Grandma’s Traditional Brisket
In traditional Jewish cuisine, Brisket is commonly made as a pot roast in the oven or crock pot (slow cooker). This recipe is as simple as it gets and is also as traditional as it gets. In old Europe, Ashkenazi Jews used brisket because it was one of the cheapest cuts of meat, today Kosher brisket can be pretty expensive, so you should use grandma’s recipe to make it perfect. For spices to add to your brisket, click here.


· 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 
· 1 (4 pound) beef brisket 
· ground black pepper to taste 
· 2 onions, thickly sliced 
· 2 cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half 
· salt and pepper to taste 


Heat the oil in a large deep skillet or pot over medium-high heat. Season the brisket generously with black pepper. Place in the pan and cook until the surface is a rich brown color, not burnt, but dark. Lift the roast and scatter the onions in the pan. Place the uncooked side of the roast down onto the onions. Repeat the browning process. Add the garlic to the pan, and fill with enough water to almost cover the roast. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cover with a lid or tight-fitting aluminum foil. 

Simmer for 4 hours, turning the roast over once halfway through. The roast should be fork tender. Remove the brisket to a serving platter. Bring the broth in the pan to a simmer, scraping the bottom to loosen any browned bits. Cook until reduced to a thin gravy. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. 

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