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Brisket served for Pesach
Alternative names Jewish brisket, beef brisket, Shabbat brisket
Type Jewish cuisine
Place of origin The United States, Israel
Created by Ashkenazi Jewish community of Central and Eastern Europe
Serving temperature Hot, traditionally served with potato kugel or other non-dairy kugel, latkes, matzo ball soup

Brisket is a popular dish of braised beef brisket in Ashkenazic Jewish cuisine.

Brisket is commonly served for Shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, Passover, Hanukkah, and other Jewish holidays in the Ashkenazi Jewish community. It is commonly found in Jewish communities throughout North America, Israel, Europe, South Africa, Australia, Asia and elsewhere.

Brisket has been considered the most important and iconic main course in the North American Jewish community since the early twentieth century.


In traditional Jewish cooking, brisket is most often slow cooked in an oven for many hours at a low temperature, which helps tenderize the otherwise-tough meat.

Brisket is especially popular as a holiday main course, usually served at Rosh Hashanah, Passover, Hanukkah, and on Shabbat. For reasons of economics and kashrut, it was historically one of the more popular cuts of beef among Ashkenazi Jews.


Brisket is implicitly kosher since it is from the front of the animal, and it was cheap because anything that takes a long time to cook and that cannot be grilled has challenges, especially in a restaurant

Brisket has been eaten by Ashkenazi Jews in Europe for special occasions such as Passover, since at least the 1700s.

Brisket is tough, but cheap, and if cooked for many hours at a low temperature it becomes tender. Brisket became popular among Ashkenazi Jews due to its low cost; farmers would sell the expensive cuts and keep the cheaper ones.

Ashkenazi Jewish refugees brought shtetl cooking with them, and introduced brisket to the general American population.

Brisket then went on to become one of the most important foods in Jewish cuisine and culture, especially in America.


Passover brisket
Brisket being prepared for Passover.

Brisket is prepared in a wide variety of ways by Ashkenazi Jews.

Brisket is cooked for several hours at a low temperature and is cooked with a flavorful sauce and root vegetables.

It is commonly seasoned or cooked with a sauce, such as chili sauce or ketchup, or even Coca-Cola, and vegetables such as onions, garlic, potatoes and carrots are added and the brisket is then cooked for several hours in an oven. In modern times a slow cooker has also become a popular cooking method for brisket. One of the most common ways brisket is prepared in American Jewish cuisine is called a sweet-and-sour brisket and consists of a brisket cooked in a sauce containing crushed tomatoes, seasonings, brown sugar, vinegar, and beef or chicken stock. Another preparation of brisket is marinated and cooked with a sauce containing brewed coffee.


Brisket is commonly eaten on its own, or alongside pareve kugel (potato or noodle), or matzah ball soup. The leftovers of brisket are traditionally used in a variety of ways, such as in cholent, chamin, and other soups or stews, as well as in sandwiches.

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