Beef Brisket with Sweet Spice Rub

Beef Brisket is a delicious cut of meat, but you must be patient and cook it slowly. And it’s vital that the meat is covered with foil during the majority of the (long) cooking process to make sure it doesn’t dry out. (I learnt this the hard way when I forgot one time and we ended up with a very charred piece of brisket!)


  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar (or sweetener of your choice – honey, maple syrup, rice malt syrup)
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp ground coriander
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsps Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil, to moisten


  • Combine Rub ingredients and spread over brisket. If time allows, marinate in fridge for up to 4 hours.
  • Pre-heat oven to 140 degrees. Place a bed of onions in baking dish, sprinkle brisket with salt and place on top of onions, fat side up.BeefBrisket
  • Add stock around the brisket and cover tightly with foil. Bake for 4.5 hours.
  • Increase heat to 180 degrees and remove foil. Brush the brisket with the pan juices and cook for a further 15 minutes.
  • Remove brisket from oven and allow to rest under foil for 15 to 30 minutes.
  • Skim fat from the pan juices, add balsamic vinegar to the pan and return to warm oven for 15 minutes.
  • Slice or pull brisket (use two forks in opposite directions). Pour sauce in to a jug and serve alongside brisket.
About Alison Clinch
Alison Clinch has 20 years marketing experience gained in small and medium size business. She is especially passionate about supporting local communities, communications, and brand management. In her role with The Free Range Butcher Alison is responsible for the company’s branding, promotion, advertising and website. Her experience in the kitchen and passion for good food also brings refreshing new ideas for our recipe suggestions. Initially working alongside her husband Ben at the farmers markets, Alison is more ‘behind the scenes’ now, and keeping busy with two young apprentices’ / kids, Tom and Georgia.

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