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Middle Eastern Beef Brisket

Beef brisket is such a delicious, simple and economical way to feed a family. It is really quick to prepare, but does require a lot of time to cook, so plan ahead for this meal.

The basic recipe will leave you with a ‘pulled’ style of meat which you can serve with salad, in a burger, wrap or tortilla, or on a bed of creamy mashed potato.  The tahini sauce adds a lovely citrus hit to balance the richness of the meat. I hope you enjoy this really versatile and very satisfying meal.

2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons cumin, ground
1 teaspoon coriander seed, ground
1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
1 teaspoon cardamon, ground
¼ teaspoon cloves, ground
Good pinch of sea salt and black pepper
Approx. 1kg beef brisket
1 ½ cups of beef or chicken stock (or water)
1 onion, halved and sliced
2 cloves garlic, sliced

Tahini Sauce
3 tablespoons hulled tahini
Juice of one small lemon
¼ teaspoon cumin, ground
Good pinch of sea salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 150℃.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the spices, salt and pepper.
  3. Rub the beef with about 1 ½ tablespoons of the spice blend to coat it and place in a small casserole dish or roasting pan. Place the remaining spice mix in a small jar for your next brisket.
  4. Add the garlic, onion and pour over the stock (it should cover or almost cover the meat).
  5. Cover with a lid or foil wrapped tightly to seal.
  6. Cook for about 2 hours, turn the meat and cook for another 2-3 hours (total 4-5 hours cook time). It is cooked when the meat easily falls apart when pulled at.
  7. Remove the lid or foil and turn the oven up to 200℃. Pull the meat apart and cook for approximately 30 minutes to caramelise and thicken the sauce.
  8. To make your tahini sauce, combine all of the tahini sauce ingredients together. Add the water tablespoon by tablespoon until you have a slightly runny sauce that can be drizzled over the meat.

Serve this buffet style so you can build your own meal. Here are some ways we eat this…

  • In a lettuce cup with julienne vegetables
  • In a burger, wrap or tortilla with lots of salad/grated veggies
  • On a creamy mashed potato or cauliflower puree with steamed green vegetables
  • or any way you like really

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  • Rose

    Loved it! So did the kids. Thanks Georgia.

  • Elisa James

    Could I do this in the slow cooker or is it better in the oven?

    • Yes you definitely could cook it in the slow cooker Elisa. I have recently replaced my slow cooker and the new one cooks entirely differently to the old (times vary a lot). So I stick with oven instructions for this reason, and also not everyone has a slow cooker. Enjoy G x

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