridge.
  7. When you are ready to serve the beef brisket, slice it cold and arrange it into an oven-proof dish.
  8. Take the solidified excess fat off of the juice and pour it over the beef.
  9. Heat it in a 350° oven until hot and bubbly.

Other Ingredients To Add To Beef Brisket

Holiday beef brisket tastes fabulous when it is made according to the recipe, but you can tweak the recipe to personalize it by adding more layers of flavor. Here are a few options for making Holiday Beef Brisket…

More Onions: Slice one or two medium yellow onions and add them to the slow cooker along with the other ingredients.

Garlic: Add two crushed garlic cloves to the slow cooker.

Red Wine: Red wine will help tenderize the meat and add a distinct savoriness.

Herbs: Herbs like thyme, parsley, rosemary, and bay leaves will add more flavor and freshness to the brisket. Add a teaspoon or so to the brisket in the slow cooker.

Spices: Paprika and other spices can be used to give this main dish a different flavor profile.

Carrots: Adding a carrot or two will help to add sweetness and body to the sauce.

Whole Cranberries: One cup of cranberries adds to the tangy flavor of the sauce.

Tomato Paste: Add 1-2 tablespoons of tomato paste to the ingredients in the slow cooker for richness and body.

Worcestershire Sauce: Add some to your brisket along with all the other ingredients.

What To Know About Holiday Beef Brisket To Make This Dish A Success

Make this recipe one or two days ahead of when you want to use it.

The prep is very minimal. Yay!

Brisket is beef that needs to be cooked or roasted at a low temperature for a long time to be tender. It is the perfect meat to use in a slow cooker.

For this recipe, you can use a 3-7 lb beef brisket. However, use the same amount of onion soup mix and cranberry sauce or jelly.

No need to stir the brisket. Just let it cook.

You will want to separate the brisket from the liquid. Before removing the liquid, scrape any brown bits that have formed on the side of the slow cooker into the liquid.

Slice the brisket while it is cold. It should be cut across the grain of the meat or shredded.

Put the cut brisket in a large baking dish. Pour the sauce, without the fat, over the beef. Cover, and bake until heated through.

How To Store Holiday Beef Brisket

Beef brisket can safely be kept in your refrigerator for 3-4 days without the sauce and 2 days in the sauce.

And can be frozen for 4-12 months without the sauce and up to 3 months in the sauce. Just remember to keep it in a container with a tight-fitting lid or a freezer bag.

5 from 5 votes

Holiday Beef Brisket

A delicious, flavorful beef brisket done in the slow cooker that is fork-tender and served with the juices as a sauce
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  • 1 4-5lb flat-cut beef brisket
  • 1 package Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 14 oz. can of cranberry sauce or jelly


  • Sprinkle the brisket with salt and pepper and put it in a large slow cooker.
  • Evenly sprinkle one packet of Lipton Onion Soup over the brisket.
  • Cut the cranberry sauce into chunks and add to the ingredients in the slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 8 hours. The brisket should be fork tender or falling apart.
  • Remove to a plate. When it is cool, wrap it tightly in foil and put it in the frig.
  • Put the liquid in a tight-fitting container in the fridge.
  • When you are ready to serve the beef brisket, slice it cold against the grain and arrange it in an oven-proof dish. Take the solidified excess fat off the juice and pour the liquid over the beef. Cover with foil.
  • Heat it in a 350° oven until hot and bubbly. Serve.
Servings: 8

I hope you will give Holiday Beef Brisket a try!

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  1. Anne Marie says:

    How delicious – love the addition of cranberries.

  2. I agree with easy peasy.This dish sounds yummy.

  3. Yum! That sounds delicious. I’m going to make this!

  4. Silly question…but do you mean jellied cranberry sauce or whole berry cranberry sauce?

    1. There are usually get two types of cranberry sauce, one with and one without cranberries.

  5. I can not wait to make this. Off to the market I go!

  6. Carol Davis says:

    The presentation of the brisket makes it look so elegant. Looks like you have spend hours in the kitchen. Must duplicate your effort this year.

    1. Did you use the canned jellied cranberry sauce or the whole cranberry sauce in the recipe? Thank you.

      1. I’m looking for this answer as well. 🙂

  7. Carol Barton says:

    Looks Yummy, must try!

  8. I was wondering how many you typically serve with this amount of brisket?

  9. Love the simplicity of this meal! What are you serving for dessert and beverage? Thanks so much Yvonne and Happy New Year!

