BuzzFeed Brisket Recipe

The BuzzFeed Brisket video “Jewish Moms Try Each Other’s Brisket,” has over 3 million views!! Is that considered viral?

Some of the funny comments I received:

Hysterical! Thank you for sharing. (Glad I didn’t audition; you women are out of my league!) but I loved this and will share with my kids, etc. Shabbat shalom!

Such a fun video! Thanks for sharing! Happy holidays!

Good for you for doing this and you were by far the best “actress”. Mazel Tov!!!!
Omg Naomi this is AMAZING!! You are a natural on camera, and without tasting them I think you should have won!
And, drumroll, I finally transcribed my mother-in-law’s recipe, the one I used for the shoot. Cecile, as mentioned before, is a wonderful cook of Eastern European Jewish food. I tried to glean measurements from her, and also took notes as I cooked, but amounts may be tweaked. Her recipe is a two-day affair: cooking one day, and slicing and serving the next.
Grandma Cecile’s Brisket


  • 41/2 – 5 lbs brisket
  • 1 1/2 onions, chopped
  • 4-6 stalks celery, cut up
  • 5 carrots, cut in large chunks
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Spice Mixture: 3 teaspoons Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute, 1/4 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon marjoram, and  1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • vegetable oil for searing
  • Brisket Sauce: 1/2 – 3/4 combo of sweet-n-sour sauce (such as duck sauce, I didn’t have any so I used apricot jam), 1 Tablespoon soy sauce, 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves


  1. Dry meat and then dredge in flour/spice mixture. (Cecile shakes the meat and spice mixture in a Ziploc bag.)
  2. Heat vegetable oil in large pot. Sear meat on all 4 sides. (The cut is thick, so all edges need searing.)
  3. Remove brisket from pot. Sautee onions and celery until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add meat back to pot and leave on high heat for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Turn heat to low and cook 10-20 minutes on each side, adding water so that the meat is simmering.
  6. Add bay leaves and Brisket Sauce and bring to a boil again.
  7. Cover and simmer for 2 1/2 hours. Add carrots at 2 hours.
  8. When a fork can lift up the meat in the center, the brisket’s done. (If using a thermometer, it should be 160 degrees F.)
  9. Take out of pot immediately and wrap in tin foil. (I let it cool on the counter and sliced it that night since it had to be ready to serve at the BuzzFeed office the next day, but brisket’s better if it “rests” and is sliced the next day.)
  10. Let cool and store in fridge. Save sauce and veggies.
  11. Slice meat the next day. In 350 degrees F oven, heat brisket in sauce and veggies for 40 minutes.

Yield: Approximately 5-7 people (or more! Again, going w/loose translation of how much for each person.)

2 thoughts on “BuzzFeed Brisket Recipe

  1. Jessica

    Is this the one with Coke a cola in it? Is that in this recipe? (just making sure I’m not missing anything) can’t wait to try it.


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