Beef Brisket with Dried Fruit


The secret to great brisket? Cooking it low and slow until it's incredibly tender and flavorful.

Beef Brisket Dried Fruit
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 55 mins


  • 1 ¾ cup dry red wine

  • 5 - 6 pound beef brisket, trimmed of fat if desired

  • Salt and ground black pepper

  • Paprika

  • 4 onions, coarsely chopped (2 cups)

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley

  • 1 - 2 quart lower-sodium beef broth

  • 6 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (3 cups)

  • 12 ounce tiny new potatoes, halved or quartered (2 cups)

  • 1 cup dried prunes

  • 1 cup dried apricots


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Place wine in an 8-quart Dutch oven or oven-going pot. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Boil gently, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes or until reduced by half. Meanwhile, generously season both sides of beef with salt, pepper, and paprika.

  2. Stir onions into wine in pot. Top onions with brisket. Add bay leaves, thyme, and parsley to pot. Pour enough broth over brisket to nearly cover. Cover with lid. Bake for 2 hours. Turn brisket over. Add carrots, potatoes, prunes, and apricots to pot. Cover and bake for 2 hours more or until meat is tender.

  3. Remove brisket, fruit, and vegetables; cover with foil and set aside. Skim fat from cooking liquid; discard fat. Bring cooking liquid in pot to boiling; reduce heat and boil gently, uncovered, for 20 to 30 minutes or until reduced by half. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Slice brisket against the grain and serve with vegetables, fruit, and sauce*.

  4. Per serving: 5 1/2 ounces meat, 3/4 cups vegetables, 1/4 cup sauce. Yields 3 1/2 lb. meat, 6 cups vegetables, 2 1/2 cups sauce.


If desired, cool brisket and reduced mixture slightly. Place in a storage container and chill up to 3 days. Reheat before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

381 Calories
10g Fat
30g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 381
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 96mg 32%
Sodium 669mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 8.5mg 43%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 4.1mg 23%
Potassium 1116mg 24%
Folate, total 29.5mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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