  10. The addition of the cranberry sauce is surprising. I will definitely make this over the holidays while visiting our daughter. All of your recipes look delicious and doable for most of us who are “home cooks”.

  11. Is the cooking time on high or low? Recipe sounds yummy!

    1. 6-8 hours on low. Use the jellied canned cranberry sauce.

  12. My mouth is wayering! Must try this for sure.

  13. Carol Elkins says:

    I love brisket!!!

  14. Dorinda Selke says:

    Yvonne – shame on you girl ! You made me lick my iPhone screen !!! This looks like the most delicious meal ever. Definitely going to have this either on Christmas or the day after with snowflake rolls. Yummmm !! Hugs, Dorinda

  15. Love brisket recipes and this looks like a winner…just in time for the holidays!

  16. Sharlene Koury says:

    This is a dinner I look forward to cooking for family. Everyone loves brisket and the addition of cranberry sauce to the onion soup mix is a nice holiday surprise.

    Merry Christmas,

  17. Yummy! Yes, how manydoes this serve? Temperature high or low?

    1. Serving size depends on the size of the brisket and how hungry everyone is. I say it probably feeds 8. And low temp.

      1. Samela J Dorey says:

        What is the best thickness of the brisket to have for this recipe? I went looking yesterday for a brisket at 2 separate markets, but most seemed so thin to me…at about 1″ to1 1/2″. Thank you!

  18. I wholeheartedly agree, Yvonne. My mother spent the better part of the day in the kitchen cooking a turkey & ham with all the fixings. I like to keep it simple, as we tend to nibble all day and I want to enjoy my family.

  19. This looks really good ! And no pot and pans to wash !

  20. Jere Newcomb says:

    This looks wonderful. I always do a big brunch for Christmas with the whole family. Any suggestions?

  21. Sounds wonderful any tips on the twice baked potatoes?
    And a yummy but simple dessert

  22. I agree with the others – this sounds delicious and so easy. I think this will be a perfect meal on Christmas Day! Thank you!

  23. This menu will be great for my meat and potatoes husband.

  24. Karen Cadden says:

    I think I am placing this on our menu! Would love the recipes for the twice baked potatoes and the
    roasted root vegetables!!

  25. Another yummy recipe to pin!

  26. This looks really good. I will be making for my family!

  27. Oh my goodness! That looks amazing and so simple! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas! ?

  28. mary loighlin says:

    Jellied cranberries or whole?

  29. I will be trying this! Thanks for sharing!

  30. Sheila Gunderson says:

    Looks so moist and tender; will be trying this brisket recipe soon.

  31. Marcy Leonard says:

    Am so excited to try this with the cranberry sauce. [We generally have roast pork, but this year we need a change!]

  32. Sherrill Baumgardner says:

    Thank you for timely recipe. I went back and read instructions on your Pinterest site. The time was 6 to 8 hours low and slow in slow cooker. .
    Hope you and your family have a Joyous Family Christmas. Christ is the Reason.

  33. This post will definitely be pinned and I can’t wait to try the recipe.

  34. Yvonne,
    What’s your preferred method of reheating if you make it ahead of time? Can’t wait to try it. Thanks.

  35. This looks fantastic and it will appear on my menu.

  36. OH yum! I will be making this for sure!

  37. Thanks for sharing this easy recipe. I need to keep things simple for Christmas dinner and never thought of making a brisket in the slow cooker. I will definitely be saving this recipe.

  38. Looks incredible. I just might make this.Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  39. Thank you for this recipe. It sounds delicious with the added cranberry sauce with onion soup mix.

  40. I like the Beef Brisket recipe and might try this. Thanks and have a wonderful Hoilday, Yvonne !

  41. Pinned and making this recipe, thanks!

  42. The brisket looks delicious, moist and flavorable. Definitely will try this. Have a very Merry Christmas .

  43. Karen VanLoo says:

    Yum, Yvonne! I love a good brisket. Here in Texas, we eat a lot of brisket. This is such a simple but delicious sounding recipe! So easy, I am definitely going to try this. Thank you!

  44. Wow! You make everything elegant look so easy. I will be trying this! Thanks for the confidence.

  45. Maureen brinkmann says:

    This is going to be a MUST at our house this year ! ?

  46. Carol Brooks says:

    I am definitely doing this for Christmas! And twice baked potatoes, too! Merry Christmas to one and all!????

