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The Jewish High Holidays just passed, which always leave me even more introspective than usual. While the meaning of these holidays is self-assessment, forgiveness, and setting intentions for the next year (this is, of course, super simplified!), all Jewish holidays include something absolutely essential: food!

Mired in tradition, holidays always conjure up hankerings for certain foods. And I want to share with you my favorite recipe of all time. This brisket is my comfort food. I grew up eating this on High Holidays, Hanukkah, and it is always the request I make for my birthday meal, too. Because my mom, Bobbi, makes the BEST brisket.

Today, you are extremely lucky that I am going to share her recipe with you. I think it is going to become your favorite family meal, too!

This one is a bit time intensive. Although your active time is not too bad, this brisket takes a good 4-5 hours of cooking time, so make sure you plan accordingly!


  • 4-5 pound brisket
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 large yellow onions, cut in half then thinly sliced
  • 8 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 10 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 ½ cups good red wine
  • 3 T balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 cup beef bone broth


Preheat your oven to 325.

Generously season the entire brisket with salt and pepper. Heat a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Put the brisket into the dutch oven and sear one side, without moving the brisket around, for about 5 minutes, then flip the brisket over and let it sear, untouched, for another 5 or so minutes.

Remove the brisket from the dutch oven and set it aside.

Add the onions, thyme, garlic and bay leaves into the dutch oven. Cover with a ½ cup of the red wine and 3 T of balsamic vinegar and give everything a good stir. Let it cook for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the rest of the wine, honey, broth, and the remaining spices in a bowl.

Return the brisket to the dutch oven, nestling it among the onions, and pour the wine/honey/broth mixture on top of the meat. Cover your dutch oven with a lid or tightly fitted aluminum foil and transfer it to the oven.

Cook for 4-5 hours, until the meat is very tender. Remove the pan from heat and place the brisket onto a cutting board. Cover it loosely with foil and let it rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing it. Remove the bay leaves and sprigs of thyme from the onion mixture.

Serve the meat with the cooked onions. So, so good!

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Bobbi's Brisket