Cranberry Holiday Beef Brisket

This cranberry holiday beef brisket is seriously amazing. It’s a lovely dish for the holiday season, Jewish holidays or any time of year you’re feeling festive. A large brisket with fresh cranberries or cranberry jelly is a great recipe for any holiday, special occasion or simply because it’s delicious enough to have any day!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry holiday beef brisket. This is a tasty Christmas brisket recipe that's perfect for a Jewish holiday meal.

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Literally bursting with incredible flavor, this Christmas brisket recipe makes a perfect holiday meal. Featuring the flavours of garlic, onion, Guinness, herbs, and more, it’s one of the nicest Christmas brisket recipes I’ve tried. Add this savory brisket to your dinner menu and you won’t regret it!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry holiday beef brisket. This is a tasty Christmas brisket recipe that's perfect for a Jewish holiday meal.

Cranberry Holiday Beef Brisket Ingredients

So what exactly do you need for this Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner beef brisket recipe? First of all you’re going to need the brisket itself.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry holiday beef brisket. This is a tasty Christmas brisket recipe that's perfect for a Jewish holiday meal.

Choose a flat cut, not a point cut. What’s the difference? Well, a flat cut brisket is thin and long as has a long fat layer on top. It slices more easily than a point cut brisket and the fat layer ensures your brisket dinner will be juicy and moist.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry holiday beef brisket. This is a tasty Christmas brisket recipe that's perfect for a Jewish holiday meal.

Garlic cloves, onion and shallot also go into this Christmas brisket recipe, along with potatoes. Even more flavour comes from the addition of thyme, rosemary, Worcestershire sauce, and Guinness. With ingredients this delicious, you can be sure your sliced brisket with pan juices is going to be incredible.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry holiday beef brisket. This is a tasty Christmas brisket recipe that's perfect for a Jewish holiday meal.

How to Make Holiday Brisket

You are going to find this wonderful brisket recipe easy to make. Make sure you’re starting with room temperature brisket so give it half an hour on the countertop before you begin.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry holiday beef brisket. This is a tasty Christmas brisket recipe that's perfect for a Jewish holiday meal.

Rub some oil over the meat and press some kosher salt, black pepper, garlic and onion powders, dried rosemary and thyme, to it. Coat it evenly on the fat side and lean side.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry holiday beef brisket. This is a tasty Christmas brisket recipe that's perfect for a Jewish holiday meal.

Next dice half an onion and slice the other half. Heat some olive oil in a pan and add the onions, shallot and garlic. Cook this mixture for a few minutes before adding the cranberry sauce, Worcestershire sauce and Guinness and cooking some more.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry holiday beef brisket. This is a tasty Christmas brisket recipe that's perfect for a Jewish holiday meal.

If you are looking for other Christmas beef recipes, you might like to try this Holiday Beef Wellington or this Cranberry Cream Cheese Stuffed Flank Steak

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry holiday beef brisket. This is a tasty Christmas brisket recipe that's perfect for a Jewish holiday meal.

This next step in this holiday meal recipe is to preheat the oven and then pour half of the mixture from the pan into a large roasting pan. Add the onions then put the large brisket (fat side facing down) on top.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry holiday beef brisket. This beef brisket recipe makes an easy holiday meal.

Next, add the rest of the sauce over the whole brisket then add the potatoes along with some fresh cranberries around the sides. Add some fresh rosemary and thyme also.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry holiday beef brisket. This beef brisket recipe makes an easy holiday meal.

Cover with foil and roast in the oven for four hours or until you have tender brisket and fully cooked veggies. Slice with a sharp knife on a cutting board, serve with your favourite side dishes, and enjoy the incredible seasonal flavours in every mouthful. Use a wooden spoon to scrape the tasty brown bits off the bottom of the pan and stir into the sauce.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry holiday beef brisket. This beef brisket recipe makes an easy holiday meal.

