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Beef Brisket with Prunes and Apricots

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Moist and tender brisket with the added flavor of prunes and apricots.

Recipe Prep Time
Prep Time
30 min
Recipe Cook Time
Cook Time
4-7 hrs
Recipe Ready Time
Ready In
Recipe Servings


1 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 pound fresh beef brisket

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 large onion, diced

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

1 cup dry red wine

1 can (14 oz.) reduced sodium or regular beef broth

3-4 teaspoons cornstarch

1-2 cups water

1 cup Sun-Maid Mediterranean Apricots

1 cup Sun-Maid Pitted Prunes


Heat oven to 350 F. Trim excess fat from brisket if needed, leaving about 1/8-inch thickness on one side of meat. 

Season brisket on both sides with salt and pepper. Place fat side down in a wide oven-proof skillet. Or if skillet is not oven-proof,transfer meat to a metal roasting pan after browning. 

Brown meat over medium-high heat, about 10 minutes. Remove from pan. 

Add onion, garlic and ginger to pan, stir until softened, 3-5 minutes. 

Pour wine into pan; stir and simmer until nearly evaporated. Add beef broth. 

Place brisket in a 3.5 to 6-quart slow-cooker, cutting brisket in half to fit if needed.

Pour pan liquid over meat. Meat should be mostly submerged in liquid. A little water can be added if needed.

Cover and cook 6-7 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high.

Remove meat from cooker and keep warm. If slow cooker was on low, turn to high.

Stir in 3-4 teaspoons cornstarch. Add prunes and apricots; cook until sauce thickens slightly and fruit is soft, about 5 minutes.


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