Low-Sodium Beef Brisket

Low-Sodium Beef Brisket
Staff Writer

Sodium Girl

What makes a classic brisket is a rich braising liquid made from salty broths, soup mixes, ketchup, and canned tomato sauce. But it is easy to make this fork-tender dish without the high-sodium ingredients. Simply mix strong spices, apricot jam, no-salt-added tomato purée, and a kick of horseradish together for a powerhouse marinade that infuses the meat with the traditional flavors and keeps it moist throughout the hours of roasting.

Ingredients

  • 4  Pounds  beef brisket, with fat
  • 2  Teaspoons  salt-free curry powder
  • 2  Teaspoons  salt-free garlic powder
  • 2  Teaspoons  freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  turmeric
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  cinnamon
  • Canola oil
  • 2-3  large onions, sliced
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • 4  Cups  no-salt added tomato purée
  • One  9-ounce jar apricot jam
  • 2-3  Teaspoons  no-salt added prepared horseradish
  • Freshly parsley, chopped

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Take out the beef brisket from your fridge and let the meat come to room temperature. Also make sure that it will fit into your chosen ovenproof Crock-Pot and if it doesn’t, go ahead and cut it in half.

As the meat warms up, mix together all the spices in a small bowl (curry to cinnamon). Score the fat on the top of the brisket, making large "X" marks with a knife. And then give the meat a deep massage with the spice blend.

Place a Crock-Pot on the stove with 1-2 tablespoons of oil and bring it to a sizzle over medium-high heat. When hot, throw in the brisket, fat side down, and let it brown for 5 minutes. Then turn to the other side and brown again, adding more oil if necessary. Take out the meat, let it rest on a plate, and repeat if you have two cuts of meat.

Lower heat a little and add the onions and garlic to the pot, scraping all the brown, fatty bits into the mixture. This is flavor. Let the onions and garlic soften and caramelize, another 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in medium bowl, mix together the tomato purée, the apricot jam, and the horseradish. Add the onions and garlic to the bowl and mix again.

Place the meat into the Crock-Pot, fat side down again, and jiggle the meat around until it is laying flat on the bottom of the pan in a single layer (not stacked on top of one another).

Dump the sauce over the meat and make sure the brisket is completely covered. Add water if needed (or more tomato purée) and throw the whole pot, lid on, into the oven. Set your timer for an hour and a half. Then carefully flip the meat and let it cook for another hour and a half for a total of 3 hours of cooking.

Finally, it’s time to eat. With at least 15 minutes or so before you plan on serving this juicy dish, remove the brisket from the oven and transfer all the meat to a cutting board. Cover it with foil and let it rest.

Now you have a few choices for presentation. You can ladle the juices directly from the pot and use that to coat each cut with some extra sauce. Or you can use an immersion blender and give the remaining juices a quick purée. Then, place the pot back on the stove and let the sauce reduce and thicken until it transforms into a smooth gravy.

Either way, slice that brisket into ¼-inch to ½-inch pieces, cutting against the grain of the meat. Serve over smashed potatoes, noodles, polenta, or couscous — anything that can soak up all that good sauce. Serve with the gravy, sprinkle with parsley, and enjoy. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
37g
53%
Sugar
45g
50%
Saturated Fat
15g
63%
Cholesterol
132mg
44%
Carbohydrate, by difference
49g
38%
Protein
54g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
384µg
55%
Vitamin B-12
6µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
6µg
7%
Calcium, Ca
1174mg
100%
Choline, total
281mg
66%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
34µg
9%
Iron, Fe
8mg
44%
Magnesium, Mg
206mg
64%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
7mg
50%
Pantothenic acid
4mg
80%
Phosphorus, P
1635mg
100%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
49µg
89%
Sodium, Na
658mg
44%
Water
114g
4%
Zinc, Zn
10mg
100%

Beef Brisket Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Beef Brisket Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.