Skinny and Hearty Brisket

Here’s a wonderfully delicious, lean brisket recipe. The key to making it skinny is to ask your butcher for a lean cut and trim the fat, before cooking. All the other ingredients come together while cooking to create a fabulous rich-tasting sauce. The dried fruits add a festive touch. Each serving has 354 calories and 9 grams of fat.
Skinny and Hearty Brisket

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

Serves 10 (each serving about 5 ounces of brisket, 1 apricot, prune, and sauce)

Prep Tips

This brisket is best when prepared in advance. I usually cook it a day or two before the serving and store in the refrigerator. This allows any excess fat to form along the top. Simply remove the fat with a spoon, slice the meat and reheat just before serving. When made in advance and allowed to sit, it tastes better. In addition, making in advance means less last-minute holiday prep work.

Shopping Tips

The leanest part of the brisket is usually from the bottom section of the brisket, which has less fat. Ask your butcher to cut you a very lean 4 pound piece.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints
WW SmartPoints
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (each serving about 5 ounces of brisket, 1 apricot, prune, and sauce)
354 cal, 9g fat, 3g sat fat, 74mg chol, 41g protein, 24g carbs, 3g fiber, 348mg sodium, 13g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
324 calories, 3g sat. fat, 11g sugar, 40g protein


Skinny and Hearty Brisket

Skinny and Hearty Brisket

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 354 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 medium onions, sliced
  • 1 (4 lb.) lean brisket of beef, ask your butcher to cut it for you, trim off any excess fat
  • 2 (12 oz.) cans light beer
  • 2 tablespoons Lipton onion soup mix
  • 2 tablespoons canned tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 4 tablespoons hot water
  • 5 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into large pieces
  • 3 ounces dried pitted prunes (about 10)
  • 3 ounces dried apricots (about 10)


  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  • In a large nonstick pan, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic, onions, and sauté until soft.
  • Add onions to a large roasting pan. Place the meat on top. Pour in 1 can of beer. Cover and bake for 20 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, stir together onion soup mix, tomato paste, brown sugar, and hot water to make a paste.
  • Remove the meat from the oven and spoon mixture over meat. Surround the meat with carrots and remaining can of beer.
  • Reduce heat to 325 degrees, cover pan and cook until tender about 1¼ hours.
  • Add in prunes and apricots. Bake for 30 more minutes.
  • This dish is best made a day or 2 in advance. Cool slightly and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
  • Earlier in the day you are going to serve it, skim off any fat that has formed on the top of the brisket. To carve-thinly slice the meat against the grain. To do this, secure meat with tongs or a fork and carve with a sharp knife.  Slice downward on an angle with long strokes. Add sliced meat back to pan. To reheat-preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place roasting pan, covered, in oven and heat for about 45 minutes until completely heated.
  • Place on a serving plate. Spoon the carrots, onions, dried fruit, and sauce on top of the meat. Leftovers will freeze great!


Serving: 5ouncesCalories: 354kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 41gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 348mgFiber: 3gSugar: 13gBlue Smart Points: 8Green Smart Points: 8Plus Points: 8
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