Prep Cook Yield Ready In
25 minutes 4 hours 9-10 servings 4.5 hours

Barbecue Brisket and Beans Recipe

If a sweet pulled brisket got married to a can of baked beans, this dish would be their delicious baby.

I love baked beans, right out of the can, all summer long for cook-outs and backyard parties. It reminds me of my childhood, not to mention it’s just straight up easy and cheap.

You can totally follow all my steps below. You could also put a brisket in a slow cooker with some water, a bottle of store-bought barbecue sauce and maybe an onion. After 3 1/2 hours, add the rinsed, drained cans of beans, and voila: dinner. But this version is also pretty delicious, and received both husband and child’s stamp of approval. In the case of my 4-year-old, quite literally a finger right in the dish.

brisket with hand

Make it for dinner! Bring it as a side dish! Put it on a sandwich! Because “there’s too much brisket at this picnic” is something you will never ever hear.


2 lb brisket (preferably second cut)

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp garlic powder

olive oil

pinch red pepper flakes (or more)

1 medium onion, chopped fine

1 cup ketchup

1/3 cup cider vingar

2 Tbsp Dijon mustard

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 Tbsp black strap molasses

1 1/2 cups water

3 15 oz cans pinto or white beans


In a small bowl combine paprika, salt, pepper, cinnamon, cumin and garlic powder. Rub onto each side of the brisket.

In a large Dutch oven, heat a few Tbsp olive oil on medium high heat until its glossy, and the pan is hot. Cook brisket on each side for 4-6 minutes, or until caramelized and deep brown. Remove from pan and set aside. Turn heat down to medium.

Combine water, ketchup, cider vinegar, mustard, brown sugar and molasses in a small bowl.

Cook onion 7-10 minutes, scraping brown bits off bottom of pan. Add heaping pinch of red pepper flakes. Add half the can of beer to deglaze. Pour in the ketchup-water mixture and bring to a simmer. Add remaining  beer.

If sauce looks to thick now, or at any point, add 1/2 to 1 cups water.

Reduce heat to low and cook for 3-4 hours, checking periodically. Remove from heat and allow brisket to cool. Place on a cutting board and using two forks or a fork and a knife, shred brisket.

Keep sauce in pot and put back on heat on a medium-low flame. Rinse and drain the cans of beans and place in pot, stirring to cover with sauce. Put meat back in the pot and cook another 15-20 minutes.

Serve hot.

brisket and beans vert

Keep on Noshing

Crockpot Carne con Papas, An Alternative to Brisket

Literally meat and potatoes, this dish is a Cuban family favorite.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe

Tender meatballs, chicken wings, and a heavenly sweet and sour sauce make for a delicious twist on a classic.

Shakshuka with Spinach and Lamb Meatballs Recipe

Classic shakshuka gets a dose of spiced lamb meatballs and fresh spinach for a one-pot wonder meal.