Braised Coca-Cola Brisket
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 (3-4 pound) Brisket, trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 slices Thick Cut Bacon, minced
  • 2 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup red wine or beef broth, to deglaze pan
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic, about 2 cloves
  • 1 (12 ounce) can Coke (Dr. Pepper would work as well)
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle Chili Sauce
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  1. In a large Dutch Oven, heat the Olive Oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle both sides of the brisket with salt and pepper. Cook about 2 minutes on each side to sear brisket. Remove brisket from Dutch Oven and set aside. Add the minced bacon to the Dutch Oven and cook over medium heat until brown. When the bacon is brown, remove with a slotted spoon and place with the brisket. Drain all but about 2 tablespoons of fat in the Dutch Oven. Add the onions and cook over medium to medium low heat for about 15 minutes, until they are tender and beginning to brown. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 -2 minutes until fragrant. Add the red wine or the beef broth to the Dutch Oven to deglaze the pan. Be sure to scrape all the browned bits off the bottom of the Dutch Oven. They are full of flavor!
  2. Stir in the Coke, chili sauce, molasses and liquid smoke.
  3. Return the Brisket and the bacon to the pan.
  4. Cover and bake in a 325 degree oven for 3½-4 hours or until tender.
  5. After about 2 hours I like to remove the brisket from the oven and turn the brisket over.
  6. When it has been in the oven for 3 ½ hour,s check the brisket with 2 forks.
  7. When you pull it apart, it should be very tender. If not, place back in the oven and keep checking it every 30 minutes until tender.
  8. Let Brisket rest in pan for 15 minutes or so.
  9. Remove the brisket from the pan and slice brisket across the grain and return to the cooking liquid.
Recipe by Sunflower Supper Club at