  47. Cheryl Bell says:

    Yvonne, this sounds absolutely delish and the perfect entree I’ve been looking for to an easy family Christmas meal. I’m going to steal your ideas for the spring greens salad and some type of easy potato dish too, Just what I needed this morning to finish up my Christmas day planning! I’ve been so busy decorating my mother’s and son’s home for Christmas just now getting around to mine, so haven’t had alot of time to concentrate on food this year. So, thanks for all of your great Christmas ideas!

  48. I most certainly will try this recipe. We have turkey for Thanksgiving and at Christmas we want something more than ham. Thanks for sharing this scrumptious looking dish and the fact that it is easy to prepare makes it all the better 🙂

  49. Vicki N. Martin says:

    This sounds really good. I would like to try it during the Christmas Holiday. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

  50. This sounds delicious and such a pretty presentation. You make everything so pretty.

  51. Sounds delicious, I’m giving this a try!

  52. Love your presentation of the brisket! Makes me want to try this. Thank you!

  53. This sounds so tasty and easy to make. I think the cranberry sauce with the onion soup will taste so good. I add cranberry sauce to a cocktail meatball recipe I use often. It is mixed with chili sauce, brown sugar and little lemon juice. I was surprised when it called for cranberries when I found the recipe. Lovely presentation. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family and new grandson.

  54. Mary Michelle says:

    Gorgeous presentation! I’m sure it is easy and delicious.

  55. Did you use whole berry or jellied cranberry sauce? Cook on high or low? It sounds scrumptious!

  56. oh my my! what a lovely recipe………thanks xx-hb

  57. Looks scrumpdillyisous! Gotta find me a brisket.

  58. Doris Self says:

    What about the mixed greens? Is that out the can or frozen?

  59. I am definitely going to be making this – it sounds and looks positively delicious! Could you please be specific with the type of cranberry sauce,? I didn’t realize there were several options since my family prefers gravy with the turkey – so I never had to purchase it.

  60. Gloria Damoff says:

    Hi Yvonne,
    Just wondering if I don’t have a slow cooker can I make the brisket in the oven, at a lower temperature in a covered pot?

    1. Hi Gloria, I bet you could. YOu will have to look up how to cook brisket in the oven on google. I’ve only every made it in the slow cooker.

      1. 5 stars
        You most certainly can. Keep your oven temp at 200 degrees and leave it in there for 8-10 hrs 12 uf you feel it isnt as tender as you’d like it to be.

  61. thanks for sharing. this is on my menu now!!

  62. This looks so yummy and will have to try it.

  63. This does sound delicious ! Still not clear on the which kind of cranberry sauce. You had answered that there are two, but which one ? Thanks in advance for your answer. Can’t wait to make. Judy

    1. Janet Hurlbrink says:

      I read in a previous post she said either type your preference. I saw others used orange marmalade/red wine and grape jelly with chili sauce. Sounds like your imagination is the limit.

  64. I was looking for an easy recipe for Christmas dinner. Well I more than doubled the recipe and used two crockpots. It was absolutely delicious! Everyone raved about how great it was! Will definitely make this again!

  65. Ernestine Nesby says:

    I am making this dish because it is easy and sound delicious . What other suggestions would you offer to replace the cranberry sauce ?

  66. I am about to make your Beef Brisket recipe and wonder if you could clarify the slow cooker setting?
    Should I use the high setting for 6-8 hours?

  67. How many does this serve?

  68. Merry Christmas Yvonne…
    I within last three weeks have a really bad blood clot. Am new to blood thinner medicines; however, Cranberries I’m told interferes with the Warfarin.
    I really want to make the brisket…no standing etc. plus sounds really good …
    What might you suggest to use instead of the Cranberry sauce that I would have loved?

    1. Connie Fowler says:

      I wonder if you could use grape jelly? It is used in a popular meatball recipe along with chili sauce, and you can’t tell what it is.

      1. Try the grape jelly ad chili sauce. It would give the brisket a different flavor profile. YUMMY!

  69. Hi,Does your holiday beef brisket have, whole cranberries or the jellied in it?Thanks!…Laura

    1. Use the canned jellied cranberry sauce. I just made one yesterday and the jellied cranberries had whole cranberries in them. I garnish with fresh cranberries. But we don’t eat them.

      1. Thank you!, I used a can of whole cranberry sauce this time, it came out great,will try the jellied next time!Probably doesn’t matter either way! Thanks again,Laura

  70. About how many will brisket recipe feed?

  71. I made this for dinner tonight, it was wonderful. The best brisket ever! Had a 2.5 lb. piece, used 1 packet onion soup mix, 1/2 can of cranberry sauce (leftover from Thanksgiving), 2 tablespoons of orange marmalade (the end of a jar), and a splash of red wine. Cooked in the slow cooker 6hrs. Served it with twice baked potatoes and green beans. Family loved it. Thank you, Yvonne, for a fabulous recipe. Will make this many times, I am sure.
    Merry Christmas !

