Beer-braised brisket pot roast served on a chopping board

Beer-braised brisket pot roast

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 3 hrs - 5 hrs plus resting


Serves 6

Adding beer and beef extract to beef brisket gives real depth of flavour to this budget cut of meat. Serve with broccoli for a comforting Sunday roast

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal713
  • fat42g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs10g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre2g
  • protein69g
  • salt1.9g


  • 1 beef stock cube, crushed
  • 1 tsp dried tarragon



    A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…

  • 2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 2kg rolled beef brisket
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 500-550ml bottle of dark ale
  • 2 tbsp beef extract
  • 1 tbsp muscovado sugar
  • 2 tbsp dried onion flakes
  • 500ml beef stock
  • long-stem broccoli, to serve (optional)



    Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…


  1. Heat the oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Mix the stock cube with the tarragon and pepper in a small bowl. Rub over the brisket and season. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole dish or roasting tin over a medium-high heat, add the brisket and brown well on all sides.

  2. Stir in the ale and beef extract, then tip in the sugar and onion flakes and add enough of the beef stock to come two-thirds of the way up the sides of the brisket. Bring to the boil, cover and roast in the oven for 3 hrs, checking every 30 mins to see if the brisket is tender (but you may need to roast it for up to 5 hrs). Transfer the brisket to a board and leave to rest for 15 mins. Slice and serve with the stock spooned over and some steamed long stem broccoli on the side, if you like.

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