slow-cooked beef brisket

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5kg beef brisket, trimmed and cut into 4 pieces+
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup (250ml) red wine
  • 2 cups (500ml) beef stock
  • 2 cups (500ml) water
  • 3 cups (750ml) tomato puree (passata)
  • 6 bay leaves
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. Heat half the oil in a large ovenproof heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Add the beef and cook for 4–5 minutes each side or until browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining oil, the onion and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, for 4–5 minutes or until softened.
  4. Add the wine and cook for 3–4 minutes  or until reduced by half. Add the stock, water,  puree, bay leaves, salt and pepper and stir to  combine. Return the beef to the pan, with any juices, and bring to a simmer.
  5. Cover with a tight-fitting lid, transfer to the oven and cook, turning the beef halfway through cooking time++, for 3 hours or until very tender.
  6. Remove the beef from the sauce and place on a tray. Using 2 forks, shred the meat. Return the beef to the sauce and stir to combine. Remove and discard the bay leaves to serve. SERVES 4–6

+ By cutting the beef into 4 pieces before you begin, you reduce the time it takes to cook.

++ For beautifully tender beef that’s evenly cooked, ensure you turn it over halfway through the cooking time.


This slow-cooked brisket can be made 2–3 days in advance. It freezes well, too – simply thaw and reheat to serve.

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donna hay team

Hi John, most butchers will have brisket - however they will cut it into different cuts (eg braising cuts etc) If you have a local butcher you could try ordering ahead - that way they will keep it whole for you. Good luck! The DH team

donna hay team

Hi Ross, make sure you bring your liquid to a simmer before putting it in the oven to ensure the heat is even. If your sauce has not reduced to your liking, you can remove the brisket and reduce the liquid before shredding. The DH team

Ross Parsons

First time I cooked this it worked perfectly!!! Tasted amazing. The last two times the sauce hasn’t reduced much at all. Any ideas what I might be doing wrong? I will try to crack the lid a little and see if that works.

John McMaster

Hi, I’m having trouble finding beef brisket that is not already marinated or pickled. Can you suggest an alternative cut?

donna hay team

Hi Jessica and Angela, we have not tested this recipe in a slow cooker but I am sure after you brown the meat and cook the onions in a heavy based pan you could transfer it to a slow cooker and follow the manufacturer’s cooking times as a guide. Good luck! The DH team

Jessica Major

Hi there. I was also wondering what Angela asked… can this be adapted to a slower cooker recipe? Thanks very much

Angela N

Hi, this looks absolutely delicious. I was just wondering if this could be adapted to work for a slow cooker as I am at work for long hours and often don’t have time when I get home. Cheers Angela