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Photo: José Picayo; Styling: Jocelyne Beaudoin Photo by: Photo: José Picayo; Styling: Jocelyne Beaudoin

Beer-Braised Brisket with Honey-Lime Glaze

To make ahead, prepare through step 2, cool slightly, and chill. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes, and proceed with step 3.

Cooking Light DECEMBER 2010

  • Yield: 16 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces beef and 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce)


  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 (5-pound) flat-cut beef brisket, trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 cups dark beer
  • 2 cups chopped carrot
  • 1 cup vertically sliced onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup no-salt-added ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 20 cilantro sprigs
  • 10 thyme sprigs
  • 6 orange rind strips
  • 6 lemon rind strips
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 apple, cored and cut into 6 wedges
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


1. Preheat oven to 325°.

2. Heat oil in a heavy roasting pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle beef with 3/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Add beef to pan; cook 15 minutes, browning on both sides. Drain oil from pan. Add water and next 14 ingredients (through cinnamon). Bring to a boil; cover with foil, and bake at 325° for 4 hours. Remove beef from pan, reserving cooking liquid. Strain liquid through a sieve into a bowl, and skim fat from surface. Return liquid and beef to pan.

3. Cook beef, uncovered, at 325° for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until meat is fork-tender, basting occasionally. Remove beef from pan, reserving cooking liquid; cover and keep warm.

4. Place a large zip-top plastic bag inside a bowl. Pour cooking liquid into bag. Carefully snip off 1 bottom corner of bag, and drain liquid into a medium saucepan, stopping before fat layer reaches opening. Discard fat. Cook the liquid over medium-high heat until reduced to about 1 cup. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, honey, and lime juice. Cut beef diagonally across grain into thin slices; serve with sauce. Sprinkle evenly with chopped cilantro.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 224
  • Fat: 7.5g
  • Saturated fat: 2.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.4g
  • Protein: 28.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 9.8g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Cholesterol: 68mg
  • Iron: 2.6mg
  • Sodium: 191mg
  • Calcium: 23mg

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Beer-Braised Brisket with Honey-Lime Glaze Recipe