    1. Janet Hurlbrink says:

      Good suggestions thanks!

  72. I made this yesterday, it’s in the fridge and will be heated up for and aftER church family dinner. Thnx for this recipe!

  73. I made this yesterday and it was really good. Next time I will add alittle more water to the soup / cranberry mixture or use less soup mix.

  74. Cynde Smith says:

    Your crock pot beef brisket recipe looks amazing and is so easy, just have a question, is it cooked on high or low for 6-8 hours? With everything you do, how do you have time to be in a book club, yikes, you busy girl!! Thank you for your blog, I love reading it and I get so inspired!

  75. Rosalinda says:

    Love the Beef Brisket recipe.

  76. Looks yummy! Do you cook it on Low or High temp in the crockpot? That fact was missed in the recipe. Thanks!

    1. nancy evansa says:

      I love everything you do!!!thank you for so any great ideas.
      I love this holiday brisket recipe and imagine it is to be cooked
      on Low! Is that correct?

  77. Jan Dillon says:

    is the cranberry sauce the kind with or without the berries….or does it matter?

    1. Hi Jan, it doesn’t matter. Just make sure it’s the kind that comes out of a can.

  78. This beef brisket recipe looks amazing! Just one question, do I mix the onion packet according to it’s directions on the box or just use one packet, a little water and the cranberry sauce?

  79. This sounds very good; I’m going to try it for Christmas night. For how long and at what power setting should I plan to warm it up in the microwave? And how many people does it serve?–Thanks, Jeanie

    1. Make it on high for about 8 hours. I would pour the juices over the brisket and warm it in the oven. 350degrees for about 30 minutes. Hope this helps.

      1. Yvonne,
        Jeanie Gushee asked in the above text how long to heat up the beef in the MICROWAVE. Your response was 8 hours?. I believe 8 hours is the time in the crock pot.
        Minutes in the MICROWAVE, JEANIE.

        MY husband recently heated a piece of PIZZA IN THE MICROWAVE FOR 20 MINUTES INSTEAD OF 20 SECONDS…NOT A GOOD IDEA! ???

        1. LOL! Thanks for catching that. I heat it up in 2-minute intervals until it is hot. It also really depends on the wattage of your microwave. Just warm it up a little at a time so it is not cooking but heating.

  80. Linda L Hammond says:

    I must try that brisket recipe – I have never thought of using cranberry sauce. It looks fabulous.

  81. Thanks for the recipe. This looks good and sounds delicious. I plan to try.

  82. Hi Yvonne,
    I have made this recipe several times and, as you say, it is super easy and delicious! I made it for Christmas dinner last year and gave it a first time “trial run” three weeks before serving it up for Christmas. The first time, although the meat was delicious, the onions from the soup mix were still crunchy! So for Christmas I put the soup mix in a very small amount of hot water and let it set about 10 minutes to soften the onions… then I added it to the cranberries and finished off the recipe. The Christmas brisket was divine and the onions were soft and flavorful. I am not sure why the onions did not soften up the first time in my crock pot!But this is a simple and spectacular meat dish!!!Making it my Chritmas go to!!! THANKS Yvonne for another great meal!

  83. Janet Hurlbrink says:

    Yvonne, do you usually buy a point cut (more marbling) or a flat cut (more muscle)?

    Thank you,

      1. Samela J Dorey says:

        About how thick is the flat cut? Thank you!

        1. I can’t give you that exact measurement. It’s probably one to two inches.

  84. This sounds delicious and I want to give it a try. One question, how many servings does this yield?

  85. You say : “Cook for 6-8 hour on or until the beef is very tender and falling apart.” Do we cook this on low or high?

  86. at what temperature on the slow cooker?

  87. Sherry Darlington says:

    Since this Christmas will be so different from Christmas past….no family….I’m going rogue with the dinner too. No turkey or ham for us! Quick question….jellied cranberry sauce? Thank you!

    1. Yes, however, I’ve had family members used different kinds of cranberry sauces and it works fine.

  88. Jan Fusco says:

    Sounds delicious!
    My husband does not like onions. Will it have an oniony taste using the onion soup mix? If so is there another option I could use?

