Beef in BBQ Sauce

Beef brisket joint

Serves 8

This is my take on a classic dish of beef slowly cooked in a BBQ sauce. You’ll find versions of this dish in various cookbooks and although they are all quite similar, the difference comes from the mix of BBQ sauces used. You can use any BBQ sauce that you prefer but I have found that mixing the Levi Roots and Jack Daniels sauces gives the perfect balance of sweet, sour and spice.

This is a sweet dish so a favourite with the kids. And it’s easy too. Although the cooking time is long, it can be made ahead of time, stored in the fridge and reheated when needed.

For the Marinade…
1 bottle Levi Roots Reggae Reggae sauce
1 bottle Jack Daniels smoky BBQ sauce
250 ml (1 small bottle) lager
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 onions finely chopped
3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons soft brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 brisket of beef, rolled and tied, approx. 2kg in weight

Mix all of the marinade ingredients together, add the brisket and make sure it is evenly coated. Cover and marinate in the fridge for 1 to 2 days.

For the finished dish…
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Heat the vegetable oil in a large oven-proof casserole dish. Remove the brisket from the marinade, scrape off any excess marinade and pat it dry with paper towels. Brown in the vegetable oil, turning to make sure the brisket is evenly coloured. Pour over the marinade, bring to a simmer, then cover and bake in a low oven for 3 hours.

Once cooked, allow the brisket to cool slightly, then transfer it to a chopping board. Remove the string then cut the meat into slices and chunks. Cut away and discard any excess skin or fat.

Place the meat into a clean casserole dish and pour over the sauce either as it is or sieved if you like it smooth. Stir to mix evenly, then allow to go cold, cover and store in the fridge overnight.

When ready to serve remove the dish from the fridge and remove any fat that may have solidified on the surface. Bake in the oven uncovered until bubbling and hot. Stir from time to time to make sure the surface doesn’t burn.


Nutritional InfoValue per ServingDaily Value
Total fat22g34%
Saturated fat7g34%
Total carbohydrate31g11%
Dietary fibre2g6%
Vitamin A3%
Vitamin C8%
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