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Apricot Brisket Recipe
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Apricot Brisket

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"Serve this brisket and the fruity gravy with mashed potatoes, salad, and hot rolls."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs 30 mins

    3 hrs 45 mins


  1. In a large heavy skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, brown the beef on all sides. If the brisket is too large, cut it in half first, and brown in two stages. Place the meat in a large Dutch oven with a lid.
  2. Add onions to the drippings in the skillet. Saute over medium heat until the onions are beginning to brown. Stir in garlic, and cook for 2 or 3 more minutes. Pour over the brisket in the Dutch oven.
  3. Empty one package of dry, instant onion soup mix over the browned onions and meat. Arrange all of the apricots on top of the soup mix. Pour enough water around outside of meat, not on top, to cover the sides of brisket. Cover.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees F (160 degrees C) for 1 hour. Check liquid; if dish is starting to look dry, add a bit more water around meat. Cover, and cook another hour. Remove lid, and stir apricots into gravy. Leave uncovered, and cook for another hour. Stir gravy again, and add more water if the gravy is too thick. Meat should be very tender; if necessary, bake for an additional 1/2 hour. Cut across grain to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 25, 2004

I made this in a crock pot -- I didn't have to make any adjustments. It was wonderful. Try it.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 01, 2004

Obviously I am at odds with every other reviewer, but I found this recipe just awful. The apricots went really badly with the beef, to just give a really unpleasant flavour. Must just be me.


50 Ratings

Jan 25, 2004

This was flavorful ... I added dried cranberries, too. There is an error in the cooking time, however (I looked at the 2 hours 30 minute cook time and it messed up dinner ... wound up serving it the next day). Following the directions, there should be 3 hours of cooking, plus an additional 1/2 hour if necessary. Gravy is excellent, though!

Jan 25, 2004

I made this recipe in my slow cooker . It was so easy and tasted excellent . I'll make it often .

Feb 17, 2008

Great recipe! Here's how I tweaked it after reading everyone's feedback: I used Knorr French Onion Soup Mix. I chopped up the apricots and used only 3/4 cup. I used a 3 pound chuck roast, browned it as directed, then put it into my crock pot on high for 3 hours. I followed the recipe (browned onions and garlic) except that I precooked a pound of chunked up carrots in my microwave (about 7 minutes) and boiled (skins on/our preference) 6 regular sized potatos for about 45 minutes. I added the cooked carrots and potatoes (chunked up) to the crock pot and gently stirred them in for another half hour at the end. The total time was four hours. The meat was tender, the gravy was sweet and delicious! Next time I do it, I might add a bit of water before the carrots and potatoes at the end to increase the gravy, as the potatoes did absorb some. (But it was still DELICIOUS!)

Jan 25, 2004

This recipe is WONDERFUL! If you think it would be too sweet with the apricots, you're wrong! This makes a lovely, savory gravy. My family loved it! I made it for Passover and got RAVES! This one is a keeper! Thanks!

Jan 25, 2004

This was my first brisket and aI was nervous, but it was so delicious! I dont have a Dutch oven, so I used a roasting pan and tin foil. I cooked the meat for about 4 - 4 1/2 hours and it came out perfect! Plus the cranberries gave it a nice touch.

Feb 01, 2004

This was a simple recipe with great results. The apricot really gave it a nice tang. I was a little worried since it was my first brisket, but it came out great. A couple of notes: I used half the apricots and chopped them and I used a little too much water, so I reduced my gravy in a pan while the brisket set.


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  • Calories
  • 822 kcal
  • 41%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 52.4 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol
  • 185 mg
  • 62%
  • Fat
  • 43.8 g
  • 67%
  • Fiber
  • 6.1 g
  • 25%
  • Protein
  • 56.3 g
  • 113%
  • Sodium
  • 550 mg
  • 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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