Attention Comfort Food Lovers! I’m bringing you a classic recipe made with junk-free ingredients: onion soup brisket. Served with a silky pan gravy, it puts the perfect finishing touch on this savory beef recipe.
I was cruising through Whole Foods again last weekend and found myself at the meat counter. Shocker, I know. The brisket looked great that day! I wanted to do something a little more on the traditional meat-and-potatoes side versus what I typical gravitate toward with a Mexican or Italian vibe. And, well, you just don’t get more classic with brisket than onion soup mix and a crock pot. At least not without breaking out a smoker for 22 hours.
Let’s stick to simple: DIY, clean-ingredient onion soup spice blend. A quality slab of beautiful brisket. Your time-saving slow cooker.
- 4 lb brisket
- 1.5 cup crushed tomato
- ¼ cup coconut aminos
- 2 tbsp dried onion
- 1 tsp celery salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp coconut palm sugar
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp ground mustard
- ¼ cup arrowroot flour
- Combine all of the dry ingredients except for the arrowroot flour in a small bowl. Reserve ¼ cup of the mixture.
- Rub the remaining spice blend over the brisket. Tip: place the brisket in the slow cooker basin, then rub the spices in. The excess will land in the basin and cook into the sauce.
- Lay the brisket in the slow cooker basin.
- Mix the tomatoes, coconut aminos, and reserved ¼ cup of the spice blend. Pour over top of the brisket and smooth out using the back of a spoon.
- Cover and set for low.
- Cook for 8 hours.
- When it's time to serve, remove the brisket (whole) from the slow cooker.
- Create a slurry with the arrowroot powder and ½ cup of pan juices in a medium bowl using a whisk.
- Transfer the pan juices from the slow cooker basin to a medium saucepan.
- Whisk the slurry back into the pan juices and simmer for 2 -3 minutes or until the juices thicken into a smooth gravy.
- Slice or shred the brisket, top with a spoonful of pan gravy and serve.
A few items help this recipe come together…
If you’re in the market for a new slow cooker, here are some quality ones to consider. I like to use a small whisk on the arrowroot slurry when making the pan sauce — it works better with the small amount of liquid. Coconut aminos and coconut palm sugar may not yet be in your pantry if you’re just starting out with a Paleo template, so here are links to brands I buy regularly.