The fact you can pop this brisket for Christmas dinner into the oven and literally forget all about it for four hours makes it a great idea for Christmas or a dinner party when you have plenty of other things to do as well. It’s literally the perfect main dish for brisket aficionados. Holiday beef dishes are a nice change from turkey or ham.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry holiday beef brisket. This beef brisket recipe makes an easy holiday meal.

How Can I Make This in a Crock Pot?

Brisket is full of connective tissue which means it requires a long and slow cooking process to come out tender rather than tough. Because of this, it’s definitely a good candidate for your slow cooker or crockpot. You will love the result when it slow cooks at lower temperatures!

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry holiday beef brisket. This beef brisket recipe makes an easy holiday meal.

The cooking time for brisket with cranberry sauce if you do it in a crockpot will be roughly nine hours. The exact shape and thickness of the meat determines the exact cooking time, so it might be ready in eight hours or it might take ten.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry holiday beef brisket. This beef brisket recipe makes an easy holiday meal.

However, the long, slow cooking process does suit this recipe well so it will come out as the best holiday brisket recipe regardless of whether you choose the oven or the slow cooker.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry holiday beef brisket. This beef brisket recipe makes an easy holiday meal.

What Do You Serve with a Christmas Brisket Recipe?

Christmas beef recipes are a great change from turkey or ham. So you’re making this brisket for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner – what are you going to have with it? Well bear in mind it already includes potatoes and onions. Consider pairing this cranberry holiday beef brisket with bacon-wrapped green beans or smoked asparagus. Beef brisket for Thanksgiving is also a great idea and this cranberry brisket is sure to be a holiday favourite.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry holiday beef brisket. This beef brisket recipe makes an easy holiday meal.

Cranberry Holiday Beef Brisket FAQs

What’s the best way to store leftover brisket?

It’s no problem if you have some of this family favorite main course left because you can store and reheat it easily.
Keep leftovers in the roasting pan or transfer them into containers if you prefer (or if you’re short on refrigerator space!) You can reheat this Christmas brisket recipe in portions in the microwave or else in a warm oven. I recommend using any beef brisket recipe leftovers up within two to three days. Another option is freezing this holiday meal for up to three months.

What are some variations on this beef brisket recipe?

This is already the best brisket but you can always change up the ingredients. Try adding in some mushrooms or swap the Guinness for your favourite dark beer. Try Irish Stout or Murphy’s. If you prefer not to use alcohol, some mushroom stock or even soy sauce would also be good in your Christmas brisket recipe.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry holiday beef brisket. This beef brisket recipe makes an easy holiday meal.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry holiday beef brisket. This beef brisket recipe makes an easy holiday meal.

Cranberry Holiday Beef Brisket Recipe

Cranberry Holiday Beef Brisket

5 from 38 votes
Course: Main Course, Meals
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, Christmas
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 710kcal
Author: Bella Bucchiotti
This cranberry holiday beef brisket is seriously amazing. It’s a lovely dish for the holiday season, Jewish holidays or any time of year you’re feeling festive. A large brisket with fresh cranberries or cranberry jelly is a great recipe for any holiday or any day!
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Ingredients

  • 3.5 Pounds brisket flat cut
  • 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon thyme dried
  • 1 Teaspoon rosemary dried
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 5 Cloves garlic minced
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 1 Can cranberry sauce jelly, 14 ounces
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire
  • ½ Cup beer Guinness
  • 1 Pounds red potatoes petite
  • 1 Cup dried cranberries
  • 3 Sprigs rosemary Fresh
  • 3 Sprigs thyme Fresh