    1. It does have the richness from the onions so maybe some beef bullion might work instead.

  89. Carol Bradley says:

    The Beef Brisket recipe is a must try for me.
    Love your blog have made Nanas braised chicken,
    all are delicious..
    Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and Wonderful 2021!
    Keep well and stay safe.
    Love and Hugs Carol…

  90. Yvonne,
    I have used so many of your delicious recipes ober the years. The onion soup mix is very tasty but so full of sodium. Any idea on how to cut that down? Wondering if I can only do 1/2 packet and add a low sodium broth?

    1. I would not use a half pack. Maybe Onion Mix has a lower sodium option.

  91. This sounds so delicious! My mother and aunt used to make a similar roast back in the 50’s and 60’s before we had slow cookers. They made it in THE small appliance of that era – the electric skillet. I think my mother used a chuck roast. If I close my eyes and think about it I can still taste it how yummy it was. It was my favorite meal. What could be better?! Well…..adding cranberry sauce (one of my favorite things). YUM!!! Thank you, Yvonne.

  92. Yvonne, the first time you shared your brisket recipe I made it for our Christmas dinner. Absolutely delicious. The following Christmas, dinner was your brisket recipe again. This Christmas I’m serving brunch for my daughter’s family and relaxing the rest of the day. Merry Christmas and thank you for your incredible blog. I have followed you since the beginning.

  93. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Thanks, Yvonne, for sharing your recipe! It is so easy and looks so delicious! I am going to make this over the holidays. We are not sure just what our Christmas dinner will be as it will be only my hubby and I. Our province is on total lockdown at the moment. We usually have roast turkey with all the trimmings for our Christmas dinner. This year it just might be a big chicken!

    This has been such a different year and our Christmas is really going to be different, too.

    1. I know! Our daughter and family will be here. They tested for Covid and were all negative so they will be here with us. God bless you!

  94. You mentioned that you had several easy recipes for Christmas dinner. Would you please share you other recipes as well? I’m always looking for easy but elegant recipes for company.
    Thanks and Happy Holidays!

    1. One of my goals for 2021 is to bring back ON The Menu. It has been so popular and I’ll share lots of easy but fabulous dinner recipes there.

  95. Nita Powell says:

    Planning to make this recipe this year. The first time I made it, I waited too long to find a brisket so I used a beef roast. Probably a bottom round or rump roast. It was delicious. I plan to make again this year using a beef roast. I’ve also frozen the homemade whole berry cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving and used that to add to the roast rather than canned sauce ( I love the smooth version with the can lines!!). Thank you for such a wonderful recipe. I enjoy your blog. May God bless you and your family richly this holiday season. Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

    1. Yes, Jesus is the true meaning of Christmas! God bless you and your family, Nita!

  96. Can you make this in the oven? If so what temp? I have a 9lb brisket and want to make this recipe but I know it won’t fit in the crock pot what would he equivalent for the oven? And should I double the recipe since it is a bigger brisket?

    1. I’m sure you can make it in the oven. I don’t know what temp or for how long. Why not “google” cooking a brisket in the oven and see what you can find. Sorry, I can’t help you more!

      You might think about cutting the brisket in half and see if it will fit into your slow cooker. Or make it in two batches. If you make it all at once I’d use one more packet of the soup mix and more cranberry sauce. Let us know how it turns out if you make it.

  97. Ciera McKinsee Kizerian says:

    Can this be made in an instant pot?

    1. I have never done that. I think the brisket would be too big for an Instant Pot. It’s a perfect recipe for a slow cooker. Hope this helps.

  98. Erin Corpuz says:

    Hi Yvonne, I’m super excited to make this beef brisket. How many people does this serve? I am having my family over and want to make sure I have enough. Is it enough for 8 adults and a few little kids?

    1. It really all depends on the size of your brisket and how many other sides you will serving. This brisket will serve about 8. So I might make a bigger brisket. The other ingredients can stay the same. Hope this helps. You will love the brisket! Merry Christmas

  99. This brisket was so easy and delicious. My husband raved. I used a mix of leftover homemade and canned cranberry sauce. We are thinking of using this recipe when we make our homemade tamales. Love a super easy recipe that feeds a crowd.

    1. Hi Valerie, I’m thrilled you and your husband enjoyed the brisket

  100. Terrie M. Schmidt says:

    I am interested in beef brisket recipe. Question… is this cooked on high or low for 6 to8 hours? Thanks.

  101. Linda M Buchanan says:

    How many servings?

    1. Hi Linda, It depends on how big your brisket is and how hungry the people at your table are. I think this beef brisket would serve about 8. I hope you make it and enjoy it. You can freeze it too!

