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Cranberry Holiday Beef Brisket

5 from 33 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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  • 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


  • 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.


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.