Instructions

  • Remove brisket from the fridge 30 minutes before you’re ready to cook. Combine Salt, pepper, dried thyme, rosemary, garlic powder, and onion powder in a small bowl or ramekin. Rub olive oil on the brisket, then season generously. Let the rest and come to room temp for 30 minutes.
  • Slice the onion in half. Dice one half of the onion, and thinly slice the other half.
  • Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add olive oil and swirl to coat. Next, add the diced onions, shallot, and garlic cloves to a saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 5 minutes, then add cranberry, Worcestershire, and Guinness. Stir to combine and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  • Pour half the saucepan into the roasting pan. Add sliced onions and place brisket fat side down on top. Pour remaining sauce over the top of the brisket.
  • Surround the sides of the brisket with potatoes, dried cranberries, and fresh thyme and rosemary sprigs. Cover with foil.
  • Place onto the oven on the center rack and bake for 4 hours.
  • Slice brisket and serve with potatoes and sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 710kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 669mg | Potassium: 1361mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 14607IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 7mg
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The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

You simply can’t go wrong with this easy cranberry holiday beef brisket. It’s perfect for a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner and you can cook it in your choice of the oven or crockpot. This cranberry brisket is easy enough for those making it for the first time. A brisket recipe with cranberry sauce is a festive main dish for your holiday menu. .

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  1. Kelsey Richardson wrote:

    5 stars
    yum! i love brisket. will be trying this with cranberry

    Posted 10.30.22 Reply
  2. Tami wrote:

    5 stars
    We made it for Christmas dinner – it was delicious and everybody had seconds! I added some white wine to the pan sauce and boiled it down, then added a flour and pan juice slurry to make a thin gravy that was delicious on the meat and potatoes. Great recipe!

    Posted 12.26.22 Reply
    • Bella wrote:

      So good to hear! Happy Holidays!

      Posted 12.27.22 Reply
  3. Henn wrote:

    5 stars
    We smoked a lot of brisket in the summer but this recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving. I know that’s a few weeks away so this was a kind of “trial run” and it came out so succulent and juicy, and the flavor was spot-on.

    Posted 10.20.23 Reply
  4. Andy wrote:

    I want to make this for Thanksgiving this year, but I’m wondering how to change it if my brisket is not flat-cut. I have a brisket from our last beef share, and if it is flat cut, it was rolled up to be frozen. Will a non-flat-cut be a problem/cook differently?

    Posted 10.22.23 Reply
    • Bella Bucchiotti wrote:

      Hi Andy, it depends what cut you actually have. The point (as opposed to the flat-cut) is fattier and then you have the tip. From your description you might have a flat-cut or you might just have a “flat” piece of brisket. If you’re making this for Thanksgiving you might want to invest in a flat-cut brisket in case the timings are way off with whatever kind of cut you have.

      Posted 11.2.23 Reply
  5. Brandi wrote:

    5 stars
    This sounds amazing and I’d like to make it for Christmas. However, I have a large family and would need to double the size of brisket. Would that change the cooking time?

    Posted 12.6.23 Reply
    • Bella Bucchiotti wrote:

      Hi Brandi, great question. When cooked in the oven, brisket should take about 80 to 90 minutes per pound. However, it’s not that straightforward because the shape and thickness of the brisket also impact the total cooking time. The best thing to do is calculate roughly how long it will take and then check it a half hour before you expect it to be done. Use an internal thermometer to check the temperature of the thickest part. When it reaches 190 or 195⁰F, the meat is done. Tent it with foil and let it sit while you finish off the side dishes. Hope that helps! Enjoy your brisket!

      Posted 12.10.23 Reply
  6. Nick wrote:

    We couldn’t find a suitable sized brisket so we bought a tri tip instead. Other than cooking time, which should be less, are there any other changes to the recipe that you’d recommend?

    Posted 12.24.23 Reply
    • You should just adjust cooking time for the meat that you have. Everything else can stay the same.

      Posted 12.24.23 Reply
  7. Samantha wrote:

    Made this for Christmas Eve. It was just so good! 10/10 recipe!

    Posted 12.25.23 Reply
  8. Lily J. wrote:

    5 stars
    Such a delightful recipe! Loved every bite, definitely making again.

    Posted 2.9.24 Reply