Taste Tested: Beer & Honey Brisket

This week, Julia’s off to the braises with a brisket recipe that’s a snap for entertaining a crowd. A�If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, triple this recipe and you’ll score yourself one tasty touchdown!

“When I came across this recipe on Food52 over the weekend, it shot straight to the top of my grocery list. A�Sadly, it turned out I wouldn’t be sticking-to-my-ribs for dinner – my beloved butcher was out! A�Instead I decided to brisk-it, taking home a beautiful prime cut of beef that more than rose to the occasion. A�But let’s be honest, when it comes to beer and honey… can you really go wrong?”

Sweet & stick, this is some Brisky Business!

Recipe: Beer & Honey Brisket

Switch it up with a different Ontario craft beer each time. Variety…it’s good for what ales you.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 lbs Ontario beef brisket–mine came from West Grey Premium Beef via Sanagan’s
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium Ontario onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves Ontario garlic, minced
  • 1.5 TBSP Ontario grainy mustard
  • 1/4 cup Ontario honey–I’m sweet on Ed & Glen’s Honey from Niagara
  • 8 ounces Ontario ale–for this installment, I used Railway City Brewery‘sA�Dead Elephant IPA
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a cast iron or oven-safe pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, whisk together mustard, beer and honey in a small bowl.
  3. Once sizzling, add brisket to the pot and brown on all sides (roughly one minute per side).
  4. Remove brisket from pot and set aside. Turn heat down to medium-low and add onions and garlic to pot. Leave for 5 minutes to allow onions to caramelize.
  5. Add honey-mustard-beer goodness to the pot, along with bay leaf and brisket.
  6. Bring mixture to a simmer. Seal pot with lid and place in oven for 2 – 2 1/2 hours.
  7. Dream about brisket and/or prepare side dishes.
  8. Remove from oven. Slice or shred brisket on a cutting, letting the sauce thicken in the pot while you do so.
  9. Serve brisket with sauce and enjoy!

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 2 hour(s) 20 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

About Taste Tested

From the farm to the table, it�s easy to be inspired by Ontario�s endless parade of edibles. WithA�?Taste Tested?, OCTA�s staff are sharing their freshest finds and dishing outA�their favourites of the season. A�Come discover what�s on our table � literally!

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