Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Slow Cooked Cola Braised Brisket - Low Carb Comfort Food

This evening we enjoyed a delicious comfort food meal of beef brisket and mashed cauliflower. A few days ago, I picked up a beautiful flat cut fresh beef brisket from Costco. I got a head start making it last night to have for tonight's dinner. I have always wanted to make a beef brisket with a cola marinade because I've read about how delicious they are. Some folks marinate their brisket in a Coca Cola based marinade and then smoke them. I wanted to make a slow cooker version so I placed the brisket in my slow cooker before going to bed last night and cooked it overnight on low. The brisket turned out delicious and tender and the cola and other seasonings gave it a unique flavor. To keep it sugar free and low carb, I used Zevia Cola (sweetened with stevia). It worked beautifully. The meat was fork tender but stayed in nice neat slices without falling apart when cut. I reduced the juices by cooking them down for about 30 minutes until it became a thick syrupy glaze type of sauce and then I seasoned it with salt and pepper after reducing. It was rich, thick and dark with a sweet caramelized flavor. Prepping the meal last night only took about 5 minutes to get the brisket put together and into the crock pot. I would definitely make it again. This evening, I prepared my Rich & Thick Parmesan Cauliflower Mash while reducing the sauce. The cauliflower mash was awesome paired with the brisket. I snapped a couple photos below. Enjoy!

Slow Cooked Cola Braised Brisket


1 small onion, sliced
2-1/2 to 3 pound beef brisket (I used a flat cut style brisket)
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika, or to taste
Couple dashes chipotle seasoning (I used McCormick's Chipotle & Roasted Garlic Seasoning), optional
12-ounces cola (I used Zevia Cola sweetened with stevia)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons no HFCS ketchup
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons dried chopped onion


Scatter sliced onion on the bottom of a 6 to 7-quart crock pot. Lay brisket on top. Season with smoked paprika and chipotle seasoning. In a bowl or 2-cup glass measuring cup, combine cola, mustard, ketchup, salt, Worcestershire and dried onion. Pour mixture over top of brisket. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. Allow to sit for 10 minutes. Slice against grain and serve. 

*Note: If desired, transfer juices to a pan and bring to a boil on stove top and reduce to desired consistency to concentrate flavors; season with salt and pepper, to taste.



unter der laterne said...

Aila, I hope that you are feeling fine again!
I had planned on making the *Cola Braised Brisket * but had no time to go to Costco. Can I use a Chuck Roast instead ?

unter der laterne said...

Hi Ayla, cooked the meat overnight for 10 hours. It has a nice flvor. I will reduce the liquid, but I am afraid that it will be too sweet. Any suggestions?
Next time I will use less Cola.

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Barbara,

Hope you made it work with the chuck roast because that should be fine to use instead of the brisket. It was a slightly sweeter sauce but once reduced, you can balance with a little salt, pepper, etc. I made a very rich glaze (almost syrupy) reduction and arranged my slices on our plates and put a spoon down the center of each slice (in other words I didn't cover it like regular gravy). We enjoyed it but if you don't like it as sweet, I'm sure reducing the cola next time would work nicely too. Hope you enjoy it! :-)