  102. Thank you for sharing your plan ahead list for the holidays. I share your love of lists! It’s the only way to truly be prepared, and enjoy the season. I am so excited to try your brisket recipe for the holidays! Please tell me if you use a can of whole cranberries, or jellied cranberry sauce?


  103. I haven’t tried this yet. It looks yummy, but you don’t say how many portions it makes.

    1. Carol it all depends on the size of brisket you use and how hungry everyone is. It will probably feed 8 adults. I hope you give this brisket a try!

  104. Love your brisket! Made it for Christmas following your recipe the first time you gave it out to your readers.
    Making it to bring to my sister’s Christmas Eve party.

  105. Ann Berglund says:

    Yvonne, do you garnish with fresh cranberries or were those from the can of cranberry sauce? (whole berry cranberry sauce??)

    1. I garnished the beef with fresh cranberries. Use cranberry jelly from a can. Hope this helps.

      1. 5 stars
        I love your patient, kind replies – you are so kind! 🙂

  106. HI! You inspired me to try the brisket recipe. Does adding the cranberry sauce give the brisket a ‘sweet’ flavor when it is fully cooked?
    Thank you.

    1. The savory and sweet mix for a delicious flavor. Not really sweet. Merry Christmas!

  107. Kim Jefferson says:

    5 stars
    I have made this many times. I have also used a tri tip and cooked it low and slow in the oven. A maaaa zing! It is a go to for company. Thank you so much. Your recipes always get rave reviews

  108. Lyndel Colman says:

    What do you serve with this? It looks somewhat shredded and I am not certain if you would eat it by itself, add to a roll, or? Would it work for a buffet table? I am a California gal and we don’t do much with brisket.

    1. Yes, it is perfect for a buffet. You can also shred it all up and use it in a sandwich, but I like to serve it as a main course. You can serve it with mashed potatoes, cheesy polenta, scalloped potatoes, and a rice dish made with beef stock and maybe sauteed mushrooms and a bit of Maderia. Hope this helps.

  109. 5 stars
    We are having this for new year evening dinner and The New Year. Can hardly wait. Yum!

  110. Kaye cillessen says:

    Approximately how many does this brisket serve?

    1. It all depends on how big the brisket is. We can usually feed 8 people. Hope this helps.

  111. Looks amazing and easy to make. Can you tell me how many servings this makes?
    Thank you

    1. It depends on the size of the brisket and if you have big eaters. I think it serves 8 comfortably. I hope you try it. This brisket is delicious.

  112. This looks amazing!! I will be making this on Christmas Day. Can you tell me the instructions for the Au jus gravy when making day of?
    Thank you!!

  113. 5 stars
    The brisket is always a huge hit, thank you for sharing this Yvonne! I will be making it again for Christmas Eve,
    So that i can enjoy my new grandson , rather than running around the kitchen! Have a wonderful Christmas

    1. Oh, a Christmas baby! How wonderful! I know your Christmas will be extra special this year.

  114. Patti Fletcher says:

    Hello. This looks amazing, but I’m missing the third ingredient. I see the brisket, cranberry jelly and what else?

  115. I would love to try this, but I don’t see a recipe?

  116. Julie Hancock says:

    I have made something like this for years and any time of year. The only difference is you pour a real Coke over the recipe. It has to be in a glass bottle and manufactured in Mexico-pure can sugar is used in these. I also just add what ever herbs that I have on hand. It is delicious.

  117. Patie Sitton says:

    Can this be eaten after it’s been cooked in crockpot?

  118. Hi Yvonne
    Can’t wait to try this brisket this Christmas. Do you recommend adding any of your other suggestions for this first timer? And what sides would you suggest to go along with the brisket?
    Thank you and merry Christmas!

    1. I make it like the original recipe and we love it. This year I am serving it over cheesy polenta and serving it with roasted brussel sprouts, a Christmas salad and mushrooms in Maderia sauce. For dessert we are having a flourless chocolate torte with Eggnog ice cream. Hope this helps. Merry Christmas.

  119. Can I eat this the same day or do I need to make a day ahead, refrigerate it, and then heat it up?

    1. You can eat it the same day. Just make sure to separate the sauce from the fat. Enjoy!

  120. Lynne | My Family Thyme says:

    Happy New Year, Yvonne! This brisket looks delicious! I love the addition of cranberry. I am excited to feature your post at this week’s Tuesday Turn About Link Party. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Hi Lynn! Thanks so much for featuring the brisket. It is really so delicious.