Never tried cooking brisket? We don’t blame you. The cooking time alone can be intimidating. Four hours in the oven, ten hours in the smoker—we get it. But we’ll let you in on a little secret: The prep is a breeze. In less than 30 minutes, you can put together everything you need to season this delectable chunk of beef. From there, the oven (or slow cooker or Instant Pot) does the work while you sit back with a glass of wine in hand. Presenting ten easy beef brisket recipes to get you going.

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Not sure how to get started? The easiest way to master brisket is to toss it into the slow cooker. Thanks for the inspo, Phoebe Lapine.

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2. French Onion Brisket

New York City chef Jake Cohen forgoes the tomato braise in his signature recipe (and you’ll see why when you taste his masterpiece).

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Add in South Asian ingredients like lemongrass and ginger to shake things up. (Don't worry, traditionalists, there are potatoes hiding in here too.)

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4. Beef Brisket with Wild Mushrooms

Porcini mushrooms add even more yummy umami flavor to every bite.

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5. Savory Corn Beef Brisket and Irish Cheddar French Toast with Kale Pesto Slaw

Drop the mic: You can make this beef brisket and cheddar French toast with only 20 minutes of prep.

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6. Bourbon Braised Brisket

The easiest way to impress your guests? Add bourbon to the brisket braise.

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7. Perfect Smoked Beef Brisket

And you thought you couldn’t pull off smoked brisket. You’ve got this.

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8. Southwestern Chipotle Brisket Tacos

Gaby Dalkin’s chipotle brisket tacos have ten hours of hands-off cooking time, leaving you plenty of time to prep the margaritas and guac.

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9. Instant Pot or Crock-pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Bookmark this classic by Heidi Larsen for St. Patrick’s Day (and get yourself an Instant Pot if you don’t have one yet).

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10. BBQ Brisket Sandwiches

The secret to this recipe? Letting the brisket sit, unsliced, in the fridge for up to three days. Best leftovers ever.

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