Braised Brisket with Sweet Onions and Dried Fruit

Whether you’re preparing for a holiday meal or you’re just looking to whip up something special for dinner, this Braised Brisket with Sweet Onions and Dried Fruit recipe is sure to be a hit. Braised to perfection, each slice of brisket is both tender and full of flavor. And to top it off, the onion and dried fruit-based sauce adds an element of sweetness that your family will find irresistible. 

Braised Brisket

Serves 6-8


For the rub spices

  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

For the Brisket

  • 4 pounds brisket, first cut
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced thin
  • 1 can diced or crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup dried apricots, minced
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup chopped dried apple
  • salt and pepper


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, combine the rub spices: brown sugar, granulated garlic, ground mustard, paprika, ground chipotle, sea salt, and fresh cracked black pepper.

Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven on medium-high heat. Sear each side of the brisket till a crust forms, about 3-4 minutes on each side.

Remove brisket from the dutch oven pot, then add the onions, can of tomatoes, apricots, raisins, and dried apple to the same pot. Bring the sauce to a low boil.

Place the brisket back into the pot with the sauce and make sure the brisket is covered in the sauce. Place the cover back on the dutch oven pot and transfer it to the oven.

Bake the brisket for about 3 hours or until tender.

When finished cooking, remove the brisket from the sauce and cover with foil to let rest for about 5 minutes. When ready to serve, slice the brisket into thin slices and top with the sauce.

Recipe from our friends at Thermador.

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